IMG_5528-2
Loading...
X

Exploring Tokyo: Asakusa, Mount Fuji, Tsukiji Fish Market, Yoyogi Park, and FOOD!

Joyce

Joyce

Joyce graduated as a pharmacy major and creative writing minor at The Ohio State University in December 2013.She is currently a student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.She was born in Canada, moved to America when she was about one years old, and has since lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Ohio.She enjoys spending time with friends, running, hiking, reading, writing, drinking bloody marys, eating, photographing beautiful people and places, and trying new things like rollerblading and hula hooping.She loves banana chocolate chip pancakes, belly laughs, getting letters in the mail, sunshine, baking cupcakes, and traveling.
Joyce

This is a looooong post!  I squeezed a whole week of Tokyo in here.  Pictures of food are all the way at the bottom! :)

Here is the gorgeous view I had from my window seat while flying from Seoul to Tokyo.

IMG_4247

Layover at Narita Airport in Tokyo on our way to Osaka

IMG_4276-2

Asakusa is a beautiful area of Tokyo where lies the famous Senso-ji temple and a colorful shopping street, called Namakise, lined with stalls packed with many Japanese souvenirs and delicious things to eat!

IMG_5234

IMG_5240

IMG_5266

IMG_5292-2

IMG_5301-2

IMG_5306-2

IMG_5317-2

At the front of the temple, people used their hands to waft the smoke from this structure over themselves.

IMG_5321-2

IMG_5341-2

IMG_5355-2

IMG_5382-2

IMG_5398-2

Paul’s parents riding a human-drawn carriage around Asakusa for 9000 yen.

IMG_5430-2

IMG_5432-2

Mount Fuji is about 100 km southwest of Tokyo, and is the highest mountain in Japan.

IMG_5826

Lake Kawaguchi

IMG_5773

Fountain on the hike up to the viewing point

IMG_5780

IMG_5825

IMG_5863

Mount Fuji cookies for sale!

IMG_5844

IMG_5866-3

The Tsukiji fish market is the largest in the world.  We went  to see the market and get some breakfast sushi!

IMG_5729-2

IMG_5740

The best sushi I have ever had.  One side of the plate was seared, the other raw.

IMG_5734-2

The market

IMG_5703-2

IMG_5645-2

IMG_5657-2

Deliciously fresh mussels!

IMG_5662-2

IMG_5668-2

IMG_5688-2

IMG_5689-2

The market is famous for the early-morning tuna auctions, where whole fresh tuna are sold for millions of Japanese yen.  The 2013 record selling price was 155.4 million yen, which is $3,603 USD per pound!

IMG_5694-2

IMG_5697-2

IMG_5698-2

Huge scallops

IMG_5706-2

They have every type of seafood you can possibly imagine.

IMG_5704-2

IMG_5723-2

The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan at 634 m tall.

IMG_5438-2

The view is incredible!  We got there just as the sun started to set.

IMG_5445-2

IMG_5528-2

IMG_5509-2

Looking through the glass floor

IMG_5555-2

Of course, the real reason we went to the Tokyo Skytree wasn’t for the view, but for the green tea ice cream place we knew was there.  Tsujiri started out as a tea company originally from Kyoto, but then went on to make the best match ice cream I’ve ever tasted in my life.  We tried the trio with green tea, toasted green tea, and brown rice ice cream covered with red bean and mochi.  So, so good.

IMG_5566-2

Yoyogi Park was recommended to me by a friend, and it was lovely.  It’s home to the famous Meiji Jingu Shrine.

IMG_4990

IMG_4975

IMG_4966

Barrels of sake wrapped in straw

IMG_4981

Ritual cleansing of hands and mouth

IMG_5013

It is traditional to rinse your hands and mouth before praying.  First set your mind at ease.  Shift the dipper from one hand to the other, first rinse your left, then your right hand.  Rinse your mouth with water poured into the palm of your left hand.  Hold the dipper upright with both hands to rinse the handle with the remaining water.

IMG_5015

IMG_5032

A wedding taking place at the temple

IMG_5070

Ema, votive tablets for special personal prayers and gratitude toward the deities enshrined in Meiji Jungu Shrine.

IMG_5081

Takoyaki sold among street food vendors at Yoyogi Park.  Takoyaki is a popular snack: usually batter filled with octopus, tempura, ginger, and green onion.

IMG_5105

IMG_5121

A gathering of pet meerkats

IMG_5145

Yoyogi park sees groups of all ages gathered together for drinks and food on weekend nights.

IMG_5113

Shibuya Scramble.  So many people!

IMG_5178

Shinjuku, one of the busiest areas of Tokyo, and also one of the well-known “pleasure” districts.

IMG_5992

IMG_5995

Muji, a famous Japanese brand

IMG_4875

Ginza, the fancy shopping area of Tokyo

IMG_5197

 

The flagship Uniqlo store at Ginza

IMG_5203

Possibly the best part of Tokyo was the food!  I love seafood, so I was in heaven of course.

IMG_4259-2

Mmmm sashimi and udon noodles!

IMG_4258-2

Okonomiyaki: Japanese savory pancakes filled with whatever you want!

IMG_5589-2

IMG_5609-2

IMG_5584-2

IMG_5622-2

My friend Hiromi and I in Harajuku after a delicious dinner of okonomiyaki!

IMG_4012-2-2

Izakaya is a type of restaurant where Japanese go to drink and eat food to accompany their drinks.  Perfect for after work or meeting up with friends!  It was awesome seeing Paul’s old schoolmates in Japan.

IMG_6058

The restaurant was called Panda, so we got Panda beer of course.

IMG_6068

IMG_6088

Delicious cheese, tofu, honey mix with bread

IMG_6102

Fried chicken.

IMG_6109

Grapefruit with Japanese soju.  So refreshing!

IMG_6119

Cutest panda shrine in the bathroom

IMG_6145

Famous ramen place at Harajuku

IMG_4906

IMG_4913

Salty but good

IMG_4916

Go! Go! Curry is one of the best Japanese curry places.

IMG_4884

We went to try fugu, the Japanese word for pufferfish.  Tiger blowfish can be lethally poisonous if not prepared properly, so only certified restaurants with rigorously trained chefs are allowed to serve it.

IMG_6019

Fugu sashimi.  It was good!

IMG_6020

This was probably our dish about 20 minutes before we ate it.

IMG_6017

Takoyaki

IMG_5958

We heard that conveyor belt sushi in Japan was cheap and good so we decided to give it a try.  It was.

IMG_5901

IMG_5937

IMG_5909

This much sushi was about $50 USD for two hungry people!

IMG_5920

Like this? Share it!

Leave Your Observation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *