My 2016 Japan travelogue so far:
Osaka Day 1: Ana Crowne Plaza & Sennichimae Doguyasuji
Osaka Day 2: Osaka Station, Kuromon Market & Dotonbori
Nara Day 3: Todai-ji, Cheeky Deer & Fall Foliage
Osaka + Kyoto Day 4: Nishiki Market & Len Kyoto Kawaramachi
Kyoto Day 5: Kiyomizu-dera, Sannen-zaka & Ninen-zaka (Part 1)
Kyoto Day 5: Kōdai-ji (Part 2)
Kyoto Day 6: Autumn At Beautiful Arashiyama & Kyoto Station
Kyoto Day 7: Fushimi Inari Taisha & Yasaka Shrine
Kyoto & Mishima Day 8: Shinkansen & Beautiful Mishima (Part 1)
Fujikawaguchiko Day 8: Kagelow & Kawaguchiko (Part 2)
Fujikawaguchiko & Tokyo Day 9: Mount Fuji Views, Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center & Oishi Park
Tokyo & Urayasu Day 10: Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Day 11: Nui. Hostel, Ameyoko & Takeya
Tokyo Day 12: Autumn At University Of Tokyo, Kappabashi Street & Senso-ji
Tokyo Day 13: Autumn Colors At Shinjuku Gyoen & Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki
At this point, after having traveled for 14 days in Japan, things become fuzzy. There are some things that I forgot to do or have forgotten already. One of it is what I ate for breakfast on day 14 (forgot to take a snapshot). Hahaha Anyway, that’s not important.
I actually planned to go to Rikugien for, yet more koyo but decided perhaps it was more than enough already for this trip. Instead, we head to the Farmer’s Market at UNU. Oh yes! ✌️
We left the hostel at 9am and took the subway to Omotesando Station. On the way, my sis chanced upon Moomin’s bowl set at KFC. What else? She bought KFC and are now a proud owner of the Moomin bowl set. Haha
This is the United Nations University or UNU for short, for which the farmers’s market is held every weekend (Sat & Sun) from 10am-4pm. See the tents? It’s also known as Aoyama farmer’s market. We arrived around 10.30am.
Farmer’s market @ UNU. Ahh, bucket list crossed.
From flowers to pickles, to fresh fruit and vegetables and even clothes, there are surely lots of things to see and things that we don’t even know what it is. The vegetables especially are so colorful. Wish I have the opportunity to cook with it.
Food trucks at the farmer’s market.
This particular food truck caught our eyes. The one man cum cook was cooking and roasting pork in his van! I chuckled when I eyed his shoes. So cute. Haha This food truck is called Kome Shiru Na コメシルナ 米汁菜.
We ordered the omusubi set おむすびセット @ 740 yen. It comes with a smoked soft boiled egg (ours were overcooked), roasted pork, rice ball (onigiri aka omusubi) and pickles. It was not bad, could be better. The egg is especially good. The roast pork were a bit tough.
We also bought mikan (aka tangerine) there. There were so very sweet and juicy.
We spent about 40 minutes here and then proceed to our next destination, Shibuya.
Hachiko statue right outside Shibuya Station. So happy to finally see this statue that I’ve heard and read so much about. Another bucket list crossed. Also glad that I was able to visit the reunion statue of Hachiko and Dr Ueno too.
The rare moments when there’s no one camwhoring with the statue. Hehe
Experiencing the Shibuya crossing. We crossed four times at the four different corners. It was surreal! Bucket list crossed.
Came across this cute Shibuya Community Bus Hachiko.
I grabbed this Jagariko tarako (cod roe) butter at Matsumoto KiYoshi while waiting for others to shop there. Cost 74 yen, the cheapest I’ve came across while in Japan. It’s even cheaper than Takeya. Btw, the SKII at Matsumoto KiYoshi is so affordable. I wonder why.
We didn’t stay long in Shibuya as we wanted to try the creations at Hidemi Sugino. Upon arrival, I was wondering why there was no one there, only to realized it’s closed on Sunday. $HIT!!! This was the dessert I was so looking forward to and I checked all its details and made sure everything’s going fine. I actually planned to visit Hidemi on Friday, after visiting University of Tokyo but put it off because I figured it’ll be too much for that day since we’re going to Kappabashi and Senso-ji too. I was right that it was a full tired day but how could I forget Hidemi closes on Sunday? Gah, next time then.
Then we rode the subway to Okachimachi for our very first tsukemen experience at Menya Musashi Bukotsu. Click the link to read my review. After our late lunch, we head to Daiso (108 yen each) at ABAB for some shopping. We spent quite a while there. Even bought seeds for my garden there.
On our way back to hostel, we stopped by 7-11 to get our breakfast for tomorrow and also some snack (like cakes, ice-cream, drinks).
These are the two mini cakes I bought at 7-11. The top (bought yesterday) is mini Kamakura with strawberry sauce 苺ソースの ミニかまくら @ 300 yen. Bottom (bought today) is Itari chestnut Mont Blac イタり栗の モンブラン @ 270 yen. Both are really delicious. If I didn’t know, I will think the cakes are from bakery shop.
Finally, we stopped at a new take-out bento place to get our dinner. Read all about Kitchen Origin here.
That’s all for day 14. Not much photos and words but I can tell ya, it was yet another exhausting day.
Stay tuned for day 15.