27.06.2013 30 °C
==Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo==
Our alarms were set for 5am so that we could head down to the harbour for the world famous Tokyo fish market. We caught the metro at 5.30am and arrived at the entrance to the fish market a little before 6.30am. The street was so busy with mni-trucks moving around at quite some speed in all directions with the odd motorbike zipping through for good measure.
Outside Tokyo fish market
Once we made it aacross the road, we entred the fish market which was contained in an enormous warehouse. There was so much hustle and bustle. Everyone was very busy preparing fish and everyone knew what their role was. There were still plenty of mini-trucks meandering through the rather narrow paths between each block.
It was one of the busiest places that I've every seen in my life with lots going on every way you looked. There were so many different types of fish. According to the rough guide, the fish market trades approximately £17m a day.
Inside the fish market
The famous giant tunas
After spending about an hour wandering around the fish market, we returned to the streets for some sushi. I bought some seaweed rolls, on with the omlette and some sort of fish and another with vegetables and crab. This was one of the most delicious sushi I have ever tasted with all the flavours binding really well together.
Chris posing outside the sushi shop
==Hama Rikiyu Teien Park==
We headed across to Hama Rikiyu Teien Park, which fortunately opened at 8am in summer. We stopped off on the way for two very refreshing strawberry and berry smoothies with crushed ice. At the park, we were provided with complimetary audio guides showing the route around the park. Near the entrance was a pretty flower field with some red-orange flowers densly covering the area.
We continued our stroll through the park which had many pine trees, one of which was 300 years old. We continued along the edge of the harbour passing various tea houses and mini lakes.
In the middle of the largest lake was a famous picturesque traditional tea house. It was all open and airy.
Tea house on the lake
Inside the tea house
Before leaving the park we stopped for a few minutes in a specific resting area, which was located in front of some pretty flowers. The flower bed contained over 60 different types of flowers.
We headed on to the main shopping street and spent about half an hour in the food section of one of the department stores. There was a vast selection of food on offer from sushi to biscuits to chocolates.
We thhen headed to the Japanese equivalent of Selfridges, Mitsukoshi, for opening time. All the staff bow to you as you enter at opening time. We made our way to a café across the road for a sandwich and a coffee before returning to take a look around Matsuya, a more resonably priced department store.
After having a good browse around the home section of the department store, we returned to the hotel at about 1pm for a shower and nap.
===Sky Tree - Oshiage===
We headed back out at 5 o'clockk to see the Sky tree, the tallest tower in Tokyo. In front of the sky tree, there was a traditional Japanese dance taking place with the ladies in Kimono and men in outfits similar to those worn for martial arts. There were children in a ring/platform area in the middle playing a big drum.
We walked up the raod a little way in order to fit the marjority of the Sky Tree in our photos.
Sky Tree by day
As we headed back to the station, night was setting in and at 7 o'clock they turned on the lights on the Sky Tree.
Sky Tree at nightfall
We caught the metro from Oshiage down to Kiyosumi - Shirakawa, where w bought different metro tickets as the train company had randomly changed. We caught the train down to Shidome, hoping to catch a ferry across to Bayside Tokyo; however this wasn't possible and so we took the monorail down to Aomi.
We headed into Palette town and walked through mege web, an indoor advertising centre for Toyota before heqading out to the ferris wheel. We decided to go on the 16 minute
ferris wheel ride and enjoyed the views as we went round. This ferris wheel is the highest in the world at 150m high. ll the cars on the wheel were a different colou going nicely through the shades.
Ferris Wheel lit up
View from the ferris wheel
We visited the harbour, which has a man-made sand beach. I went for a paddle and initially the sea felt cold but was actually lukewarm. We bought some sushi and a wrap for dinner and ate them on the beach. Chris also had some mikado sticks type chocolate sticks.
Messing around with the manual settings on my camera
Afterwards we took some night shots of the bay before catching the monorail and various subway lines back to the hotel. We arrived back a little and midnight and the subway trains were rammed full as if it were rush hour.