5 Days in Tokyo: Ginza to Tsukiji
Today’s mission: Fresh fish. So we’re heading to Tsukiji Fish Market to find the freshest fish Tokyo– and perhaps all of Japan– has to offer.
But first, we need to pass through Ginza.
The Crowded Streets of Tokyo
Despite being the supposed center of commerce in Tokyo, Ginza is surprisingly calm. You have ample room to breath as you walk down the wide sidewalks. There is a definite lack of car traffic as well, so people simply walk alongside the road and cross wherever they please.
I’m not complaining though, the weather is perfect today– it’s a cool 72 degrees in the middle of the afternoon even though the sun is shining and clouds are few and far between.
The calm streets and perfect weather create the ideal conditions for a relaxed stroll through Ginza to Tsukiji Fish Market.
If we ever find Tsukiji, that is.
I begin to suspect that we’re getting close to Tsukiji as the activity around us increases. Gradually, there are more cars on the street, more people on the sidewalks, and more noise everywhere.
As we round the next corner, we have confirmation. Reaching into the sky a block away is the Tsukiji Hongan-ji— a Buddhist temple, whose campus remains calm and peaceful despite the noise and activity that surrounds it.
We’ve made it to Tsukiji, onward to the fish!
5 Days in Tokyo
- Otsuka — Tucked between Tokyo’s hot spots is a place where golden hour never ends.
- A Different View of Harajuku — We discover that serenity is surprisingly easy to find in Harajuku.
- Lost in Ebisu — A random stop in Tokyo turns out to be more than we bargained for.
- Old Town Akihabara — Pass under the bridge to a different side of Tokyo’s futuristic district.
- Ginza to Tsukiji — A search for fresh fish leads to a surprising discovery about Tokyo’s Ginza district.
- Lunch at Tsukiji Fish Market — This is where you go to get the freshest fish in Tokyo.
- The Solitary Soldier — Sunset at Japan’s Imperial Palace.
- Finding Peace in Hibiya Park — A small pocket of peace amidst Tokyo’s never-ending activity.
- Cats of Hibiya Park — Hanging out with some furry friends.
- Saturday in Ikebukuro — Ikebukuro. Weekend. It’s over.
- Okachimachi Crunchy — Walking down Tokyo’s multifaceted shopping boulevard.
- Hidden Yanaka — Frozen in time.