Japan Part One
So before heading to the airport, we actually had a quick lunch at Tim Ho Wan, a dim sum chain restaurant that actually received a michelin star for its original location in Hong Kong. It's known as the cheapest michelin restaurant because dim sum comes in really small and cheap orders. Here were my two favorite dishes:
The barbecue pork bun was really special because it had a crispy outside, when usually the bun is just a soft, steamed bun. And, steamed egg cake has always been my favorite since I was young. This one was not too sweet, but still so fluffy and delicious.
Now off to the airport!
And hello, Japan!
The first day was pretty much all travel. We got to Tokyo and then our hotel at around 10 pm, so we called it a night and hit the sack because we were headed to Kyoto the next morning.
On the morning of day two, we took a nice stroll to the train station to first buy tickets and scout the area. Why are all the cars in Japan so cute?
A bit of reading on the train ride.
After checking into the hotel, we stopped for some tea before exploring.
Walking around the town was so calming because we were right by the river and everything was so scenic.
Since we only had half a day left, we decided to spend the evening walking through the bamboo grove near our hotel and then finding some dinner nearby. En route to the grove, we saw a bunch of smaller statues and passed by some temples.
I love the way the light shines through the bamboo.
Quick snack before dinner!
And, ramen for dinner! So glad we came across this local restaurant. It was so cute and homey. We even had to take our shoes off when sitting.
Hands down the best ramen I have ever had. The broth was not too salty and the noodles were cooked to perfection -- not too soft or hard. And, even with all that fatty meat, it did not feel heavy or oily. Yumm.
And some sesame balls for dessert.
On the walk back to the hotel, we unexpectedly witnessed a special lantern boat and fire festival on the river. What a pleasant end to the night.