Yanagi Soba and French Food

Niimi City is a place full of surprises, yes, you read this right:  Niimi City!   If you don’t know Niimi, it is located about 1h30 North of Kurashiki and it has been one of my favorite stop for great food since I arrived in Japan. Ramen Tomare and Chiya Beef yakiniku are both worth the trip alone, but Yanagi Soba is off the chart .  First, you will have to find this place!

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Takumi Ramen

I visited Takumi Ramen right after my Japanese teacher recommended it to me:  I  just love it when people share their coup-de-coeur. Apparently, this place is very famous, but I will let you judge by yourself.   For the Okayama folks, Takumi Ramen can also easily be found since it’s right on the second floor of Okayama Station.

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Tokyo Tea Room in Okayama

When I first saw a picture of the Tokyo Tea Room in a book about old Okayama coffee shops, I knew I would eventually find my way there. This very unique shop is located on Akura Dori not too far from the amazing Fa Niente restaurant and I am pretty sure I walked in front of it many times and  never stopped because of the  UCC coffee sign. Ueshima Coffee company produces some good coffee, but it’s never my first choice.   Something else took me here, just keep up reading…

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Toushinden Yakiniku

Toushinden Yakiniku is located on route 30 not too far from route 2, if you are familiar with Okayama, this is the road that goes to Tamano.   It most definitely not centrally located, but it is worth the bike ride, the bus ride, the walk or anything that will get you there.   It was so good, I would probably go on a pogo stick if I had to.

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Koba Coffee Kurashiki

Koba Coffee is a brand new coffee roaster located in the heart of the old Bikan area in Kurashiki.  It’s a bit on the edge of the old historic area on one of the smaller streets near Ivy Square, but it’s worth the trip. Kurashiki is such a nice place, so it’s always fun to play tourist in my own town.

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