We started out early on our first full day in Japan with the goal of exploring central Tokyo (if you missed my first post on our trip, you can read it here). I had a bunch of planning/tourist information stored on my phone but I freaked out at the last minute and bought a travel book just in case the internet failed me for some reason, or I lost my phone, or it underwent spontaneous combustion. Paranoid? Maybe. I prefer the term "prepared" ;). I picked up this Eyewitness Travel Guide just a few hours before our flight and it turned out to be a really good investment. There were so many things we wanted to see in Tokyo and the book did a really nice job of dividing the city up into sections (central, north, west, etc.) which really helped us plan out our days and make the best use of our time. This book in conjunction with the Japan Guide website were extremely valuable resources, and I'd recommend anyone planning a similar trip use these guides as a starting point.
Our first stop was the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is basically a giant market full of all kinds of seafood, fruit, and vegetables. There are quite a few markets in Tokyo, but this one is by far the most famous, as evidenced by the hoards of people we had to push through to catch a glimpse of the merchandise. This is pretty much how we pictured Tokyo:
It was fascinating to walk through the various stalls and admire the endless variety of fish. Honestly, I don't think I could even identify 90% of what we saw, but it all looked amazing and really fresh.
This guy was hard at work, sharpening a knife.
This is kind of a rebel photo, as there's clearly a request for "no photograph". To my credit, I didn't see the sign until after I took the picture, but the lady wasn't thrilled.