A Japanese Adventure
An online journal
We had another sleep in as I "accidentally" turned the alarm off, but it was a free day, so I didnt feel so bad! We decided to spend the day heading back to Asakusa to venture up Tokyo Skytree (the worlds tallest tower), to take in the sights. We had breakfast at a really cute little cafe we found and had the nicest muffin ever. It was an runny egg muffin with a sort of BBQ mince beef on top, weird combo but so good. I had to take the cheese off mine due to my dairy allergy, which Joe was more than happy to take off my hands! Paired with an iced coffee, it was the best way to start a late morning exploration.
After breakfast, we decided to head straight to the Skytree tower. It was lovely and quiet, and hardly any queues to take the lifts. All of them were themed after the seasons, on the way up we had Autumn and the way down we had Spring (the cherry blossom carvings on the ceiling were so beautiful). Such a nice touch to something that literally took 50 seconds to reach the first observatory at 350m!
The views were absolutely breathtaking, and it was wonderful to see all of Tokyo laid out in front of you. Unfortunately it was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji :( At this point, neither of us had seen it in real life (I never got to see it on my first trip either!). We even stood on the glass flooring, at which point I was nearly sick - but I still had both feet on the glass haha!
We bought loads of random anime surprise grab bags at the gift shop, and found a lovely spot to open them, at the base of the tower, just through a park. After getting super giddy at our Attack on Titan and Monster Hunter grab bag finds, we headed to the Asahi Beerhall for a crazily expensive half pint of Asahi Black. One of my favourite imports that i've only ever managed to find in one Japanese restaurant in Leeds!
By this point, we were hungry again, so found a teenie tiny ramen shop, and ordered a beer a ramen bowl each. We couldn't believe how cheap this place was, and paid around £12 for both of us. The portions were always so generous, that a bowl like this could keep us well fed and we would only need a snack for dinner - plus this was loads friendlier for our budget!
We walked around Asakusa for a couple of hours, doing bits of shopping and sightseeing, then as it was getting dark, we decided to head back to Hoppy Street for a couple of drinks and light snacks (we were still full from the huge ramen lunch!).
The first place we visited became our favourite and regular spot throughout the holiday, and was run by two lovely and attentive women. They served us salted grilled mackerel with radish - which was easily one of the best things I ate on the entire trip. I had my usual tipple of umeshu (plum wine), and Joe had shōchū ) and Hoppy (a malt flavoured mixer). The next bar was really lovely too. We struggled a little with the menu, as it was mainly written in Kanji, and I could only read Hiragana and Katakana! But the table next to us, a young woman and her friend, leaned over and offered to translate for us. It was such a lovely gesture, as we must have looked really confused haha. She sat through nearly every item on the menu, just so we knew what we were ordering (we found that people throughout the whole trip really made every effort to not only help you, but just to talk English and have a chat!). We also got talking to a table of computer developers from the Netherlands, who were all really lovely, and were asking for local tips as they had just arrived that day.
After several umeshu and hoppy drinks later - oh and even more grilled mackerel, we boarded the trains home, ready for the next day and our trip to Tokyo Disney Sea!