It’s been over a week since I’ve been back home and I’m finally getting to the last of my Japan photos…phew! A few readers have asked about my favorite places/restaurants/etc so I’ve compiled a little list here.
My top ten favorite moments in Japan (in no particular order):
- Baum Kuchen cake by Nenrinya (they have a Ginza store, or they’re sold at some department stores, or at the airport). It’s round and has lots of layers of the softest, moistest, not-too-sweet cake. We brought some home as gifts and wish we’d taken more with us!!
- Culture Day. We had no idea we were going to be in Japan’s cultural city of Kyoto during their annual Culture Day, but it was such a treat. Citizens donned their kimono best and everyone was out and about exploring the temples along with us.
- A little cube of Kobe beef at Itoh in Kyoto. This is on the list for my husband, who believes it to be his favorite bite of steak ever. I have to admit, it was explode-with-flavor delicious.
- Geisha spotting in Gion. Three beautiful Geisha swiftly walking to their destination – we stopped in our tracks and couldn’t help but stare. It was like out of a movie.
- Ordering ramen and chicken kara age using a vending machine at Musoshin in Kyoto. So efficient!!
- Omakase at Sushi Shin in Tokyo. This was my favorite meal of all – every bite was incredible. Sushi is my favorite, and I got my fill of the most delectable bites at Sushi Shin.
- A drink at the Park Hyatt bar. We stayed at the Andaz Tokyo (which I loved!) but made the trip over to the Park Hyatt for their iconic Lost in Translation bar experience. Live music, city views, and a good drink.
- Arabica % coffee. This place always had a long, long line in Kyoto but we found one closer to our hotel in Arashiyama.
- The train system in Tokyo. So easy, so efficient, and clean and comfortable.
- The people. Everyone was incredibly kind and helpful and the service at every establishment was top notch. This stands out above all else.
And now, I’m wondering why I limited myself to a top ten – there was truly so much about my week in Japan that I loved. It may be finally off my bucket list but now it’s on my do-again list. Thanks for following along!
Coat – thanks to Mute by JL (Can’t stop wearing this jacket – it goes with everything. Get 10% off any order with code ‘9to5chic’ here)
Dress – MM6 (last worn here; new season version here)
Scarf – Acne Studios (my favorite under $200 fall purchase, still available in black or gray here; I had also purchased this version at the same time but found it to be a little too bulky, plus the one I kept was almost half the price.)
Boots – Dries van Noten (the architectural heel and olive suede! it was love at first sight. bought it in New York by found it online in black here)
Purse – Hermes (found it here)
Sunglasses – Linda Farrow thanks to Avenue32 (still available here)