Where to eat in Tokyo for the best Japanese food – everything from katsu to udon and more!
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A 7 day, 10 day and 14 day Japan itinerary for the first timer visitor to Japan. My Japanese itinerary covers Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Mt. Koya and Nara.
The vermilion tori tunnel gates of Fushimi Inari are one of the most frequently photographed sites of Kyoto and make for a hauntingly beautiful path of orange and black. Fushimi Inari shrine sits at the base of a mountain 223 meters above sea level, and the winding tori gates straddle a meandering upward path that takes approximately 2 to […]
Behind Fushimi Inari shrine’s main grounds lies the entrance to the torii gate covered hiking trail. Have you ever wondered what the bright orange gates symbolize? Inari, the Shinto god to whom the site is dedicated, is the patron of business as well as the god of rice. Traditionally worshiped by Japanese merchants and manufacturers, Inari has dozens […]
If you’re traveling to Japan and looking to visit multiple cities, the 7-day shinkansen rail pass is a great buy. We rode the high speed rail from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Mt. Koya, Mt. Koya to Hiroshima and Hiroshima to Nara, stopping at each city for a night or two in a cross country […]
After a short delay, I’m back with some more old photos from my trip to Japan. These photos were taken in late summer 2012, marking almost two years since my trip. My goal is to go through, sort and edit them all before August hits – any longer and I fear they’d never see the […]
I love carbs, I love bread and I love anything starchy. While in Tokyo, we passed by Mont Thabor bakery while trying to find Eat More Greens. I couldn’t resist peaking into the bakery and found a delightful, broad mix of Asian and French style pastries. Since it was pre-lunch at Eat More Greens and […]
When in Rome, do as the Romans! In Japan, I was curious to experience a public bathhouse, or sento. In my head, I pictured a leisurely soak in solitude, washing away my travel fatigue in a bubbling local hot spring. The reality… was much more communal. Apparently, sento are a fading tradition harkening back to the […]
Here’s another rooftop mall meal. We stopped by a crowded spot, not realizing it was yet another japanese vegetarian food place but this restaurant was also delicious. We both ordered two sets of the same, a bowl of hot udon noodles in some kind of vegetarian broth, accompanied by an assortment of curious Japanese vegetarian side […]
Mikimoto Lounge After some (window) shopping in Ginza, we stopped by Mikimoto Lounge for a fun dessert sampling. Ginza is THE mecca of high end shopping and was fun to walk through. Still, I’m not a fan of walking without a purchase purpose and wanted a sweet pick me up. Have you heard of Mikimoto? I […]