Arashiyama in the Western part of Kyoto is part tourist hell and part pure beauty. The river, the mountain, the bamboo forest and the amazing Tenryu-ji and its garden makes it a very special place to visit. It is also the place I came to try my first real Kyoto food at Shoraian, a restaurant which specializes in tofu.
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In a town famous for kaiseki and fancy food, Dai-Ichi Asahi ramen is a popular ramen shop with the locals and it’s conveniently located only a few minutes from JR Kyoto station.
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We arrived at Uji station at 10h50 and pretty much sprinted across the street to Nakamura tea shop to find that people were already waiting in line (the shop opens at 11h). In a city famous for tea, the most famous tea shop in town is a hell of a busy place. Is it worth the run? You bet!
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Tamashima is right across the river from where I live and when I heard about Shittora, a Korean restaurant, I didn’t wait too long to go and try it. I always appreciate when I get suggestions online and this one turned out to be a good one.
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This is a long overdue review of Pyo Pyo, one of my favorite restaurant in Fukuyama. My visit recent visit to Shikiko reminded me that I had never written about this fine Taiwan restaurant.
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I spotted Shikiko, a new Taiwan restaurant located in Satosho on route 2 between Fukuyama and Kurashiki because its parking is always full. Since I am a sucker for spicy Taiwan food, I drove to Shikiko with great expectations.
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I went Ramen Dake expecting a great tonkotsu ramen (pork based soup) after somebody suggested that it was better than Ippudo. Ramen Dake is just a short walk from Okayama station, if you got the station behind you, it’s on the Bic Camera side.
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I don’t often go out during the week, but since I took two days off to enjoy a long Golden Week , I decided to go try Tenjin Ramen in Okayama city which is only open during the week for lunch.
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If you can find Fa Niente restaurant and you have a reservation, I can promise you a hell of an Italian meal right in the heart of Okayama City.
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I ended up going back to Cafe Gewa twice in the last few weeks since I wanted to try their coffee made with the shinny Synesso espresso machine.
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Hinata is far away from the tourist area of central Kurashiki, but the trip to the service road of route 2 is worth the effort.
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Cafe d’Esprit is a coffee shop and a coffee roaster which was recommended to me by a fellow Okayama coffee lover.
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