Day 3 in Tokyo started with some yoga exercises before heading for Tsukiji Fish Market.
We walked around the market to check out the stalls and food.
When we finally found a small restaurant, I was surprised to see that it was the exact same place where we ate 3 years ago!
We headed to Ginza after Tsukiji Fish Market.
After eating lunch, we proceeded to Asakusa to visit the Senso-ji Temple.
Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo, as well as the most significant. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tokyo. We were so lucky to have witnessed the Sanja Matsuri (Sanja Festival), that usually takes place over the third full weekend in May.
The Sanja Matsuri features about one hundred portable shrines (mikoshi) in which Shinto deities are symbolically placed into and paraded about the streets to bring good fortune to the local businesses and residents.
The temple itself was stunning, but also felt quiet, despite hundreds of people around us.
The main street leading to the temple is lined up with shops – most sell souvenirs, but there are also restaurants and taiyaki sellers.
It was early evening when we left Senso-ji to go to Shibuya. We couldn’t leave Tokyo without saying hello to our favorite loyal dog hero, Hachiko.
And of course cross the busiest crossing in the world…
I knew there was an Ichiran Ramen branch in Shibuya so I rallied the gang in search of the world’s best ramen (arguably). As expected the line was so long (like super duper long), a sign of good food. Our luck continued as one of the staff approached us and asked if we wanted to go to the other Ichiran Ramen branch in Shibuya. He lead the way to Ichiran …
Upon entering Ichiran, which only serves tonkotsu ramen, we were greeted by the standard ramen shop vending machine. So what you do is you insert your money, press the button corresponding to your desired food item, and take the dispensed ticket to your seat.
Once at your seat, you’ll find that Ichiran has done a lot of effort to reduce interactions among customers. Each of the counter seats has a partition on either side so that the only indication that others may be in the shop is the sound of slurping noodles. Needless to say, Ichiran isn’t the ideal place for a date.
There’s a small window in front of your seat, you then slide your ramen ticket to the staff together with the customization sheet. You have the choice of noodle firmness, from very hard to very soft. In addition, at Ichiran, you can choose the level of spiciness, richness in flavor, whether you want roasted pork included, and the amount of garlic, spicy red sauce, and scallion.
After filling in your preferences, you give the sheet to the staff and you can just wait for your order and get a glass of water from the dispenser at your seat.
After a few minutes, the ramen was placed in front of me. BEST RAMEN EVEEEEER!
We headed back to our hotel happy, with our stomach full of rich, savory ramen. Could day 4 be possibly even better? I couldn’t wait!
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