28 November 2014, woke up early at 6 and grab some breakfast from lawson next to the hotel. The plan was to visit Tsukiji Fish Market at 9 am, when it’s wholesaler area is opened for public. i managed to slip a visit to Icho Namiki Avenue before Tsukiji. After those two, i’d be tour guide for my fam, visiting Akihabara, Tokyo Station, Odaiba and Trick Art Museum.

Icho Namiki is a street with sidewalks full of Gingko Trees which turn into brilliant yellow colours in Autumn. The closest train station is Aoyama-Itchome. I guess i came at the perfect day, when all the leaves turn yellow and some of the older leaves fall and cover the sidewalks with dark orange leaves. There were few tourist too, the street was very quiet, not many passing car, so people are at their freedom to take photo while standing at the middle of two-direction street (they would’ve been hit pretty hard if this is singapore, or at least some fine lol).

 

Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Trees) on Autumn. Love the symmetry. i actually stand in the middle of the street to take this photo.. lucky there wasn't any car (or human)

Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Trees) on Autumn. Love the symmetry. i actually stand in the middle of the street to take this photo.. lucky there wasn’t any car (or human)

#selproof (selfie proof) tee hee :D..

#selproof (selfie proof) tee hee :D..

The fallen autumn leaves. Loves the color..

The fallen autumn leaves. Loves the color..

This is the pedestrian sidewalk of Icho Namiki.. nice spot to sell gorengan.. hehe

This is the pedestrian sidewalk of Icho Namiki.. nice spot to sell gorengan.. hehe

 

this kind and english-speaking Japanese lady let me take photo of her cute puppy :)

this kind and english-speaking Japanese lady let me take photo of her cute puppy :)

8.30am, i took the train from Aoyama-Itchome to Tsukiji-Shijo Station, about 200 meter walk to the fish market. A lot tourist mistakenly think that the closest station to the fish market is ‘Tsukiji’ Station, which is not. Arriving at the station, i saw plenty of tourist going to the same direction, i follow them and it lead to the entrance of Tsukiji FIsh Market. 100 meter walk got me inside the wholesale area.

Manga-style warning on the entrance to the Tsukiji Fish Market complex.

Manga-style warning on the entrance to the Tsukiji Fish Market complex.

It’s BUSY! endless view of stalls selling sea product! fishes, octopuses and of course, HUGE tuna! it’s a wet market but perfectly organized and still look very tidy. It’s easy to walk between those stalls, but always walk on the side as there are plenty of this small car that drives around the market not giving shit that you are blocking their way, if you do, they’ll horn at you angrily. Yes, Japanese people here are not very fond of you coming here, or not tourist-friendly. BUt this place is never meant for tourist anyway, if you don’t buy stuff, better be gone, so mind where you walk and where you stand and don’t get in the way those people that are doing business.

Watch where you stand, this small truck will basically stop at NOTHING. if you ever block its way, the driver will give you the rudest honk ever.

Watch where you stand, this small truck will basically stop at NOTHING. if you ever block its way, the driver will give you the rudest honk ever.

Tsukiji Inner Market

Tsukiji Inner Market

Tsukiji Inner Market

Tsukiji Inner Market

Lots of fresh sea products here..

Lots of fresh sea products here..

can i keep one of these?

can i keep one of these?

that's a real TUNA on the cart! it was placed there for amusement..

that’s a real TUNA on the cart! it was placed there for amusement..

no clear rules for photography here,  unless someone prohibit you to do so, or just be respectful. I was videotaping a man cutting huge tuna fish when someone approached me saying to turn off my camera using sign language (can’t speak english). At other stall, i videotapped a man cutting huge tuna fish with huge knife (looks alot like samurai), and nobody seem to mind.

Cutting fish with samurai sword feels like cutting tofu

Cutting fish with samurai sword feels like cutting tofu

i seriously think that sword is a bit excessive for such a small piece of tuna lol

i seriously think that sword is a bit excessive for such a small piece of tuna lol

Sorry tuna.. not today

Sorry tuna.. not today

more stall on my way out.

more stall on my way out.

