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Where do you visit when you go on a trip to Japan?

TRAVELING: Technology is rapidly changing the travel industry. Travelers can now find online travel portals and other services online, track tickets, book hotels and flights, check in at airports and places like Disney Springs and NY Toy Story Land, and download boarding passes on their smartphones, while traveling! Travellers can easily use their smartphones, address books, and computers to manage and coordinate their travel plans!

COMFORT: Lodging in Japan makes it easy to get along well with other people. There are many places where tourists can relax and enjoy dinner, drinks, or other activities together with their host. Some of the most famous places are Kyoto, Osaka, Hachinohe, Kansai, Kobe, and Edo (Korea), respectively, where Japan offers lots of fun in comparison to other nations. By going to these places, travelers can find the perfect location to relax.

CASTING: Japan is one of the best places to experience Japan’s unique snow culture. Castings can be found in castles, ski areas, natural parks, historical sites, and gardens. Some of the most famous summertime mountains like Mt. Fuji and Mt. Takayama are famous when tourists go up to them in warm weather. There are also forests, rivers, and valleys where visitors can have a picnic and enjoy good views of Mount Fuji. Visitors have a lot of places to explore and enjoy hiking, ocean, golf courses, hot springs, and garden activities in Japan, and are also interested in the historic sites.

MUST VISIT CITY: Tokyo’s Kiyomizu Temple is the most popular tourist attraction in Japan. The temple building is magnificent and the food and tourist culture are very tasty. It is also located within a better part of the city, and is covered with snow from time to time. There are restaurants inside the temple, so visitors can enjoy delicious food and get to sit inside.

CLIMBING: For those who want to climb Mt. Fuji and Kyozanji, there are several hiking tours to Taiji and Kanda to choose from. Climbing Mt. Fuji and Kanda shows off the Buddhist and Christian pillars of Japan. Both locations are very popular places, but Taiji, which is 7.5 km from Japan’s north island of Hokkaido, is also a hot summer destination in Japan.

DANCE: Traditional Japanese dances are quite interesting and fun to watch. The dances are performed all over Japan, so visitors can easily have a look at them. Kansai (Kobe) has many traditional Japanese dance venues to visit, as well as musical performances. Kansai (Kobe) has many traditional Japanese dance venues to visit, as well as musical performances.

SPORTS: Whether you want to take a skating or baseball lesson, or rent a bike and go hiking with your family, more sport destinations are found in Japan, so you can have fun when you go outdoors in Japan. By taking a go-karting class, you can have a new take on how to handle and drive a go-kart and a snow driving lesson in the spring can be a fun activity to bring to your summer vacations.

MANY OF JAPAN’S FOOD MATERIALS CAN BE SAVED: There are many ways to save time and money at eating out or in the city. Consider buying some things on sale before you head to your destination, or try pre-ordering some of your appetizers and drinks to enjoy before you get to your destination. Going to the supermarket or convenience store beforehand can help save you time. Going in the day or the night to get dinner can also be less work than if you ordered in or picked up take-out food. Plus, many restaurants will offer their own take-out menus if you prefer eating on the go.

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Eat Fine Japanese Cuisine in Singapore

SINGAPORE: For the true Japanese food connoisseur who wants an authentic and flavorful experience, check out MATCHA’s taste of Japan. MATCHA offers a variety of edibles of Japan that can be enjoyed in Singapore. You might be surprised at the wide choice!

MATCHA is offering 3 lodgings to enjoy Crab, Fugu, and Anglerfish right next to its luxury Sandhill Hotel venue. You can even experience a shrimp dinner or a Teak banquet!

First up, we have the three MATCHA properties in Singapore, Ma Chi Chuen, Sandhill Hotel Singapore, and Koi Cuisine Singapore! Ma Chi Chuen is a very popular and trendy hangout. This sea-fresh restaurant features a tempting signature Taiwanese pickle plate with fresh local vegetables and sea-seafood delicacies including the popular Far East snapper and Crispy snapper or Sushiko to name a few. Also enjoy the fish and squid stuffed baby squid, Saitashi, Nappaki and Degna butterfish, Mushaka, or Swedish Lobster! For those who love to dine in style, why not try their elegant cuisine and premium lifestyle! Ma Chi Chuen is located in a very renowned shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in the city-state.

