Konnichiwa pals! Lol I’m trying to be up to date with my posts and wanna finish posting about Tokyo before I go to Seoul HAHAHA rlly first world problems but basically I squeezed in a girl’s trip with two of my favourite babes and cos we all travel so much this was actually the only window of time we had 😪
Anw I’m excited because I haven’t been to Seoul OR Korea EVER BEFORE despite rlly loving Korean food and also at one time being crazy over kdramas. If anyone has any recs pls lemme know!
Anw continuing from my previous post, we took the Shinkansen back from Kanazawa to Tokyo!
The Mountain views the whole way were fantastic 💯💯
After checking into our hotel I took a solo jaunt out! Can’t lie I was rlly grateful to know my way well enough to be confident exploring Tokyo on my own because I was desperately in need of some alone time hahaa
Headed to Yoyogi Park which is a perennial favourite spot for Hanami, but only because it’s free LOL and people are allowed to drink alcohol here
It was crazy crowded with rowdy drunk people but I’m glad I managed to find some quiet spots also!
HEHE someone used this giant plushie to reserve a spot?!! SO BIG how did they carry it on the train???
Sigh TOKYO Y U SO GLOOMY
Anw I chose yoyogi Park to explore because it’s super near to harajuku and so I could go and shop too! This was taken in the lush lab on omotesando.
Did a bit of vintage shopping and the 90s are really coming back in full force.
Then I stumbled upon Luke’s Lobster (ok lies I always walk past to see if the queue is long or not) and there was NO QUEUE! So of course I had to get one since all I had that day was the sandwich bento on board the train. Oh and breakfast at the resort. Ok fine, I didn’t need the lobster roll but no queue so I can’t NOT have it ykwim???
At least I got the small one hehe ¥990 before tax
Went shopping a teeny bit and LOOK AT THIS PUFFY HANDBAG HAHAHA so squishy and comfy but entirely impractical ~fashunz I guess
Anw it was finally time for dinner and it’s back at my favourite restaurant in Tokyo! And quite possibly the whole world tbh
It’s called Ukai Tei and it’s jap/French teppanyaki 😍
This was a mousse with a sort of gelee underneath and little pieces of prawn inside. So well balanced and delicate flavors 💯
Abalone which was going to be salt steamed on the teppan grill
White asparagus covered in cheese and ham
And 20 minutes later the abalone was served. The sauce is a konbu butter and it’s always SO GOOD
Our steak 😍
Ok this was a miss for me, some crab meat somen
AND FINALLY! Teeny chunks of the most flavoursome japanese beef 😍
And their yummy garlic fried rice! I can easily eat like 3 bowls of this hahah it’s v subtle but the texture of the rice is great.
Super delish sponge cake for dessert! Served with the fluffiest whipped cream, strawberry sorbet and some strawberries
Fam at dinner ♥️
Later that night I went with Jw to Naka Meguro which is another popular spot for Sakura but unfortunately we got there too late and they turned off the illumination LOL DAMN LAME
Imagine how beautiful it would have been 😍
Accidental selfie but not too unflattering!!
Ahhhhh so beautiful
About 70% bloom on the trees tho!
Thanks to my sis I got a few shots taken with the Sakura! Hehe
The next day we had a super relaxed one, after all that rush the previous day of having to catch trains and checking in blah blah we finally had a sleep in and then woke up for lunch only lol.
Booked in to sushi Iwa which honestly can do no wrong for about ¥9000 during lunch
I have way too many pics so just sharing a few. This is kinmedai which is a favourite fish of mine to have at sushi! As long as I have this I’m quite happy
And of course!!! CHUTORO! In Singapore the sushiyas will sell it to you as OOTORO but it is not obviously
Uni! The chef gave me a lot I feel? Maybe cos I smiled at him when he took out the uni box lol
And the end is a yummy and fresh and crisp and delicious negitoro handroll
As if lunch was not enough my parents went to find a place for dessert.... mom and jw had pancakes, I had a strawberry shortcake and DAD HAD A BURGER LOL
The diner at imperial hotel always has a queue it is madness but I guess they do have the smoothest pancakes around???
Both very pleased with their food lol seriously we are such gluttons I can’t even 🙄
Back to the hotel just to enjoy the room and chill out
Walked over to the imperial gardens from the hotel and it was crazy crowded because the palace grounds were open for Hanami, and it was the last one under this emperor’s reign as he’s abdicating soon (like retiring)
Uh I don’t rlly remember what we did in the evening but very quickly it was time for dinner HAHHAHAA non stop eats man
Anw we had made reservations for sukiyaki but unfortunately mom felt like we ate too much beef in Kanazawa and at the resort so we ended up cancelling the reservations
Instead of eating beef we attempted to go have yakitori and after trying to book a few places, we managed to book this one called Torishige that was recommended by our sushi chef during lunch!
