Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 2)

Continuing on where I left off in my last post of Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work holiday after a blog post filled with photos just from my Day 1, Day 2 proved to be equally exciting … that is to get close enough to Fuji-san and catch some picturesque photos! I guess it is hard to say that I have been to Tokyo if I didn’t make a trip to visit Mt. Fuji, one of the 3 sacred mountains of Japan with a perfectly shaped volcano. So taking the cute little train shown on the coverpage, we made our way to Fuji-san Station and made a bus transfer that took us about 40minutes to reach our destination …

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[The full splendor of Mt Fuji]

[The full splendor of Mt Fuji]

I will share more in my next Post of some ‘secret’ tips to catching fantastic photos of Mt Fuji, tips that I didn’t have when I made this journey to Mt. Fuji.  The good Mt. Fuji photos one can get can be as good as postcard quality, good enough that anyone that looks at the photo may even consider making Mt. Fuji their next travel destination 🙂

Coming back to subject, most of the not-too-bad photos I had of Mt. Fuji was caught on the train while on the way to Shibazakura Garden (Moss Phlox Garden), the park where the annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held. It is located about three kilometers south of Lake Motosuko in the Fuji Five Lakes area, offering breathtaking views of vast fields of shibazakura, with Mount Fuji in the backdrop on clear days. And of course, not knowing the ‘tips’ also meant that we were relying on our luck for good weather conditions that will allow good photos of Mt. Fuji. And yes, I had the “Luck of Clouds” on my side when we reached Shibazakura Garden 🙄

[Map of Shibazakura Garden]

[Map of Shibazakura Garden]

[Beautiful Shibazakura blooms ... though I was ~1mth earlier to arrive]

[Beautiful Shibazakura blooms … though I was ~1mth earlier to arrive]

[This was actually what I saw ...]

[This was actually what I saw … white replacing where Mt. Fuji is supposed to be]

[This would have been an ideal photo :) ]

[This would have been a more ideal photo .. unfortunately this is photo-edited 🙂 ]

 
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Well …. with the majestic Mt. Fuji covered by clouds, the next best thing is to live that moment with some authentic Mt Fuji snacks and a jolly good hot-spring footbath to rest the fatigued foot  😛

Day 3: We visited Tokyo SkyTree today and Sumida Aquarium plus buying of gifts and souvenirs back home at the large mall here called “Tokyo Solamachi”.  Tokyo Skytree is a very impressive tall structure in Sumida city ward, and we felt dwarfed when standing at the base of this 634 metre tall structure.

[Tokyo Skytree Map]

[Tokyo Skytree Map]

[Tokyo Skytree Tower towering above]

[Tokyo Skytree Tower towering above]

[Photo of many people trying to snap a photo of the Skytree straining their necks to do so ...hehe]

[Photo of many people trying to snap a photo of the Skytree straining their necks to do so …hehe]

Of course, the theme of the day isn’t really the SkyTree even though it is standing tall above us but the Sumida Aquarium that it houses really impresses!

[One of the large tank of Sumida Aquarium]

[One of the large tank of Sumida Aquarium housing numerous Penguins]

[Nice Cubical Displays of Small Tanks]

[Nice Cubical Displays of Small Tanks]

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[Main Aquarium tank with many Penguins]
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[Penguin looking out at us]
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[Mini-Jellies in all directions]
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[Long-legged Crabs ... whatever is their name]

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[Worms from the sand ?]
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[Eels in Tubes]
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[Tetras and other colorful fishes in the Planted Tank]
[Colorful Blue Entrance ... with wording i suspect is "Blue Earth" ? Maybe...]

[Colorful Blue Entrance ... with wording i suspect is "Blue Earth" ? Maybe...]

Day 4: Brought us right by the Tsukiji Fish Market. Nope we are not morning birds that rise early so we gave the early wee hours auction timing (5-6am OMG!!!) the skip and went at our own leisure timing instead. For those people who are adverse to strong fishy images and dirt … please don’t scroll down any further hehehe … maybe you might even get a fishy scent in a short while later …ROFL !!! Oh yeah … for whatever good reasons or not, please don’t bring or roll luggages into this area either. It is too fishy to be safe for the luggage or its owner haha! Actually it is more of heavy traffic movement by professionals at work here and luggages obstructs their work flow.

[Entrance to the Wholesale Fish Market area]

[Entrance to the Wholesale Fish Market area]

[One of the Fish Wholesaler at work .... Moi :D ]

[One of the Fish Wholesaler at work …. Moi 😀 ]

[Look at this Giant Tuna ... err ... just the Head]

[Look at this Giant Tuna … err … just the Head]

Well … it’s not all wet and fishy. There is also a few rows of shop houses selling dry goods and food opposite the Fish Market. We got to try some of the giant slices of Tamako here of different flavours.

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[Tsujiki Fish Market]

There was also a small Namiyoke Inari Shrine close by the Tsujiki Fish Market …. where I observed some devotees doing their routines here … at least based on what the signboard explains, is to bless the seaman going out to fish in the sea and returning back safely.

[Shrine opposite Tsujiki Fish Market]

[Namiyoke Inari Shrine opposite Tsujiki Fish Market]

[Signboard explaining the Historical significance of the Shrine]

[Signboard explaining the Historical significance of the Shrine]

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We wandered our 2nd half of my last day (4th day) back to Ginza to do some last minute shopping before wrapping up my short Tokyo visit to Japan, passing by this Kabukiza Theatre. I suspect 4 days is too little to explore Tokyo which is likely to be the case. But this was a working trip to start with hahah. Next time, I will be there again purely for leisure …. 😎

[Kabuki Theatre at Ginza in the Day]

[Kabukiza Theatre at Ginza in the Day]

[Kabuki Theatre at night in Ginza]

[Kabukiza Theatre at night in Ginza]

 

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