NARISAWA is two Michelin-starred, San Pellegrino 8th best restaurant in the world where Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa has previously won “Best Chef Asia” and received boatloads of accolades. We had heard of it through Chef’s Table on Netflix (watch it!) and decided we had to go while we were in Tokyo. … More Winter in Japan – Day 7 Yoyogi Park and NARISAWA
Akihabara might be the most culture shock we experienced in Japan, the district embraces fan-boy/fan-girlism and fantasy. There are “maid cafes” where women are dressed like French maids and act extra sweet and subservient throughout your meal. There are fetish shops on every corner, multiple pachinko slot rooms for gambling on every street, six story arcades filled with every variety of video game imaginable. … More Winter in Japan – Day 6 Asakusa & Akihabara
We needed food to soak up some of the alcohol, so we grabbed an udon bowl nearby then caught an Uber home at 3 AM. We woke up to an Instagram post Aya captioned “Crazy night in Shinjuku Golden Gai” which is a pretty good summary statement of the night’s events. … More Winter in Japan – Day 5 Tsukiji Fish Market, Robot Restaurant, Golden Gai
Once we got off Alpen Quad lift, we were mesmerized by the views, then instantly regretful as Ryan pointed out that we were the only individuals riding rental equipment in this area – AKA we had no business being here. … More Winter in Japan – Day 4 Sunshine on the Slopes
As forecast, it snowed all night, laying fresh powder for an incredible day on the slopes! This was our first real experience with “Japow!” as our Japanese friends had described to us on the night we arrived. … More Winter in Japan – Day 3 JAPOW!
The slopes were such a soggy frustration that we hopped on the shuttle back to our hotel… At the hotel we soaked in our steamy onsen relaxing and drinking Saporro and matcha hoping for better weather the next day … More Winter in Japan – Day 2 Happo One
Within like 90 seconds of sitting down, a group of three Japanese people, about our age, sitting at the table next to us started talking to us. They were pretty drunk on sake already and it made for a very entertaining dinner … More Winter in Japan – Day 1 Houston to Hakuba