Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Recommended Posts

15 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

Great stuff, as (almost*) ever.

 

I'm wondering. You showed one English language menu. Is it common or not for places to have English menus? It's been 25 years since I was in Japan and there were none then, that I remember.

 

*You know what I am referring to! One lapse in judgement I can take! 😁 😁

I think a lot of places had English menus, I didn’t always photograph them. Perhaps in our 14 days  x 2 or 3 meals a day we were without an English menu maybe 7 or 8 times. Kinda made it more fun.

Sorry again for the 🌽.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In Takayama we enjoyed a traditional kasakei meal served in our room. 

E36102C5-2D94-4D12-A82B-DF71802037AC.thumb.jpeg.a43a454c8172fb3a087b8933cdb58304.jpeg

 

There’s so much going on here, I can’t begin to explain. First the charming lady sets out the pieces.

C87FC6B6-DA43-44AE-A1E6-2C9B75C078F7.thumb.jpeg.9dc55f21a3dac9e80255664c2c454e6b.jpeg

 

No English to explain, but we figure it out

C7B69E25-F537-4127-8F49-BAE00B4EDA1E.thumb.jpeg.296f1d454c908df296db3ac4c5d37165.jpeg

F36DD1A8-809F-40E9-B28D-1AAD96002E89.thumb.jpeg.6ec30ba90f3882bf6ee38f350b3ade7e.jpeg

4C904740-A23F-43A3-A57D-B092F215619E.thumb.jpeg.b9c7e19e05fc278be4825ef66a1eddc5.jpeg

C9B33989-AF82-4816-A10D-D10429725098.thumb.jpeg.0f91cc3bc812306663782b5e80907fdc.jpeg

 

All exquisite little bites.

Then the elderly owner of the guest house gives us a box of biscuits (German, but hey)

DF2F4E14-079E-4BD6-AB3A-74457E96E8EE.thumb.jpeg.1a45446133b1993db385d8da4fef1404.jpeg78FD8AD5-B95D-4B2B-BF54-1AF7114E7C57.thumb.jpeg.6ce3adda507dce4bc27fe7efe45968e5.jpeg

 

And we retire to a warm onsen, bliss.

B6CC9FBB-76A4-42F3-A467-11E64261702E.thumb.jpeg.9d289fafbee758f1e4d8fec60d14d462.jpeg

 

  • Like 11

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

 

 

WOW!

 

 

WOW is right!

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you do sake tasting at different breweries?

I had a nice time in pretty Takayama. Did you visit the village in Shirarawa-go? Takayama is all about Hida beef and sake. Would go back for both.

 

There are any sake tasting rooms if you want to test your liver's limit. I had barely scratched the surface in 3 days.

Aj991Cv.jpg

 

At one of the most popular beef restaurants in town. There's always a queue there so prepare to wait.

A2FGIMu.jpg

 

Almost 50 euros for the above plate.

pq48Yrj.jpg

 

Rural Japan

Wogp9qN.jpg

 

Buckwheat rows in the foreground. Most people grow fruits, vegs, even rice around their houses. Very typical in rural Japan.

rMKSTfY.jpg

 

Kaiseki meals served at traditional inns are incredible and so beautifully presented. One of the highlights of eating in Japan. Mine came with a menu of courses served in this particular order. The food just kept coming and coming. 

IFYX8Qz.jpg

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

@BonVivant yes we did sake tasting in two places. Didn’t get to Shirikawa-go, my motto is always save something for next time :) We did try the hida beef too, (even though I try not to eat animals these days which was difficult in Japan).

Lovely photos.

 

 


Edited by sartoric (log)
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Breakfast at our Ryokan onsen was almost as special as dinner.

831B627F-9675-45DD-9925-B4BC448121B0.thumb.jpeg.544f7dfb2639682bc023398d5d7d5517.jpeg

 

There’s a flame under this beef.

C0792257-AC66-4EF7-A17B-2AB6086267AC.thumb.jpeg.3cf36fbfbf4bab1fb24a0c5fb57eadb5.jpeg

 

Onwards through beautifully coloured countryside to Kyoto.

DEC4CE68-734F-4661-9383-5203FB4F60E8.thumb.jpeg.5ff6d8fb53875d9ebb556fe1dd4295ed.jpeg

 

And these little treats, an egg batter filled with shrimp and fried in kinda mini muffin pans. Served with soup and Mitsuba.

