Archive for March, 2010
Quick Bites of Japan
Japan offers a lot to see and even more to eat. Here is a quick guide of things to try in Japan:
- In Hiroshima, try the Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. Close by at Miyajima Island, definitely try the seasonal Momeji manju.
- You can’t go wrong with food in Osaka. At the very least, you must try the Kansai style okonomiyaki
- In the Chubu area (Kanazawa, Takayama, Toyama, etc.), try the zaru soba
- In Kyoto, try the koshi katsu in the Gion district
- In Tokyo, you must have the fresh sushi early in the morning near the Tsukiji market
In addition to these, you can try the other well known dishes like yakisoba, tempura, taco yaki, and katsu pretty much in any place in the country. I am a foodie and one of the reasons why I like Japan so much is because of all the great food options that provide us! Happy eating!
by Adnan Mahmud
Going through Tokyo Part 2
Here is the second part of my list of my favorite activities in Tokyo:
Watching Cherry Blossoms
Japan is famous for its Cherry Blossoms. If you are lucky to be in Tokyo during the blossoms, make sure you take in as much of it as possible. Check out the blossoms at Chidorigafuchi, Ueno Park, and Nakameguro. If you are Chidorigafuchi, take the boat ride. The evenings at Ueno Park are a lot of fun. During the blossoms (called sakura), Japenese people go out to the parks in groups. They set up picnic like hangouts called “hanamis” where they hang out, drink, and enjoy the blossoms with friends and loved ones.
World’s busiest intersection is thought to be right outside the Hachiko exit in the Shibuya station. The best view of it could be had from a higher position – lots of those options around the intersection.
Take a day trip
If you are not going to get out of Tokyo for your trip, take a day trip to at least one of these locations – Hakone, Nikko, or Kamakura. These will get you out of the fast-paced Tokyo life and give you a glimpse into another side of Japan.
by Adnan Mahmud
Going through Tokyo Part 1
Tokyo is a well-documented city in terms of tourist options. You can open up any travel guide and pick out anything from that book and you are guaranteed to enjoy it. So, I will suggest some of my favorite activities:
Spending the New Years
New Year is the biggest holiday in Japan. If you come here during that time, a lot of the attractions might be closed the first 3-5 days of the new year, however, you will get a chance to see a lot of culture, everything from folks dressed in Kimono to people visiting shrines to traditional Japanese food. Tokyo is a little cool during that time, but the northern and eastern parts are covered in snow. If you are in Tokyo during New Years you should check out Zojoji Temple for the countdown followed by a night out at Roppongi. Around 3/4 AM, you can make your way to one of the nearby mountains – popular destination for the locals who believe it is good luck to see the first sunrise of the new year.
Harajuku on Sundays
If you are in Tokyo, outside of the New Year check out Harajuku on a Sunday. Takeshita Street in Harajuku is lined with shops, hair salons, and restaurants. Right next to Harajuku station is the Meiji Shrine – the most famous shrine in Tokyo. During Sunday afternoons, on your way to Meiji Shrine, you might be able to see few young people dressed as dolls. Sundays are also popular for traditional Japanese weddings at Meiji Shrine.
Tsukiji Fish Market
This is one of a kind market. Every morning starting at 3 AM they have huge auctions. Restaurants from all over Japan get their fresh supply of fish from this market. However make sure to plan your trip to the market as they are closed on Sundays.
Tucked in between the Shinjuku Skyscraper district is this massive garden. It’s a great place to take a break from our busy travel schedule with lots of open spaces dotted around the work.
by Adnan Mahmud