This tsukune/ they called it DANGO
WAS DA BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. Legit so yummy. And it obviously wasn’t even because I was hungry coz hello all I did all day was eat!!!
Chicken wings were dope too!
Quite a funny story, we tried to explain to the waitress that we wanted more char to our food so the skin could be krispy, so mom said “MOTO YAKI” which I guess roughly translates to more grill???
Anw she was clueless so dad whipped out his phone and google translated and it told us KARI KARI and that’s what we told her and she was like, AHHHH okok!
Technology, gotta love it
There’s a regular yakitori bar downstairs but upstairs is like family style dining which was much more comfortable and at least we didn’t smell like smoke afterwards!
My breakfast the next morning! This was our last full day in Tokyo and we had a very specific goal, which was to go see Sakura! Because our hotel is not that far from it, we decided on heading to Chidorigafuchi
Woke up at 7.30am to have brekkie so that we could leave our hotel by 8ish
Tiny strawberry at breakfast! So cute
Me trying to be cute 😥
A short cab ride later....
Cut through the gardens because we walked the wrong way after getting off the cab. It was our second time there only and so we were a bit confused
It was just my sis, momma and I cos dad doesn’t give two shits about flowers lol and he would rather sleep in and watch TV in the hotel so that’s precisely what he did!
😭 so beautiful! I was very upset at the weather tbh..... it was just so grey and gross all weekend that I was there
So after we exited the park that’s where it’s actually optimum position to view the cherry blossoms cos they surround the moat
So many boats lol. After we walked around to where you can rent the boats did I realise that there was a QUEUE to rent the boats too! It was craaaaaazy long.
My UNCOOPERATIVE AF FRINGE. I was so angry at it. I don’t have nice fringe if I don’t have my dyson hairdryer 😰
I woke up extra early to shower and blow my hair but still like diz omg I give up. Gonna grow my hair out.
Mom being cute as usual
And yes the sea of people is rlly no joke.
Hehe it’s a very pretty spot tho, the Sakura and the wildflowers and the moat! The water is a nice element to the photos too
Still not full bloom here either but whatever I’ll take what I can get. I can’t be so lucky as to catch full bloom every year anyway 🤷🏻♀️
But it truly never gets old for me to chase Sakura year after year hehe I hope I’m blessed enough to do this for many years to come!!!
It does get more and more crowded than before tho!
The purple flowers rlly so beautiful too!
Sigh so fluffy
Drove up a street after hopping into a taxi to get back to the hotel that was just lined with blooming Sakura trees so I rolled the window down and stuck my hand out for this shot HAHA mom said I was crazy
ARGHHH the photo is blur but I met Kumi for lunch!
Told her I was tired of Japanese food a little bit and so we went to a Italian cheese restaurant near Ebisu!
The menu was in Japanese so Kumi ordered for us, and our starter was a yummy salad with 3 types of cheese in it!
This was a four cheese pizza I think? They served it with honey on the side to drizzle over the pizza and it was rather yummy!
Carbonara that the 3 of us shared! It was tossed in a giant cheese wheel
And two types of dessert, tiramisu that was SO GOOD and also some pear and cheese thing that was also soooo delicious
Good job Kumi on picking a great restaurant!
With my Kumi boo ♥️
Random beautiful Sakura tree with the light coming out from between the buildings hehe
Had afternoon tea with my pal Kai and his baby!!!!
We planned to go to shinjuku gyoen but that weekend the QUEUE was just INSANEEEEE
IT SNAKED ALL AROUND TO THE STATION. Easily like 800m long
I’ve been going to Tokyo/japan for Sakura since I was like 15 or smth but I have never seen it so crazy before. I think it just gets more and more popular every year.
Anw we gave up and didn’t even bother joining the queue and went to a St Marc for drinks and a snack but look at this little cherub 😍
So happy my pal is doing so great in his life and even tho he is younger than me he is more adult than me HAHA
Shinjuku at sunset 🙏🏻
Headed to meet my fam for our last dinner of the trip which was Kani Douraku! I recommend this to all my friends but I actually haven’t gone back to this place for like 4 years or so I think and I’m pleased that it’s just as good although a bit crowded with too many tourists but whatever....
Grilled king crab is my fave
I don’t rlly like the raw crab but it’s so shinyyyyy it reminds me of the crab in Moana hahahhaha
Ingredients for Kani Nabe (HEEHEE) I never get tired saying that but what a great last meal in Tokyo this was!!
Anw ok that’s all for my Japan spring posts now onto Seoul next!
Monday, 8 Apr 2019
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