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Japan Trip Tokyo: Ueno, Akihabara & Tsukiji

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Traditional Japanese breakfast at Sawanoya Ryokan

It took a long time but I finally managed to take my dream trip to Japan. It was twenty-one days in three cities, sweltering heat and with one jam-packed itinerary. That’s a slight exaggeration, I left carefully scheduled blocks of time free for “spontaneity”. It was amazing and exhausting. But perhaps the best thing were those little moments you can’t take pictures of. Chatting to salarymen over shochu, or soaking in the best bath of my life. I can’t wait to go again.

You can also check out some videos we took on YouTube.

Our Itinerary

9 Days in Tokyo – Sawanoya Ryokan

1 Day in Nagoya for Sumo – Hotel Wing International Nagoya

7 Days in Kyoto – Capsule Ryokan Kyoto

4 Days in Osaka – Hokousou

1 Day at an onsen – Marukyu Ryokan


We stayed in nearby Nippori and enjoyed to cute suburban feel of the area.

This is the view from the roof of our hotel:

The view of Nippori from the roof of Ryokan Sawanoya

We walked past this cute cat café walking to the station… Needless to say it’s even crazier inside.

A cute cat cafe in Nippori

A cute cat cafe in Nippori

A cute cat cafe in Nippori

Cat face curry:

Eating curry at the cat cafe


The curry is devoured

This area is filled with small temples:

A temple in Nippori

And with the temples there’s a lot of cemeteries. We walked through here every day going to the train station:

The large cemetery in Nippori

The large cemetery in Nippori

Tennoji Temple:

Tennoji Temple in Nippori

Tennoji Temple in Nippori

Tennoji Temple in Nippori

The lotuses at Ueno Park:

The lotuses at Ueno Park.


We took a side trip to Mitaka to visit the Ghibli Museum. Apparently this location was chosen for the museum because of the beautiful park. It definitely feels like you’re walking through an enchanted wood in one of their movies.

Unfortunately we couldn’t take photo’s inside the museum so you’ll have to satisfy yourself with pictures from their website.

The park in Mitaka

Koi in the lake

This bright red temple was also in this park:

A red temple in the Mitaka park

The outside of the Ghibli Museum:

The outside of the Ghibli Museum


This was a chance for us to totaly geek out with maid cafés, otaku goods and electronics.

Check out the massive Sega arcade:

The Sega Arcade in Akihabara

The Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe and Shop:

The Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe and Shop in Akihabara



There was really a lot of maids everywhere, but you’re not supposed to take photo’s them, so we stalked this lady:

Maid in Akihabara

Dinner was grilled cow tongue:

Japanese dinner: grilled cow tongue


Tsukiji is the world’s largest fish market and a place where you can get some of the world’s freshest sushi. Unfortunately we missed the early morning tuna auction because the trains only start running at 5:00. If you really want to see it you’ll have to get a taxi.

We took a video of our walk through the Vegetable Market (it’s super long).

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Inside there’s no bad fish smell, everyone is really busy filleting and selling the fresh fish:

Tuna inside Tsukiji Fish Market

There’s probably more strange seafood than you knew existed. These look like abalone to me:

Abalone inside Tsukiji Fish Market

Tuna inside Tsukiji Fish Market

Stalls inside Tsukiji Fish Market

So that’s it for now. Tokyo Part 2 will cover Odaiba, Harajuku and Shibuya.

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