An early start today as you head with a local guide to Tsukiji Fish Market. Best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, Tsukiji handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. After exploring the outer market, you can ‘sample the wares’ with a seafood breakfast in one of the market’s many sushi bars.
After breakfast, you stroll through nearby Hama-Rikyu Teien, a former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Break up your walk with a stop in a tea house on a small island on the park’s lake, where you will have the opportunity to try matcha (green tea), accompanied by some Japanese confectionery. You then have a chance to see Tokyo from a completely different angle as you take a boat cruise along the Sumida River.
Next stop will be Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji have many traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through. Asakusa is famous for tempura, so you will stop at one of the area’s local restaurants for a set course lunch.
From Asakusa, it is a short walk to Kappabashi, otherwise known as ‘Kitchenware Town’, which is lined with dozens of stores selling everything needed by restaurant operators.You will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns and more. This is also the place where you will find for sale the plastic food models you can see in restaurants.
Last stop for the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Originally the site of a black market after World War Two, this bustling market is filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices, and is a great place to try some local snacks.