Japan 2016 – Day Eight – Back to Tokyo Asakusa – Part One

Ryokans and onsens, Yokohama, and the Kanagawa region were nice. But Tokyo is where my love of Japan really shows. Its my second time here, and I still find an endless amount of things to see and do. Tokyo is my favourite city in the world! Off to Asakusa.

Asakusa

After a week away from the bustling lights of Tokyo, we jumped on a few suburban trains back to Asakusa. We were staying at a hotel named Red Planet Asakusa, located conveniently 5 minutes away from Tawaramachi station on the Ginza line. I’ll post something separately about the hotel, as i feel it deserves an honorable mention for being ridiculously affordable for what you get, particularly in Tokyo.

Nakamise Dori

After checking in, we went to Nakamise-Dori, or the shopping streets in Asakusa. Here you will find the usual tourist and souveneer stores selling handheld fans and chopsticks, as well as plenty of snacks to keep you going.

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Being a particularly hot day in Tokyo, we settled for some ice cream to start with. Look for the shop with the huge line that seems to do incredibly well.

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By this time, I had had enough of temples. Didn’t stop me from having a quick peek anyway (probably FOMO).

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Snacks galore inside the shopping street, and outside in the market area! This place sold seafood on a stick, as well as soy flavoured pork strips wrapped around sticky rice on a stick. So tasty!

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The missus had read about a melon pan bread shop that was all the rage. We ended up going to the wrong one. I don’t think there would too much variation between the two, but oh well, it was still nice to eat. Think of it as asian sweet bread with a crispy top.

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Fried chicken was next of course. We found this little shack on the fringes of the shopping streets. For a measly Y300 we got 4 fried chicken pieces and some potatoes. Great snack! Unfortunately, I can’t seem to remember where exactly it is, and what the name of it is.

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And finally something called Fried Manjuu, a fried snack with a sweet filling inside. This one was sweet potato. The place is called Agemanju, its near the front of Sensoji temple entrance. You can’t miss it!

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