Friday, January 1, 2016

Tokyo Harajuku Area

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Market
Out of the gate at Sensoji Temple Kaminarimon Gate we walked towards Asakusa Station to continue the trip to the Tsukiji Market.

Tsukiji Market is actually a market of fruit, vegetables and the biggest fish in Central Tokyo. But because this market holds approximately 2000 tonnes of seafood per day then finally Tsukiji is also known as the world's largest fish market. In this market we can see a wide range of marine products and for fans of sushi or seafood paradise because this is where the famous Tsukiji sushi with freshness and deliciousness. Unfortunately, the increase in tourist arrivals to the market this would cause problems because the infrastructure is not built to serve the visit. Tsukiji Market itself consists of two parts, namely Inner Market, where the auctions and most of the fish processing takes place.

There are approximately 900 licensed fish wholesale stand in the place and as part of the market that is actually used for business then the tourists are not allowed into the wholesale area before 9 am, when the peak of business activity takes place. This is to minimize the occurrence of accidents and interruption of business currently underway. Even for a visit after hours 9 also, tourists are asked not to bring goods large market (eg a bag or a large suitcase) and constantly alert to what is happening around them because of the heavy equipment and people passing by on the ground ,

The second part of the Tsukiji Outer Market which is noticeably more relaxed place to visit. Here are a few blocks grocery stores and retail sell Japanese kitchen tools, supplies restaurants, groceries, and seafood. Here there are also some sashimi sushi restaurants that can be visited. Outer Market operating hours between 5:00 to 14:00, Wholesale Area (Inner Market): after 9:00 am, Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:25 o'clock in the morning until 6:15 in the morning (limited to only 120 visitors per day). The market is closed on Sundays, National Holidays and certain Wednesday. Before visiting Tsukiji should check operating calendar

Hurry planned if you want to visit Tsukiji Market because it is estimated by 2016 this market will be relocated to Toyosu, an artificial island of Odaiba area. Although many are reluctant to be moved (because a new one is considered polluted and still need cleaning) but at the urging of Governor of Tokyo is likely that the plan will continue to run.


The time was 13:30 when we got back to the station to catch the train to Tsukijishijo Harajuku area. Mileage from Tsukiji Market to Harajuku approximately 30 minutes with the train route as follows:

Harajuku actually refers to the area around Harajuku Station located between Shinjuku and Shibuya areas. This area became so famous because this is where young people are free to express Japan fashion style that is sometimes extreme and very eccentric. Not only that, this place is also filled with a wide range of branded clothing store or not and cater for all ages ranging from infants to the elderly. A walking route in the Harajuku area I start from the Omote Sando continues to Takeshita Dori and ended at Meiji Shrine

Omote Sando
a. Omote Sando 

Also known as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees, Omotesando is a one-kilometer road that on left covered with trees and a range of well-known brand boutiques, cafes and restaurants. This area is a shopping center for the rich and elite so it is not surprising that Louis Vuitton put its biggest store in this place.

The most prominent mall here is Omotesando Hills consisting of 6 floors (3 floors under ground) which is home to approximately 100 upmarket stores, cafes, restaurants and beauty salons. On this road there are also Oriental Bazaar, one of the largest sellers of souvenirs shop in Tokyo. The goods are sold, among others, kimono, Kamikaze T-shirts, samurai and a variety of typical Japanese trinkets another costly dear price.

In addition to the Oriental Bazaar, there is also Kiddy Land, a children's toy shop of the most famous in Tokyo. For fans of Hello Kitty Snoopy or can get the latest collection here. At the time, in Kiddy Land is launching a new series of Hello Kitty on the front of the store so many people lined up lining up to take pictures with Hello Kitty. Among the queues would be some girl with clothes Sweet Lolita models follow queued so that I had the opportunity to observe more closely. They look really fashionsable indeed the intention, the accessories attached perfect from head to the toe

Harajuku Street
b. Harajuku Street

Through an intersection Omote Sando Dori mall just in front of Laforet Harajuku, I turn right and straight path towards Harajuku Street. This road was only in the form of small-sized two-way motorcycle ran into the right-left filled with shops. At that time the street is not as busy deserted street Takeshita Dori in front of him.

My goal here anyway to see the Harajuku's Youth Culture and hope to see young Japanese who dressed weird like hordes Sweet Lolita whom I met at Omote Sando Dori earlier. But I was wrong select the day and place, if not a Sunday is very rare to encounter them roam this region. In addition, most of them much hung in around Harajuku Station and Yoyogi Park. So as not to see anything here, I went on a trip to Takeshita Dori which was directly in front of him.

Takeshita Dori

c. Takeshita Dori
If I may say, Takeshita Dori is the way young children. Along side the course was filled by a variety of trendy shops, fashion boutiques, thrift stores and food booths for youngsters cheap. "The must-eat items" in Harajuku Takeshita-dori is a crêpe, in which a cone-shaped crepe coated whipped cream and filled with sweets such as strawberry, chocolate or cheesecake, but there are also stuffed with chicken tandori. Unfortunately the price is quite expensive at about 500 yen or Rp. 60.000, -. One of the most famous crepe shop in Harajuku is already selling Marion Crepes Crepes at Takeshita Dori since 1976.

On this road there are also Daiso Harajuku, one of the largest 100 Yen Shop in Tokyo. Almost all kinds of goods available here ranging from kitchen equipment, clothing, stationery and even food. All on average for 105 yen (about Rp. 12,600) after tax. Be careful when visiting this path, because the popularity of this street is always full and busy. When I was not there on Sundays only Takeshita Dori already crowded and difficult to roads, imagine that fits here Sunday.

Meiji Shrine
d. Meiji Shrine
Until the end of the street Takeshita Dori, I crossed the fore Harajuku Station and walk to the left toward the gate of Meiji Shrine. Gates are easily recognizable because of two large wood (Torii Gate) shelter. This temple entry in the neighborhood seemed to plunge into the cold pool and cool. With the forests in the surrounding environment (approximately 170,000 trees), Meiji seems to be a soothing oasis after headache with kehiruk pikukkan Harajuku. The trees were planted about 90 years ago was the result of contributions from within and outside Japan and planted manually by approximately 110,000 volunteers. The temple itself hidden behind the trees less than 10 minutes walk from the entrance gate.

Passing through Torii Gate came to us in a way that the right side is decorated ranks right vats of sake and wine barrels ranks just opposite decorated donation from the French government. Shinto shrine indeed require Sake in various rituals and religious festivals. Given that not all temples are allowed to create their own sake, they usually receive donations from factories sake.

If the small temple usually receives sake of local sake factory, but if the temple had Meiji class which accounts are factory throughout the sake of Japan (currently there are approximately 1800 sake manufacturer in Japan). Pendisplay's sake barrel is intended as a manifestation of their gratitude to the factories.

Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji himself made a large contribution in the birth of the Meiji Restoration which is believed to be triggered modernization in Japan. The original building had collapsed during an air raid, that are here is a new building that was built back in 1958.

There are a number of rules (etiquette) that should be adhered to when entered into the temple environment include: at the gate (torii) bent one time entry and exit, clean hands and mouth in the shower (Temizuya), may not use a tripod and should not take photographs of the temple (no roof over head). Like many temples in Japan, next to the main hall talisman but there are shops selling specialized in Meiji tree underneath there are shelves where people hang Ema (wooden board) contain their expectations. Because of that visit here are tourists from all over the world, the various languages written there.