Discovering Shinjuku, Asakusa and Odaiba districts in Tokyo

Arggggg, my jet lag is still with me! I woke up around 5am, I tried to get back to sleep but after one hour I was fully awake… Well, I read a bit about the next destinations, and I wrote a bit on my blog. And today is the day to visit a few other districts in Tokyo, Shinjuku, Asakusa and Odaiba.


We started the day going to Shinjuku, place where is also the busiest train station in the world!!! So damn big! And it was holiday, I wonder how that looks during rush hour…, there we went to see the view from Tocho, what a view… I could see part of Mount Fuji, but the sky was too greyish, not sure if that was smog or just bad weather. The coffee there wasn’t bad either, but obviously pricy 🙂

Mount Fuji behind the clouds
Mount Fuji behind the clouds


After that we went to Asakusa, we passed through a tourists-rip-off market on the way to another temple, according to Wikipedia this district isn’t “old” due to the Second World War, though, it is the oldest geisha district in Tokyo area. Also in Asakusa we saw a giant poo that it is a beer drop after all, check for the Asahi Beer Tower.


By the end of the day, we went to Odaiba where I saw an amazing view of Tokyo’s skyline at night fall. Odaiba is a “man-made land” and where the Olympic Games will take place, I guess for now it isn’t still the best place to live since it isn’t that easy to reach the city from there or it is pricy. It will be nice to extort more money from the tourists. And by the way, to get there we took a self-driven train, the Yurikamome that crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

Discovering Shinjuku, Asakusa and Odaiba districts in Tokyo
Discovering Shinjuku, Asakusa and Odaiba districts in Tokyo


And finally, dinner time! We went to Ikebukuro for dinner, and we had an amazing dinner that basically we paid to cook ourselves… A “you eat what you can in 90 minutes” restaurant. Seems a really good idea. We have the grill in that same table and we have to get all the meat and veggies we want to grill. So basically, the restaurant saves a cook and gets the money anyway!

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I don’t know if this would work in Europe or US, the way Europeans and Americans eat… And that was all, going home to pack and sleep before the long trip!

By Gil Sousa

Portuguese expat in Cork, traveler and food enthusiastic.

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