Tokyo City ~ 6 Nov 2008

Our day started @ Tsukiji market early in the morning. Tsukiji Market is one of the world’s largest fist markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. A lot of restaurants available along the way to the market

 A visit to Tsukiji Market best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast at one of the restaurant. We picked the one as below ~

We just ordered one of the Sushi set available in the shop ~ Sushi with Miso Soup ~ Tokutoku Nigiri which cost ¥1260.

We proceeded to Ginza after we finished our sushi breakfast. Ginza is the most famous upmarket shopping dinning & entertainment district in Tokyo. A lot of branded shop available here. 😛

We met him when we arrived @ Ginza. We were given a box of free orange.. 😛

Enjoyed our orange before travel around Ginza area. 😛

We hanged around for about one hour in this area.

Our next destination is Imperial Palace. My default plan is actually taking Marunouchi Line from Ginza to Tokyo Station. But, we lost our way in Ginza area again. Somehow, we walked from Ginza to Tokyo Station. 😛

We stopped by @ one of the shopping center near Tokyo Station for our lunch ~ MC-D. This is the first time I tried the Cinnamon Melt which I like it very much. 🙂 

We proceeded to towards Kokyogaien National Garden area. This garden is part of the Imperial Palace which divided into 3 sections ~ Garden Plaza directly in front of the Imperial Palace, Kitanaomaru Garden area located due north of the Imperial Palace & twelve scenic moats which surround the Imperial Palace, the Garden Plaza and Kitanomaru area.

We walked around the Imperial Palace grounds, of course taking photo along the way too. Here is the Status of Kusunoki Masashige situated @ center of the Park. We saw a lot of beggar in the Park. Err.. they just sleep in the Park actually. 🙁

We met a tour guide from Hong Kong leading a small group, thus, we just tag along. This tour guide really furnished us with lots of information on the different aspects & history of the Palace. This Palace is actually destroyed during World War Two & rebuilt in the same style afterwards.

The pic below shows the Nijubashi, which are two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass bridge). The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two level, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.

The palace buildings & inner gardens only open to public on New Year (2nd Jan) & Empleror’s Birthday (23 Dec) where visitors are able to see the members of Imperial Family who make several public appearances on a balcony.

After that, we took metro to Kamiyacho Station which is 7 mins walk to Tokyo Tower. This Tower is 50 years old this year. 😛 Visitors can ascend to the main observatory @ 150m (¥820)  & the special observatory @ (¥1420) 250m to her a bird’s eye view of Tokyo. Tokyo Tower is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower of Paris (333m)

Night view of Tokyo Tower.

Here we reach the second last destination of the day  ~ Shibuya which is the popular shopping area amoung young generation. Busy junction @ Shibuya (Picture below)

We skipped Harajuku from our default plan since its already 6pm after we left Shibuya. Finally, we reached the last stop of the day ~ Shinjuku. Shinjuku Station is Japan’s busiest railway station. We stopped by @ Beard Papa’s for tea break.

We walked around in Shinjuku area for an hour.

Kabukucho is the major entertainment town in Shinjuku. A lot of restaurants, theaters, movie theaters & game arcades available here.