In the month of February I was fortunate enough to take 3 1/2 weeks off for my honeymoon. We traveled to Taiwan, Japan and Korea. I’ve always wanted to visit Japan so I was excited to finally get the chance. We stayed in Tokyo for about 9 days before heading to Kyoto for another 4. Below are photos from places just in Tokyo.
During our trip, the snow seemed to have followed us from New York. The city received the most amount of snow since 1998.
Snow on the streets of Shibuya
One of my favorite places in Tokyo was the Tsukiji Fish Market. Most restaurants open around 5- 5:30am and if your planning on going, most likely your going to have to queue up in line regardless what time it is.
Our original plan was to eat at Sushi Dai, however the one day we decided to go there they were closed for some random reason. Instead we went next door to the Sushi Daiwa, another famous joint at the fish market. We woke up around 3am to head over and by 4:30 there was already a line forming outside the restaurant.
These carts are used to transport the seafood to the restaurants and vendors.
4:30 am – Chefs and cooks preparing for work in the early hours
Chef at Sushi Daiwa, one of the most popular restaurants at the Tsujiki Fish Market.
I don’t quite remember what this was but it was damn good.
The attention to detail that people apply to everyday things is incredible. It’s very obvious people really care about what they do and how they present it.
A women in deep thought at Meji Shrine
Traditional wedding attire for Japanese Brides
Hand Pulling the Soba Noodles in Ramen Alley
A small restaurant in Yakitori Alley
Skyline of the city taken from the Tokyo Skytree
Streets of Harajuku
Sake Barrels at Meiji Shrine
If you want great ramen check out Ichiran Ramen. You preorder and pay at the front of the shop and they give you a little token. Then your taken to your own little cubicle-like table where your food is served through the bamboo drape in front of you.
There’s rumors that they are opening a chain in NYC this summer. I’m not sure if the experience will be the same but the ramen should be just as good.
Salarymen chowing down in Ramen Alley
For more images you can view them on my Photography site. Also, check back for Part II of our trip in Japan showcasing Kyoto.