Japan in April 2016 – Tokyo, Kanazawa, Takashima and Kyoto

April 1, 2016 – April 9, 2016 – I’m back in Japan and around for the entire week of cherry blossoms, beginning to end. When I arrived, the Meguro River was swarmed with cherry blossoms. By the time I was leaving, the rain had already begun to wash them away. Here are some highlights that I highly recommend. Sites and eats I didn’t that didn’t leave a strong impression I won’t bother mentioning, but you can probably still catch pictures of them. Can’t wait to visit again next year!

Tokyo. April 1 – April 2.
– Sites
– Meguro River. Must-visit for cherry blossoms.
Kanazawa. Stayed in Komatsu but drove into Kanazawa every day. April 2 – April 4.
– Sites
– Omicho Market. I just come for food.
– Higashi Chaya District. Very touristy but it’s nice to walk around the old streets and admire all the gold shops.
– Nomura Samurai House. It’s said that the the garden is rated the #3 garden in Japan. (Where did I read that, though?) I wasn’t too impressed, though. I guess I just didn’t appreciate it enough.
– Favorite eats
– Morimori Sushi. Conveyor belt sushi. Opens 7am!
– 山さん寿司本店 Yamasan Sushi. Kaisen bowl. Opens 7am! Always a long line on the weekends.
– 更科 藤井 for soba.
– 世界で二番目においしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス 広坂本店 World’s second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream.
– Curio Espresso and Vintage Design. Lattes and antiques inside.
Shirakawa. Day trip to visit this old village surrounded by mountains. April 3.
Takashima. April 4.
– Sites
– 海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki. Cherry blossoms along Lake Biwa.
– メタセコイア並木道 Metasequoia Namiki. Tree-lined road. Even with the trees bare it still felt a bit surreal.
– 白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia. A torii in Lake Biwa.
– Favorite eats
– 二代目 九州雄 for ramen. This bowl was perfect. This is actually in the city of Moriyama, just south of Takashima.
Kyoto. April 4 – April 5.
I’ve been to Kyoto before and saw just about everything known to tourists, but the last time I went I got to the Kiyomizu-dera late and it was already dark. This time I was able to see things more clearly.
– Sites
– Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺. Too many tourists but still a must visit
– Favorite eats
– 伊右衛門サロン Iyemon Salon Kyoto. Very nice interior with traditional Japanese breakfast.
Tokyo. April 6 – April 9.
– Sites
– Yoyogi Park. Beautiful during cherry blossoms season.
– Favorite eats
– 刺身BAR 河岸頭 Sashimi Bar Kashigashira. Kaisen bowl.
– 牛かつ もと村 渋谷店 Gyukatsu Motomura Shibuya. Raw beef cutlet.
– AFURI (阿夫利). Still one of my favorite bowls of ramen with their signature yuzu.
– たいやき ひいらぎ Taiyaki Hiiragi. It’s a must for taiyaki lovers. I visit every year.
– Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo. The line is crazy but sane, unlike the one in New York, which is just crazy.
– 豚組 Butagumi. One of (if not) the best Tonkatsu out there. Go early or make reservations.
– まい泉 Maisen. It may be touristy but it’s still among the best tonkatsu out there.
– Codename Mixology. The mixed drinks are something else.
– Tsurutontan. An oldie but goodie. Truffle cream udon was very flavorful.
– Little Nap Coffee Stand. I’ve been to several cafes during my stay in Tokyo, and this has got to be my favorite. It’s in a cute neighborhood by Yoyogi park and unlike all the other coffees I’ve had (sorry others!) theirs are actually strong and smooth.
– 魚がし日本一 渋谷センター街. An quick, fresh and affordable standing sushi bar in the middle of Shibuya shopping.
– 東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店. Delicious local bar dishes. It’s probably safer to come with someone who knows Japanese.
– Doughnut Plant 新宿ルミネエスト店. When you miss a good-ole American hipster donut.
– きのとや Bakeルミネエスト店. They only do one thing and they do it perfectly: mini cheese tarts.

