12 days of Japan Travels: Tsukiji Fish Market, Ippudo Ramen & Akihabara Tokyo Day 11!

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On day 12 of our Japan Travels, we visited the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and got to try out Tokyo’s Ippudo Ramen (一風堂). With that, we can also do a comparison of whether Ichiran Ramen or Ippudo Ramen has the better Tonkotsu ramen.

We started the day with croissant and coffee from Lawson (280 yen) before taking the H line to Tsukiji station from our Ueno Touganeya Hotel. From there, Tsukiji Fish Market is a just a 5 minutes walk away…

First view of Tsukiji Fish Market
First view of Tsukiji Fish Market

As you know may already know by now, if you arrive at Tsukiji Fish Market in the wee morning (at about 4 to 5am), you’ll be able to see live auction of the day’s freshest catch. 4am, in the cold, with fishy smell was a little too much for us, so we decided to give this experience a miss. But if you are interested, the auction takes place at Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market.

Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market Tokyo
Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market Tokyo

It was quite an experience to just walk along the nooks and crannies of Tokyo Tsukiji Market. Once in the vicinity, you’ll see many locals having their meals from the day’s freshest catch or the beef bowl rice with the unmistakable long queue. For 100 yen, you can have freshly made Tamago (egg) – something we got along this walk.

Tamago Tokyo Tsukiji
Tamago Tokyo Tsukiji

If you’re wondering what to eat at Tsukiji Fish Market, there are various seafood that you can choose from such as…

Grilled Abalone Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo
Grilled Abalone Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo
Torched Clams Tsukiji Fish Market
Torched Clams Tsukiji Fish Market
Large portion of Uni (sea urchin) from Tsukiji Market
Large portion of Uni (sea urchin) from Tsukiji Market
Crabs, Fish, Lobsters at Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market
Crabs, Fish, Lobsters at Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market

The good thing about Tsukiji is that you can walk and eat, eat and walk (边走边吃) and take in the sights and sounds at the same time. Of course, when you visit Tsukiji Fish Market, Sushi Zanmai comes to mind. There are many many many Sushi Zanmai outlets at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market – almost like a monopoly. We decided to find one and see what the hype is about.

Sushi Zanmai at Tsukiji Fish Market
Sushi Zanmai at Tsukiji Fish Market
Tom with fresh maguro at Sushi Zanmai
Tom with fresh maguro at Sushi Zanmai

Fatty Tuna (maguro) Sushi Zanmai Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo
Fatty Tuna (maguro) Sushi Zanmai Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo

At Sushi Zanmai, we ordered maguro (tuna), salmon and tamago sushi. As it turns out, it was really not worth it to dine at Sushi Zanmai. For 1200 yen, we had 6 pieces of sushi. Ridiculously expensive and was definitely not the best sushi we’ve had in Japan. However, if you happen to find yourself in a Sushi Zanmai (simply because there are so many of them), it is recommended to order the fatty tuna (298 yen per piece) directly, instead of taking sushi off the sushi conveyor belt.


Check out this short clip of our day trip to Tsukiji Fish Market

After an unsatisfying meal, we decided to head over to Ginza Station (via H line) to have Ippudo Ramen. The meal did perk us up a little 😛

Ippudo Ramen (一風堂) Ginza Tokyo
Ippudo Ramen (一風堂) Ginza Tokyo
Inside Ippudo Ramen Ginza Tokyo
Inside Ippudo Ramen Ginza Tokyo
Ippudo Ramen Menu Tokyo Ginza
Ippudo Ramen Menu Tokyo Ginza

After screening through the menu, we went for the original Ippudo ramen (白丸原味) for 1090 yen. It came with 4 slices of pork, seaweed, egg and for additional 100 yen, you can get a bowl of rice with a plate of dumplings (gyoza). As we ordered only 1 portion, the staff brought over an extra bowl as well – a sign to suggest that sharing is condoned. Good option for a light snack on the go.

Tokyo Ginza Ippudo Ramen (Original White - 白丸原味) with unlimited beansprouts
Tokyo Ginza Ippudo Ramen (Original White – 白丸原味) with unlimited beansprouts

As with most ramen joints, you can have Kadaema – additional noodles for 130 yen. All you have to do is to save some of the delicious soup to go with Kadaema. At Ippudo, you can also enjoy free flow unlimited beansprouts. In terms of taste, it was flavourful. However, when compared to Ichiran Ramen, it was definitely not as rich. If we were to pick a winner, Ichiran Ramen would win Ippudo Ramen hands down.