The variety of sea products here are amusing, and most of them are catch of the day, freshest of the freshest. THey will end up at sushi stall on the outer market, or get imported to overseas. anw I headed out and passed some sushi stall where people were making long queue line.

people were queueing for what's popular for freshest sushi in Tokyo. About 2,500 yen for the sushi set. queue up to 2 hours :|

people were queueing for what’s popular for freshest sushi in Tokyo. About 2,500 yen for the sushi set. queue up to 2 hours :|

claimed as the first Yoshinoya stall in the world.

claimed as the first Yoshinoya stall in the world.

On the way to Tsukiji station, i bought this fresh and warm Tamago (Japanese Omelette). It’s sweeet and fluffy. For 100 yen, it’s heaven for mouth.

TAMAGO! its so fluffy im gonna eat and never let go! #eh

TAMAGO! its so fluffy im gonna eat and never let go! #eh

Next station is Akihabara, where i met my family and tour them around. We walk passed AKB48 studio, Gundam Cafe, Yodobashi Camera (the biggest branch in tokyo!), and my Mom and Aunt had fun with pigeons in the area.

AKB48 Cafe and Shop

AKB48 Cafe and Shop. no AKB girls was spotted though.

Japanese Pigeon lol

Japanese Pigeon lol

Next stop is Tokyo Station, which i recommended to take good family photo. The European architecture of Tokyo Station makes a perfect background! sadly there were construction going on in front of the building which sort of blocking the view.

family photo in front of the Tokyo Station!

family photo in front of the Tokyo Station!

Overwhelmed with expensive various  choices of food at restaurant at Tokyo Station, we decided to try Konbini Bento at 7-11. It’s basically a cold bento sold at convenience store. i bought the bento of chicken katsu with rice and some veggies for about 500 yen. 3 minute heat on microwave and it was perfect lunch! the portion is satisfying and the taste is okay, definitely beyond what i expected from a food at convenience store.

Lots of ready-to-eat bento!

Lots of ready-to-eat bento! price ranged at 200 – 700 yen,  forgot to take photo of the bento i picked. it was rice with chicken katsu (550 yen)

It was afternoon going to evening, we took the train to Simbashi station and change into Yurikamome Line for a scenic train ride to Odaiba. i sat in front and took this awesome timelapse video!

Then i brought my family to the Liberty Statue with Rainbow Bridge on the back. Took some photos (utilising phone flashlight app, we shot some portrait photo that didn’t end up too dark in the face, or too blurry because of low light condition).

 

Rainbow Bridge and Liberty Statue.. Rainbow Bridge was like: 'dude you are blocking my view, you shouldn't even be here.. get back to NY ffs' lol

Rainbow Bridge and Liberty Statue.. Rainbow Bridge was like: ‘dude you are blocking my view, you shouldn’t even be here.. get back to NY ffs’. then the Liberty Statue said ‘i’m da bitch, i’m holding da fire, you shut up’..  lol

Next, we went to Odaiba DECKS for Tokyo Trick Art Museum where they have various pictures that looks alive (and 3D) from one point of view.  We were lucky there werent many visitors at that evening, so we didn’t have to take turn to take photo and we had all our time to try out different poses until we got tired. there were about 30 trick art that you can try on. Sorry for this spoiler,  but their final ‘money on the floor’ trick near the exit is awesome! we all get fooled by it.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum. this was one of the easiest trick.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum. this was one of the easiest trick.

Up Side Down!

Up Side Down!

mom was captured in the bottle!

mom was captured in the bottle!

wheres my body

wheres my body

I wanted to show my fam the real-size Gundam at Divers City, but my Mom was too tired to continue (well, it was almost 10km walk today), so we headed back to Metropolitan Tokyo Hotel at Ikebukuro and end the day.

Fun! My Mom and Aunt definitely loved the journey, Tokyo has everything for everyone!