24 hours of hiking, riding trains, clubbing, and eating sushi.
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May 27th, 2010 – by: saltycoco
After I had my lunch, I walked the streets again and bought some local pastries to take home with me, and headed back to the ryokan to pick up my luggage, and the long walk towards the ferry station. Sadly the ryokan didn’t have any drop off service to the station during this time, so I had to wheel my luggage through stone pavement, cement, and sand for the next 20 to 25 minutes. I arrived at the station around 2 pm, exhausted and sweaty, sat down while I waited for the ferry. I boarded the train from Miyajimaguchi station for Hiroshima, and took the Hikari railstar shinkansen for Shin-Osaka station, which took about 2 hours, and from there made the switch to another shinkansen bound for Tokyo station.
I took the local JR line for Asakusabashi station where I will be spending the next 2 nights in Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo. The receptionist at the hostel told me I was the last guest to check in around 9 pm, apparently reception closes at 10 pm. I barely made it. This K’s house hostel is smaller than the one I stayed in Kyoto, but the interiors looked almost similar. My dorm room was located in the first floor, it was an 8-bed mixed dorm, and I took the top bunk bed that was the only one available. I was expecting a bottom bed locker storage in the room like they had in Kyoto, but the room didn’t have a place to even store the luggage, so I laid it on the floor.
Going out late to a nightclub
Slowly my other roommates started to arrive. One of them was from New Zealand, and he was excited to go clubbing tonight in Shibuya with the other hostel travelers; he was asking for advice on what to wear. I put on my pajamas, and left the room to hang out in the lobby area, came back about 1 hour later to my room and nearly all of my roommates were there. They asked me if I wanted to come wth them to go clubbing. I’ve never been to a club before in my life, I just couldn’t pass it up, so I said okay. I’m guessing 10 of us from the hostel left that night, took the train to Shibuya.
I paid my 1500 yen cover fee which came with a free drink from the bar, and ordered the Boston cooler alcoholic drink.
Tsukiji Fish Market
We had a hard time finding the tourist information area for Tsukiji market. One of my roommates said we have to be there early, and there are a limited number of spots available for tourists. So it was first come first serve bases. After 30 minutes of trying to figure out where the place was, we finally found it. We walked inside the building, and they provided us with a bright neon-green vest to wear for safety precautions when we go in, and some handouts on instructions, etiquettes, and behaviors while inside the fish market.
The tuna auction doesn’t start until 5 am, and the first group visitors can see the first 45 minutes of it. I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I saw a lot of buyers sampling the quality of the fish, and later on was when the auction started, I could tell because they started yelling words in Japanese. We left the auction house to try to find a place to eat sushi in the fish market. Sadly Barb had to leave us because she had to catch her flight, so Peter and I walked around a bit scouting where we should eat. I was willing to spend as much as I can on sushi, I had no reservations on the price.
Sushi advice from a pharmacy employee
We walked in front of this pharmacy in the fish market, and the employee that worked there gave us some pretty good advice which I want to share.
1). Find where the locals are eating or the workers are eating. They are usually wearing black rubber boots, or the sushi owners and chefs will be wearing black rubber boots. So find where the black rubber boot wearing people are hanging out and that’s where we can find the best sushi.
2). The best time to eat is anytime after 630 am. By that time the tuna auction is over, and the restaurant should have the freshest fish available. We took his advice and ate at one of the sushi restaurants near the pharmacy.
We went inside this small sushi restaurant, and it was packed, we got a seat at the counter, there weren’t any tables at this restaurant.
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