The following day, Monday, after walking to the Shin Okuba station we took the train to the east of the city first. Our first stop was the Tsukiji fish market, which is a bit of an icon in Tokyo. Apparently it is closing next month. If you arrive really early at 5:00 you have a chance to attend the tuna auctions but given there are a limited number of places each day and we value our sleep we were content to arrive later. We looked around the outer market first with its sashimi cafes and other stalls.
Although we had enjoyed the sashimi we had eaten so far in our time in Japan we were happy to look around given the queues were quite long.
So so we made our way over to the main fish market. You certainly had to be careful of the fast moving forklift trucks.
Once in the market we made our way from section to section. You could buy whole smaller fish
or large pieces of huge fish like the tuna
or shellfish and crustaceans. It was very interesting watching but after a while the smell encouraged us to move on.
Next we took the subway to Asakusa to see the very popular Senso-ji Temple. Loved this piece of artwork in the subway entry.
The small gardens embellished the pathways leading to the temple complex.
The closer we came to the main temple the more crowded it became and the stronger the smell of incense.
As we were leaving we came upon a group of young girls in colourful kimono who were happy to pose for photos with some other tourists.
Next we headed off to Akihabara which is famous for electrical goods but also lots of games,
Manga and anime products can be found here too.
Karen was searching for a cuddly toy, Totoro, from the Gibli animation movie My Neighbour Totoro. We didn’t have any luck in this area but when we used the portable wifi we were able to track down a location at a new expanded part of a shopping centre in Ikebukuro called Sunshine City. The store was called Moe Garden and there were lots of Gibli animation products. Karen was pleased to make her purchase before we took the train back to Shinjuku for dinner.
After dinner we walked down the road a bit to the Government Building Towers. You can ride the elevator to the 45th floor here for free and enjoy outstanding views in all directions of the city buildings lit up. If we had gone before dinner we have seen the setting sun but the night lights were pretty special anyway.
On the return walk to the Shinjuku station we were able to see both towers lit up. We had gone up the south tower as the north tower is closed on that Monday.