The city is inland near the border of Akita prefecture and surrounded by tall mountains. Although Morioka is not a hotspot tourist destination; however, there are many interesting places in and around the city.
As delicious as Japanese cuisines are, fans of the spicy often find the hotness lacking from the food in this country. When foods and snacks are advertised as “extremely spicy”, most of the time it gives nothing more than a tinkle on the tongue for those used to the peppers. Not to mention, Japan tends to use only chilli pepper and miss out on the tastes offered by other species of peppers.
With a tagline like, fresh roasted coffee and worldwide finds, you might be fooled into thinking that it is a waste of time to stop by this store on a trip to Japan. With pockets of products from all regions in Japan, it is one of my favourite shops to browse, and dare I say, dig through. Kaldi Coffee Farm is here for you!
Soumen is a very popular kind of noodle in Japan, especially during the summer season. These are very thin hand-stretched strand like noodles made from wheat flour. The main specialty of this noodle is that it is served cold something which helps to bring down the body temperature in the hot summer months.
Ikebukuro is a booming area of Tokyo known for many things. One of my friends recommended a particular noodle shop, "Hakata Fū Ryū" that offers a free refill of noodles, so that's where I ended up. Nothing sounded better than a belly full of warm, homemade noodles on a cold day!