Late night and we needed to be in Akihabara, Electric Town. So we caught a quick brunch at Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai. First a cup of miso soup.
And then 5 types of Indian curry.
Perfect timing. We rearranged our itinerary around a craft beer festival in Akihabara to sample some of Japan’s finest.
Imagine a packed Tokyo subway car, then multiply it by 100. Well, it was all in the name of good beer, so that justifies almost anything. Craft beer is still emerging in Japan. But what the industry lacks in experience, it certainly makes up for in enthusiasm.
What we saw when we got in closer. Similar to craft beer festivals closer to home, they give you a certain amount of tickets for tasting.
A peaceful hanami-style break between lines.
Snack time at a random yakitori restaurant.
Then it was time to turn our attention to Akihabara, itself. Pretty much anything that plugs into a wall or runs on batteries can be found here. And, as you can see, on Sundays, they close Electric Town off to vehicles and it becomes a ‘Pedestrian Paradise.’
There are also many video game centers, anime, manga, and other otaku-type (those with obsessive interests) stores here.
Including a proliferation of maid cafes.
Escaping Akihabara, we find more cherry blossoms.
We ended up at one of the McDonald’s of fugu restaurants, Torafugutei (I cut of the ‘To’ when taking the picture).
And here they are: tiger puffer fish. Prepared incorrectly, the tetrodotoxin in the fish will kill you dead. But we are talking about the McD’s of fugu restaurants, so they can’t afford to kill you, can they?
Let’s find out. Raw fugu meat and skin starter.
Followed by fugu sashimi.
Followed by a nabe course. This particular fugu was dispatched so freshly that the muscles were still spasming as it came to the table.
Into the nabe pot.
Followed by the zosui course.
After dinner, some random shopping. This is Muji, an Ikea-type store that sells household items, furniture, clothes, and even whole houses.
Random Hello Kitty Horror.
T’s reaction to Giant Hello Kitty. And we’ll call it a night here.
Morning. And here’s our first stop on our last day in Japan, Kanda Myojin (Shrine). Its proximity to Akihabara makes it the best place to buy amulets for protecting your electronic devices and avoiding identity theft.
After gathering our things, we caught the train to Narita Airport, checked our bags, and headed back out to Narita City for a meal at Kawatoyo (Tabelog Top 5000). And, in Narita City, and especially in Kawatoyo, you eat unagi.
One last temple, Naritasan.
One last pagoda.
And now we’re at Narita Airport on the wrong side of the glass. We hope to see you again, too, Japan.
For Ryan and T’s Next Big Japan Adventure!
- Japan 2012 – Introduction, Day 1
- Japan 2012 – Day 2, Part 1 – Tsukiji and 3 Breakfasts
- Japan 2012 – Day 2, Part 2 – Asakusa, Kappabashi
- Japan 2012 – Day 3 – Tokyo Disney Sea and a Journey to Nostalgia
- Japan 2012 – Day 4 – Odaiba and Hometown Tonkatsu
- Japan 2012 – Day 5 – Ueno, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi, Omotesando, Shibuya
- Japan 2012 – Day 6 – Travel Day by Shinkansen, Kyoto
- Japan 2012 – Day 7 – Kyoto and Nara Day Tour
- Japan 2012 – Day 8 – Bicycling through Kyoto, Turtle Dinner
- Japan 2012 – Day 9 – Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkakuji, Travel Day to Hakone
- Japan 2012 – Day 10 – Hakone Circuit and Onsen-ing
- Japan 2012 – Day 11 – Travel Day Return to Tokyo and Sushi at Kyubey