28206814-F494-42DC-99AB-DDC77AD4579A.thumb.jpeg.12c03c67f3c0f8202fdde511088700b5.jpeg

 

A modern day isakaya, four tables with room for say 24 at a pinch. Note the coat hangers for your jacket.

260F47A0-4D87-4521-AA97-FC78BA2DEF64.thumb.jpeg.36980d60d48d454e4c914503fed56ca2.jpeg

 

Happy owner who made us very welcome 

1DADE611-F82B-40CA-B89A-09227FA0709B.thumb.jpeg.2419da8ee03053505fd01da4b892d330.jpeg

 

Some gratuitous supermarket shots, round the corner and open 24 hours.

30BEB29B-E2B4-42D7-8641-13C46E89B993.thumb.jpeg.34c742db7a55a195ec9f3c16cb2ec183.jpeg3B4937B4-EFCD-4D97-9B85-BBE276550949.thumb.jpeg.0b200c7c4e591e46b7d85a4274c5c606.jpeg

 

 

  • Like 14

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

 

On a day trip to Nara we were accompanied by swarms of school kids who were incredibly orderly. The weather was perfect, the sightseeing impressive, the food delicious and the deer friendly. 

6B17C69B-13D2-43F8-90C6-A821182A937A.thumb.jpeg.f39c907297a39b634ce74c8cf483a4f2.jpeg

749294EA-0480-4D19-8073-240047269308.thumb.jpeg.a29f7e97961bd81dd43eca592bb8a46e.jpeg

4C75B5DB-8CCD-4C53-9022-C965248DC58F.thumb.jpeg.d5d3948344b2970827531dac49cf6241.jpeg

 

You could have coffee with an owl (or a pussy cat). 

We didn’t do it, seems exploitative, but I did ask for a photo for my owl crazy niece.

551529D6-25E8-4AB9-9CFE-FF0CB486550C.thumb.jpeg.d0f0dc0cf00fa6babd93f119d21f20c1.jpeg

 

 

Lunch at a busy restaurant. The crab cake here was superb. Grilled king mushrooms, chicken teriyaki, a bowl of soup and a small plate of dressed vegetables each.

79A1D0E6-4924-4ED8-9EE9-4FC08D7E76A8.thumb.jpeg.c706d942bf357bbb2f3b86b1ddfe6b35.jpeg

9C64D8F7-79BC-4231-9851-1B877C235EE4.thumb.jpeg.09375721038666c766447230867448ce.jpeg

 

Manhole covers are often works of art.

F0ABE260-FB40-4804-911A-6DF934A989BE.thumb.jpeg.89699f145e3e77a1a32d6fb28fea528c.jpeg

 

 

 

 


Edited by sartoric Fix photos (log)
  • Like 12

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A bit late, but thank you so much for this! I'll probably never make it to Japan, but reading your descriptions and seeing your photos are a good substitute for now!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But wait, there’s more ! 

We spent 5 nights in Kyoto, a charming city which is definitely on the return list. 

This local isakaya specialises in okonomiyaki, or Japanese pizza as the owner laughingly referred to it. I want one of these giant grills !

 

433AC8ED-60C6-410A-8CCF-02AA140F6630.thumb.jpeg.7b1eba5f3e49b05b6dee95277db8aeaf.jpeg

 

We we had a little chicken to start...

DA8D601C-5F89-4D65-A6AB-6366D91CCE8B.thumb.jpeg.8ecfdd4bb6cf081dd796ba965f403e47.jpeg

 

Then the okonomiyaki itself, topped with dancing shaved bonito.

08E38BC2-FEC2-4EB6-8CEA-5D3EF9F3E23F.thumb.jpeg.8ca809a011046e7f73ce28f5ee191c39.jpeg

 

The outside of isakaya were easy to spot with the red lanterns signalling “open”. That didn’t always mean we’d get a seat.

FBA024AD-4F6D-483E-AFF9-7A1F9FB2675A.thumb.jpeg.ecea10cbbfa80c91e8e4fa48a1656a32.jpeg

 

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The market in Kyoto was larger and even more crowded than Kanazawa, with many more foreign tourists ignoring the “Do not eat and walk”. You are supposed to eat whatever you bought, at the stall you bought it from, even if that means standing in a tight space. We returned to this market more than once. 

