Tokyo Part 1

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!

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Copper clock by Hayao Miyazaki

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.

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Yanaka Ginza Temples

They also have SENBEI shops! (Japanese Savory biscuits). Or little snacks you much whilst having beer.

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Senbei Shop

Front of the senbei shop

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Senbei Shop

Another Temple we went to.

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Another Temple

Another shot of it.

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Temple

A small cemetry to the left and a shrine once you hit the end.

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Temple

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.

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In the temple

Like the craft

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Temple craft

I don’t know why my niece is looking away.

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Family

There was a dorayaki shop as well. ( Red bean in a bun)

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Dorayaki shop

Want some young one? Course she does.

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My niece and my dorayaki

The steps of Yanaka Ginza.

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Steps of Yanaka Ginza

Here it is, the start of the market.

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Yanaka Ginza 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.

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Japanese restaurant in Yanaka Ginza

Nice paintings on the walls.

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Paintings

Here she is airing her mouth.

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Airing

Nice Light.

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Light

Fancy Persimmon juice and fig juice?

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Persimmon and Fig juice

Or maybe a green tea creme puff? Very crunchy but cold. Still good.

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Green tea creme puff

Or maybe some sorbet with some green tea.

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sorbet & green tea

Various arts and crafts along this street. Even buildings are decorated with various arts.

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Building in Nippori

Want to make your own stamp? You can have your name on these stamps and you can choose what you want on it. Cute.

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Japanese Stamps

Fancy some sweets?

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Japanese Sweets

Little cafes as well.

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Japanese Cafes

Feeling peckish. Went for a fried Croquette.

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Fried Croquette

Want some Japanese sandals? You can also get it here.

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Japanese sandal shop

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.

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Tendon

We shared a oyster soba noodles which was hot.

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Kaki Soba

You can have set lunches as well.

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Set Lunches

The stairs are quite famous, called Yuyake Dandan (Sunset Stairs) Must be quite pretty during sunset.

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Yuyake dandan

After lunch my sister wanted to take me to another place to eat, on the way in the station we saw these dolls.

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Dolls in Nippori Station

Went through Tokyo station and took some photos with some NHK idols. My niece was happy!

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My Niece with her idols

Heres some more.

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and more…

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We took the train to this place in Minato. Le Souffle. Apt name because… thats their signature dish!

 

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Le souffle

Even teaches you how to eat it!

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Intructions on how to have souffle.

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.

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Quiches.

There was like a dozen flavours to choose from.

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More quiches

Sauce for the Souffle.

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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.

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Souffle.

this one was a praline souffle.

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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.

Le Souffle

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!

 


0 thoughts on “Tokyo Part 1

  1. GoodFoodGoodKarma

    Wow. Looks like you had a great trip. Tokyo is so beautiful and yummy!

  2. The Hedonist Life

    Their praline soufflé is the best!

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