Tsukiji Fish Market is the biggest fish market in the world. Nothing else compares to the fish market in Tokyo! If you want to see a 2 million 円 tuna deal go down, or see some sea creatures that you have never seen before Tsukiji Fish Market is the place to go. You can see everything from tuna heads being cut off alive to fish samples you never heard of you. Tsukiji Fish Market Is something i suggest to see when the action go on! The craziest of so much money being handed back and forth is exciting. If you want to see the action i suggest getting to Tsukiji Fish Market around 0300-0330. Thats the time you can snag a ticket. I suggest doing this after the holidays. Too many people other wise. Tsukiji Fish Market is definitely on my top ten things to do in Japan.
I recently found out that there was a bamboo forest close to home. Although it doesn’t compare to the bamboo forest in Kyoto It’s the best one around the Tokyo area that i’ve seen so far. Being in the bamboo forest is like stepping into another planet. It’s not like any place i’ve been to. It’s 円200 to get in and for an additional 円500 you can relax in the bamboo forest with a cup of Japanese green tea. Hōkoku-ji Temple is a little on the out skirts of Kamakura. I suggest taking the number 36 bus 4 stops to Hōkoku-ji Temple. It’s most defiantly worth it for the ride. I made the mistake of walking to the temple on my way there. If you’r looking for a nice quite peaceful place to go and relax Hōkoku-ji Temple is the place to go.
Calling all Pokémon fans. Pikachu has invaded Yokohama! This event that is promoting the new movie XY. Pikachu’s invasion of Yokohama starts the 9th of August and run through 17th of August. Pikachu’s will be located in 14 different areas all around Yokohama bay. The varying stations around have different items dedicated to Pikachu. From blow up jumpy Pikachu, car & bus Pikachu, to Pikachu cafe. Pikachu fan or not it’s worth seeing Yokohama in more of a yellow light.
Learning Hiragana and Katakana are the two basic alphabets in Japan that you should start off with while learning Japanese. I have found that Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners by, Timothy G. Stout has been very helpful for me learning hiragana and katakana. This book uses pictures of different things that resemble the character that helps you retain the character better. This book shows the stroke order of the characters. They also have a place for you to trace the characters and then write it out a few times yourself. This book also uses the characters in a vocabulary word to help you build your vocabulary at the same time. There is more to this book that will help you out if you are just getting started in writing and reading the language. I would give this book a 10 out of 10. This book is worth every penny! I am now looking for a good book to help me with kanji. If anyone has any suggestions please share in the comment box! Thank you!
Okinawa Zoo located right in Okinawa city is quite an interesting place to go on a day off. The entrance fee is only ¥500 to get in. I didn’t not see any other charge in the park besides the souvenir shop. The zoo is filled with many animals including monkeys, snakes, birds, bats, hippos, giraffes, ext… When i went today it was raining on and off. This zoo is well worth the ¥500 entrance fee. Recommended for people who may not have a lot of time here in Okinawa.
To get to Odaiba you first need to cross the Rainbow bridge in the picture above. If you are not taking a car you will have to take the Yurikamome line to get to Odaiba. Odaiba is filled with things to do and see. Walk along a sandy beach with the view of Tokyo and rainbow bridge in the background is one of the first things I did when I got off the train. After walking along the beach I came across the Statue Of Liberty. Being from New York it was really surprising to see the Statue Of Liberty in Japan. You with also come across a building called Fuji Television Studios with an amazing architecture by Kenzo Tange. Another great thing to see here is the giant gundam. Im not a big fan of anime but still an awesome sight to see. It’s great day trip togo sight seeing here in Japan!
Trains are all over Japan. Trains are one of the main way to travel here in Japan. Whether it’s a train, subway, tram, or a bullet train you will most likely step on one if you come here. Most people in Tokyo region use a Pasmo card to enter the gates of the train stations. A Pasmo card is a rechargeable card the is touch sensitive when going through the gates. You can usually leave your Pasmo card in your wallet and just touch your wallet to the sensor when passing through the gates. Being on the trains in Japan differ a lot from other countries. Most of the time the trains are so quite you can here a pin drop on the floor. This is because most people in Japan like to be in their own little bubble when they are on the train. Japan is so over populated that being quite is the respectable thing to do. There is also an unwritten rule to not talk on the trains too. Trains can get so crowded that the employees will push you into the train to make you fit some times during rush hour. Trains in Japan is just part of the culture.
Tokyo Tower is a great place to go if you want to see the Tokyo skyline. With the main Observatory at a 150 meters and the special Observatory at 250 meters it’s worth the ¥ 1,420 for both. You also can get an amazing view looking down at the tower with a square glass that you can walk on. I took the elevator up but decided to take the stairs on the way back down. It was few more stairs then what i thought. You can see Tokyo Tower from afar around Tokyo. Roppongi Hills is a great place to see Tokyo tower.
I finally witnessed my first Sumo Wrestling tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Sumida, Tokyo. I found out that they stomp the ground like in the picture is to get rid of evil spirits in the ring. They also through salt in the ring to please the Shinto Gods. Most of the matches only last a few seconds long. The object is to get the other guy in submission, or pushed out of the ring. Someone was also retiring that day and the ceremony consist of many people cutting a small part of the Sumo’s hair. This ceremony lasted over an hour long. It’s a great experience to see if you get the chance while here in Japan.
Ever wanted to go to a club with crazy old fashion mirrors all over the walls and chandeliers all over the ceiling? The Trump Room is the place to go then. With a cover charge of ¥2,000 and I believe it includes a drink, you can’t go wrong! This two floor establishment with a dance floor and lounge is the place to go if your looking for a laid back place to go in Shibuya. It’s kinda of hard to explain how to get there you will just have to google map it. The cover is cheap and well worth the experience.