Wow, May just flew past without a single post on this blog.
It’s been a month of intense vacationing for me; from 8 days in sunny Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, to 2 weeks in Hokkaido, where we ate so much soft-serve that I’m on a hiatus from ice cream for the time being, haha.
Thereafter, it’s back to work and guess what, I went back to Japan again! This time to Tokyo, and the latest Skytree was on my radar.
Standing at 634m, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, the country’s tallest landmark, and the second tallest manmade skyscraper ever built, after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. A pretty impressive record!
Adjacent to this monster tree is Tokyo Solamachi (a.k.a. Tokyo Sky Town), a huge shopping and dining facility that’s incredibly crowded with mainly domestic tourists.
Look for Sorakara-chan inside, the tower’s mascot with a star-shaped head. Not a very cute doll, imo.
My best foodie find from the massive food hall was this delicious La Poppo yaki-imo sweet potato pie from Shirohato Corporation (らぽっぽ). Naturally sweet and so so moist!
Since Skytree is in the Sumida River area, it’s an easy walk to Asakusa from there. There’s a great view of the tower and Asahi Beer‘s golden buildings from Azumabashi, a prominent red bridge that’s impossible to miss.
My favourite pic of the day! Love the juxtaposition between the quaint old streets of Asakusa and the new modern Skytree in the distance.
My 3rd time at Nakamise-dori; can never get tired of this festive walking street that links Kaminarimon to the famous Sensoji Temple.
Always have time for a quiet moment in peace.. This was taken from the top steps of the temple.
Ok, time to eat!
I’ve got a thing for kaiten sushi lately. Unlike Singapore, conveyor belt sushi joints in Japan don’t necessarily mean cheap and low quality. All it takes is some research to source out the good and reliable ones.
Maguro-Bito (まぐろ人) is one such restaurant. I totally enjoyed my experience here, from the friendly chef to the numerous yummy tuna sushi. The fatty aburi toro was especially memorable! ❤
1-5-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Another fabulous kaiten place is Numazukou (沼津港) in Shinjuku. In fact, I like it so much that I went twice in a row, once for dinner and the other for lunch the next afternoon! Looking at the photos now, I’m missing the aburi iwashi (sardine), nama shirasu (raw anchovies), nama sakura ebi (raw shrimps) and of course, my standard must-eat order of anago~
1-10-1 Nishi-shinjuku, B2F MY Shinjuku Building, Shinjuku-ku
For a change, I had a quick dinner at Uogashi Nihonichi Standing Sushi Bar. As the name suggests, there’s no seats, only a sushi counter in the small shop. Freshly prepared, and very affordable with prices starting from ¥75 per piece! I’m definitely heading back again as this is so near to my hotel : )
1-12 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku