Another trip report by my son from one of his weekend side trips to Tokyo while studying in Hong Kong. Well, actually I am not sure there was much studying done but lets just not go there. I am not sure what I will face when he gives me the green light to go ahead and review it. This one turned into a foodie trip report. Both my kids really like Japanese food. I like it too…but not as much as I would have if I was not allergic to shrimp #sosad!
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During my time studying abroad in Hong Kong I took a few side trips. This post will be about my time in Tokyo, Japan. A family friend of mine was visiting at the same time and offered a place for me to stay so I took a quick flight out for a weekend. You can read about my Cathay Pacific business class flight experience & lounge hopping in the Hong Kong Airport HERE.
Navigating the subway to get to my friend’s hotel was not too difficult due to the very helpful tourism desk at the airport. The whole bus and subway system is much more complicated than Hong Kong’s. The first night we hung out in Shinjuku, a busy commercial district.
We went to this style of restaurant/cafe called Yakitori. My friend is fluent at Japanese and familiar with Japanese culture since he lived there for a year as an exchange student and says Yakitori is a very common hang out spot to drink and eat. Everything on the menu, drinks and food, was 280 Japanese Yen or $2.80 USD. The drink seletion includes all sorts of beers, mixed drinks, and sodas. The food consisted of small appetizer type dishes.
There were some people dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos:
People were surrounding this fountain and washing themselves with the water. I am not familiar with the significance of these rituals or if they are just touristy things to do.
Later that day we went to get dinner at one of the best sushi places in Tokyo, Hina Sushi. I was super excited since sushi is one of my most favorite foods. The outside displays just got me more hyped.
We ordered all you can eat which was around $40 USD each. Very expensive but when is the next time I’ll be in Japan eating authentic sushi. Here are two of the four plates that we split among 3 people:
Needless to say the sushi was absolutely amazing. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Definitely the thing I will miss the most from Japan.
My friend took me to a place known for their pork ramen. The structure of the restaurant was very interesting. Customers go to a vending machine where they key in their order and insert money, they get a receipt and hand it to the chefs while you wait in line until a spot on the bar is open. The ramen was very different that what I expected. The noodles were a bit flat and thicker than what you typically think of ramen. It was delicious, the pork was insanely tender and flavorful.
The next day we went to Akihabara, the “technology district” of Tokyo. There I spent the day looking around a bunch of arcades, video game stores, and assorted gift shops that brought a lot of memories back from my childhood of playing Pokemon.
We later went to a traditional fish place. We had to take off our shoes and sit on one of these very low tables.The food was very fresh tasting and unique. Just writing this blog post makes me miss Tokyo so much.One of the huge multi-directional crosswalks that Tokyo is known for:Next up on my list of famous Japanese foods to try was tonkatsu – fried pork cutlet. The tonkatsu here surprised me with how much better it was than the ones in the States, it was actually my favorite meal of the trip.View from during an above ground subway ride:
It was time to say goodbye to Japan. I really enjoyed my time there since the culture was really different than anything I have experienced before. Please tell my dad to burn some miles on me, thank you!
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