Mikasa: Real Okinawa Food on the Cheap

Kokusai Dori in the city of Naha might be one of the biggest tourist trap I have seen in Japan, so where does one go to eat authentic Okinawa food in Naha?

While I was drinking a beer at Helios Brewery, my wife found a place in her Japanese guide book that described Mikasa restaurant as a restaurant for the locals, so we decided to give it a try.

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Ikkataro at the Karoichi Fish Market

In Japan, if you live right next to the Inland Sea, well, you eat Inland Sea fishes.  It was only natural, after crossing the whole width of Japan to visit Tottori, that we stopped at the local fish market to eat the stuff fished in the Sea of Japan.

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Marusa Ohmi Beef

When I left Moriyama after lunch for a long bike ride by the shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture,  my goal was to get  to Nagahama city early enough  to secure a table at Marusa, a popular yakiniku restaurant. All I can say, the reward was worth the super windy 70 km bike ride.

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