Today was a busy but fun-filled day! We started the morning going to the Tsukiji Fish Market. There were SO many different fresh sea creatures for sale (some still alive). All the workers were busy milling around, and it was fun to look around at all the different things.
After the fish market, there is a fresh fruits and vegetables market, where I just wanted to buy some of their amazing fruits on display. I saw some huge, perfect apples and the reddest, most fresh strawberries I have ever seen in one container! Then there were more shops and places selling sweets. They were all very entertaining to look around at.
After all this, we went to the Roppongi Hills Building. There was a neat spider sculpture outside of the building.
When we went into the building, we went up to the observation deck. Here is a picture of the view we saw.
We also saw an art gallery inside the building. They had some very interesting art (no photos were allowed).
Then we had lunch together. It was similar to tempura. Lots of fried vegetables and meat. It was DELICIOUS! They had some different bbq sauce to dip them into, as well as ketchup and spicy mustard.
After lunch, we headed to our Sumida River Cruise. There was this beautiful older boat (pictured below) at the dock (I am posing with Charlie, our guide). All of the boats on the river need to be low and flat, since they have so many bridges that they all pass under, and you never know how high the water is going to get.
We thought this boat looked particularly neat (though most of them did notike look like this), and thought I would show you!
After the relaxing cruise, we went back near our ryokan and looked at some of the shinres and temples there. They were very beautiful.
After that, we had free time. Marshall and I got some souvenirs (I got an awesome business card holder for my Samurai Tours cards..how authentic!). We decided to eat dinner at Mos Burger (a Japanese burger chain). In their display pictures, we couldn’t figure out what was on the burger (red and brown stuff). We discovered it was a special chili and sauce. It tasted pretty good! I am still dying to try some fancy ice-cream that some of the restaurants have displayed in their window..it is my goal to get one before we leave Tokyo!