Travel Adventure: Tokyo, Japan

If you have been following me on Instagram, Big On Food, you would know that I was in Tokyo for a short family getaway. So for today, I would be sharing my highlights of the trip!

I went to only Tokyo, for about 5 days.The weather was amazing, chilly yet filled with sunshine. When we arrived, it was dinnertime. I decided to Google the shops around the hotel, and within seconds, an udon shop appealed to me. I was intrigued and pretty satisfied with my finding. The udon store was just 5 minutes walk from the hotel, which made that factor a brownie point. We took a stroll and found the shop. The shop was tucked in a quiet alley way. It could only accommodate about 10 to 15 people at once. We were lucky enough to patronise the shop when there was not many people. We were seated quickly and was given an english menu, which was very helpful. The shop only sells udon noodles, cold and hot. If you are not a fan of noodles or udon, this might not be the shop for you. But do give it a chance as they sell excellent fresh udon noodles, with the perfect chewiness and great texture.

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Witnessing the master at work…

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We placed our order without difficulty and waited patiently. We ordered both hot and cold noodles.

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In this photo are the cold noodles. The one on the bottom is plain udon noodles with a fried tempura fish paste. The bowl on top was cold udon served with a soft poached egg with braised beef slices. A dipping sauce was given to both bowls of noodles.
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We got a hot tempura udon as well as a bowl of udon in a rich beef broth with beef slices. These bowls are hearty and delicious.

It was definitely a satisfying first meal to kickstart the trip. Both hot and cold noodles were heavenly. The shop was cozy and our meal there was enjoyable. However do keep in mind to visit the shop at a non-peak hour as right after we finished our meal, there was a queue in front of the shop. The shop is located at 2 151 0053, 2 Chome-20-16 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan (Shinjuku Station, Exit 6). It is called 慎 Shin Udon. Do check them out as their stuffs are fabulous. 

So after such an amazing first meal, we knew that Japan would not be too disappointing. The next highlight of the trip was Tsukiji Fish Market. This would be the place for all seafood fanatics as the seafood you get could not get any fresher. We spent an hour there and damage was certainly done to our stomach, in a good way.

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We tried fresh oysters, which had the essence of the sea. It was silky smooth and absolutely divine.
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The sea urchins were creamy and exoctic. It was lovely to have tried it at the fish market.
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This dish was pretty unique. It had crab meat, scallop and abalone. It was then blow-torched on the surface with a sauce and then served with fish roe.
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It has an intense flavour, savory from the sauce and sweet from all the fresh seafood. It was an explosion of flavour which I did not mind.

The last dish tried in the fish market was an interesting one. It had various eating methods, so it is best for the shop owners to explain how to eat this dish.

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This dish is a rice bowl with cubed sashimi above the rice. So there 3 ways to enjoy this rice bowl. 1. Enjoy it with plain wasabi and soy sauce. (My favourite method, as it retained it’s original flavours of the rice and fish.) 2. Eaten with pickled ginger and pickles. 3. A broth added to the rice.
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Instructions are provided on the ways to enjoy this rice bowl. It had english and it allows consumers to better understand this dish.

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Overall, Tsukiji Fish Market is a must visit when in Tokyo. You would be able to witness fishmongers slicing fresh whole tuna fish and lots of people trying to get a taste of fresh seafood.

The final highlight of my trip was visiting an owl cafe! It was the most extraordinary of the entire trip. You might be thinking why I am raving for visiting some bird cafe, as you all know, I am staying in Singapore. In Singapore, you do not see much owls, I see lots of bats, pigeons and swallow but no owls, therefore it was an unforgettable moment to be able to visit an owl cafe! The little cafe we visited had about 10 owls, different species and opposite characters. We were able to pet it and hold it. It was impressive that owls were such cute and beautiful souls.

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An owl selfie was necessary when you visit an owl cafe once in a lifetime.
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I was rather nervous while holding onto the owl but all was well in the end.
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Visiting the owl cafe was a memorable event that I would not forget.

These were the highlights of my short trip to Japan. I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have. Thank you for reading and till next time, See you!

More information on the places I visited…

慎 Shin Udon–  2 151 0053, 2 Chome-20-16 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan (Shinjuku Station, Exit 6). Tripadvisor website: Shin Udon

Tsukiji Fish Market– Above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line 

Shinjuku Owl Cafe, Mohumohu – 5F, 3-35-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

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