Downtown Tokyo

Tokyo Travel Blog

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Most of the past few days have been filled with program orientation, however, Thursday evening we took a bus tour of Tokyo and had a welcome dinner in the Ginza district at Isomura restaurant. The specialty there was a dish called kushiage which is usually a variety of meats, vegetabes, and seafood put on bamboo skewers, dipped in a batter, and deep fried. Each skewer was prepared fresh in front of you and served with a variety of sauces to dip them in. It was, to put it simply, delicious.

After dinner, our tour headed over to Tokyo Tower, which is the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower and overlooks all of downtown Tokyo - it also, curiously enough, looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower. A quick elevator ride to the top left us in a dark room surrounded by four walls of glass with spectacular views, smooth jazz music playing on the speakers, a gift shop, and video touch screens explaining information about the various views and the tower itself.
It was a bit overwhelming trying to wander through the crowds and take everything in, but that's kind of how most tourist spots go. Perhaps my favorite part of Tokyo Tower was the cone-head mascot, Noppon, whose image was plastered all over the gift shop. I couldn't resist. In addition to the handful of gift shops, Tokyo Tower also contains a wax museum, art museum, several restaurants, and even an aquarium.

We returned to the hotel and a small group of us decided to try our luck at the subway system. After much hesitation and blocking of the turnstyles and ticket machines, we successfully made it to Shinjuku where we wandered around and stopped by the four story arcade. Shinjuku also happened to be the destination of the following day's adventure. This time, however, it was completed by the 6 story electronics store (with sushi shaped flash drives) and lunch at a conveyor-belt sushi bar.

Next: My dorm in the suburbs.
rcunderw says:
kiel, i'm loving the video uploaded to youtube. you're a techno worm-wizard.
Posted on: Sep 17, 2007
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Shinjuku Station.
Shinjuku Station.
Yes, those are USB flash drives sh…
Yes, those are USB flash drives s…
asparagus kushiage.
asparagus kushiage.
The Tokyo Tower mascot, Noppon!
The Tokyo Tower mascot, Noppon!
Kushiage is a traditional Japanes…
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