Kyoto is especially known for traditional sweets, particularly colorful (pink, green, yellow, beige, light purple) higashi dry confectionery shaped as leaves, flowers, fruits or Japanese crests, which usually accompany a bowl of matcha tea during tea ceremony.
What does this mean for the Costco membership-card-carrying traveller? You will be able to enter and purchase items at all of these 26 warehouses with your existing Costco membership card, no matter the country of issue.
It is here as well as in the neighboring town of Minobu that you can find the most renowned of Fuji’s Five Lakes, Kawaguchi Lake. Fujikawaguchiko is also home to the famous Kawaguchiko Ohashi Bridge from which many take breathtaking photos of Japan’s Mt. Fuji. It is also in this small town, that you’ll find the lovely restaurant of Funari.
Traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi) come in different shapes, sizes and stories. Typically served with tea, the culture of gifting wagashi was mentioned in historical tales from the Muromachi era. At Toyama City's Matsukawa Teahouse you can learn how to make wagashi (complete with an interpreter), and then take a quiet river cruise.
Located near the JR Shinjuku Southeast Exit, this restaurant rests near a bridge leading into the Takashimaya Department Store. Countless sets of nostalgia grace the walls of the restaurant, all commemorating the illustrious career of pro-wrestler turned politician, Antonio Inoki.
The Sake Festival is a two-day long event that offers sake from all over Japan. Therefore, you have the opportunity to try sake from places as far apart and diverse as Okinawa and Hokkaido. But, don't forget all that local sake too!
The name means "doll town," and a long time ago the area was famous for its puppet shows, puppet makers, and puppeteers. Nowadays, the only remaining doll "theaters" are the two signature Ningyocho clocktowers. Shows run hourly from 11 a.m. To 7 p.m. but be sure to have your camera ready, because they last only 2 minutes!
In recent years, I noticed that many Japanese people really enjoy having dishes with coriander too, especially those who seem to love it a lot. Here I will introduce five simple-to-fantastic coriander dishes that you could hardly find them anywhere in the world except Japan!