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  • uiruki 7 Apr 2019 14:17:52 4,766 posts
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    Ichiran has gotten really popular over the last few years; Iíve spoken to friends and I think the reason you see such big queues is that they were covered in Chinese media at some point. I went to the Kichijoji one and remembered they had unusually good foreign language menus too.

    For my money, when it comes to ramen my favourite is Yakumo but itís a bit of a trek out in Ikejiri. For tsukemen I highly recommend Fuíun-ji in Shinjuku. They are both absolutely queue out of the door places though and I donít think they have much in the way of foreign menus. In terms of chains I like Tetsu a lot, the one out behind Yamada in shibuya is usually clear. Try and get some aburasoba too, Tokyo Aburakumi is good. Thereís a place in Shibuya which does amazing tantanmen but the name escapes my right now. When I lived out in Kichijoji I liked Souryuutoukyokudou a lot, there was one in Meguro as well.

    And donít forget, if you like super spicy food, definitely check out Nakamoto. Even the non-spicy one is good as they give you loads of veg, was very useful when I was super skint.

    Edit: Iím sure the fact Iíll be there in less than a fortnight isnít making these spring up in my mind or anything. Donít get me started on coffee or beer.

    Edited by uiruki at 14:21:59 07-04-2019
  • Ror 9 Apr 2019 13:28:37 18,305 posts
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    In Hiroshima today! Pic I took earlier:



    Jumped on the ferry to Miyajima, which was lovely (if a bit touristy. Still ace, though). Then, okonomiyaki. Next: more karaoke!
  • wobbly_Bob 9 Apr 2019 15:58:34 5,008 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    In Hiroshima today! Pic I took earlier:



    Jumped on the ferry to Miyajima, which was lovely (if a bit touristy. Still ace, though). Then, okonomiyaki. Next: more karaoke!
    That looks amazing! Nice!
  • Ror 10 Apr 2019 12:08:35 18,305 posts
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    Just arrived in Kyoto! About to grab some beef katsu.

    Went to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum/Park/A-bomb for today, which was a pretty heavy afternoon.

  • Ror 13 Apr 2019 17:13:51 18,305 posts
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    Brief update: been in Kyoto a few days and so far been to Nijo Castle, the Manga Museum (they had a cast of Yoshitaka Amano's hand!!), Kinkakuji, and then spent most of yesterday at Fushimi Inari, climbing a mountain. That was tiring!

    Off to Osaka for a bit tomorrow, which will be the fifth city I'll have visited on this trip.
  • Ror 13 Apr 2019 17:15:40 18,305 posts
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    Here is the view from about halfway up Mt Inari.

  • wobbly_Bob 13 Apr 2019 17:19:12 5,008 posts
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    @ror

    You're really getting around! Nice view from the mountain
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Apr 2019 17:21:07 26,239 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    Brief update: been in Kyoto a few days and so far been to Nijo Castle, the Manga Museum (they had a cast of Yoshitaka Amano's hand!!), Kinkakuji, and then spent most of yesterday at Fushimi Inari, climbing a mountain. That was tiring!

    Off to Osaka for a bit tomorrow, which will be the fifth city I'll have visited on this trip.
    Osaka is great, I have a few restaurant tips if you like.
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Apr 2019 17:21:19 26,239 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    Here is the view from about halfway up Mt Inari.

    Awesome.
  • Ror 13 Apr 2019 17:24:08 18,305 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    @ror

    You're really getting around! Nice view from the mountain
    Cheers Bob! Yeah, been to Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima and Kyoto so far. I really want to go back to Hiroshima at some point, and for longer than a day and a half, it was really beautiful.

    The friends I'm with went to Nara today, but I just couldn't face it. My feet were absolutely shot after nine days of constant walking and then going up and down a mountain! I just went into Kyoto for a bit and had a brief wander through Teramachi. Was pretty chilled. Even had a burrito in the Kyoto Tower food hall :D
  • Ror 13 Apr 2019 17:25:28 18,305 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear Yeah, happy to hear them, cheers. Never been there before.
  • Ror 14 Apr 2019 04:36:00 18,305 posts
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    On the train to Osaka, and I think I know where Platinum's offices are. Gonna see if I can bump into Hideki Kamiya and get blocked irl.
  • uiruki 14 Apr 2019 21:40:47 4,766 posts
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    Booked my extra hotels for the week after next. Feels weird to have my main Tokyo hotel used as an expensive locker for my suitcase for a few days!

    Edited by uiruki at 21:41:00 14-04-2019
  • DaM 15 Apr 2019 13:11:24 17,284 posts
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    I got up early for Mt Inari. Was surprised to see my father in law (travelling with us) doing Tai Chi with a bunch of Japanese pensioners at the bottom.....

