If you are a fan of black or white sesame desserts, then you must visit Gomaya Kuki (ごまや くき) located in Shibuya, Tokyo. I highly recommend the intense TRIPLE black sesame ice cream, and make sure to visit the self-serve table for extra sesame and sesame drizzle! The uniquely robust and silky smooth flavors will […]
Japanese cheesecake…the more elegant sibling of the denser New York style cheesecake. Balanced in taste, fluffy but moist, mildly sweet but not overpowered…..and overall sooooo satisfying. The search for the perfect Japanese cheesecake brings us to Osaka, where one brand stands out from the rest….Rikuro Ojisan no Mise, (also known as Uncle Rikuro). Uncle Rikuro […]
Hidden away next to Kyoto’s river and bamboo forests in Arashiyama is a small restaurant Shoraian, serving traditional tofu multi-course Japanese meals (kaiseki). While most kaiseki meals tend to be rather expensive ($100~300/person), Shoraian’s lunches are reasonably priced at $33~50/person (http://www.shoraian.com/menu/). I picked the most expensive meal option Shofu ($50/person) to try as many dishes as possible. Reservations is required. If you can, request the window […]
There’s only one place in Japan where you can find more free roaming deer than people…and that’s at Nara Park! Before the 1637, it was a capital offense punishable by death for killing a deer (no joke!). The park costs nothing to enter, but a bundle of deer crackers (鹿煎餅 Shika-senbei) can be bought for 200 yen ($1.80), […]
While most tourists in Japan will visit Osaka and Kyoto, many pass by a lesser known city, Nara, which is just 25 miles away. This post will showcase Nara’s temples and scenery, while the following post will showcase the famous free roaming deer that populate the city. Enjoy the tranquility of Nara during the fall season!