Spring in Tokyo – Tsukiji Shijō & Akihabara

Tsukiji Fish Market (Tsukiji Shijō) was our first destination as it was just 10-minutes’ walk from the hotel we stayed at. We were too tired to brave the early morning to watch the bidding, still, we managed to immerse ourselves by walking around the market and trying the freshly cooked seafood. All the seafood looked super fresh.

Stores at Tsukiji Shijio

The food that was grilled at the front of the stores were so fragrant that I could not help but kept buying small bites from one store to another. The food was fresh, juicy and yummy. Then I remembered that I did not take my breakfast, which was the reason for being so greedy.

Tsukiji Shijo

We walked around and saw queues at two particular restaurants (refer to picture below).  Most of the people in the queue looked like tourists as a group of them was talking to each other in Cantonese.  We decided to give that a miss to continue our journey as we only have 3 days in Tokyo with lots to cover.


We made our way to our next stop Akihabara (秋葉原), walked past the Japan Bridge (refer to picture below).  It was a long walk, guess that’s why the hotel concierge looked surprised that we planned to walk instead of taking the subway.

Thanks to our regular 8km walk over the weekends back at home, we have no problem walking. Exploring the city on foot is definitely a great way to see more of the city and people. We took lots of pictures along the way.


Finally, we reached Akihabara and had lunch at a maid themed cafe where waitresses dress up like french maids.  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures of them and their performances. I only managed to take a picture of my lunch, curry rice with a chicken chop.  The food was not spectacular but we were there for the experience. Having said that, I still do not understand all the rage about the Maid Cafe. The performance is alright but the girls are not exactly very pretty though they are young. Guess, it is more a novelty for foreigners as the cafe’s clients were mostly foreigners.

Tonkatsu curry don
Can you see Pokemon?

After lunch, we visited the electronic, comics and toys stores.  Most of the stores are open from 10 am to 9 pm.  I bought a Revoltech Danboard mini figure to place in my home study area to keep me company while I work. There are lots of interesting stuff and the Revoltech Danboard mini figure that I bought is much cheaper compared to Singapore.

Street of Akibara

By evening, we took the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line back to Ginza for more shopping. We visited the Apple Store that has become a ritual for us wherever we travel.  Could not wait for the Apple Store to be opened in Singapore.

Our ability to read both English and Kanji characters help to move around by subway a lot easier as certain subway stations only have Kanji characters.  Do check out the Tokyo Metro that provides lots of useful information. Download a copy of the route map in English before the trip, it will come in handy for travel planning.


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