11 Nov 2013

DAY 4: JAPAN - Tokyo: City walk 2 (Uneo & Asakusa)

Tokyo Skytree and Beer Tower

I could not sleep last night 'cause I had a coffee so finally, I feel asleep around 2:30am. 4am we supposed to get up and go to that famous Fish market. Alarm was ringing and Maria asked if we gonna go.. "Nooo, please, lets leave it for the other day I could not sleep until late". I was moaning. And we stayed. We slept until 10am and after decided to visit downtown area here - Ueno and Asakusa. It was nice warm but still cloudy day. Walk next to the Sumida river was joyful and we could make nice pictures of Tokyo Skytree tower and Beer Tower. 

 Near Sumida river

TKO in colors 

When we came to Asaskusa downtown we went to the Asakusa Tourist Information Center and took some brochure about the town. The lady from the info desk was so surprised when we said we are from Serbia and she said also she would like to visit our country. :)
Just across the road is Nakamise shopping street, real tourist trap to easy spend money on souvenirs and some local snacks. Pricy. The street leads to the Senso - ji Temple. It is so nice but busy landmark and there we tried our lucky with fortune sticks. When u got inside the temple on the right side is a stand with sticks and small drawers. You put 100 yen coin, make a wish and shake the box with stick. After u take one stick and see the sign in Japanese letter, find the same sign on a drawer, open the right drawer and take the paper. on the paper is written your fortune. It can be good or bad. I was lucky to get the best fortune, but Maria was not lucky. We called it - balance :)

 my fortune

she is adorable

After the temple we went to 7/11 shop for lunch. Cheapest option for every backpacker. Few nights ago we tried some fried crabs and they were so delicious, so we bought them again. Nom - nom! In the same shop we saw Japanese porn magazine in manga comic .. :)

 Crabs with sauce 

literature :)

We were on the way to Ueno, in Asakusa street hoping that the weather will change but with all that clouds .. no chance.. After 45min we stopped in another shop 'cause I wanted to try some juice with banana and blueberry. Maria took coffee. 

500ml of happiness

In Ueno area, we saw one street that was just across the park and decided just to take a look. That was not so quick, we stayed there full hour. It was open market where you can buy souvenirs (much cheaper than in Nakamise street), fish, giant crabs and many other things.. I was feeling cold in a tiny jacket so I bought myself "puma" long sleeve shirt (for 10 dollars) on sales. After few minutes, we saw video game center. "Let's freaking go there and lost" Maria said. God that was good idea! The store was on 3 levels and each level has different type of games. 

 forever kid

We choose the photo one. Since everything is in Japanese language we did not know how to use it we asked two local girls if we can see what they are doing. You pay 400 yens,  you go inside the cabin, machine takes few snapshots of you and after you go to another cabin and create your picture through the filters and all photoshop plug ins. It was sooo funny. After you finish with that you have to type your e-mail and in few seconds you've got them. Plus you get 2 printed photos in collage style on photo paper. When we finished with all photoshop filters, we went outside of the 2nd cabin and typed our mail (40 seconds is a time) but it was not working. I called 2 girls next to us to help us. One of them said that the machine is not accepting non of usual e-mail behest (such as gmail, or yahoo or hotmail) and it has to be Japanese one. we panicked and ask her if she can put hers and after send it to us. 2nd time you have 20 seconds to put your correct email or you lose the chance to get your pictures in digital format. She typed it fast and we were saved :) Since everything is on Japanese language we could not understand nothing. She helped us. (Yumi & Senda if you ever read this - ARIGTO!!! Thank you for all your time girls).

 With Yumi and Senda

from vending machine

and another one

We did not even felt how time flew by.. had so much fun there. Outside was rainy and wet. "Nevermind" Maria said "we'll go anyway to see Ueno park".
Ueno is nice touristic area with many museums and zoo. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in spring when cherry tree is blossoming. We also had horny crow echo ... 

The weather changed. It was not warm anymore. The rain brought wind aswell. Walk in a park was nice, Zoo did not work today but we checked the ticket price (600yen adult). 
Around 7pm we return to our hotel. Sightseeing by feet was really exhausting but we were enjoying.
I am off to bed now, in 4 hours we should wake up for that Fish market. It has to be early in the morning (around 6am) 'cause after 7am is closed. Goodnight! 


1 comment:

  1. seems u r having so much fun already there, also those flashes of colours everywhere around I can see u agree with the place Yelena...
    hope you feel welcome, and make a lot of friends... keep us posted... rock on, the world is yours! xx (Uros)