Tasty things on sticks

D0D5E359-F63E-4CE9-B883-45DF96E49504.thumb.jpeg.ac70a2258483baebe95044562b7c59b8.jpeg

 

ED99B9EB-6B29-4DE8-B214-8F2497951B81.thumb.jpeg.3ed6e8051cdb04b84797207209649c74.jpeg

 

Pickled everything (taken before I noticed the no photos sign, apologised profusely, accepted gracefully).

B6C0A4D3-E268-4BFB-AE7B-9E136FE53BF8.thumb.jpeg.ad9b0f8f18d03325b202f0aec926be68.jpeg

AB415DE0-5FDA-4062-B28B-55122C1E7752.thumb.jpeg.40cc2f5095632eb2f8f2e179bb4d44df.jpeg

 

There are hundreds of restaurants within the market precinct.

We chose this one, udon noodles with tempura prawns for me

727685A5-A9A1-4471-B77C-44CA9B5D7A0E.thumb.jpeg.2f3f4c088b84e86b9d6c59921b855458.jpeg

 

Chicken with noodles and leeks for him

16B6487A-1431-40DA-9F9C-B75DD027EC76.thumb.jpeg.808db7f5bcb0da945c833df52d50c6f1.jpeg

 

On a subsequent visit fried bean curd 

A5C0AD2A-747B-40D0-8287-E9DB82E139F5.thumb.jpeg.166a45644547c92ba7c10f9258f05491.jpeg

 

Someone got to try a fresh sea urchin, $20 well spent, you can taste the ozone.

3473FEAB-6C0A-43C7-B273-7D3DD63F3E41.thumb.jpeg.631e9bd349fd01a78d588ad5bb65ba33.jpeg

 

Matcha ice cream, love this.

6B31EB33-5D1A-4310-894B-7F357E5E42C8.thumb.jpeg.f9918cc14e45b36fd11a1a05503bf7b7.jpeg

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Literally 20 meters around the corner from our hotel was a bar called Bond. I kid you not.

It’s a standing bar, no seats, just small tables to lean against with very fresh and tasty snacks. It became our regular, being such a handy spot to stop for a cleansing ale after a long day touring around. We got stuck here a few times.

Shared sashimi platter

81062CFE-468B-414A-B737-EB94C3E70873.thumb.jpeg.64a637a00fc237c67be1d2948b3c8ad0.jpeg

 

Tempura whitebait and cant remember vegetable.

5B40166F-3F09-46CF-8FAD-C4B7254E52DC.thumb.jpeg.86cd8a0f9bbc5c434dba1429e5cdabab.jpeg

 

Tempura prawn, squid and pickled ginger

7D491B0C-F324-4552-9156-07837C1526EA.thumb.jpeg.5dfd088a89c30dc4537a940c5b0ee9e6.jpeg

 

In my best Scottish brogue....Bond, bar Bond.

21E9DE9A-C380-4CE9-BCFE-A62B5BA2A46E.thumb.jpeg.a864a1e8c7f6a4c859e016d79084204c.jpeg

 

 

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

So the lovely people at EG posted my Tasting Sri Lanka report on Facebook today. That prompted me to revisit it, and realise that these food reports are a great way to relive my trip. Never did finish Japan....so here goes.

 

This isikaya was literally on the corner of our hotels street, less than 20 meters away. 

Grilled on a hibachi - quail eggs, shiitake mushrooms with daikon, roasted garlic and some fried chicken.

7983ED4D-E087-4AFC-B0DB-37FA4B6E937A.thumb.jpeg.d9eb816e7b2048d1d0338ed9c557c4e8.jpeg

 

FA18AF87-2039-4574-B181-B0517DD94871.thumb.jpeg.482b0ee227c19c76b32a44db56a1d302.jpeg

 

3DFE2CC2-6316-4612-AB5D-7CCCF7490A7B.thumb.jpeg.0c1f7c67d0c61d5d88d0fa5b4db9ce80.jpeg

 

 

We stayed in Kyoto for 5 nights, it was good to get to know our hood. 

This place had an open mic night for local musicians. 

B1927E18-292F-47CD-8CDE-AFA5939E1609.thumb.jpeg.807a647eb95126b85dcfd284485b5c62.jpeg

 

And pretty good ramen.

D7F19064-DAC5-425A-BCF9-6330CC5C65AD.thumb.jpeg.7b832a0dbfc7430edde3ea807300c69a.jpeg

 

 

I had a number of items on my “must try” list. One was yakiniku where you grill your own food, although we sat at the bar where a genial waiter did it for us. This place was recommended by hotel reception, who weren’t to know I try to avoid meat. The only thing on the menu was beef, admittedly every part of the cow, stomach, heart, testicles ALL of it. Oh well. We did enjoy it (guilty face) but had to politely decline an invitation to return with some other people we’d met at our hotel.

