|Shibuyu - the busiest crossing in Tokyo, and possibly the world!|
|Plenty of room!|
|With space to spare!|
|Zojoji Temple in Tokyo.|
|Smoke break at the fish markets.|
|A 'stand up' sushi bar, where you can actually sit down.|
It was still an experience though! Guys on small forklift-type things wizzing around beeping at everyone, huge tuna being cut up and packaged, and of course loads of tourists with cameras! It was a strange place - it felt as if it hadn't changed in half a century - bent over old ladies wrapping up fish (there were A LOT of old people working here!), frail looking wooden structures acting as storage above the shop (as well as hundreds of styrofoam boxes stacked everywhere), and no computers or tech-stuff in sight. Smoking laws were also pretty lax here, which was a surprise, and I even saw one guy cutting up some eel, fag but in his mouth with an inch of ash hanging off the end - still think it's freshest at the fish market?
After walking around the markets and seeing all sorts of seafood, hunger set in a little, and so thought I would go and get some sushi from the local shops. Forget that - the queues outside the restaurants opposite were long and wide... I guess everyone had the same idea! I decided to head further into the city and see if I could find somewhere cool to eat, preferably without a queue and millions of tourists. I found a little 'stand up' sushi bar (that's what they are called) where I could sit down (I know!) and have some local produce. For Y600 (about $6) I had a wonderfully fresh and tasty sushi lunch, as well as tea and miso soup - couldn't ask for anything better! The guys preparing the food were incredible - it was like a tapas bar, and people would order 1 thing, they would prepare then serve it. Then do it again! I had the normal, run-of-the-mill meal (but still amazing!), but the person next to me was ordering squid which got the old blow torch treatment for 5 seconds before being devoured. There was only 1 tourist in the place, and he was hell-bent taking pictures of everything!!
|Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower.|
|My $6 sushi lunch - with miso and green tea.|
|Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリ)|
My wandering around Tokyo also took me to the Tokyo Metro Building, which is basically the city hall. It is also a big tourist attraction, as it is free to go to the 45th floor and look out on the skyline. Although it wasn't a great day for it being overcast, it was free and so worth it. The lift up didn't make a sound, and it didn't even feel like you were rocketing up to the roof of Tokyo. On the other hand, there is the Tokyo Skytree, which I also visited. It is, however, not free. Only finished 2 years ago, I'm sure it's made it money back already - they charge Y2060 (about $20) to get you to the middle observation deck 350m high, and an extra Y1030 ($10) to go up to the top deck at 450m. I did the first option, as I dont think another 100m would make a difference. The views were impressive I must say - clearer weather than the day I went up the Metro building, and in a better place to see the skyline - out of the city centre looking back in. On a clear sky you can see Mt Fuji (apparently), but inside it is packed with tourists, but who can blame them! This radio tower is the tallest in the world, at 634m (more than twice the Eiffel Tower), and of course has been earthquake-proofed to absorb 50% of the shock. Still not catching me up there during a quake!
|Hey - that's my boob you boob!|
|The view from The Skytree.|
|Back streets of Tokyo.|
|Shibuyu crossing from Starbucks.|