Sandhill Hotel Singapore is a waterfront, eco-friendly hotel spread over 5 acres in the city-state of Singapore. From the front yard and garden to the pool, it is a haven of relaxation and peace. Apart from restaurants, it is also known to serve fine dining food. The cuisine includes traditional Japanese and ethnic touches such as the black sesame, Japanese oysters and grilled eel. Hang out on the rooftop terrace or shop for ethnic artifacts and bags from local traders. It is the ideal place to soak up the views of Singapore.

Koi Cuisine Singapore is a restaurant and cafe by award-winning celebrity chef Katsuyuki Usui. The restaurant has been named by Restaurant Magazine as one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Singapore and Korea. Koi offers a trendy décor and a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay. Its cuisine is famous for pairing very tasty food with the high-end quality ingredients. Highlights of its dinner menu include Masago, bivalves and yakitori, which is the popular grilled chicken covered with bonito flakes. You can also enjoy their California roll, often touted as the Tokyo specialty, featuring crisp raw fish coated in creamy nori with spicy miso sauce, soy and served on a bed of sushi rice.

Last but not least, MATCHA offers a number of options at the Sandhill Hotel Singapore to enjoy crabs, fugu, and anglerfish right next to the ultra-modern and comfortable Hotel, which is spread over 5 acres in the city-state of Singapore. With an award-winning restaurant and Japanese dining experience, the hotel offers its guests many delectable options. Choose from Gyoza at your own discretion with your small plates, an engaging omakase, tea, or beer tasting; the “keirigai” or a three-course offering; or a selection of dishes such as tempura, miso-marinated ahi with tea-steamed shrimp tempura in a shiso fondue for a sumptuous lunch.

For those who like to enjoy a steak dinner and wine sommelier experience, the Sandhill Hotel’s Italian dining establishment offers delicious five-course meal for dinner of beef sirloin steak, freshly charred sausages, dried mussels, firm tomatoes, baked brie, Montepulciano di bufala and radish and some cheeses.

As you can see, MATCHA hosts various activities at its venues for its guests to experience authentic Japanese dishes. Do not miss the opportunity to sample international cuisine and innovative beverages from the area!

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) celebrated the international anniversary of “International Culinary Day” on August 31, 2018. The celebration is “granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization” (UNESCO). UNWTO encourages the promotion of tourism and gastronomy as an integral component of tourism. “International Culinary Day” aims to recognize the role of tourism and gastronomy as a key to achieving sustainable development and prosperity.

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The Moment: Matcha Tea & Cereal Go Blended

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WEBVTT YIMAUS WAITING GAME. WHO CAN MATCHTA? >>> KOREAN POP-QUELS OR THE DUCK TOBOPIES OF CHINA AND INDIAN MENUS. WHERE CAN YOU EAT FOOD OF THE WORLD IN ONE PLACE? MANY PEOPLE KNOW DAVID KUNG FISCHER AS THE CHINA EAT ON THE APPYHOUSE. HIS SUPPLY CHARTSTOE.>> CERTAINLY THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PLACES. I WOULD SAY BUICA FISCHER AND DAVID KUNG FISCHER. JIMMIE: ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO GO TO IS TOKYO. IT HAS THE BEST FOOD. WE’RE JUST THAT WARM AND TEMPERED RIGHT? I WISH IT WASN’T THAT TEMPERED. IT’S NOT THAT TEMPERED. BUT IT IS VERY, VERY CHILLIN COOL DINING. AND WE LEFT AT 11:00 YESTERDAY. THINGS ARE ALWAYS FLOWING. THE WAITRESSES ARE ALWAYS IN TUNE AND GIVING. SO LOTS OF REASON FOR DESSERT. JIMMIE: WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING MORE KID FRIENDLY. YOU MENTIONED YOU HAVE A TABLE YOU’RE GOING TO CHILL OUT IN?.>> AN APPETIZER BY THE SEA. WE LEAVE AT 4:00 THIS MORNING AND WE HAVE 1:00. SO WE WILL GO WITH THE TABLE AND HAVE A SINGLE GOULET. SO AT 4:00 WE WERE GOING TO START BY THE SEA AND BY 8:00 WE WERE GOING TO COME AND DELICATE MAIN COURSE DINNER FOR 8:00. AND WE HAVE A CHICKEN KIM CHYK. WE WILL GO ON FROM THERE. JIMMIE: YOU TOOK US TO WESTERN KINGDOM BOTH IN KOREA AND CHINA?>> AND I THINK WE’RE JUST ABOUT TO START. OYSTER TOSSING, A WINE TASTING. AND A SERVER TAKES US WALKING SHOPPING. SO WE HAD A WONDERFUL COUPLE OF DAYS AT THE CHENHTONG BEACH. JIMMIE: GOING TO KOLKOTSU? I PICKED THAT DINING GUIDE THIS YEAR. FOR THE EVENING WE HAD A VIDEO ON THE TRAIL WITH BILL BAILEY IN SOUTH KOREA. >> WE ARE IN SOUTH KOREA WITH THE COUNTRYCAPE. THE LUXURY HOTEL THAT WE ARE STANDING IN IS JUST OVER THERE. SOME SEASIDE QUAILS ARE CLIPPING OFF THE FEATHERS. SO THE ATHLETES HAVE WALKED THE ROOST FOR THE WATER THERE AT SOUTH KOREA. SO I THINK THE AWARD OF WINNING THE AWARD THAT MOST THOUGHT. >> AND GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD TO MATCHTA. >> MATCHTA IS MUCH MORE THAN A COUPLE OF BRUNCH RATES, OR TAKE IT MATCH.COM. >> GOING FORWARD. YOU CAN GO TO KOOKY FARMS. WATER EDDIE’S BRUNCH. YOU CAN ALSO GO ON TO A SCRAPY MONEY APPROACH. HOW ABOUT GO TO MEDINATL – >> BOTTOMLINE. I HAD SO FAST MATCHTA. YO SHOULD’VE DONE IT IT SEEMS. >> IF YOU WANT TO GET DOWN TO BOTTOMLINE.COM

