Taking the bullet train back to Tokyo was easy as we were familiar with the massive Kyoto Station from having visited it a few times. Kyoto Station didn't have a great train bento store like the one at Tokyo Station, but there were several bento outlets with a pretty good selection. When we were there at 8:15 AM, they were just stocking some of the ekiben. It is pretty strange to see big boxes, with more ekiben boxes inside. So your food came from a boxy truck, in a smaller box, and yet a smaller box.
|Quiches from a small bakery at Kyoto Station on the Shinkansen side of the station.|
|Ekiben at Kyoto Station|
|More ekiben including the film crew bento.|
|The return bullet train.|
|This was a pancake pastry with maple syrup and a real pat of butter. It tasted like a pancake.|
|My film crew bento.|
|Grilled mackerel, some karaage, veggies, and seaweed salad. This was a bento that was supposed to be a favourite of Kyoto film crews when they were shooting. It was plain, simple, and still pretty tasty.|
|An apple and pineapple vending machine at Oshiage Station|
|A miniature Lawson konbini kiosk. So cool. Want one in my train station at home.|
We stayed at the Richmond Hotel Oshiage, which is right across the street from the west end of the Tokyo Skytree Solomachi Mall and the nearest exit from Oshiage Station. This is a very nice hotel, friendly staff, but you will need to get used to having the lobby on the fifth floor. The lobby of the hotel even has a scale so you can tell how much your bag weighs. Very convenient. Separate from the hotel was a great supermarket on the main floor / basement of the building, so buying food type souvenirs was an easy task. It was a rainy day when we arrived back in Tokyo, but the weather improved.
|Can barely see the top of the Skytree.|
Now for some more food related pictures. Even on our last couple of days we ate plenty.
|One of us had tasty takoyaki (octopus balls). You might think eeew, but it is a favourite treat of the Japanese and I like it a lot too.|
|Deluxe curry with tonkatsu cutles, rice, and shredded cabbage. Delish again.|
|I had Ichiran Ramen. So happy they had an outlet here. They were giving away extra large servings for the regular price that day, but there was no way I would have been able to finish it. Tasty tonkotsu ramen.|
Staying in the Skytree area give fairly convenient access to get around the NE or east side of central Tokyo.
- It is one stop to Asakusa on the Skytree Line and then you take the Ginza Line to Ueno.
- From Ueno you have access to the Yamamote Line that gives you wide access.
- The Hanzomon Line gives you access to Akihabara with one transfer at Ningyocho Station to the Hibiya Line, and it also goes directly to the vicinity of Tokyo Station.
|Morning at the Skytree.|
|Breakfast riceballs one morning. Funny thing is that there are several coffee shops, but they don't open until the mall opens. I'm not sure if the McDonalds there was open early as there is one at the mall.|
|Went to Akihabara.|
|Lots of yummy baking.|
|Our breakfast + coffee.|
|There was a really tasty looking grilled steak place with butter on the way to the shrine.|
|Gate at Kanda Myojin|
|Some of the anime Ema for wishes at the Love Live Shrine.|
By the time we headed back to Akihabara, stores were beginning to open. We stopped at a second hand figure store and picked up some Love Live figures for 30% off. These figures, like the ones shown below are originally UFO machine prizes and are what I would call low quality figures that cost about 1000 to 1500 yen new in the box. There is a booming trade in second hand merchandise in Akiba from videogames, books, and collectables. I previously blogged about Akiba here.
|Love Live Figures. I got a Nozomi.|
|The classic Gamers Store right outside the Electric Town Exit from Akihabara Station.|
|The Akihabara Don Quijote store actually had a good assortment of different Kit Kats. I picked up the Kit Kat Shijo Apple here and really found that the apple flavour wasn't very pronounced at all.|
|Lunch was just some simple meals of udon and tempura for me which we ate at the food floor of the UDX Building.|
|Eel roll, tuna, a whitefish.|
|Octopus karaage. Tasty.|
|Fatty tuna. So good. Gold plate means pricey. We had to order this.|
|Our damage at the end of the meal. They just use an RFID reader to scan the plates and give you a bill at the end. All the plates are color coded by price point.|
|The McDonald's cheese pork cutlet burger with the cheese inside the cutlet.|
|The cheese pork cutlet burger.|
Tokyo and Kyoto Trip Fall 2016
- Whirlwind Tour Through Tokyo and Kyoto
- Kyoto Trip Highlights - Amazing Sights
- Pokemon Go As You Travel In Tokyo And Kyoto
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 1 (without breaking the bank)
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 2 - Kyoto Dining (Ekiben, Bullet Trains, Fushimi Inari Food Stalls)
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 3 - Kyoto Dining (Nishiki Market Grazing)
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 4 - Kyoto Dining (Kyoto Style Sushi, Arashimaya, and Kinkakuji
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 5 - Kyoto Dining (Gion, Ootoya, Kiyomizudera, Kyoto Station Ramen)
- Eating Well While Travelling In Japan - Part 6 - Tokyo Finale (kaiten sushi, takoyaki, and curry)