It's about 6pm, and we're refreshed after a sit down and a quick shower. We're staying at the Sunroute Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku and pretty happy about the location. It was great to recharge ourselves after all the walking we'd done.
3 min walk over to Shinjuku JR station, and we hop onto the train to Shibuyu for dinner and some browsing. Out comes our SUICA card, already charged from the airport. It makes public transport travelling a whole load easier.
Shinjuku station is super busy and Shibuyu even more so. We are packed like sardines on the train!
This dude didn't have much of an audience, but that didn't put him off.
I spy a standing sushi bar but G isn't so sure. So just to make sure it wasn't a crummy sushi joint, we turn on the our rented pocket wi-fi and give it a quick Google. Looks like it's a thumbs up so in we go!
The pocket wi-fi is one of the best things you could ever do for a holiday in a foreign country. Japan has it's own mobile network and we were not going to be able to just buy a sim card with data and get on the net. This gadget saves lives, a lot of tears and most definitely frustration. Don't know how to get somewhere, Google map! Don't know how to say that in Japanese, Google translate! Don't know if this place is worth eating at, Google it!
So back to the standing sushi bar. As the name suggests, there are no seats. When you're done eating your fill, just pay up and walk out.
It looks pretty good to me!
A lot of the sushi were ¥150 for 2. That's less than £1 for 2 pieces!!! We are going to stuff our faces.
Standard sushi fix'ins. Tea is self serve from the hot water tap to the right. Awesome.
Yellowtail and salmon. They were incredibly fresh and the fish oils melted on our tongue. Delicious!
Bincho Maguro and salmon slightly seared then topped with mayo. The seared salmon works so well with the mayo and smokiness from the blow torch!
Fatty tuna o-toro. Works out at less than £2 a piece, in London, we'd be lucky to pay £6 a piece!
Seared squid, horse mackerel (perfectly marinaded in vinegar), seared prawn topped with mayo. I can't get enough of the seared sushi.
Whelk sushi. This had a fantastic bouncy and plump texture, with a lovely sweet fragrance.
Octopus seared and topped with a thick teriyaki sauce. Died and went to sushi heaven at this point.
A final hand roll with fatty tuna. When an o-toro hand roll costs ¥200 (£1.30) you don't say no do you?!
We are so incredibly happy from dinner we're grinning from ear to ear. If we go back to Tokyo, we are absolutely coming back to the standing sushi bar!
We know from following B-Kyu's itinerary that there is a retro games arcade in Shibuya and G is dying to check it out. Being the great games geek that he is, this was a must visit. Shibuya Kaikan Monaco arcade can be found at 23-10 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku.
The famous Shibuyu crossing.
It's a wrap for day 2. We need an early night as we are going to hit Tsukiji fish market tomorrow. We're not getting up for the 4am tuna auctions, but we're aiming for a decent 8-9am start.