Day 2 - Asakusa & Akihabara
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September 3rd, 2009 – by: tommylennie
Arriving at Asakusa station, I found the Senso-Ji really easily due to the excellent signs that make Tokyo so enjoyable to navigate.
Unfortunately, my early start to the day meant that the Nakamise Dori, a thoroughfare catering to visitors of the temple, was yet to open. No worries though as I would return another day for the hustle and bustle of Nakamise Dori. My stomach was starting to rumble, so I headed to find some food. Not too much else was open yet either and when I stumbled upon Mos Burger I bit the bullet and got myself a cheeseburger.
With the day still in its infancy , I was a tad early for the museum and so swung by the Ryogoku Kokugikan to enquire about tickets for next Sunday's grand sumo tournament, before killing time at a local cafe. I found myself drinking strong iced coffee as I took a wild guess at the menu, but the caffeine injection would do me good.
The Edo-Tokyo, a huge museum depicting the history of Tokyo from it's beginnings to post war, was excellent.
Next up I was back on my way to Akihabara in search of more Kare Risu and some photos. Returning to the same restaurant as the previous day, I got my soon to be favourite meal of Chicken Katsu Kare Risu. Ordering a meal here is a little different from back home. You choose your meal by purchasing a ticket from a vending machine, selecting your dish from the little images displayed. Simply hand over your ticket to the chef and your meal will be served up within 5 minutes.
I spent the afternoon perusing the electronics Mecca that is Akihabara, from the large stores like Laox and Yodabashi Camera to the small anime stores, most of which sell an abundance of adult fare! Once again the maids were out in force. A large chunk of my time here was spent in the Sega Arcade, watching some seriously cool games, one of which was a football lovers dream. I couldn't even begin to explain how it works, but it was like a mish-mash of Fifa, Football Manager and Panini Football stickers! The games on offer here were so far ahead of anything I've seen back home.
After some more people watching and a lovely conversation about music with a girl called Mizuno, I decided to call it a day and head back to the hostel. Not feeling to adventurous with dinner, I opted for another dinner of Kare Risu and my first ice cold Asahi beer of the trip. 16 hours on my feet had taken it's toll on me and I was soon in bed and sleeping like a baby.
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