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Tsukiji Market (築地市場), Ameyoko (アメ横), Akihabara (秋葉原)

(Day 4)
tsukiji fish market tokyo seafood
If you haven’t visited the Tsukiji Market (築地市場), it’s best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The place is a major tourist attraction where famous tuna auctions are taking place in the inner market; limited to 120 visitors per day starting from 5 am.

tsukiji fish market tokyo japan
I’ve yet to visit the Tsukiji inner market as it’s too early, but it’s my 2nd time going to the outer market. The outer market consists of small retail shops, & restaurants where you can have fresh sashimi or sushi. *Point to note: Visit Tsukiji only in the morning! Most shops are close by 2 pm.

tsukiji fish market tokyo luxury haven
This trip there, I found some really cheap Karasumi (カラスミ). The Salted Mullet Roe is a high priced delicacy & it’s often eaten while drinking sake. Although originating from Japan, this is my first time seeing it in Tokyo. Interestingly, most of my Japanese friends who are businessmen often buy them from Taiwan. I too, frequently buy Karasumi from Taipei during my business trips there while I was still in the corporate world, but it’s super expensive. I remember paying about US$75 for a pair, tho good quality ones can cost up to US$300 - US$400!!
tsukiji fish market tokyo karasumi
The prices at Tsukiji shocked me – just over ¥1,000 (US$11) for a pair! I asked my penpal of 20 yrs if those are fake Karasumi. To my surprise, Chie has never tasted Karasumi & it’s her first time seeing it. Since there were some samples to taste, I asked her to try & she loves it! Reason for the cheap price tag - these aren’t 100% roes! Both of us bought some anyway since the taste wasn’t too bad either.

ameya yokocho tokyo luxury haven
Chie & I have been long time friends & I often look her up whenever I’m in Tokyo. We knew each other even before we got married, & now she has 3 kids & my son is already 18!! We spent an entire day out & had a wonderful time catching up as always. After Tsukiji, our next stop was to Ameyoko (アメ横).

ameyoko luxury haven
One can almost find anything in Ameyoko, which is one of my must-go places to shop.

The Ameyoko shopping street runs from Ueno to Okachimachi Station , along the train tracks of the JR Yamanote Line & JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. It can also be accessed from Ueno-Okachimachi Station along the Oedo Subway Line.
tokyo ameyoko dining luxury haven
Our Tempura lunch at Ameyoko before heading off to our next destination.

tokyo subways lockers
After our shopping at Ameyoko, we parked our stuff in one of these lockers located in the Ueno train station.

tokyo subways locker
Priced from ¥300 - ¥400, we picked the bigger locker to store our goods before taking a train to Akihabara (秋葉原).

tokyo ueno locker
This is the happy Chie, first time trying these lockers! She must’ve regretted knowing me with all my silly ideas.

tokyo akihabara maid cafe luxury haven
Have you been to a Maid Café (メイドカフェ) in Tokyo, where waitresses donning the French maid costumes treating customers as masters & mistresses? While walking along Akihabara, we were touted by a maid distributing flyers & were coaxed into going to one.

tokyo akihabara maid cafe
It was kinda scary actually as the maid led Chie & I to a back lane, which we had to walk more than 5 mins to the cafe. Typically, these maids greet customers with "Welcome home, Master/Madam! (お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様!)” Sorry, no pix of the café. Photographs of maids or the cafe interior are forbidden; only food pix are allowed. Customers have to pay extra for photography.

maid dreamin cafe tokyo japan
But is it really worth visiting a Maid Café? Chie & I were surprised that we’ve to pay an entrance fee of ¥500. We were expecting to see some fascinating interior since there’s an entrance fee, but it was just a plain, simple cafe. But at least there was a drawing on my entrance card. Lol!

tokyo akihabara maid cafe
These Soda Floats cost ¥800 each! I’m sure you guys can do a much better job. Well, will I ever visit again? I don't think so....

map tokyo tsukiji ueno ameyoko
It's really convenient to stay at Conrad Tokyo, as it's only a stop away to the Tsukiji Market. From there, you can take a train to Akihabara & Ueno, which is just beside each other.

caretta shiodome hokkaido japanese restaurant snow crab hotpot
Next, check out our Snow Crab dinner at Caretta Shiodome Hokkaido Northern Japanese Food (北海道 カレッタ汐留店)!

35 comments:

  1. Love reading your travel posts of Tokyo as it is my top favorite holiday destination :)

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    1. Janice, glad you've enjoyed the tour!

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  2. lovely post i want to be there

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    1. cquek, me too! Wanna go again & again!

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  3. wow, thanks for sharing your experience in Japan, hopefully i can visits there one day!

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    1. Mr Lonely, hope your dream comes true soon....

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  4. I wasn't expecting to see any post during your absence for the Penang trip.LOL! I loves the idea of "parking" your shopping "loots" before continuing for more shopping. Haha! The ice cream in the maids cafe look kind of cute but to pay for an entrance fees to a plain cafe is really not worth the while.

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    1. DS, hahaha! Thks for coming by during my absence!

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    2. Hi Shirley,
      I believe you have a wonderful trip in Tokyo.
      Thanks for sharing.

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    3. Mui Mui, always did! Hahaha! Chk out my Penang trip too :)

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  5. Shirley, that is a good report with Do and Don't in Tokyo :)) Love all of the pictures of yours. The day would have been a plain routine day without you ideas ;))

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    1. Selena, thks so much for your lovely comments! Love having u around!

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  6. Dreaming of going to Japan one day!

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    1. YL, hope u'll get to visit your dream place some day!

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  7. Makes me feels like want to go japan again..

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    1. Cre8tone, thks for checking out & would stop by your blog soon!

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  8. Hahaha I love Tsukiji. Oh the raw scallop and sea urchin T_T Shirleyyyyyyyyy why are you always in Japan? You make me wanna cry so bad lolol

    Whoa maid cafe seems really pricey and not worth it o.o But I must secretly admit that the ice cream looks delicious =P

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  9. You look like you ad a blast my friend :D
    Awesome!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  10. wow, u are always travelling! I was hoping that you went on the tour so that you can do a post on it. =P

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    1. FC, u don't need a tour in Tokyo; it's relatively easy to get around :)

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    2. oh, i meant tour of Tsukiji Market =)

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    3. FC, oh! Hahaha! Too early leh. Imagine what time I've to wake up....

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  11. That was an interesting Tokyo tour. Enjoy your family vacation time!

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  12. The maid cafe...so expensive...but it has been more for the experience:P

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    1. missyblurkit, once is enough for the experience.......

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  13. okie noted...must be before 2pm...

    good of them to have those lockers. At least dont have to carry those plastic bags everywhere.

    The floats looks cute but pricey :(

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    1. Kathy, simply adore those lockers1 They're so convenient :)

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  14. Great tips, i have never been to Japan before but would love to do so in the near future, but too bad i can't speak Japanese else probably i can have some nice bargains while doing my shopping ;)

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    1. Ken, hahaha! It's a bit hard to get around if u don't speak their language esp when u're lost....

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  15. All your photos are so well taken especially the food. Constantly hungry just by looking at them

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    1. Pepper, thks! It means a lot hearing that :)

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  16. These are my favorite haunts (minus the maid cafe :-P) in Tokyo. I will always visit them when I travel there.

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