|Anderson Bakery Pastries. Chocolate Cornets, Flakey Croissants, Cherry Danishes.|
|Clockwise from the coffees. A sweet bean bun, melon bread, apple turnover, bacon and cheese bun, sugar pastry. So good.|
|Looking out the Front of the Ginza Line|
Sensoji Shrine has the famous Kaminari-mon Gate (Thunder Gate) that is seen on many a post card. The Thunder Gate has the two famous guardians flanking a huge lantern that leads right up Nakamise Street and the temple proper. All around the shrine grounds are various shopping streets which all have their own unique shops.
|Buy A Roasted Sembei to Eat (100 yen each)|
Nakamise Street is a wonderful place to find traditional souvenirs of Japanese Candy, various treats to eat, and plenty of handicrafts and little key chains and such. Many Japanese buys souvenirs here of their trip to Tokyo so the selection is real good. Treats you should try include the traditional sembei or freshly roasted rice crackers dipped in soy sauce. Sembei are yummy! Try colorful candy such and kompeito which is also the candy that was being fed to the soots in the movie Spirited Away. You can buy masks, fans, tea cups, lucky cats, little sumo wrestlers, etc.
|Kompeito sugar candy / Wikimedia Commons|
|Inner Gate and a Pagoda|
|Main Shrine Building|
|Skytree + Giant Sandal|
We visited a couple of the surrounding streets to look for an artisan's shop that sells hangings and this really good taiyaki place I went to last time. Fujiya is not a big shop, but it is now run by the son of the original artisan who made beautifully printed towels. If you're looking for something Japanese to hang on your wall this is a pretty good place with reasonable prices.
|Fuji Ya Shop http://ryoma.cantown.jp|
|Examples of the the beautifully printed, thin cotton, tenugui towels (think tea towels) that are ideal gifts and look great hung on a wall.|
|Yummy Taiyaki. They were as delicious as the last time I had them! I have the shop marked on the map below.|
|Cooking the taiyaki. Different Flavours Available.|
|Fugu or Poisonous Blowfish Restaurant across from the Taiyaki Place. Not to be confused!|
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The map above shows Kitchen Town and Sensoji. Click on it to zoom in and get a legend of the landmarks.
After have a snack of Taiyaki we headed off to Kappenbashi or Kitchen Town to buy ceramics, those realistic food models, and other kitchen or cooking equipment.
|Covered Shopping Arcade in the Area.|
|Main Corner of Kitchen Town. Look for the big chef's head. There are two big ceramics stores on either side of the intersection here. Upper floors have more expensive stuff.|
|Cheap bowls. More expensive stuff on the second floor.|
|Ramen food models. Two main shops on the same block. Marked on the map above!|
|Food model key chains and fridge magnets.|
|There are a few knife shops here too.|
|Even a kappa is here!|
|Apple Slices Vending Machine. Ginza Station.|
We were hungry so we went looking for the Ippudo Ramen in Ginza (marked on the map). We actually ended up going next door to try curry udon instead and it was really good too! The staff at the restaurant here was really nice again and helpful to the foreigners. Curry Udon tastes curry-like of course, has a thick soup, and was like eating noodles, but not eating noodles as it was pretty different.
|Two noodle shops. Choose your fate!|
|Curry Udon with Egg|
|Front of UNIQLO Store Ginza|
|UNIQLO T (visit this if you have a chance!)|
|The same intersection shot earlier looks very different at night.|
After taking in the lights we headed back down to the Shiodome which is next door to catch the next sounding of the Miyazaki Steampunk Clock. The sound and animations for the clock are harder to see at night, but I never knew the clock face lit up! Our dinner tonight was just a quick hit of ramen at a little shop in the Shiodome. Not some of the outstanding ramen we had already had, but good enough as we were in a rush.
|Shiodome. Miles of malls and underground passages.|
|This pastry looked delicious, but there was a lineup to get them.|
|Massive Shiodome walkways.|
|Miyazaki Clock Face. I do like this clock.|
Continue onto Day 5 here.
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