The next day after the Yokohama parade, I went cycling in Tokyo with my friends. I didn’t have any bicycle, so I had to borrow my friend’s bicycle. First, I went to Todoroki (等々力) to take the bicycle and then cycled to Ookayama (大岡山) to meet another friend and borrowed one more bicycle. Then we started to cycle around Tokyo from Ookayama. Actually we wanted to follow the route provided in this site, but because we met at Ookayama, so we set our starting point there.
From Ookayama, we went to Shirokanedai (白金台). There was a large Book Off store here, so we dropped by the store to see if there were some interesting and cheap books. My friends bought some books there, but I didn’t. Then, from Shirokanedai we went to Yotsuya. In Yotsuya, we wanted to try to eat taiyaki near the Yotsuya Station. But unfortunately, the shop was closed due to golden week. Being so hungry at that time, we found an udon shop and dropped to have some lunch before continuing our cycling.
From Yotsuya we went to Kagurazaka (神楽坂). In Kagurazaka, there was a famous shop selling nikuman (肉まん), gojuuban (五十番). Because we were already full from our lunch, we only bought one nikuman and divided it into three. It was quite good, but somehow I still like the 肉まん from my hometown better. 😀
Then we continued to cycle to Budoukan (武道館). It was located in the Kitanomaru Park (北の丸公園). It was originally built for judo competition in 1964 Summer Olympics, but nowadays it is also used for other events. (referred from Wikipedia: budoukan)
From the budoukan we went to Kanda (神田) heading to Akihabara (秋葉原). Just before entering Akihabara, there was a traditional soba shop called Matsuya. It was crowded and the shop was really full of customers. Because we were still full, we only ordered one bowl of soba for three persons. Luckily, the waitress understood and gave us one bowl of soba and two additional bowls. I like this soba, it was quite different from other soba I had eaten. I don’t know how to describe it, but I think it’s quite good.
Then we went to Nihonbashi (日本橋). There was Mitsukoshi which was the first department store in Japan. There was also zero-km marker in Nihonbashi.
From Nihonbashi we went to Ginza. It was really crowded in Ginza that the roads were closed to accommodate pedestrians in Ginza. Because it was golden week, maybe there were many people going out to Ginza to go shopping or just window-shopping.
Then we went to Shinbashi (新橋), just passing it. After that we went back to Ookayama and then returned the bicycle at Todoroki. It took approximately 8 hours on the bicycle, but I really enjoyed it. 🙂