Based on this trip, we concluded that it's not really advisable to visit Tokyo during Christmas period because the shops and restaurants were really crowded with long queues due to Christmas gifting and partying. Plus, it was really cold so we had to put on at least 3 layers of clothing like an inner wear, a sweater and a jacket. It's kind of inconvenient especially when there are nice and pretty clothes but I cannot buy because I dread the process of changing (peeling off 3 layers of clothing, try the new clothing, remove, then put on the 3 layers again x 2-3 times coz can only try maximum 3 pieces each time).
I digress. Anyways, we took the red-eye flight via SQ and touched down Narita Airport in the early morning. Next up, our usual routine of taking the Airport Limousine Bus to Shibuya Excel Hotel, deposited our luggage (too early to check-in) and proceeded to Tsukiji Jogai Shijo. It has been 10 years since we last visited the place!
We decided to seek refuge at one of the sushi restaurants, Sushizanmai and take an early lunch. But well, everyone thought the same too and we had to wait for about 30 mins to get a table. Luckily there was a large heater outside the shop and we sought warmth there while waiting.
There are several sushi restaurants at Tsukiji Jogai Shijo, in fact I read about the most famous ones but the queue was simply too daunting (more than an hour).
Freshly rolled Ebi Temaki, crisp nori, warm fluffy Japanese rice, succulent prawn, crunchy cucmber, happy!
Decided to spin by Kappabashi Dogugai briefly as I wanted to check out some baking stuff there.
And thereafter, finally checked into our hotel in the late afternoon.
We booked for a double room and were pleasantly surprised that the bed was much bigger than we expected.
Room size was quite decent. For 12000 yen a night at a prime and convenient location (heart of Shibuya, connected to mall and JR station), this was not bad at all!
After resting for a while, I headed out for shopping! No time to waste!
After the late dinner we bought some drinks and snacks from a C-store and back to the hotel to re-charge for the intensive shopping the next day.
Stay tuned for Part II :)