    One of the best things I did in Japan. Nearly ran out of glucose tabs (I'm a T1 diabetic), but found vending machines halfway up :)

    Saw some land crabs, and met a Labrador at the top. Showed the owner pics of mine.
  • Armoured_Bear 15 Apr 2019 14:34:26 26,239 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    @Armoured_Bear Yeah, happy to hear them, cheers. Never been there before.
    Sorry, I totally forgot, probs too late now but here we go anyway:

    1) Koji Labo Curry Restaurant

    Inexpensive, authentic little place that only does a few different curries but they are great.

    Google Maps

    Website

    2) Moegi Teppanyaki Restaurant

    Google Maps


    I need to get other names from my gf's journal.
  • Ror 15 Apr 2019 14:40:09 18,305 posts
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    Aye, too late, but no bother - found a nice little ramen bar near Amerikamura.

    Went to Arashiyama Monkey Park this morning. Look at this bleedin view.



    Also: monkeys!



    As an aside, Arashiyama is lovely.

    @DaM I somewhat understand. I have one lung, so Mt Inari absolutely killed me.

    Edited by Ror at 16:14:39 15-04-2019
  • DaM 15 Apr 2019 15:15:54 17,284 posts
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    @DaM I somewhat understand. I have one lung, so Mt Inara absolutely killed me.
    The hill up to the monkey place was a steep one too!

    On the way up there, an old lady in front captured a big flying bug and let me hold it.

    These completely random interactions with strangers happened all the time in Japan, lovely people.
  • wobbly_Bob 15 Apr 2019 16:09:29 5,008 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Ror wrote:

    @DaM I somewhat understand. I have one lung, so Mt Inara absolutely killed me.
    The hill up to the monkey place was a steep one too!

    On the way up there, an old lady in front captured a big flying bug and let me hold it.

    These completely random interactions with strangers happened all the time in Japan, lovely people.
    Yes I found that with the people to. They have to be some of the warmest friendliest people in the world. I was stopped so many times by strangers to help or just to interact with me.
  • Ror 15 Apr 2019 16:11:28 18,305 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Ror wrote:

    @DaM I somewhat understand. I have one lung, so Mt Inara absolutely killed me.
    The hill up to the monkey place was a steep one too!
    It was, I had to stop for a breather partway! I would have been alright had I not spent the previous twelve days walking all over the country!
  • Ror 16 Apr 2019 09:44:40 18,305 posts
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    Back in Tokyo, just checked into my hotel in Asakusa for the last two days. Pretty much right on top of Senso-ji.
  • uiruki 16 Apr 2019 10:08:23 4,766 posts
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    Donít forget your plastic omurice from Kappabashi!
  • Ror 16 Apr 2019 10:25:20 18,305 posts
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    Might be an idea for gifts for people :D
  • Armoured_Bear 16 Apr 2019 12:37:01 26,239 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    Back in Tokyo, just checked into my hotel in Asakusa for the last two days. Pretty much right on top of Senso-ji.
    Enjoy, Tokyo is a city that Iíll never tire of.
  • Ror 19 Apr 2019 12:18:02 18,305 posts
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    Bah, home now. And now I have to look into replacing my phone, as I dropped it in the street in Gion.
  • Armoured_Bear 19 Apr 2019 16:59:22 26,239 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    Bah, home now. And now I have to look into replacing my phone, as I dropped it in the street in Gion.
    The good thing about coming home is that you can start planning your next trip :)
  • GameCriticDOTcoDOTuk 20 Apr 2019 19:23:11 549 posts
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    Ror wrote:
    I had a bit of a quick look in Joypolis. Quick, because I know I'd have come out flat broke otherwise. They had a video of the Yakuza 3 remaster playing at the entrance. High Def Rikiya ;_;

    I took a few shots of the Gundam just because it was so fucking nutty.



    Also, I took the Yurikamome line to get to Odaiba, which was a nice little ride. Reminded me of the DLR a bit. Hyperdia is absolutely worth it's weight in gold!

    I think I have seen a Gundam!!


    Please keep the pictures coming and if you see any more Gundams, please post their location? Apparently there are 5 Gundams?
  • areallyniceman 20 Apr 2019 19:27:12 16 posts
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    GameCriticDOTcoDOTuk wrote:
    Ror wrote:
    I had a bit of a quick look in Joypolis. Quick, because I know I'd have come out flat broke otherwise. They had a video of the Yakuza 3 remaster playing at the entrance. High Def Rikiya ;_;

    I took a few shots of the Gundam just because it was so fucking nutty.



    Also, I took the Yurikamome line to get to Odaiba, which was a nice little ride. Reminded me of the DLR a bit. Hyperdia is absolutely worth it's weight in gold!

    I think I have seen a Gundam!!


    Please keep the pictures coming and if you see any more Gundams, please post their location? Apparently there are 5 Gundams?
    The plural is "Gundem".
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