We spent a good part of this morning trying to decide what to do.
We’ve looked at day trips out of Tokyo and River Cruises but nothing really appeals within the time frame we have.
So I went online and found a market area that is supposed to be really popular with tourists and better yet, it was in “walking distance” from us (It’s all relative)
The Nakamise market was a couple of kilometres from us.
As we approached we saw a whole lot of bicycles parked.
Everyone rides a bike and you’re constantly looking over our shoulder to see if one is about to whizz past you!
I really don’t know how there aren’t more accidents with them here.
Before we shopped at the market we walked through Senso-ji Temple which adjoins the market.
There were some food stalls along there and hubby and I tried some of the Crab Meat on offer
(At least, I hope that’s what it was)
You would have a hard time being here if you don’t like crowds. Wherever you go there are just crowds and crowds of people. I found myself getting anxious a few times but you just have to go with the flow.
There are soooo many shop stalls to look at and we didn’t really get to look at everyone but we did spend a lot of time there.
I had read about the many themed cafe’s here and one I particularly wanted to visit was based on Alice in Wonderland.
It was called “Alice in an Old Castle”
Unfortunately no one was around so I just took a few photos (it was really dark in there) and then left back through the winding staircase.
It looked like a pretty cool place so I was sorry we couldn’t even just have a drink there.
Maybe next visit…
We wussed out at lunch time and went into an Italian place.
I seem to think we’ve eaten at this chain before but hubby says we haven’t. I love the message on their napkins!
Then it was time to walk around Ikebukuro.
There’s a department store there called Seibu and on the basement level, you will find all sorts of food that will be wrapped, packaged, then packaged again for you to take home.
The pictures I took were mostly of the desserts/cakes because that’s what we were after but they had lots of meat and savoury products too.
Hubby and I got a large share of cakes and snuck off to find somewhere to eat them.
One thing about Japan is that you can be hard pressed to find public seating and rubbish/trash bins! Yet it is mostly always clean. We haven’t seen litter apart from the odd cigarette butt, but there are no bins around.
We walked for a bit then found a sunny spot that we thought was behind a walkway. We sat down and started greedily devouring our goodies when all of a sudden, people started rushing by.
Turns out we were in a walkway through the train station.. Whoops. So much for trying to be discreet.
But that’s ok, no one knows us here….
We walked around some more and spoke to a few locals that approached us speaking English.
So many things to see. There is always something happening.
Hubby and I often look at each other saying “Where are all these people going???” because it’s like a major rock concert or something has just let out and everyone is rushing to go home.
But in Japan it’s just another regular night where crowds, loud electronic music and dress ups are just part of everyday life.
I think today was the first day since we’ve been here that we didn’t have dumplings! Who would have thought that there is a limit to dumpling love.
I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow is going to have in store for us!