Cherry blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry blossoms at Meguro River

Daikanyama

Daikanyama

Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo

Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo

The Mart at Fred Segal

The Mart at Fred Segal

The Mart at Fred Segal

The Mart at Fred Segal

The Mart at Fred Segal

The Mart at Fred Segal

すごい煮干しラーメン凪 渋谷東口店: Anchovy ramen

すごい煮干しラーメン凪 渋谷東口店: Anchovy ramen

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Ishikawa Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture

Rooftops in Komatsu

Rooftops in Komatsu

海鮮丼屋ひら井: Kaisen bowl

海鮮丼屋ひら井: Kaisen bowl

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

もりもり寿し近江町店 (Morimori Sushi Omicho): Conveyorbelt sushi

もりもり寿し近江町店 (Morimori Sushi Omicho): Conveyorbelt sushi

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

The streets of Kanazawa

The streets of Kanazawa

真宗大谷派 東本願寺金沢別院

真宗大谷派 東本願寺金沢別院

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

更科 藤井

更科 藤井

World's second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream

World’s second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream

世界で二番目においしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス 広坂本店 World's second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream

世界で二番目においしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス 広坂本店 World’s second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream

Shirakawa

Shirakawa

Shirakawa

Shirakawa

Shirakawa

Shirakawa

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

山さん寿司本店 Yamasan Sushi: Kaisen-don

山さん寿司本店 Yamasan Sushi: Kaisen-don

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

武家屋敷跡地 Nomura Samurai Family Residence

武家屋敷跡地 Nomura Samurai Family Residence

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design

Nishi Chaya Street: Soy softcream with soy sauce

Nishi Chaya Street: Soy softcream with soy sauce

8番らーめん 入江店

8番らーめん 入江店

Driving to Takashima

Driving to Takashima

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

海津大崎 Kaizu Osaki

古道具 海津

古道具 海津

古道具 海津

古道具 海津

メタセコイア並木道

メタセコイア並木道

メタセコイア並木道 Metasequoia Namiki

メタセコイア並木道 Metasequoia Namiki

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

白鬚神社 Shirahige Jinjia

二代目 九州雄

二代目 九州雄

Laforet Biwako Hotel

Laforet Biwako Hotel

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Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street: Softcream with spicy crackers

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street: Softcream with spicy crackers

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

Kiyomizu-Zaka Street

辨慶: Sour and spicy udon

辨慶: Sour and spicy udon

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Nishiki Market 京都锦市场: Black soybean softcream

Nishiki Market 京都锦市场: Black soybean softcream

Tsukiji Fish Market: Tamagoyaki

Tsukiji Fish Market: Tamagoyaki

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Turret COFFEE

Turret COFFEE

Turret COFFEE

Turret COFFEE

Tsukiji

Tsukiji

刺身BAR 河岸頭 Sashimi Bar Kashigashira

刺身BAR 河岸頭 Sashimi Bar Kashigashira

Dover Street Market Ginza

Dover Street Market Ginza

Dover Street Market Ginza

Dover Street Market Ginza

LA BOUTIQUE de Joel Robuchon 丸の内店

LA BOUTIQUE de Joel Robuchon 丸の内店

牛かつ もと村 渋谷店 Gyukatsu Motomura Shibuya

牛かつ もと村 渋谷店 Gyukatsu Motomura Shibuya

AFURI (阿夫利)

AFURI (阿夫利)

たいやき ひいらぎ Taiyaki Hiiragi

たいやき ひいらぎ Taiyaki Hiiragi

Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Kapital Duffle

Kapital Duffle

Switch Coffee Tokyo

Switch Coffee Tokyo

Dominique Ansel Tokyo: Iced matcha latte, cronut and kouign amann

Dominique Ansel Tokyo: Iced matcha latte, cronut and kouign amann

Fiorentina At Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Fiorentina At Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Fiorentina At Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Fiorentina At Grand Hyatt Tokyo

豚組 Butagumi: Tonkatsu

豚組 Butagumi: Tonkatsu

Comme Des Garcon Aoyama

Comme Des Garcon Aoyama

まい泉 MAiSEN: Tonkatsu

まい泉 MAiSEN: Tonkatsu

Codename Mixology

Codename Mixology

メゾン・ランドゥメンヌ 東京本店 Maison Landemaine

メゾン・ランドゥメンヌ 東京本店 Maison Landemaine

Tsurutontan Roppongi: Truffle cream udon

Tsurutontan Roppongi: Truffle cream udon

Tsurutontan Roppongi: Truffle cream udon

Tsurutontan Roppongi: Truffle cream udon

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

魚がし日本一 渋谷センター街

魚がし日本一 渋谷センター街

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

東京コケコッコ本舗 阿佐ヶ谷店

Doughnut Plant 新宿ルミネエスト店

Doughnut Plant 新宿ルミネエスト店

きのとや Bakeルミネエスト店: Cheese tart

きのとや Bakeルミネエスト店: Cheese tart

Ladurée 新宿店

Ladurée 新宿店

May 7 2016 Category: Earth Japan

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