Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Japan 2017: Tsukiji and Odaiba

One our first day in Tokyo, we explored four of Tokyo’s most famous city wards: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Chuo (we visited the popular Tsukiji Market), and Minato, where the artificial island, Odaiba, is located.

Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Market is a famous market place for tuna auction.  This is where fresh fishes, fruits, and vegetables are sold at a wholesale level.  There are also restaurants and kiosks selling delicious food in this market.  We scheduled our visit here just in time for lunch.



Most restaurants at Tsukiji Market offer expensive meal.  If you are on a budget, I suggest you buy at the smaller kiosks.  The food taste delicious still (as they serve it fresh) and you will be able to try more dishes.


Buttered Scallops for JPY500.  Oishi!


Tamagoyaki for JPY100.  




If you are planning to visit Tsukiji Market, make sure to do so before the year ends.  Reports are saying that the wholesale market will be transferred to Toyosu area.


Odaiba

Odaiba is an artificial island in the Minato area.  Going to Odaiba is quite pricey but the view during the train ride will be worth every yen.  Make sure to sit at the first coach to have the best view.



We were very particular in visiting Odaiba because of the Gundam statue.  Being an otaku (anime lover), you will understand that I would love to see this and have my picture taken on this place.  But we were disappointed to learn that they are renovating (well, they are tearing down the giant Gundam statue and will be replacing it with a new one).  What a bad timing for our visit.

Sad boys.

The old and the new Gundam statues.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty can also be seen at Odaiba.  You can take lots of picture in that area but since it was so cold, we decided to enter and sightsee (and shop quite a bit) inside the two famous malls in Odaiba area: Aqua City and Diver City. 





Neo found Dory at Aqua City! Hooray!

These two places are a must to visit when you go to Tokyo.  You will get to eat delicious foods at Tsukiji Market and see a lot of nice things in Odaiba.  However, before visiting these places please (1) check if the wholesale market is still in Tsukiji and was not yet transferred to Toyosu and (2) wait until the new Gundam statue is erected before visiting Odaiba.  

PS: The H&M in Diver City sells a lot of affordable clothes good for pasalubong J




6 comments:

  1. So sad if you are all set to see and explore something youve been wanting to see only to find out its close for renovation. Understand the sad boys move. Anyway, you were able to see and taste the other side of Japan and surely the boys had fun. Love those oysters.

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  2. I also heard that they will transfer the market na, buti napuntahan niyo pa. I thought pang madaling araw lang open yan Tsukiji. We have't visited these two places when we went in Tokyo. Ang dami pwede puntahan noh, limited lang ang time and budget namin. hehehe!

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  3. Awww how sad that they were tearing down the Gundam statue. But, this gives you one more reason to go back there next time. Haha! Oh and I would have loved to sample the food there at the market. I love Japanese food!

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  4. Oh my gosh, the food! Your Japan posts are making me so jealous! Haha! Kidding aside, I can't wait to explore this beautiful country with my kids in a few years :)

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  5. Back in 2013 when Dane and I went to Palawan, we had a Japanese friend who lives in Tokyo. Every once in a while, we still get to communicate with him. He's a very kind and happy person. We told him we'll meet him when we have the chance to visit JP. hehe.

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