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Pucchio Japan Sakura Tour-Day 2
Pucchio Japan Sakura Tour-Day 2
Day 2




TOUR EXTRA 1: Tsukiji Fish Market


Upon popular request from our guests, we began our day with an early visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market. 





Outer Tsukiji offers varieties of sushi sets. For 2,000 yen or more you can taste different kind of sushi.





 Dried sea products such as fins and scallops can also be found at the Tsukiji Fish Market.





We managed to get a shot with the famous fish market cart.







If you are lucky enough, probably you can see tuna heads on the cart. :)









 





 





Some stalls do offer grilled scallops, shells and with a little bit of salt, butter and even soy sauce, these can be pretty delicious!





TOUR EXTRA 2: Ginza




We actually went to take the photo of the Ginza station exit which appeared in the Tokyo Metro Commercial video in our Pucchio Main Page http://pucchio.com  





 The Ginza Wako is a Tokyo landmark and luxury department store that has a quiet library-like atmosphere. It's best known for watches, clocks and jewellery. The department store also offers men's and women's fashions, housewares and a popular tea salon. The top floor of the building is an exhibition space that's used for art galleries and cultural events.The Ginza Wako building was constructed in 1932 in Neo-Renaissance style. It was one of the few buildings in the area left standing after WWII. For seven years after the war, the building functioned as a US military retail store for troops (known as a PX).Today, Wako is owned by Seiko, a Japanese watch and clock company.





TOUR EXTRA 3: Tokyo Tower


Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō tawā?) is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.



Built in 1958, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. The two-story Main Observatory is at 150 metres (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 249.6 metres (819 ft).



The tower acts as a support structure for an antenna. Intended for television broadcasting, radio antennas were installed in 1961, but the tower now broadcasts signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV. Japan's planned digital television transition by July 2011 was problematic, however; Tokyo Tower's height, 332.9 m (1,092 ft) was not high enough to support complete terrestrial digital broadcasting to the area. A taller digital broadcasting tower, known as Tokyo Skytree, was completed on 29 February 2012. Every 5 years tokyo tower is repainted.It takes 1 year to repaint it (source: Wikipedia).





 







TOUR EXTRA 4: Chidorigafuchi Park


We prayed so hard to make sure the sakura full bloom is a little late this year. And yes! We did get a full bloom at Chidorigafuchi Park. Since it is full bloom, we decided to make it for both Chidorigafuchi and Ueno Park. 





 Isn't this beautiful?? First timer would never forget such beautiful trees.





 We managed to get the similar photo shots that you will find in Google for this famous Chidorigafuchi Park.







 Boats can be rented at the moat.







 What else? Another group photo with the beautiful sakura!





TOUR EXTRA 5: Tokyo Station


On our way to Ameyoko, Ueno for our lunch, we decided to go round the Imperial Palace  and also stopped at the famous Tokyo Station for a photo shot.





 





 





 We had udon for lunch at Ameyoko. Free toppings of garlic and sesame. :)





After lunch, we walked from Ameyoko to the nearby faous Ueno Park for more cherry blossom.



Ueno Park: Grill Fish the traditional way



Ayu, or sweetfish are grilled slowly by charcoal and with a pinch of salt, they are very very juicy. Japanese often feel lucky if you can find one with eggs.









 Time to pray for some of our guests. But first, we need to wash our hands and mouth..





 Some Japanese will try to use their hands to gather the smoke from incense to their hair/head as a custom to make yourself smarter.





 





 Full bloom at Ueno Park too!







 Our next stop is Kaminari Mon, Asakusa.





 





 At Asakusa, we went to the "hidden" shop or anaba to taste the dango. Dango is a Japanese dumpling and sweet made from mochiko (rice flour). Even famous Japanese artiste came to this shop for dango.









 You can even buy beer to go with your red bean dango.





 





100 yen for a fortune telling stick or "omikuji"





 



 







TOUR EXTRA 6: Tokyo Skytree




Remember earlier we went to Tokyo Tower??? We did it! Two Towers, the Skytree and Tokyo Tower on the very same day! Not many tours provide Two Towers of Tokyo!





Shopping center below Skytree can be fun to shop especially it has varietes of souvnirs to buy. How about Golden Leaf Softcream  for 1,000 yen??







We had tasty buffet style pork and beef hot pot (suki yaki and nabe).





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