2016 Japan Tohoku 東北

  •  1 night lay-over in tokyo before we travel north. Excellent dinner opportunity to enjoy 十四代 in a tokyo izakaya
    November 09 2016

    Tokyo

    1 night lay-over in tokyo before we travel north. Excellent dinner opportunity to enjoy 十四代 in a tokyo izakaya
  •  Check-in to the SUPER HOTEL スーパーホテル八戸天然温泉.  Quite a walk (15 mins) from the hon-hachnohe station, but was a great hotel with 10 choices of pillows and free…
    November 10-11 2016

    Hachinohe 八戸

    Check-in to the SUPER HOTEL スーパーホテル八戸天然温泉. Quite a walk (15 mins) from the hon-hachnohe station, but was a great hotel with 10 choices of pillows and free…
  •  A good recommendation  by a hotel staff who eats there twice a week.   We had 2 rounds of grilled scallops, tempura shirako,  a merticulously labelled grill…
    November 10 2016

    Izakaya さめ八

    A good recommendation by a hotel staff who eats there twice a week. We had 2 rounds of grilled scallops, tempura shirako, a merticulously labelled grill…
  •  We took a trip to the morning market in-front of Mutsu Minato Station 陸奥湊駅, unfortunately most of the shops were closed and the morning market operates on…
    November 11 2016

    Hasshoku Center 八食センター

    We took a trip to the morning market in-front of Mutsu Minato Station 陸奥湊駅, unfortunately most of the shops were closed and the morning market operates on…
  •  Serves great grilled chicken dishes (using southern
    November 11 2016

    Izakaya 禄文銭

    Serves great grilled chicken dishes (using southern "red" chicken of a specific lineage). Fantastic takoyaki, which had more tako then flour. Also to note are…
  •  2 hours drive from hachinohe. Nice hike along the river with lots of waterfalls along the way. We were late in the season but I can imagine when it is in full…
    November 11-12 2016

    Oirase Stream to Lake Towada 十和田湖

    2 hours drive from hachinohe. Nice hike along the river with lots of waterfalls along the way. We were late in the season but I can imagine when it is in full…
  • November 12-13 2016

    Tsuta Onsen 茑温泉

    After a day's hike, nothing is more welcoming that a traditional onsen ryokan with more than 100 years history set in the tsuta mashland area. Dinner awaiting…
  • November 12 2016

    Tsuta Mashland

    Very refreshing morning hike to the nearby lakes in the mashland.
  • November 13-14 2016

    Hirosaki 弘前

    2-hour drive from Tsuta to Hirosaki the city of apple farms. Enroute the Jogakura Ohashi Bridge and stopping by highway rest stop for some garlic shopping.
  • November 14 2016

    Aomori 青森

    Around Aomori City ...
  • November 14 2016

    Aomori Gyosai Center 青森魚菜センター

    DIY Chirashi. Walk around the market with your bowl of rice and select the fresh sashimi to be added on
  • November 14-15 2016

    Morioka 盛岡

    Around Morioka City ...
  • November 15 2016

    Wanko Soba Experience

    Serving you unlimited soba in small mouthful bowls. I managed 67 bowls, Dad did 45 and Roland did 101. We were told that the record stands at 570
  • November 15-16 2016

    Hiraizumi 平泉

    Visiting the World Heritage site of Chusonji 中尊寺, golden temple of Fujiwara Saikojitakkokuiwaya 達谷西光寺, a cave temple Eating the flying dango of 郭公屋 in…
  • November 17 2016

    Hiraizumi 平泉 Day 2

    Seeking serenity at Kanjizaiō-in 観自在王院 and Mōtsū-ji 毛越寺. Eating the famous mochi set meals of hiraizumi and admiring the lacquer woodcraft of ooitya
  • November 18 2016

    Iwachu Casting

    The home of cast iron pots
  • November 18-19 2016

    Dai Onsen 台温泉 - Yamayuri no Yado やまゆりの宿

    Semi-modern ryokan in a seculded old onsen town
  • November 18 2016

    Dinner @ Yamayuri no Yado

    Definitely the BEST dinner of this trip ... private room with Irori, wagyu sukiyaki, chacoal grilled iwashi trout and hanamaki's yoemon ginginga sake was…
  • November 19-21 2016

    Ryokan Wakamatsu Honten 若松本店

    From Shin-Hanamaki, we travelled to Narita via Tokyo. Decided to explore Narita for the lay-over of our outgoing flight
  • November 20-21 2016

    Naritasan Shinshoji Temple 成田山新勝寺

    Exploring the temples compunds, sitting in the cedar wood burning ceremony and photographing the gardens of the temple in full autumn colors
  • November 20-22 2016

    Naritasan Omotesando

    Shopping for various local goods, handicraft, milk, ice cream and the famous Narita peaunts. Eel bento is all rage here. Waiting list of 200+ seats at some…
  • November 20 2016

    Eels of Naritan-san 成田山

    Eels are all rage along Omotesando. At least 20 restaurant specialising in eels, yet a waiting list of 200 tables ?
  • November 09-21 2016

    Nihonshu 日本酒

    A compliation of the sakes encountered for this trip. If you ask for sake, you might get Shochu. So ask for Nihonshu (日本酒)
  • 15 mins taxi ride to Narita airport and ready to go HOME