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By Patterson Riley
Having been to Japan several times in the past years of my life, especially during junior school, I found this to be a fantastic place to spend my May vacation. Tokyo is not only known worldwide for its great food but also trending fashions, shopping areas, traditions and modernity that fill the place. For this reason, I embarked on a solo tour to this world’s famous city. Also, the use of English language favored my tour hence I was at ease to engage on this vacation. My visit to Tokyo was to attain various objectives with the main one being fishing. My tour lasted for two days and was mainly a walking tour in Tokyo city. In these two days, I took advantage of every opportunity of fun that came along.
On arrival at the airport, I was warmly received by the beautiful Japanese women. As it is evident compared to other world cities like Paris, Japan remains the leading city regarding hospitality. It is from among the women at the airport that I got a partner who helped me even to find a convenient place to stay for the night. We took a bus from Haneda Airport to Tokyo city where I spent my night in one of the hotels in the city which were convenient not only for my budget but also suitable for accessing my tour destinations. The buses were much comfortable to use while traveling to Japan especially for trips due to their availability as well as the low costs. I spent the night well in preparation for the tour the next day.
Tokyo Bay Fishing Highlights
My first day filled with excitement, I was, to begin with, the most exciting activity I wanted to pursue my trip, fishing. For this reason, I got into the company of the Japanese woman who accompanied me to the hotel we went together to Tokyo Bay where we had a great experience in fishing. Tokyo Bay remained convenient and a fantastic place for us. This was because it has been a fishing ground for over 300 years since the Edo period.
On arrival we took our braided fishing lines and boarded the boats then embarked on an adventurous fishing where we managed to catch all types of fish including the Japanese sea perch and flounder. We were all excited to catch all sizes of fish that we spent a bigger part of the day fishing. At about midday, we all broke for lunch where we went to eat the seafood, popularly known as Edomae seafood in Tokyo. This food mainly comprised of yellowfin goby which was commonly sought for in the autumn season by the recreational fishing boats. From here, everyone was tired, and therefore we dispatched to our respective areas to have some rest.
The Walking Tour
My day two was much to do with walking. From the city, we took a bus to the woodland garden of Tokyo, that is, Kitanomaru Park. Here, we had the chance to view nature and its constituents, from the large castle mats to it machilus and camphor tree forest. Here, I got the opportunity to visit several other places including Chidorigafuchi Park where I enjoyed beautiful cherry blossoms that were readily available to all the pond visitors.
From Chidorigafuchi, we went to Budokan where we enjoyed Japanese arts including karate, judo, kyudo and kendo among other fine arts. Finally, we went to view the remains of Edo Castle. From history, Kitanomaru Park area was once the northern section of Edo castle. It was the home to several generations of Tokugawa clan who ruled Japan during the Edo era. In 1873, the castle burnt down leaving remains of moats, guardhouses, walls and foundations which make the place famous as there was no renovation done after the fire. I took various photographs to capture the memory of this tour which was not only educative but also adventurous, understanding the historical backgrounds of Japan. I went back to the hotel this time knowing it was the last time to meet with my tour guide for my solo trip. It was quite hard for us to part but we had to hope to get another opportunity once more.
Upon arrival to the hotel, I began to arrange my tour back home. Indeed Tokyo is a great city that you may also want to visit, and I guarantee you that you will require more than one two days for maximum fun. Also, I highly advise you if you are a single tourist to try this trip due to the friendly Japanese people. Why wait? Visit Tokyo today and have fun.
Patterson Riley has a strong understanding and passion for all things related to fishing. When she is not out wetting a line, she is sharing a range of tips
and tricks on Fall For Fishing – to help others to snag their big catch!