Japan 2019 Day 12 - Steak, Asakusa, Skytree!Mar 9, 2019 8 min read
Seiko House Ginza
Ginza, one of the most expensive districts in Tokyo, filled with all the biggest brands.
But we’re here not to shop, we’re here to eat wagyu beef! I failed in Kobe since I was feeling ill that day but I haven’t given up! I even found a restaurant that seemed widely recommended.
Hmm, I have a vague memory of an anime being set here but I can’t remember which 🤔
UHH ok let’s see if there’s anything else in the area. Can’t remember which site I used to search for restaurants but it was one of these two: https://tabelog.com/, https://gurunavi.com/
Their profile page listed English speaking staff so I called ahead using my mum’s phone to confirm they had space before we walked all the way again.
When would you like to place your reservation?
Ah… I see. Can I take a name?
Yo what the heck. They have much better/cheaper Japan sims when you buy in Hong Kong.
Huh, this place also does French cuisine on top of teppanyaki.
It’s kinda concerning when restaurants do so many things at once. Plus, it’s completely empty inside. Hopefully it’s not a tourist trap, I was in a rush and didn’t check any reviews…
Or rather, are these guys going to be ok? You’d think there’d be some customers during lunchtime on a weekend. The rent in this area must be astronomical. Well, they survived the 2020 pandemic so I guess they get all their business in the evenings.
The teppanyaki side of the restaurant is split up into private rooms which is nice.
We had our own waiter hang around all meal to translate the chef for us. She was dang impressive, introducing each dish to my parents in Mandarin and then to me in English.
The most extra toilet I’ve ever seen.
Oof, there are definitely cheaper places if you just want to try some nice beef.
Would still recommend Yugao though 👍
Nissan Crossing showroom
Fast lookin’ car. Not much boot space though.
Passed by this place on the way to the station and if it’s free, we’re poppin’ in.
There’s a cafe here where you can get latte art of your all your favorite Nissan™ cars.
Expensive lookin’ car.
The way the lighting shines off the paint makes it look like it’s CG.
Tokyo sure is a city.
Bellies full, now for 1 last bit of sight-seeing before my parents’ flight.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Asakusa Culture Tourism Center, photo by Kakidai
I missed this place in my previous trips but the tourism center outside the Sensoji gates actually has a surprising amount going for it. It has all sorts of facilities, in addition to the usual tourism info desk, like a phone charging station, nursing rooms, a cafe and more.
Tokyo Solamachi mall
And I’m alone again…
On the way to the hotel, I was walking behind this guy who was straight up not having a good time.
He was slouched forwards, his earphones hanging out his pocket dragging along the floor, and he would regularly flip out, swinging fists at the air, screaming into the sky.
My headcannon is a newly broken heart 😔
New Koyo Hostel
Hello, old friend…
Probably my last time staying with these guys. They’ve been great but I’m starting to get a little too old for this, especially now that I know what staying in a proper hotel is like.
I’m at the point in my life where I’d rather pay a little more to stay in a closer location, in a comfier room, and with my own bathroom.
I left my big suitcase in New Koyo’s storage before touring the other cities and now I finally get access to it again. Really, I should’ve brought this along with me in the first place.
I didn’t think there would be much to buy outside Tokyo but then I filled up my small suitcase fast with souvenirs and felt really space conscious for the remaining days.
Plus, I left my hoodie behind which I really wish I had brought with me instead of my big coat. Japan is still really chilly outside but all the shops/restaurants have their heating turned way up. My coat ended up being overkill and I was constantly sweating 🥵
M’s Pop Life
AKIBA_INFO. tourism office
Wait, this happened to me before!
"Hmm, now how does this water machine work?"
"Ok, that button was for ice. And...the other button is also for ice..."
*takes a sip of melted ice*
"I should catch dinner with that guy from my last trip. I wonder what he's up to these days..."