Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market – very fresh!

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Tsukiji History

The first market in Tokyo was established by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo period to provide food for Edo castle (nowadays Tokyo). Tokugawa Ieyasu invited fishermen from Tsukuda, Osaka to Edo to More »

Shops at Tsukiji Fish Market

The market is the busiest between 5:30 and 8:00 a.m., and the activity declines significantly afterward. Many shops start to close around 11:00 a.m., and the market closes for cleaning around 1:00 More »

Tsukiji Tuna Auction

The auctions start around 5:20 a.m. Bidding can only be done by licensed participants. These bidders include intermediate wholesalers (nakaoroshi gyōsha) who operate stalls in the marketplace and other licensed buyers who More »

Tsukiji Fish Market – the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji Market, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets More »

 
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10 Things to do in tokyo

1:Visit Asakusa

Asakusa area is quite famous tourist spot for both Japanese and foreigners. Asakusa area still has traditional aspects of Japan strongly. You could enjoy classic atmosphere of Japan. There are a remarkable temple called Sensō-ji and a well-known shopping street called Nakamise street.

Also, there are excellent restaurants especially for Japanese soba and a bowl of rice topped with tempura.

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2:Drink Japanese Sake.

Please don’t miss to taste the excellent sake. In tokyo, there are good sake tasting bars and you could enjoy the finest sake difficult to experience outside of Japan. Especially, the sakes named “Juyondai”, “Dassai” and “Hakkaisan” are magnificent taste.

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 3:Look Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum is the largest art museum in Japan. You could look ancient Japanese art including Japanese swords. The samurai swords are historically famous and truly beautiful.

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The Japanese tea ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu or sadō. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.

The Japanese tea ceremony has a big role in Japanese culture and is considered as a special event. When I experienced it, I felt that the tea ceremony has an effect to calm one’s mind. You could experience the Japanese tea ceremony in Tokyo. Please experience the tea ceremony, when you come to Japan.

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Ryōan-ji

Ryōan-ji (龍安寺The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The Ryōan-ji garden is considered the finest surviving examples of kare-sansui (“dry landscape”), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation. The temple and its gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On my Kyoto trip, I visited Ryōan-ji. Ryōan-ji is famous by its garden and one of the finest places for Zen meditation. I am interested in Zen meditation because of Steve Jobs. So I went there and did Zen meditation for 3 hours. It was such a special time for me. Please visit Ryōan-ji, if you are interested in Japanese Zen.

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Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji (延暦寺) is a Tendai monastery located on Mount Hiei in Ōtsu, overlooking Kyoto. It was founded during the early Heian period. The temple complex was established by Saichō (767–822), also known as Dengyō Daishi, who introduced the Tendai sect of Mahayana Buddhism to Japan from China. Enryaku-ji is the headquarters of the Tendai sect and one of the most significant monasteries in Japanese history. As such, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” The founders of Jōdo-shū, Sōtō Zen, and Nichiren Buddhism all spent time at the monastery. Enryaku-ji is also the home of the “marathon monks.”

On my Kyoto trip, I visited Enryaku-ji. Enryaku-ji is a sacred place and played significant role in Japanese Buddhism. Although it is not famous sightseeing spot for foreigners, Enryaku-ji is quite famous tourist spot among Japanese. Please visit Enryaku-ji as hidden tourist spot for foreigners, when you travel to Kyoto.

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Fushimi Inari-taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up. In the middle of the mountain, the inner shrine is reachable by a path lined with thousands of torii. The path lined with thousands of torii attracts many visitors.

Yesterday, I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha and trailed up the mountain for 2 hours. The road decollated with torii was so beautiful. I felt eternal like Möbius strip by passing thousands of torii. Surely, Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most memorable places for my life. Please visit Fushimi Inari Taisha when you travel to Kyoto.

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Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. It is now a park under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of the Environment. The garden, which is 58.3 hectares in area with a circumference of 3.5 km, blends three distinct styles: a French Formal and English Landscape in the north and to the south a Japanese traditional. A traditional Japanese tea house can be found within the gardens. The garden is a favourite hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) spot, and large crowds can be present during cherry blossom season.

The garden has more than 20,000 trees, including approximately 1,500 cherry trees which bloom from late March (Shidare or Weeping Cherry), to early April (Somei or Tokyo Cherry), and on to late April (Kanzan Cherry). Other trees found here include the majestic Himalayan cedars, which soar above the rest of the trees in the park, tulip trees, cypresses, and plane trees, which were first planted in Japan in the Imperial Gardens.

The Izakaya tour is held near the Shinjuku Gyoen.

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Tsukiji fish market

The Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The market is located in Tsukiji area in central Tokyo. While some inner areas have restricted access to visitors, the inner wholesale market, the outer retail market and restaurants are major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors.

 

The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood from cheap seaweed to the most expensive caviar, and from tiny Sardine to 300 kg tuna.

There are a lot of excellent Sushi restaurants, for example, Sushi Dai, Daiwa, Sushi Sei …etc.

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Sake

Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. Sake is sometimes called “rice wine” but the brewing process is more akin to beer, converting starch to sugar for the fermentation process, by using Aspergillus oryzae.

 

Sake is sometimes referred to in English-speaking countries as rice wine. However, unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes and other fruits, sake is produced by means of a brewing process more like that of beer. To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch.

The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer, in that for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. But when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).

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Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo

Here are the list of restaurants highly reviewed by local Japanese where you can eat great Kobe beef in Tokyo.








– Teppanyaki Sazanka (Style: Teppanyaki)
http://www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/list/sazanka/recommend/

– Yakiniku Kunimoto (Style: Yakiniku)
http://www.8929kunimotoshinkan.com/

– Ningyocho Imahan (Style: Sukiyaki)
http://www.imahan.com/

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Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo

Here are the list of restaurants highly reviewed by local Japanese where you can eat great Kobe beef in Tokyo.










– Teppanyaki Sazanka (Style: Teppanyaki)
http://www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/list/sazanka/recommend/

– Yakiniku Kunimoto (Style: Yakiniku)
http://www.8929kunimotoshinkan.com/

– Ningyocho Imahan (Style: Sukiyaki)
http://www.imahan.com/

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