Visiting Tsukiji Market is a great place to visit and eat fresh seafood. After Tsukiji Market we took the Metro to Yoyogi Station and from there walked 10 minutes to the Shrine entrance.
Tsukiji Market is great place to see the different varieties of seafood which people eat in Japan. The market used to be a wholesale market where you could see enormous tunas being cut down to tiny pieces of sashimi. The market is now a retail market, but is a great place to visit.
You can buy all kinds of fresh seafood and I’m told that the prices are very reasonable. We went with Mai’s mum, dad and sister and bought lots of different things, including great amberjack, sea bream and blood clams, which were really big. The fresh clams were shelled at the shop and that evening Mai’s dad prepared sashimi.
After our shopping trip we went to a nearby restaurant to eat sashimi. The prices and freshness of the fish are excellent around Tsukiji. After lunch Mai, her sister and I headed to the Meiji Shrine.
We took the Metro to Yoyogi Station and from there walked 10 minutes to the Shrine entrance.
The Meiji Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Japan and is a good place to wander around for an hour or so. It’s set in a beautiful forest in the middle of the city. A really peaceful place to escape the traffic.
We were lucky because there was also a bonsai chrysanthemum exhibition taking place. The Japanese are really detail oriented people and bonsai reflect their patience and focus.