Tokyo: wandering around Asakusa

After dumping our bags and changing for the day, we set off to Explore Asakusa even though our bodies were telling us to go to bed. It was eight hours ahead of the UK and I had slept for approximately an hour on the aeroplane.

When walking around, I noticed (this maybe because we were not in the centre of Tokyo):

– not too many groups of tourist;
– not as many tall building as I thought;
– many Japanese people holding umbrellas to protect them from the sun;
– quite a few policemen hanging around on street corners;
– the street wider than expected;
– roads extremely clean and well-maintained.

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Main roads in Tokyo

Attractions of Tokyo:

-Kaminarimon (shrine)
-Denpoin Temple
– Five Storied Pagoda (tower shrine)
– Kannon do (main temple)
– Sky tree
– Asahi building
– Sumida river

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Kannon do, Sensoji

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Sky tree and Asahi building

Every time we walked through trees, there was a loud, constant screech, which I thought sounded like an electronic wire. However, we found it was loads of the same little bug clinging on to the trees, screeching at the top of their voices.

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Around Tokyo, there are numerous cold drink vendor machine, nearly on every street corner.

Before checking into our hostel, we enjoyed our first Japanese meal in a air conditioned restaurant. Immediately, the waiter brought cold water and a menu to us. After ordering, they placed crisps on the table to share (I couldn’t distinguish the flavour though). We made a deal that we have to eat every meal with chopstick to feel part of the culture.

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Fried Seafood in batter (prawn, squid and cod) with salad and rice

Later on, we found the Nissan garage which we were going to a car from in the morning. Then, we mooched around a shopping centre, full of clothes, books, sweets and a massage parlour.

In the evening, we tried different flavoured beers, which were cheap especially for Japan because the country is generally more expensive than the UK. ¥140 for a can (90p).

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