Next stop was Asakusa’s Sensoji. On the way we saw this cool mural on the wall. So artistic.
Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest temple and most historical. It is the ground for the famous festival – Sanja Matsuri. Probably one of Tokyo’s most iconic tourist spot.
Famous for its gate in the front – called kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) In the middle of it hangs a giant red chochin (lantern) which is 4m tall and 3.4m in circumference.
Heres another shot of it from the front.
And another one.
Heres the famous street (Nakamise Dori) with many shops leading to the Sensoji.
We had some Red bean sweets on the way to the shrine.
Even had a knife shop. Looks pretty sharrrppp…
You can get many souvenirs and many other things to eat along the way.
Once you get to the end you see Hozomon (Treasure house gate) which has two statues and 2 giant sandals.
Theres another lantern here, not as big though. It states the name of a town Kobunacho.
You can also try your luck with omikuji (Lucky charm paper), pretty much tells you your future lol. Basically you shake this tin with sticks which are numbered. Then you go the corresponding box and get your lucky paper. It was all good things on our paper so you get to keep it. If its unlucky, then you tie it up on a piece of string!
Asakusa main hall
Then you have these massive barrells of sake (probably empty) right next to the shrine.
Here is one massive sandal!
So Mr Dora then took us to have “hoppy”. So next to the shrine there was this street where there are lots of eateries.
Just in case there are some horses that go through this area!
You can buy very random things on this street. IK bought a squirrel brush for her make up.
here we are. Izakaya Tonpei!
He wanted me to try this… Hoppy. Pretty much a non-alcoholic beer, and we added some shochu in it.
Then had some small eats Nikujaga or something like that.
IK wanted to have okonomiyaki. So we took a train to Kitasenju where Mr Dora lives. We went up to have Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki.
So you cook it yourself in Japan. Firstly, learn from the pro. You mix it, add a bit of sauces like soy sauce etc.
Then pour it on the hot sizzling plate. This one is a monjayaki which is more watery and has lots of salmon roes in it. Apparently this is what kids eat as snacks in Japan.
You use these little cute utensils to eat it as well!
Now for IK’s turn to mix the Okonomiyaki.
Then you layer it on the hot sizzling plate in a circular shape.
Then flip it after a couple of mins. Then sprinkle some nori on top.
Then some bonito flakes that wriggles. Then some Mayo on top and wahala Okonomiyaki DIY. Mr Dora shook his head when he saw the couple next door cooking it. Telling us its the WRONG way to do it. Tip for you – go with a local. well someone who loves to eat as well!
We were pretty full by the time we actually had the real meal lol.We went to this very local but delicious izakaya – Ajihisa.
Some Japanese pickles to start and some starters.
Theres another fish market second biggest apparently near here and this is where that sashimi comes from. Big CHUNKY pieces yet so FRESH.
Next some clams, they were pretty big.
Fried oysters next. So damn good.
Next, some fried chicken with lemon.
Then a massive tempura platter
Fish testicles anyone? They were creamy and with some ponzu sauce, it was quite nice actually.
Then we had some Gingko nuts which was on top of some hot salt. Funny taste indeed, a little bitter, but texture was not hard, but more like chestnut texture.
I was seriously about to puke soon, I have certainly gained some weight during this trip and this monster nabe comes. My god, its got salmon, prawns, shittake mushrooms, clams, tofu, cabbage, enoki mushrooms, oysters as well.
Oysters were so good. Can’t beat a nice nabe in Japan. Ultimate dish.
Mr Dora was the last to finish eating. Can’t blame him, we had so much food!
To really experience the local cuisine, nothing beats a local bringing you to places. I think Ajihisa was probably my favourite out of this trip. Being able to dine amongst locals without having a english menu and eat what they eat was amazing. Love to have some restaurant like that in Melbourne one day.
This place reminds me of the local street food shops in Taiwan/ Hong Kong.
2 Chome-3-17 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
Go here for … : hoppy!
Rating : Only had a few dishes and hoppy so no rating for this place.
19-7 Senjuasahichō, Adachi-ku, Tōkyō-to 120-0026, Japan
Dish of the day : I think all of the dishes deserve some credit but the sashimi was just so fresh and chunky.
Disappointing thing : They don’t have desserts…
Next up : Zakuro Shabu Shabu and JAL first class lounge and Cathay Pacific First class experience