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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!