After much excitement last night – an earthquake of 5.6 on the Richter Scale:
…We had an early start this morning – we met at 7am to get the train to Tsukiji Fish Market. I had thought it was packed on the train the other night, but that was nothing compared to 7.15 this morning! Wow! And the fact that it was raining didn’t help.
We got off at Tsukiji and wandered past lots of shops selling breakfast and knives and all sorts. It was raining though, so I wasn’t getting my camera out. But because of the rain, we managed to get into a good sushi place that usually has huge queues. We had a great sushi breakfast:
Then we headed over into the market. They don’t really like to have tourists in there, and they are not actually allowed in there before 9. We were waved off several times when they’d had enough of us tourists.
We had to be very careful of the mad little cart drivers – they always have right of way and they race around like madmen!
We headed back to Ueno station and had an hour before we met back up with the tour to leave town. I was hanging for a nice hot coffee by this time, so we went across the road for one. It was expensive, which we couldn’t tell until we sat inside and saw the menu. But we thought we might as well get a nice coffee – it seems to be popular with Japanese business men, so we figured it was good. We enjoyed it a lot!
Then we met up and headed off to the station through the still pouring rain. Not nice. We got a flash Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya:
We bought ourselves a nice Bento lunch at Ueno station, for us to eat on the train – it was about 5 hours travel time!
The trip between Nagoya and Takayama was on a slower (and older and not nearly as nice) train. But the views more than made up for it.
We got to Takayama by 5.30pm and I got myself a nice coffee from the vending machine at the station – it was even hot! – and then we got the Ryokan’s bus to the accommodation. We had an hour before dinner, so we wandered around a little to take pictures:
Then I had a bath in the ‘public’ bath and got dressed in the kimono provided. Ela deigned to dress up too, as did most of the others.
The dinner at the Ryokan was really nice, too.