TokyoGenic Travel : A Wander into Wonder

Story By
Aditya Purwanto

TokyoGenic Travel is a collection of tourism suggestions arranged by Tokyo Subway in which travelers can find best spots for fashion discoveries, culinary delights, cool photo opportunities, captivating activities and a ton of gift and trinket options. Follow InClover as we cruise our way into some of Tokyo’s quirkiest spots made easy by its most historic railway route and subway operator, the Ginza Line and Tokyo Metro.

The clock started early at the hotel I stayed a night in in Asakusa after spending almost half a day before exploring the Kaminarimon, Senso-ji temple and Nakamise market area, which are a heaven full of souvenirs and culinary congregation spot. Asakusa Station, which entrance just lies by Kaminarimon is the starting point of my next sightseeing agenda. Using the Ginza Line I traveled down one station west to Tawaramachi where I had breakfast at the Pelican Café, which had already gained fame for its charcoal grilled bread and coffee combo.

The Ueno Park which was accessible from the Ueno Station two stops from Tawaramachi station is the home for one of Japan’s most famous annual experience, the Sakura viewing or Hanami. Unfortunately, the trees were still vacant from the blooms because of the tardy spring and the sakura is really finicky regarding this. But once it’s arrived, you can expect to be drowned under a magical sea of blushing allure. Accompanying the Park is the equally captivating Ueno Zoo with its 3000 resident animals of 400 different species, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science.

Back on the Ginza Line and since it’s already past noon, a meal is up next and talking about Tokyo, a wide option of great culinary adventure is something nobody should be worry about. I rode south and stopped at Mitsukoshimae Station, continued north-west using the Hanzomon Line which is also operated by Tokyo Metro, I exited on Jimbocho Station and just legged it from there to Mazilu Ramen Lanzhou. The ramen shop was already a famous lamian brand in China and famed for its soup, which is made by simmering beef bones and meat together. Over the options of thin, regular or triangular hand-made noodle, I picked the regular, drowned in the clear broth. The ramen is garnished with beef, radishes, and Chinese chili oil as well as chopped coriander and garlic leaf.

The fulfilling bowl reenergized me and that’s suitable for my next activity with Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour. Returning to the Ginza Line, I stopped at Nihombashi Station, changed to the Tozai Line heading east and exited the Kayabacho Station. The route I took was the Hanami Tour, following Nihombashi River to revered Sumida River, then the scienic Oyoko River and Sendaibori River before rejoining the Sumida River and returned to the starting point where the 2-hour tour was concluded.

The sun had already made its lapse through the sky when I reached the station where the line originated, Ginza Station. Even after the rise of new tourism hot spots throughout the country, Ginza still holds its reign as the must-go place in Japan. Factually one of the most expensive, and luxurious area in the world, Ginza is plotted with upscale department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the glamour and blinding lights surrounding the vicinity. The stylish area was where I decided to spend the rest of the day, and there were still loads of things to do before I could close the curtain for the night.

Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar, famous for its sushi rolls with fresh and carefully selected ingredients, takes its tradition very seriously while maintaining the classic sushi restaurant style. This was where I relished in the staple Japanese cuisine with an extra creative touch and delicious seasonal ingredients. I asked for the Ikura Kamadaki Gohan, which is a favorite among diners not just for its distinctively pleasing taste but also the appealing appearance of the dish was somewhat a compliment to the peculiar atmosphere of Ginza.

After the unforgettable meal, it started to drizzle, so I popped out my pocket umbrella and headed to where I could be sheltered from the elements while still feast my eyes. Ginza Six was my next nighttime destination, a luxury shopping complex where more than 200 brands converge. Right next to Ginza Six is the Tokyo Kyukyodo, a specialty store for incense, stationery and various products of washi (Japanese paper).  Just like the rest of my travel in Japan, I like to think that this store is a Japanese rendition of traditional expertise and the sophistication of modern lifestyle.


TRAVEL POINTERS


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♦ Tokyo Kayaking Tour :
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