Saturday (actually Friday in the US) was our day to get to know Tokyo. Abe had done research and knew that, though the bus tours sounded nice, they weren’t quite the adventure we were looking for. Trip Advisor pointed him toward Tokyo Great Cycling Tour with all 100% positive reviews, so we decided to give it a shot (even though people were saying bike tours in new cities could be more perilous than expected- we’re so risky!). And IT WAS AWESOME. It deserves its own post (which it’ll get after I’m home with better access to photos from my big camera), but here are some highlights!
The day started with a trip to 711 for cash and breakfast.
We chose udon noodle bowls (only $4!!!) and ate them out back after checking in for the bike tour 30 minutes early.
Fun fact: is very rude to eat or drink in public in Japan. So we navigated the subway (like total pros! Hence the 30 extra minutes) with our food politely stowed and then feasted once we made it to our destination. This is dongo, baked mochi in a sweet soy sauce. $1 here, $4 in the States.
Then began our tour!
Tsukiji – the largest fish market in the world! Such a pleasant surprise that we got to go here!!! It was on my list, but I didn’t realize the tour stopped here. Shows you how involved I was in the trip planning…
Fresh tuna sashimi (delivered by the fisherman!) from the market. They bought enough for all eleven of us, but no one was excited about eating it! No worries, Abe and I had NO problem finishing what people wouldn’t eat!
Such a clear day! We could see Mount Fuji!! (Peaking through the two buildings)
Lunch on the beach
Ferry ride across the bay with homemade ginger ale
Very steep “promotion steps” and our cute tour guide explaining the history of the steps.
Whew. That’s a lot! Well with the $100 for all the food provided and over 6 hours spent with the wonderfully knowledgeable guide, Yuki!
We were exhausted after the tour, so we cleaned up and just hung out in the small town we’re staying in- Ohyama.
100 yen ($1) stores are huge here and filled with some funny stuff.
What does Clear Squash smell like??
My personal favorite! What is midstream???
And a restaurant I find hilarious – the Italian Tomato Cafe Jr!
Abe’s aunt prepared a nice dinner for us of mixed rice, ginger fried chicken and clam miso soup when we got home. Perfect way to refuel after a long adventure day 🙂
Tomorrow we’re off to a festival in Tokyo which I’m sure will be another big (walking) adventure!! Ps I’m totally rocking this blogging every day thing. I figure it provides a more accurate account than if I were to wait until we got home. I’ve been able to just Draft then when I have time, and hit “post” when I can snag wifi!!