Ginza Tokyo
Ginza Tokyo
Nissan Crossing Tokyo Ginza
Nissan Crossing Tokyo Ginza

If you’re in the vicinity, do check out Nissan Crossing. This time, we saw the 2020 Nissan Gran Turismo (see above). Futuristic and really cool looking. In the same building, you can also find a Sony showroom as well as a cafe that overlooks the crossing at Ginza. After this short little excursion at Ginza, we headed to Takeshita Street (next to Harajuku station) for more shopping at this pedestrian shopping belt.

Takeshita Pedestrian Shopping Street Tokyo
Takeshita Pedestrian Shopping Street Tokyo

Entrance of Takeshita Shopping Street Tokyo

Not only did we get to eat some afternoon snacks such as Gindaco Takopachi and Cheesy Bread Bun

Gindaco Takopachi Takeshita Street Tokyo
Gindaco Takopachi Takeshita Street Tokyo
Delicious Takopachi 550 yen for 8
Delicious Takopachi 550 yen for 8 – Cheap and Good!
Super Cheesy Bread Bun Harajuku
Super Cheesy Bread Bun Harajuku

We also got to rest our legs a little at Cafe Solare. Good matcha latte with a view over Takeshita shopping street. Along the way, we got to visit Brown’s room at Takeshita shopping street as well!

Brown Bear and Cony Bunny Line Characters
Brown Bear and Cony Bunny Line Characters
Brown's Room Takeshita Shopping Street Tokyo
Brown’s Room Takeshita Shopping Street Tokyo

To round off the evening, we visited another attraction in Tokyo – Akihabara

Akihabara Tokyo for Electronics Shopping!
Akihabara Tokyo for Electronics Shopping!

Akihabara is a district in Tokyo that is famed for its electronics and tech shopping goods. There are also many amusement arcades such as Sega and Taiko. On the top level of (one of the many) Sega, we saw a VR gaming area. A little scary to witness a man wearing the VR goggles and shooting in the virtual world while screaming loudly in the real world. How bizarre…

To start off our evening at Akihabara, we decided to try a Japanese fast food outlet that we have in Singapore as well – Yoshinoya!

Yoshinoya Akihabara Tokyo Large Beef Bowl (960 yen), Curry Rice (350 yen)
Yoshinoya Akihabara Tokyo Large Beef Bowl (960 yen), Curry Rice (350 yen)
Sake at Yoshinoya for 340 yen
Sake at Yoshinoya for 340 yen
Inside Yoshinoya Akihabara
Inside Yoshinoya Akihabara

Somehow, the Yoshinoya Beef Bowl in Japan tastes BETTER! :O Perhaps it was the sake…hm… but all in all, the meal was thoroughly enjoyable. If you’ve tried Yoshinoya or any other fast food restaurants that are also available in Singapore, let us know if you think it is better in Japan as well? We had similar thoughts about Tim Ho Wan. The Mong Kok branch in Hongkong is definitely better than the outlets in Singapore.

We also checked out Kanda River near Akihabara to see if there’s any riverside cafes or shops that visitors can enjoy. There’s actually a row of old shop houses (Maach Ecute) by the river that has been converted to shops, cafes, restaurants and even a microbrewery called Hitachino Brewing Lab. Here, we tried out the white ale (680 yen) and 3C hop beer (730 yen) which were fresh and delicious. With views of Akihabara, air-conditioning temperatures of approximately 25 degrees and alfresco seating, the experience was a relaxing one…

Maach Ecute - Shophouses along Kanda River Akihabara
Maach Ecute – Shophouses along Kanda River Akihabara
Hitachino Brewing Lab @ Maach Ecute Akihabara Tokyo
Hitachino Brewing Lab @ Maach Ecute Akihabara Tokyo
White Ale and 3C Hop Beer at Hitachino Microbrewery Akihabara
White Ale and 3C Hop Beer at Hitachino Microbrewery Akihabara

Enroute home, we tasted the Mont Blanc Pablo cheese tart (chest nut flavour – 300 yen) and Oden (fish cake stew) from Lawson convenient store for 500 yen. Somehow the Oden was super tasty with flavours infused into ingredients such as fish cake and white carrot (turnip). Nope, we were not thirsty after the meal.

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of our 11th day of travels in Japan. Stay tuned as we check out Ueno Zoo and head back to Singapore on our last day of Japan Travels! Remember to check out the best hotel deals in Tokyo before you go!

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