 

The sides were great and that looks like a glass of white wine rather than sake.

8BFCA88A-EEA8-4908-A244-DF640DD094C2.thumb.jpeg.10e9073c47954e3153f655340276a813.jpeg

 

Not organ meat. Note big blob of fat to grease the griddle.

C81306E8-7648-48A2-8940-89C1E98C2B73.thumb.jpeg.d91557f1581a61bdbf7ac46fea561c25.jpeg

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

eG posts on Facebook?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kyoto station is incredible. Apart from the efficient trains, there’s an eleven level mall attached selling anything you could want to buy, countless eateries, a train museum and brilliant people watching. 

 

We found Ramen Street (floor 10 I think) where you pay for your selection of dishes at a vending machine outside the restaurant. They’re very easy to use, have an English option and someone available to help if needed. This particular ramen restaurant uses a recipe from the northern part of Japan with a cold climate. Fascinating to read and follow the printed instructions. Mark had pork, mine was vegetarian.

7D039861-4B11-4844-98AE-F6F0243818BE.thumb.jpeg.6ebecbf4d562cee428822070be3269d8.jpeg

 

6D0CEDAA-3F01-4A3A-A40C-B074E5E8E66D.thumb.jpeg.7e72c6acfbcd43b5995b5d6e86554b0a.jpeg

 

The instructions.

EA46F75D-5C3E-47DE-AA0E-D12A0586BCF3.thumb.jpeg.c2f05dc7ec602c813b22b7751931e38a.jpeg

 

Interior, small but carefully crafted. A small basket is provided under the table for your handbag, shopping, camera etc.

54633FE7-C0ED-4D54-AFA3-B7F93D06B926.thumb.jpeg.b18a1a643736fff7fdaf2fbdad7e65d6.jpeg

 

Looking down towards the banks of escalators which descend in a straight line to ground level.

73B94FB0-C0C1-4A73-9D46-81FBE5137BF9.thumb.jpeg.5779e91b089b28527d8bfa7e32194a7f.jpeg

 

While travelling down and looking up - the roof.

01DC3E7B-93CE-4B52-955D-439FE8DF91BB.thumb.jpeg.38be25d51062b0b28488fd4983229d9d.jpeg

 

Kyoto is a fascinating city.

 

We didn’t need these potsticker dumplings, but they were there !

B2CC360D-D570-4F6D-9F78-A816D2D00BC1.jpeg


Edited by sartoric Add a few words (log)
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our last day in Japan is a long transit one. We take a bus to Osaka airport, to fly to Narita, where, with several hours to spare we grab a train to Narita town, then return for a quick bite and last minute shopping before our 8 hour overnight flight home. 

 

There was still food to tick off the list...

At Kyoto airport a sushi train where you ordered via iPad on your table, or took a plate off the conveyor.

C3C6695A-6B47-4C6E-9C81-6F6529479BF0.thumb.jpeg.1dd36534b134ece97e6a529021e4ad5e.jpeg

 

Finally some eel and okay we’d had lots of sashimi, more the better.

55C20D2F-8CBA-4550-B5A1-3062D1DA8814.thumb.jpeg.62815a5bba8f914bd5b9348be1a71174.jpeg

 

 

2ACEF82E-366E-47AA-8B4C-22A4D71B37B4.thumb.jpeg.1f0b47e95c12262be13301c653f74b5c.jpeg

 

In a little local bar in Narita town there was Japanese curry on the menu. OMG, we hadn’t had one of those ! Fixed.

056168F1-C3D8-45D3-9850-F69FFA4E8AD8.thumb.jpeg.becdeb5d8ff42528a1e774fb74e666ef.jpeg

 

Typical really, this last quick bite at Narita airport was the worst meal of the trip. A bit of tempura and udon noodle soup. 

Lucky I had snacks for the flight.

DCCF9245-E17F-4231-B4D4-5CC1F3A91BFD.thumb.jpeg.21c1c6e253d190cc7e52cdae6c52645b.jpeg

 

That’s a wrap for Japan ! 

Such an amazing country, cool people, fantastic food, interesting architecture and culture. I’m sure we’ll return.

