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A Day in Tokyo 1

A Day in Tokyo 1

16th May 2009 – Intended to wake up early at 4.30am to go Tsukiji fish market (the world’s biggest fish market) to view the famous tuna auction but due to the tiredness we sustained during yesterday’s shopping, we missed hearing the alarm clock ring and only managed to wake up at 6.30am. Despite this, we still hurried along. Ha ha! This is our 2nd day usage of the 2-Day Tokyo Metro Open Ticket and we took from Ueno station to Tsukiji station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

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Stop by Tsukiji Hongan-ji on our way to Tsukiji fish market.

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Quite a fair bit of people here doing grocery shopping or getting their breakfast.

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A stall that sells ramen. Only standing tables available. 🙂

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Following the locals to get our sushi breakfast.

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Chanced upon the preferred vehicle of transporting boxes and boxes of fishes and seafood.

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Queue at various sushi restaurants.

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Sushi Dai – one of the famous and popular sushi restaurants in Tsukiji fish market. The popularity can be determined by the long queues. I also heard that the queue starts forming from 5am and most are locals.

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Daiwa Sushi – another of the popular sushi restaurants. For Sushi Dai or Daiwa Sushi, you will need to queue roughly for an hour (depending on situation – might be more too) prior to getting your breakfast! Take note that your meal will be rushed (around 15 -20 min to finish your order) so as to cater for the long queue waiting outside.

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Almost every sushi restaurants here have queues! It’s just a matter of whether it’s long or short.

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Outside Tsukiji market, a group of cyclists is making maintenance checks on their mountain bikes.

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From Tsukiji, we decided to stroll around.

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The stroll takes us to GinzaWako department store.

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It’s early Saturday morning, yet a queue has formed in front of a book store. Sale, discount or give away?

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Salvatore Ferragamo boutique/building in Ginza.

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Ginza St – Shiseido Building (in orange-pink)

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Gyudon (Beef Bowl) at ¥380. Topped up with lots of shichimi (seven flavor chili pepper) and beni shoga (red pickled ginger)!

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From Ginza Station, we took Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Otemachi Station.

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Otemachi area consists of several high-rise office buildings. The above is Tokyo Sankei Building – home for Sankei Shimbun.

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Another tall office building.

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Otemachi Financial Center.

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It takes only 5 min walk to reach Tokyo Imperial Palace from Otemachi station. Admission is free.

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Noticed that there are some running events on-going here. Runners with number tags on their chest keep zooming past me.

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Walkway to Sakuradamon Gate, Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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Sakuradamon Gate, Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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Contrast between the olden and the modern buildings.

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A garden with premises of Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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I noticed that there are a lot of spiders making their home in Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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Two geese hard at work building their nest in the moat.

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At Shimbashi station.

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On bridge walking towards Yurikamome station.

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Bought the Yurikamome one-day pass for ¥800 per person for unlimited rides on New Transit Yurikamome. Stations are shown as above railway map.

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Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall at Odaiba.

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Rainbow Bridge in the day.

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Tokyo Bay.

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Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall which feature Sega Joypolis.

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The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba.

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Cigarette vending machines – need an ID card to prove that you are above 20 years old in order to make purchase.

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Taking a break at Tully’s Coffee at Decks Odaiba.

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Tully’s Coffee Mocha x 2 at total of ¥820.

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Aqua City shopping center.

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Multiplex cinema in Aqua City shopping center.

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A shop selling lot’s of pinkish stuffs for girls.

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Our loots for the day at Agnes B – cardholders for storing our numerous credit cards. 😛

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Wifey’s pink cardholder at ¥6000 (tax free) and mine at ¥7500 (tax free).

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A replica of the Statue of Liberty (with Rainbow Bridge in the background).

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Sega Joypolis.

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New Transit Yurikamome’s Daiba Station.

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Hotel Nikko Tokyo.

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Opps, I can’t remember the building. My bad.

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Bay area – the plane is flying quite low. Probably landing soon?

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Can you spot Tokyo Big Sight?

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Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall.

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Palette Town consists of Venus Fort, Ferris wheel, Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo Leisure Land and Toyota MegaWeb.

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Soup Stock Tokyo – I had the Tokyo Borscht Soup Set at ¥760.

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Soup Stock Tokyo – Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup Set at ¥760.

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MegaWeb – A showcase of Toyota cars.

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Lexus IS 250C – beautiful and sleek design.

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Toyota Formula 1 Car.

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Gran Turismo 4 – The real driving simulator.

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Driver’s workout – you have to press the button when it’s lighted red and before it skips to another one. The initial is quite easy but it keeps getting faster and faster.

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Zepp Tokyo – Some event on-going but I did not find out further.

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Entrance and ticket counter for Ferris wheel.

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Ferris wheel at Odaiba.

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Strawberry crepe for snacks at ¥460.

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Tokyo Teleport Station.

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The sky is getting dark. Rain is expected to fall soon.

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We had some time to spare so decided to explore whether we can catch any shows. All the timings are too late for us. 🙁

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Casino at Venus Fort.

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Beautiful water fountain in Venus Fort. The ambiance around is pretty nice too!

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Close-up of the water fountain. Did you notice that the ceiling is made to look like the clear blue sky?

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Superman statue in Venus Fort.

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Omurice with onion sauce at ¥690.

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Teriyaki Hamburg Rice ¥790.

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More food selection for you to choose from.

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The night have befall. Night view of Venus Fort.

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Night view of MegaWeb Toyota.

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It’s nice to take a slow walk during the night at Odaiba.

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The Ferris wheel is also lighted up in the night!

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The replica of the Statue of Liberty is glowing in the night!

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This is what we waited to see – the romantic night view of Rainbow Bridge.

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Biiru time! Suntory Beer ¥197.

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  • ‘Inoke Kava

    Can anyone tell me what is the big black building shown from the back of the Decks. Nearly as the height of the Fuji Television Building? i really want to know about this building.

    • Hello, the black building behind Decks (shown in photo) should be Tradepia Odaiba. 🙂