Tokyo is a very big area by default so when you mention you are planning to visit tokyo, make sure to state the particular area you are visiting because in tokyo itself is a state (prefecture) and the other names you see on the map like Ikebukuro, Ueno, Akihabara are called districts. Learned alot during my short stay in Japan and looking forward to learn more about it on my future visits.
Staying in Ikebukuro for the first few days made commuting around tokyo easy thanks to the JR line that heads to all the main central districts.
I didn't manage to visit the entire circle due to time constraints but the very least covered about maybe 1/3 of it which i would briefly list out below; if you manage to visit more than 3 places in a day it would be a frigging miracle already lol.
- Tsukiji Market
They have so much food variety to offer so please go there with an empty stomach, anyway it's also advisable to head to tsukiji market first thing in the morning around 8am to avoid disappointment, as most things would already be sold out before 12pm.
- JR line Shimbashi (15 minutes walk)
- Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line.
- Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway (5 minute walk)
You guys should know how weight conscious i am, especially the type of food i eat but over here i totally didn't give a damn at all lol, in fact i enjoyed trying out all those authetic local food which it's hard to find good ones back in Malaysia.
Their sushi store concept is the standing type, non seated so it encourages customers to quickly finish their meals and go. No chit chat wasting time and hogging places as there are other out there waiting for their turns too.
Because of the queue i kinda gave up hope on trying this "super fresh premium sushi" lol, decided to settle for ramen instead but what i wasn't aware it was pork based broth lol, sorry!!
I usually don't practice eating pork since i was young but somehow in Japan it's always the case of accidental consumption Q_Q
So guys, you gotta be careful with what you buy as halal stuff isn't something common in Japan, even their sandwiches ham can be pork ham instead of chicken lol.
But damn..hate to admit this the ramen tasted so good that i was starting to wonder "is this what i've been missing out on all these years?" XD
It wasn't super salty, in fact the broth was just perfect and soup was clear with generous slices of lean pork on top. One bowl is quite a big portion enough to feed to small tummy, if you love ramen then better give this place a try!
About 700¥ for that big portion, beats having to pay for a small plate of sushi lol.
Alongside there was a freshly made gyudon store (beef) which smelt so heavenly, wished i had save some space for that *sobs* but yea..in one day your stomach sure can't manage all the foods there lol remember to eat in moderation, if you are going in a group of 4-5 people then it would be a great time to try abit of everything.
Beside the ramen store had this fresh fruits store and i couldn't resists staring at all their fresh local produces because they are not just big but HUMONGOUS!
One Daikon (radish) could easily be almost 60-70cm long just look at the picture i took and my reaction lol, sorry i am easily amused so i couldn't resists picking this up. Best part of this market is all their fresh produce are priced quite cheap (not super cheap as the outskirt areas) compared to the supermarket and obviously much fresher as they are restocked daily.
Explains alot why my friend make this place as must visit everytime he comes back to Japan for a visit lol. Makes me wonder why are all the vegetables, fruits, fishes here are so big?
- Don't wear high heels, it's a wet market not a club lol
- Wear covered shoes (with socks if possible)
- Dress comfortably for easy movement
- Bring wet wipes (in case some mud gets to the back of your calves while walking)
- Try not to haggle (if do please be reasonable)
- Don't touch the ready made foods unless you really WANT to buy it (hygiene please!)
Would very much love to visit a mochi making place one day and learn a thing or two on how to make mochi! My motto is to "EAT ALL MOCHI" haha!
Who else here enjoys mochi like i do? :)
Phew.. typed so much about tsukiji market and realized i did not leave any space for ginza and kawagoe-shi town lol..darn maybe in my upcoming post i'll continue this story, sorry guys got abit too carried away as always when it comes to my Japan trip posts >.< *paiseh*
In Kawagoe-shi it's just the tip of Saitama (outskirt of tokyo), i have discovered some very interesting treasures in this small town and i can't wait to spill this all out!
So till my next blogpost~