The first thing you find in Google when you search for ‘must-do’s in Tokyo’ is a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market and it’s auction of the famed blue-fin tuna. Mark and I of course wanted to witness this and stayed awake all night to be at the registration on time. The auction starts at 05:30, but there are only a maximum of 120 people per day allowed to witness the auction. After some research on the web, the recommendation was to be at the registration at 04:30. We were there at 04:20 and it was already sold out! Seems that it was already sold out at 03:00, the moment the registration opens. I had read somewhere that the registration actually only opens at 05:00, but due to the fact that the market is moving to a different location, the auction has become more popular amongst tourists.
Mark and I were so bummed! After some googling on what to do next, we found that the best sushi-restaurant at the market would open at 05:00 and was accessible even though the market itself would open at 09:00. We decided to walk to the restaurant in hopes that we would be the first ones there, but at 04:45 there already was a que. It wasn’t that long, but we did not make the first seating and had to wait until 06:00 for a table. It wasn’t really a table as we were seated at the bar. There are no tabled at Daiwa Sushi 😉
I can assure you however, that it was DEFINATELY worth the wait! This truly is hands down the BEST and most fresh fish I have ever had in my life. Personal favorites were the yellowtail and sea urchin. The sea urchin was also the only one I didn’t manage to take a photo of because of its yumminess.
Mark and I were at the restaurant for only 35 minutes and headed back to the hotel, planning to go back to the market when it opened at 09:00. We decided however to not go back and catch up on some sleep haha. We’re thinking of going back tomorrow morning or Saturday morning. We are not waking up in the middle of the night for the auction, as we think it’s enough to know how the fish tastes instead of how much it costs haha.
At around 11:30 we headed to Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien, a park just across our hotel. The weather has been very good and we thought it would be nice to just relax and enjoy the sun for a bit. We also visited the teahouse located on an island in the park, where they served matcha tea and some pastries made of red bean paste.
Next thing on our itinerary was the garden that surrounds the Imperial Palace. To be honest, we didn’t really find this all that special. I’m sure we wouldn’t want to leave Tokyo without paying a visit, but we were bored after almost an hour there.
We missed lunch because of our nap and tea-ceremony (haha) and were getting hungry. We expected to stay longer in the Maranouchi area close to the Imperial Palace and didn’t know where to go. We had two options: Roppongi or Ahakibara. I have always been fascinated with anime and therefore decided to go to Ahakibara.
I was expecting to see more dressed up adults in this area! We saw more electronics than anime and lots of people playing videogames. Mark and I tried a prize game 3 times and didn’t win anything. I watched this guy play a drumming game for like 10 minutes and wanted to try it myself, but didn’t want to look like an amateur.
Mark and I haven’t had a bad meal yet here in Japan. We haven’t even had a good meal yet. Everything is excellent! We tried kyushu’s today (anything grilled on a stick) and found this tiny bar/restaurant in Ahakibara. Delicious!
I’m trying to figure out what to do tomorrow. We were supposed to go to Mount Fuji, but since we would have to be there before 09:00 for clear views or after 16:00, we decided to enjoy more of Tokyo instead. We don’t feel like traveling all the way up there just to see clouds obstructing our view of Mount Fuji. If it were climbing season, Mark and I would have definitely hiked to the summit.
Maybe it’s time for some shopping 😉 There is still so much to see!