Sunday 23 November 2014

Tokyo, Japan Day 5 - Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場), Tokyo DisneySea

Our fifth day in Tokyo sees us having the freshest sushi for breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market, as well as spending the day at Tokyo DisneySea. Tsukiji Fish Market, also the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market and also one of the largest wholesale food market. It is a must-go for first time visitors to Tokyo, Japan. A sashimi and sushi breakfast is a MUST at Tsukiji. Read here for the rest of my japan travelogues.

Most people often mistaken Tsukiji Station (H10) would be the nearest station to go to the fish market. Please note that from Tsukiji Station, it's slightly longer and you would need a 10 mins walk to get there. Please alight at Tsukijishijo Station (E18), right above station with signage.

Take the Toei Line to Tsukijishijo Station (E18), 1 min.
Take the Tokyo Metro Line to Tsukiji Station (H10), 10mins walk.

Add: 5-2-1 Tsukiji

Tsukiji’s most popular sashimi restaurants can be found in inner alleys of Building 6, reached by walking in from the main entrance. This is the map you'll see before the fish market, telling what you will be expecting upon entering. Snap a photo for your guidance.

Can you imagine how fresh the fishes would be since this is the fish market where all the best sashimi are in Japan. There will be trucks going in and out delivery the fishes, be careful on road. 

Although they are many sushi joints at Tsukiji, there were two shops that attracts the longest queue – Sushi Dai (寿司大) and Daiwa Sushi (大和寿司). The photo above probably says it all.

That cold morning in Tokyo doesn't stop people from queuing at their sushi joint. Can you imagine how fresh and good the sushi's are? I was dying to find out.

Many chose to walk in random shops along the same stretch, those that has the shortest or without any queue. All the seafood are from the same source so their standards won’t be too far off. Ryu Sushi is also recommended by some, another alternative choice. 

And so, we randomly walked into Yamazaki Sushi which has the shortest queue.

We were quickly served with warm towels and green tea from the chilly weather outside. Two menus are placed in-front of us, showing the different set of don and sushi platter - the premium or set with different amount of sushi (8, 9 or 11 pieces).

All platters comes along w miso soup. English words are available so it wasn't a trouble ordering.

We went ahead with the 11 pieces sushi set (3675 Yen) which comes in default. The homz doesn't eat fish roe so we were able to change, as long as it's the same price.

Once you've ordered, the sushi are made freshly right in front of you. I was amazed at how fast the Japanese chef did it, slicing and molding the sushi rice.
Recorded a video of it and it looks like it's being fast forward lol.

And it's done! Wasabi are stuffed within the sushi, let them know if you prefer less or none of it. We felt that having wasabi in your sushi is way nicer :P

After our meal, walked around the market and chance upon this stall that sells freshly steamed Tamago. They have it in different flavor but we went for the original for a first timer.

It's so fluffy and moist, oh my gawr.
Having it steaming hot in this cold weather is like the best thing on earth.

Right after getting our tummies filled, it's time for DisneySea! If you read my first post here, you would know that we bought the JR 7 days pass. But since we'll be staying for 11 days, we activated the pass on our 5th day as we will need it for Tokyo Disney which is on the JR Keiyo Line.

Tokyo Disney Resort (DisneySea & Disneyland)
DirectionTake JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
More tickets and information here.

Alternatively, you may get your tickets online from Klook Travel.  Simply download Klook app and use this code 'NA9I9' to get SG$4.5 in credit when you book tickets! 

After reaching Maihama Station on the JR line, you'll need to purchase a separate ticket of 250 yen for the Disney Resort Line. After alighting, DisneySea will be on the left while Disneyland on the right, both located separately. I wouldn't advise anyone to hop both places in 1 day though package ticket are available. It's going to be rush as they close at 6 or 7pm.

The entrance that greeted us at DisneySea! But.. it's still drizzling when we arrived :/

It's really big, remember to take a guided map at the entrance. I was there during the period of Halloween which explains the decor on the building.

Due to the rain, I didn't take much photos as I kept my dslr back in the bag. It's quite depressing to go a theme park in this rainy weather.

There are seven uniquely themed areas or "ports of call". The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbor, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.

It's quite a big area with many themes of attraction. You can refer that to the guided map. Rainy weather also means that indoor rides will be super crowded. And means no mascots loitering around to snap a pic. Can you feel how zzz I am? :S

Later in the evening, the rain finally stops! Wanted to take the Indiana Jones ride but the whole world is here in the queue. Waiting time is approximately 2 hours, no i rather spend that time to explore more in the resort.

Here's the Aladdin theme, the sculpture and building does give the vibe.

In DisneySea, of course you will see Little Mermaid attraction. Mermaid Lagoon is home to the characters of The Little Mermaid. Do note that most of the rides in this area are more towards younger children.

Mermaid theme restaurant for you to snack and take a break.

How time flies, it's already night time. DisneySea closes at 7pm but depending on the season, you can check them at their website here. We will be back for Tokyo Disneyland next! :D

Back to our favourite ramen stall for supper at Ueno after a day at Disney. Best remedy for the tiredness in this chilly weather. Full review on ichiran here.

As the Japanese style, most of their eateries takes order via a vending machine. Thus makes ordering so much easier and quicker especially for foreigners as picture is displayed on the menu.

Circle your preference in the order chit. Would suggest secret sauce (spicy-ness) to be half or regular for the max. Too much of it can overcome the authentic taste of the ramen broth.

Everything you need to enjoy your ramen experience is right there in your 'cubicle' - napkins, water dispenser and a pen to fill up your form. Ichiran has several stores through out Japan especially in Tokyo and they're opened 24 hours. Thus, making it so much easier should hunger strikes in the middle of the night.

After Ichiran, headed over next door to get gyoza which are super juicy & good! It's the best gyoza I had in my life! We came here on the first day and were constantly craving for it ever since.

Will be heading to Osaka & Kyoto next, stay tuned. xx

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