Tokyo -Tokyo Station

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Located in the bustling Marunouchi District, Tokyo Station is a fascinating place. Thousands of people move through it every day. This was our first gateway into Tokyo city. It has a wonderful array of retailers. From eateries including up- market restaurants to outlets selling clothing and souvenirs. At the Daimaru building, incorporated within Tokyo Station, a floor is dedicated to a variety of mouth-watering “okashi”, snacks. My favourite is “mochi”, sticky balls with sweet fillings. I was just spoilt for choice. On another floor, an enormous variety of food was sold – bento lunch boxes, cold seafood, dumplings, cakes, mixed greens and many more. Price ranged from ¥800 up to ¥1800 depending on the dishes. Generally bento lunch boxes are priced around ¥1200 to ¥1500 [depending on the dish itself]. Any dish with fish is generally priced higher. This is the most economic for the discerning traveller. We did splash it out at restaurants to get a wider experience of Japanese food. We loved these eateries at all the train stations. They basically cater for the train commuters to and from work as well as travellers alike. Other buildings nearby also have food courts in their buildings. How convenient for the people working in these and nearby buildings.

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For breakfast, we surveyed the dishes displayed in glass windows. They were all fake. Plastic models imitated real food – noodles, meat, eggs, vegetables like carrots and mushroom. Prices were listed underneath each dish. A coin operated machine spits out a token of our order. We walked into the restaurant. A waitress came over and collected the token and few minutes later, steaming bowls and plates of aromatic meals arrived at the table. Salmon is popular amongst others. This set breakfast came with miso soup and are priced reasonably around ¥700 to ¥1000. By the way, the dishes and arrangement delivered to us were exactly as those displayed at the front glass window.

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