Tokyo Travelogue: Day 8 Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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Our last full day in Tokyo saw us taking a 2 hour train ride out to Kawaguchiko to do the following:

  1. Catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji
  2. Try and pretend sakuras were still available in May lol

We originally wanted to go to Hakone instead but the volcanic eruption caused us to switch plans a few weeks before flying off to Japan so we settled instead for the Fuji Shibazakura Festival.

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Took the straight train from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko. Entire journey was around 2 hours and we bought our tickets on the day itself from Shinjuku station. If you have trouble telling the station staff the tickets you want to purchase, make sure to print out the ‘Access’ page here to the festival here and show it to them.

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Caught a glimpse of Mt Fuji when we alighted at Kawaguchiko staion

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There are signs directing you to the shuttle bus that brings you to the festival site. The bus journey is another 30 minutes and you can get the tickets at the bus station for the bus.

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Unfortunately, it was nearing the end of the festival so the flowers were pretty much gone although there were patches of pink still scattered all around.

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Dragon Lake

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Tokyo Travelogue: Day 7 Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree

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Day 7 Itinerary

We’re now on our third last day in Tokyo and the plan was to visit Tsukiji Fish Market for breakfast. The bro, bff and I were the only ones who went because the mother couldn’t take any raw food so we left her with breakfast from McDonalds next to our hotel and left for the fish market.

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I won’t leave any directions for this market as it’s slated to be closed at the end of 2016, moving to another larger site to house the fish market. Nevertheless, this age old fish market is an icon of old Tokyo so I thought best to pen this down for memory’s sake.

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We got there at around 7.30am and the queues for the famous sushi joints (Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa) were snakingly long and not moving. Our plan was not to eat at these 2 places because we didn’t have much time and needed to rush off to Asakusa for our kimono experience at 10am but if given the opportunity in future I would definitely want to try them at least once xD

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3rd pic above is a famous place serving tempura. This is located along the same stretch as Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa. Not too sure about how long they take to serve food though.

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We randomly selected one of the sushi restaurants at a much more quieter spot within the market. The 3 of us ended up being their only customers for the entire hour we were there although 2 tourists got turned away when they wanted to order 1 set to share between themselves.

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It is mandatory that each patron has to order one set each, no sharing is allowed so we really scarfed down all that rice and fish at 8am. Horrible D:

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Bonito flakes supplier

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Tokyo Travelogue: Day 6 Ginza and Tokyo Station

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After bidding the Tokyo Disney Resort goodbye, we checked out of Hilton Tokyo Bay and made our way to Ginza where our third and final hotel for the trip was located – Mercure Tokyo Ginza.

The hotel is located directly above Ginza-Itchome station on the Yurakucho Line so that was how we got to our hotel from Maihama.

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Standard room for two

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Yup direct access up from the subway station ^^

We checked in and then left to explore around the Ginza area. So we realised that Ginza was pretty upscale and a business district to boot but it still has a shopping strip available including these…

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Large GU store which is a sister brand of Uniqlo

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