Tokyo: Fish market, Pokemon, Yoyogi park, Shinjuku and the Skytree

What a packed day! We got up early so that we could compact our day. It was our last full day in Japan. Our last day!

4 travellers! 3 weeks! 1 country! Can’t believe I was leaving the next day.

First to do was go to the Tsukiji fish market as we it was closed the day before. As we were departing the subway, we were struggling to walk along the street with so many people heading towards the market. When we arrived there, they were already starting to pack up. It was only 11. We managed to wander around the fish market, seeing mountains of fresh fish. Some I recognised; others I did not. There were some strange looking fish. In the market, we nearly got run over several time by small motorised carriers. The guys on these were going as fast as they could backwards and forward, but they were very skilful driving.

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Next stop was Tokyo tower. It kind of looks like the Eiffel Tower but red and white. We decided not to go up the tower as we were going to find city views from other buildings.

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We travelled by subway to Roppongi Hills, which is a centre of culture and shopping. The top of the Mori Tower was incredible. This was one thing on our list, we wanted to do. On the 52nd floor observation deck, it offered a 360 degree panorama of the city as well as loads of Pokemon features.

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It had several drawings and comic strips represented on the wall, a movie theatre, cardboard cut-outs as well as a dark room with Pok-a-balls in. When you press these, holograms appeared in front of you of different Pokemon.

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Also, there is a Pokemon cafe, which presented food as Pikachu or balls. Unfortunately, I didn’t eat there as the queue was literally a mile long just to eat there. The food, however, looked incredible.

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There was also an Art gallery, which was a little strange but interesting too. In the gallery, they had asked children what they thought was going on the the different art, which was then recorded underneath. Some of the things, the children came up with, did make me giggle.
There were these amazing art, where there were lots of photographs merged together but in a sort of realistic way.

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Next, we headed to Yoyogi park, which was a huge green park with fountains and trees. It is meant to be one of the liveliest, trendiest and demographically youngest quarters of the city with street food, body paint, in your face fashion and photo ops. There were some but not as many as I thought especially as it was a sunny Saturday afternoon. We did see one group of girls in high fashion but they wouldn’t let us take photos. Managed it get one though.

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There was also a guy that was doing some art while dancing and DJing. It was a bit strange but the picture was incredible. First, he cut out a template then used spray paint.

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Adjacent to the park is the Meiji-jingu; the entrance is marked by two huge torii gates.

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After quickly grabbing some food, we went on an expedition to find the Metropolitan Government building, where there is an observation deck of the city with a view of Mt Fuji but it’s free to go up. Recommended if your on a budget. It was quite a mission to get to and nearly got lost due to unclear signs.

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Nearby, there should have been an Alice and Wonderland Cafe but unfortunately, we couldn’t find it so we wandered to Central Shinjuku. We visited Takashimaya Times Square, which is full of shops mainly, and looked around the streets as the sun was setting. Just before leaving, we found the neon robot restaurant, where there are girls dressed up as robots and preform a show.

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To end the evening, we travelled to across town to the Skytree, which is the tallest structure in Japan, to observe the city at night.

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On the way back to our hostel, we got lost, extremely lost. I wasn’t feeling 100% and my normally good sense of direction was not in order. My head was spinning so I was very confused. We came out a completely different entrance and there were barriers so we couldn’t find the one we went in. We did ask a few people but they didn’t know. Eventually, we found a train station. A 15 minute walk back to the hostel took an hour and a half journey. So an adventurous last evening in Japan.

The time in Japan seems both long and short: we saw loads of amazing sights and places but once I got back to England, it felt that everything was the same, as per usual.

Japan is one of the most amazing countries I have visited and I will be returning some point in the future to experience more of the people, places and culture.

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