 

 

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you have never seen a Japanese train station from above...

Arrived in the evening and got only a couple of hours of sleep on my first night so I had a lot of time to make photos.

 

Osaka main train station at sunrise:

Ig4dxOs.jpg

 

From breakfast room on the top floor. Elevated roads between buildings.

GXIXRwJ.jpg

 

Fancy or expensive food never satisfies me. The simplest meals do. First udon soup on my first evening in Japan remains a great all-time favourite.

BFdOx4A.jpg

 

I hope to see a smoking ban in a near future, only then will Japan take its number one spot on my list.

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/9/2019 at 6:02 PM, BonVivant said:

I hope to see a smoking ban in a near future, only then will Japan take its number one spot on my list.

 

 

With you on that. Some streets in Gion district  ban smoking, not only in restaurants, but everywhere including on the street. It is slowly changing. Very slowly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Similar Content

    • By Foodiversal
      Hi everybody! I'm Jake, I'm 26 and from the United Kingdom. I've recently left a career in science teaching and I really hope to pursue my true passion, food writing by becoming either a recipe developer, a food journalist, or both! I've launched my website today so thought it was a good time to get active in some online forums and say hello! I look forward to meeting and interacting with you all ❤️ 
    • By Panaderia Canadiense
      Hello again from south of the equator!  As you may or may not have heard (because the international news media isn't really giving the situation much coverage), Ecuador is in the grip of a major social protest movement.  This started on October 1, when fuel subsidies in the country were abruptly struck causing the prices of gasoline and diesel to more than double overnight.  Transport and heavy haulage unions immediately went on strike, and blocked the main roads of the cities with their vehicles in protest.  The indigenous movements of the central Sierra, beginning in my province, Tungurahua, joined the strike on October 2, and the President quickly declared a State of Emergency that restricts movement, freedom of the press, and freedom association.  The indigenous took over the road blockades on October 3, cutting the cities off from the world; Ambato became an island overnight.
       
      It is now October 8, one week into the blockades.  Shortages in the fresh markets and supermarkets began on Sunday, as people realized that we were in for a long-haul of protest and possibly an overthrow of the sitting government.  Ecuador's indigenous have a long history of deposing governments in this way, and it's not a fast process.
       
      I'll be blogging informally throughout the National Strike, to document how the inevitable food shortages affect the city and my own table. 
       
      These first pictures are from Sunday, October 6.  In the Mercado Mayorista, a place I've always taken you along to when I've blogged from Ambato, the cement floors of the naves are visible in places where they have never, in my experience, been exposed.  The fresh corn nave is all but abandoned - this is because all of the corn in the city's stock has been sold.  I'll remind you: a nave in this market is about a thousand square metres of space.  This is also missing the big trucks that come to trade fresh grains in the parking lot, because they couldn't make it through the roadblocks.  Most of the Mayorista is in the same situation - stocks are selling off fast.

       
      The supermarkets are even more dire.  The meat coolers are completely empty, and the produce shelves are diminishing quickly.



       
    • By Kerry Beal
      @Alleguede and I are in the lounge at Pearson awaiting our flight to Vegas for the IBIE (International Baking Industry Exhibition).
       
      I got the usually bomb sniffing swab done on my electronics - @Alleguede got the 3rd degree at customs. Anyone know what a carnet is? I believe I got that lecture the last time.
       

       
      Made myself a little cocktail, Maker's Mark, Grand Marnier, vintage port. I've had better! 
       

       
      Not a lot of choices to eat since it's rather late (not that earlier would have helped) - they also have pasta salad, Italian Wedding soup, Cream of mushroom soup, corn chips and salsa. There appear to be some cookies there as well. I'm trying to low carb as much as possible so I'm avoiding most of it.
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By ElsieD
      Host's note: the initial title of this thread was "Swarvin' in ???"  as a teaser.  Once the destination was identified as Newfoundland, the title was changed to reflect this.  The initial comments were based on the ??? In the title.
       
       
      And we'll soon be off.......culinary adventures to follow.

    • By ElsieD
      Some of you may recall that in 2016 I had a blog about our trip to Newfoundland.  We are going there again tomorrow for a week, returning July 1 and I thought that since we are going to, and eating at, places different from that year, I would do another blog.  When I booked our flights and accommodations (7 places in 8 nights) last February, June 23rd seemed like a long ways away.  Yet here we are, about to leave.   I hope some of you will follow along as we travel through the province.    
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...