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Day 3 · Ueno, Tokyo Scroll down

Waking up early with the Japanese sun leads to many nice and surprising trips. We could start using our JR passes today, so we decided to make good use of them and ride the train to visit Ueno, Akihabara and Tokyo (the Metropolis).

After a quick breakfast in our neighbourhood Harajuku we hoped on the train for a 30 minute ride until Ueno. The plan was to get out of the station and go straight to the Ueno Zoo, but plans change and ours sure did when we saw the amazing street market and the incredible looking restaurants outside the station.

Togo-ji entrance

Togo-ji entrance

Fashionable Harajuku girls.

Fashionable Harajuku girls.

Who said fashion was a girl's thing?

Who said fashion was a girl’s thing?

Most Japanese cars are pocket-sized. Not quite, but almost.

Most Japanese cars are pocket-sized. Not quite, but almost.

We wandered around for quite a while, taking in the pure local untarnished life of the Japanese. Fish stands selling the most amazing octopus, eels and crabs, right next to perfumes and beauty products, next to seaweeds, next to golf clubs. Yes, golf clubs. And, of course, restaurants and more restaurants. There we could see people from the adjacent stands sit and eat a steamy hot bowl of ramen, with their working aprons still on, with the carefree look of someone who does that everyday.

Waiting for the Yamanote line train to take us to Ueno.

Waiting for the Yamanote line train to take us to Ueno.

Queue behind the green line to enter the train. A door will stop in front of it.

Queue behind the green line to enter the train. A door will stop in front of it.

On our way we passed by Shinagawa.

On our way we passed by Shinagawa.

People's daily routine consists of spending hours sitting on a train.

People’s daily routine consists of spending hours sitting on a train.

We aren't the ones getting lost in the train stations.

We aren’t the ones getting lost in the train stations.

Sugar, in all shapes and forms.

Sugar, in all shapes and forms.

Gorgeous illustration outside Ueno's station.

Gorgeous illustration outside Ueno’s station.

Getting ready to pump out street food.

Getting ready to pump out street food.

Making noodles by hand.

Making noodles by hand.

Typical street in Ueno: restaurants, adult/hentai stores and street food stalls.

Typical street in Ueno: restaurants, adult/hentai stores and street food stalls.

Side alley.

Side alley.

The freshest fish.

The freshest fish.

Crabs!

Crabs!

Looking into buying some fried snacks.

Looking into buying some fried snacks.

Golf clubs. Just because.

Golf clubs. Just because.

White skin is cherished in Japan, so umbrellas are a must.

White skin is cherished in Japan, so umbrellas are a must.

Sake store.

Sake store.

Fruit stand.

Fruit stand.

We managed to wander around for hours and had lunch at one of the typical japanese restaurants that only serves about 10 people at a time. They only served three subtle variations of Oyakodon — rice topped with egg and chicken. Sounds simple because it is, but Japanese have a way with making the simpler things unique and scrumptious.

Tidy kitchen. It's no surprise they're so efficient at everything they do.

Tidy kitchen. It’s no surprise they’re so efficient at everything they do.

Oyokodan — delicious.

Oyakodon — delicious.

We then headed for Ueno zoo that also did not disappoint. We paid ¥600 for each of our entries, which seems like a reasonable price, specially to take a peek at some of the most weird animals, to ride on a very cool monorail and to gaze at the giant pandas, that were happily enjoying their bamboo sitting belly side up. 

Tori to Hanazono Inari shrine.

Tori to Hanazono Inari shrine.

A dragon statue guards the chōzuya‎.

A dragon statue guards the chōzuya‎.

Fortunes waiting to come true.

Fortunes waiting to come true.

Fox statue at Hanazono Inari.

Fox statue at Hanazono Inari.

Hanazono Inari Jinja

Hanazono Inari Jinja

Side house at the shrine.

Side house at the shrine.

Illustration at the Zoo's entrance.

Illustration at the Zoo’s entrance.

Weird-nosed-turtle. That's the scientific name.

Weird-nosed-turtle. That’s the scientific name.

Spiky asian iguana.

Spiky asian iguana.

Scariest bird ever, looked like a human.

Scariest bird ever, looked like a human.

Hippo getting his nosed scratched by its caretaker, and it kept asking for more.

Hippo getting his nosed scratched by its caretaker, and it kept asking for more.

Sad macaque.

Sad macaque.

Happy panda only needs bamboo to stay happy.

Happy panda only needs bamboo to stay happy.

Ueno Zoo monorail, so cool.

Ueno Zoo monorail, so cool.

There's a mystic balance in Japan.

There’s a mystic balance in Japan.

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