Show our Get Japan map of Tokyo including Iidabashi station when you purchase Japanese tea or boxes at Mitsugien tea store in Chiyoda ward to get a free bag of sembei rice crackers! This healthy and delicious offer is valid all spring and summer 2015 🙂
We guided a businessman from Qatar in Tokyo today, for the last day of his first stay in Japan. Leaving in a comfortable car from Tokyo Dome Hotel, we visited a Japanese garden, ate at a vegetarian restaurant, bought gifts at a shop owned by a couple of Japanese artisans, saw many tourist spots, and visited holy sites.
To make great photos of Japanese autumn with the morning light, we first strolled in the peaceful Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo). Coming from Qatar, the traveller was particularly pleased with the seasonal yellow grass, trees with red leaves, green pine trees, and mirror-like pond, which were gorgeous under a big blue sky! The singing birds, lively carps, wooden bridge, lanterns, teahouse, and numerous Japanese grandmothers and grandfathers made this time very enjoyable 🙂
We lunched early at Petit Bonheur in Chiyoda ward, enjoying a vegetarian buffet with fragrant and tasty vegetables and fruits from Japan. This popular restaurant was full but only two other men were in sight; we were surrounded by Japanese women!
After coffee, we looked at old buildings in the Kanda area of Chiyoda ward and went shopping at the wonderful shop Kanda Chonko to buy high-quality handmade gifts made in Japan for the businessman’s family: Japanese fans, bags, hairpins, a sumo wrestler kokeshi doll, a decoration made using rice grains, a miniature with a Japanese boy and girl in kimono…
Our driver proposed a scenic tour to see and photograph important places in Tokyo before going to the Asakusa district: Tokyo train station, the fortifications of the Imperial Palace, the Ministry of Justice (old and new buildings), the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower… and lines of beautiful trees with yellow leaves!
In Taito ward, we took an elevator for a great panoramic view of Asakusa: Asahi Breweries headquarters, Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the pagoda, the shopping street… We then entered the Thunder Gate, shopped lightly in the shopping street, received a handwritten document with a holy seal at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, visited Asakusa Shinto Shrine, and ate shrimp sushi 🙂 After that, it was time to go catch the flight back to Qatar at Narita international airport…
Update on 02 December 2014: A Japanese partner of the Qatari businessman called to thank us; our tour in Tokyo was praised 🙂 In fact, our English-speaking staff also spent a very pleasant autumn day thanks to this friendly visitor!
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Today’s spicy lunch savoured at the restaurant Creole: beef curry with pickles, rice and a piece of naan.
If you like spicy Japanese food, walk a few minutes from Suidobashi station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to eat your lunch at Creole!
- Beef curry = ビーフカレー (bifu-kare).
- Creole = クレオール (kureoru).
- Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.
Today’s lunch savoured at Marebito tea house: the daily set with bamboo, duck, tofu, miso soup containing eggplant, rice topped with tea leaves…
To finish, a soft cup of “bancha” tea!
If you like tasty ingredients and Japanese tea, walk a few minutes from Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to reach Marebito tea house! You can even order your lunch in English 🙂
- Marebito tea house on Yes in Japan.
- Bancha = 番茶.
- Marebito = まれびと.
- Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.