I’m on a roll here with blogging. Must be my new year resolution for 2015. Theres just quite a bit to blog which is fantastic. Hope you guys are enjoying it. So, we got to Narita Airport quite late, our friend was kind enough to pick us up from the airport and we took the airport bus to Tokyo Station. It’s been a while since I’ve been in Tokyo and I usually take the bus as well. For those who don’t know, it takes a while to get to down town and the cheapest way is to take the bus. Our friend took us to a new company Keisei bus (http://keiseibus.co.jp) which was only 1000yen to go to Tokyo station compared to 3000 yen or so for the airport limo. Mind you, they don’t speak much english, so you’ll need to know where you going and what to say.
We booked 4 nights at the Tokyo Park Hotel which was amazing. (Photos to come). Its in the middle of the Business district and has a amazing view of Tokyo Tower. It is located just above Shiodome Station. Shiodome has the Nippon Television right nearby and also the famous copper clock by Hayao Miyazaki (For those who don’t know him, hes the famous anime director ) of studio Ghibili. Its the largest anime clock in the world!
We met up with my sister and she took us to what she described as “old Tokyo” Nippori. We took the train to Nippori and went to the Yanaka Ginza Market. This market has small shops along the street and some temples.
They also have SENBEI shops! (Japanese Savory biscuits). Or little snacks you much whilst having beer.
Front of the senbei shop
Another Temple we went to.
Another shot of it.
A small cemetry to the left and a shrine once you hit the end.
Want to make a wish? Simple put a coin in the box and dong the bell and clap your hands twice and make a wish.
Like the craft
I don’t know why my niece is looking away.
There was a dorayaki shop as well. ( Red bean in a bun)
Want some young one? Course she does.
The steps of Yanaka Ginza.
Here it is, the start of the market.
Haven’t even had lunch yet, and we already want to try some stuff out. This place had some creme puffs and some interesting juices.
Nice paintings on the walls.
Here she is airing her mouth.
Fancy Persimmon juice and fig juice?
Or maybe a green tea creme puff? Very crunchy but cold. Still good.
Or maybe some sorbet with some green tea.
Various arts and crafts along this street. Even buildings are decorated with various arts.
Want to make your own stamp? You can have your name on these stamps and you can choose what you want on it. Cute.
Fancy some sweets?
Little cafes as well.
Feeling peckish. Went for a fried Croquette.
Want some Japanese sandals? You can also get it here.
Finally we can have lunch. I’m already full but we gotta have lunch right? So we went to a soba restaurant which was small. They also have non soba items like Tendon.
We shared a oyster soba noodles which was hot.
You can have set lunches as well.
The stairs are quite famous, called Yuyake Dandan (Sunset Stairs) Must be quite pretty during sunset.
After lunch my sister wanted to take me to another place to eat, on the way in the station we saw these dolls.
Went through Tokyo station and took some photos with some NHK idols. My niece was happy!
Heres some more.
We took the train to this place in Minato. Le Souffle. Apt name because… thats their signature dish!
Even teaches you how to eat it!
Whoops sorry, they also have quiches, which were lovely. I don’t think there is anything not tasty in Japan. As we went in, I noticed one thing, there werent a single male in sight. Yes, its Saturday, all the ladies have having their desserts and I guess men aren’t interested in food afterall? It’s good to be a Japanese housewife afterall.
There was like a dozen flavours to choose from.
Sauce for the Souffle.
Here it is. Again, there were many flavours, you can tell they used good quality egg white, look how fluffy it is.
this one was a praline souffle.
Felt like we had like 5 or 6 little lunches. This place was pretty awesome, it can be quite expensive, but for afternoon tea, it’s quite affordable. I’ve never been to Nippori and it was interesting, sampling various snacks.
Address : 3-13-10 Nishiazabu, Minato 106-0031, Tokyo Prefecture
How to get there : Take the subway to Minato Station and walk 10-15 mins.
Next, we met up with some friends for a very interesting French Japanese restaurant. Ever used chopsticks to have French food? I have! Wait for part 2 Tokyo!