Day 4- Almost Kyoto

Second time this week that we were up before 6 am. Another first for Brandon and I! This morning we got up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am despite going to bed late last night. (Blogging requires more work that we realized.) We wanted to hit Tsukiji, the biggest fish market in Japan. Most, if not all, restaurants in Tokyo come here in the morning to obtain supplies for the day. We were interested to attend the tuna auction, which starts at 5:00 am every morning, but when we got there we found out that they only allow the first 60 tourists in for the first half hour, then another 60 for the second. We contented ourselves with walking around and checking out the bustling scene instead.


Brandon interrupts: We stopped at a sushi restaurant called Yamazuki for some chirashi and a lovely piece of aji (horse mackerel). As we were walking out of the outer market, we ran into one of the sushi chefs from our lunch the day before at Kyubei in Ginza. He actually recognized us (he looked different without a chef’s hat), and he greeted us eagerly in the street. It’s a small world after all.


Misou resumes: I love how we can get sushi at 6:30 in the morning!

After coming back from Tsukiji, Brandon and I stopped in the Ueno JR (Japan Rail) station to buy our train tickets to Kyoto for a day. I blame the fact that we woke up so early that we didn’t realize how much the tickets were. A whopping 54,000 yen ($711!) for round trip tickets for two! We could both fly from D.C. to Los Angeles with that much money.

It wasn’t until later when we were about to leave for Kyoto that it occurred to Brandon how expensive it was (so much for me being Asian and good at math—shows you how wrong stereotype can be.) Good thing they could cancel our tickets and refund our money. And suddenly we were left without plans for the day, and without a hotel room since we’d checked out of ours, thinking we’re going to spend the night in Kyoto. What will we do?

Stay tuned for our next (mis)adventure!


6 thoughts on “Day 4- Almost Kyoto

    1. If you would like to go bankrupt going to Kyoto, turn to page 55. If you would like to head into the mountains, turn to page 63. If you would like to slump in the corner of the JR station with a magnum bottle of sake, turn to page 78.

  1. I am enjoying your travel blog SO much. So many of the places you visited, Rich and I went to, also, when we went to Tokyo from Seoul. We did get to Kyoto, however, but on a separate trip from Korea. Kyoto is one of my 2 favorite places in the world–Hawaii being the other. We visited when the huge flea market in Kyoto was open and got so many bargains–like obis for 500 yen–at the time about $5. Thanks for taking the time to write. Looking forward to Vietnam. We never got there sadly. Enjoy!

    1. We were definitely sad to miss Kyoto, but we ended up having a really nice mini-adventure instead. (That post will be up soon, once we get all the pictures in.) Thanks for reading about our trip!

  2. Love your blog! don’t know how you do it, travelling and blogging at the same time. I will definitely come back for more :).

    Happy travelling! and don’t forget to tell us all about your good, and bad experiences 🙂

    1. Thank you, Quynh! Yeah, blogging while traveling is a bit hard. I know we’re 2 days behind right now. Writing, selecting, uploading & resizing pictures take a while but it’s really fun recording all of our experiences to make sure we don’t forget any. 🙂

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