So I’m going to start this blog post with a disclaimer: this post is more like a food photo diary than a travel diary. Hahaha. Japan has really good food and I’d love to share with you guys all the best restaurants I’ve eaten there during my stay (aside from the places we went to, of course). Good thing all my friends are great researchers so they were able to find the best places for ramen, tonkatsu, yakiniku, etc. I think I gained 5 pounds during my trip! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post!
We stayed at Shibuya Excel at Dougenzaka Shibuya-ku and it’s literally beside the famous Shibuya crossing and it’s a really convenient spot for tourists. Our first meal in Tokyo was in Ichiran Ramen that’s 5-10 minutes walking distance from our hotel.
It’s a small area and when you get inside, you’ll see a vending machine where you’ll press all your orders and pay there too, just like when your buying soda in a vending machine! Cool, right? After you’ve paid, the machine will give you a stub and then there’s a line outfit the eating area. The place looks like this. Yup, you have your own booth so you can enjoy your ramen alone!
When you’re seated at your designated booth, you give your stub to the chef and they serve you the ramen. Ramen’s not really one of my favourite dishes but I finished mine right away! It was so good!
Shibuya Crossing during morning and at night.
My college besties: Nana, Nicole and Kalene. I’m so lucky to have these girls in my life.
For dinner, we went to Rokkasen in Shinjuku and I think this is my number 1 favourite restaurant in Tokyo (so far). I suggest you make a reservation in advance since they’re always full!
My friends and I availed the “all you can eat” package with unlimited drinks! We were given 90 minutes to order anything we want and it was totally worth it. They served the best kinds of meat, king crabs, scallops, starters (kimchi, peanuts, etc), rice, soju, sake, shakes- everything you want!
We couldn’t move after! Hahaha.
The following day, we went to Yoyogi Park in Shibuya and found a couple of cherry blossom trees. Lucky us!
Good thing I was able to take a few pictures with no photo bombers! Believe me, it was not easy. My dream is to go there during cherry blossom season!
After Yoyogi Park, we went to see Meiji Shrine, which was just 10-15 minutes walking distance from the park. It’s also near harajuku station so it’s convenient for tourists!
Check out all the barrels of sake wrapped in straw that Emperor Meiji drank! Wow, he must be a strong drinker!
The provenance of the bourgogne wine for consecration at Meiji Jingu.
For lunch, we looked for Maisen in Omotesando, a very famous restaurant known for its tonkatsu. Aside from the actual restaurant, they also have a small take out corner for people on the go.
They served different kinds of tonkatsu and I didn’t know what to order so I just asked for their best seller. It was a good decision!!! If you guys like Yabu and Ginza Bairin in Manila, you will die after eating here!
After lunch, we went around Tokyo and shopped! I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos because I was so into shopping hehe. My bad!
For dinner, we went to Gonpachi where the famous movie Kill Bill was shot. It’s also hard to get a table here! They serve really good sushi and I think I was at a point where I didn’t care if I’d get fat na. We ordered a giant bottle of sake to celebrate our memorable trip since it was our last night and ended up having a night filled with fun, laughter and endless stories.
I had such an awesome time with my college besties and I hope we can do trips like this yearly! Cheers to living life to the fullest. BMS.