Tokyo, Japan – Day 5

tsukiji

Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.

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tsukiji
The plan was to arrive at the main office to get the authorised pass to attend the tuna auction which is only limited to 120 guests daily. The passes would be for admission at 5:25am and 5:50am respectively. Apparently arriving at 5am is still not early enough as all the passes were distributed out by 430am. Heard from the security guard that recently the time that the passes were distributed has got earlier and earlier and people have been been going there at 4am to wait in line. Since we have no chance to view the auction, we headed to have a 6am sushi breakfast. Be amazed that there were a lot of people waiting in line to eat some fresh sushi! We went to Daiwa (大和) as many Japanese were eating in there.

breakfast
Though we had a fresh sushi breakfast but that was at 6am, we were hungry again at 1030am and caught a early brunch.

hama rikyu garden

Hama Rikyu (浜離宮, Hama Rikyū), the garden of a feudal lord’s residence during the Edo Period (1603-1867), is one of Tokyo’s most attractive landscape gardens. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay, next to the futuristic Shiodome district.
Seawater ponds, which change water level with the tides, former duck hunting grounds, forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park’s attractions. Furthermore, the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome’s skyscrapers in the background is spectacular.

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hama rikyu garden
The garden was just right beside the hotel and we better go catch some nice flowers and nature before the storm hit Tokyo that afternoon.

rose bloom
There was different types of flowers scattered all over the garden which was a delight to walk in the cool weather.

sakura
There were a few trees which had sakura in almost full bloom.

Address:
浜離宮恩賜庭園 Japan, 〒104-0046 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Hamarikyūteien, 1−1

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otooya
Lunch was a quick one at Otooya before the storm hits and I realise that most of the restaurants have tables set up outside their restaurants during lunch time with different type of bento sets for the salarymen to pick them up.

otooya
My tofu seaweed salad and his chicken set.

airport dinner
Then it was staying in the apartment to escape the worst non-typhoon storm to hit Japan and heading to the airport much earlier in anticipation of train line closure. Hitting up some food in Haneda, before saying good bye to Tokyo for this short trip.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hwee lay
    May 06, 2012 @ 12:49:07

    Hello, chanced upon your blog while doing a search on cherrykoko. V beautiful pictures taken in Japan. The flowers are so preeetty!

  2. Xuan-er
    May 06, 2012 @ 21:40:44

    @Hwee lay: thanks 🙂

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