Tokyo Journals

Fun and Relaxation in Tokyo

A September 2005 trip to Tokyo by benlin

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Musashino-be

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Hotel | "Musashino-be Onsen"

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If you’re planning a short trip to Japan, a one-night stay in the ryokan, also known as the Japanese traditional bathhouse, is an absolute must. Although most of the major cities in Japan have neighborhood bathhouses that the locals go to for an afternoon soak, consider ditching these and try taking a two-day trip to Hakone instead. Located just an hour and a half outside of Tokyo on the train (or what the locals call the romance car), you are offered the most authentic and relaxing Japanese experience at the Musashino-be inn: http://www.musasino.net/hougei.html The moment you step onto the premises, employees dressed in kimonos immediately offer their exquisite service as you settle into y...Read More

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Musashino-be

Tokyo, Japan
0460-2-4341

Katsukura

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Katsukura Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Probably not the healthiest of all choices, but this is a must for pork and shrimp-katsu lovers. Conveniently located in the Roppongi Hills shopping mall, Katsukara boasts of a swanky décor with its long polished wooden tables, but despite its lavish appearance, the food will not disappoint your budget or your taste buds. The dishes range from 1250 to 2500 yen depending on which meal you choose. The pork katsus vary in price depending on the quality of meat, or basically the fat content of the meat. Interestingly, the more marbled the pork, the better quality it is. I recommend indulging a bit and getting the highest quality – I promise you the tenderest piece of pork you will ever bite in...Read More

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Katsukura
5F Roppongi Hills West Walk
Tokyo, Japan

Kurosawa Udon Noodles

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Kurosawa Udon Noodles Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Hidden in a small street of the Azabujuban district of Tokyo is a quaint noodle shop that offers the best udon I have ever tasted. If you are a big fan of noodles in tasty soup stocks, like I am, this is definitely the place to go. The restaurant is conveniently located near the Roppongi Hills subway stop, but you should expect to wait in a line for 10 to 15 minutes before being seated. Kurosawa serves a variety of udon dishes ranging from the simplest noodle and beef broth to a more flavorful black pork and curry udon dish. The noodles are freshly made on the premises to provide the best texture and taste. Make sure to gobble up the minute you get your meal, because the noodles w...Read More

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Kurosawa Udon Noodles
Azabujuban
Tokyo, Japan

Sumo Wrestling

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Sumo Wrestlers warm up Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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We were fortunate enough to be vacationing in Tokyo while the autumn grand sumo tournament was taking place from September 11th to September 25th in the spacious Kokugikan Arena. From what we heard from our hosts, sumo wrestling has recently been losing its popularity, especially within the younger population. However, after watching 2 hours of it live, we immediately fell in love with the intensity and thrill of this ancient sport. Although the daily tournaments last from 8:30am to 6pm, it is recommended to just watch the last 3 hours, when the higher-ranked wrestlers take the stage. Tickets range from 3,600 ($30) to 45,200 yen ($385), all depending on which level your box seat is. The lo...Read More