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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Higashi-ken (downtown) Kumamoto

You’ve already visited MoMA, but if you’re longing for something a little more ornate and mysterious, check out the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Higashi-ken (downtown) Kumamoto. This is one of the great musts for any art lover. It is legendary.

The museum, opened in 1974, has collected, exhibited and catalogued 7,332 objects of fine Japanese art. In addition, it has preserved and excavated the vast artworks at Miesenkai (Miesen Airfield) and on Ainu islands (Iwako). In September 2016, Hyogo Prefectural Ministry of Education and Culture launched the exhibition “Museum of Hyogo Culture and Art: The Musuem of Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, 1973-2012” in the museum.

The museum itself is very special. There is a 15th-century skeleton mount (cat skeleton mounted on tree root) of a rooster on a granite pedestal (Breidensteig), surrounded by Japan’s National & Sankei newspapers, and the Western media. It represents the past (the Rooster), present (the newspapers), and the future (the media). It is a beautiful juxtaposition of past and present-day.

The museum comprises some 500-650 square meters, but one can easily spend the entire day there, exploring its exhibitions and researching its objects. The museum is designed as a virtual garden with many serene gardens with 748 works of outstanding natural materials, such as earth, seaweed, moss, rocks, stone, and red pine bark found in the museum grounds.

“A Museum in the Garden of Hyogo Prefecture,” “The History of Great Art Projects,” “World of Tadao Ando,” “Museum of Hyogo Culture and Art: Archives Collection of Experience,” “Suminotoruru” (Doogie and Joe), “The Looks of Hyogo,” “Gallery of Famous Images of Hyogo,” “Faces and Townships of Hyogo,” “Culture of Nature,” “Culture of Nature: Hyogo Prefecture” and “Culture of Nature and Townships of Hyogo.”

Exhibition schedule: Wednesdays: 5-8 p.m., Thursdays: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 12-6 p.m. (Most of the exhibitions, including the old ones, are temporarily closed for winter).

Don’t miss: The rare opportunity to see “Nagagaya Decorative Arts” and “Who Killed the Nihonmachi Mask?” and “The Shell and Moon Kingdom of ‘Zoku Ogwan.”

At the center of the museum, a blue “flower garden” with many native Japanese plants creates a serene atmosphere, such as the Nihonmachi Park, Sakuda Gardens, Shonzen Park, and Nihonbashi Garden. It is like a garden paradise.

In the spring, the museum organizes its Naha Oriental Festival, which features traditional festivals and displays, in addition to exhibitions.

Guides to find items:

Please consult the website for the museum’s exact whereabouts and best times to visit.

Since its exhibits are heavy on color and techniques, it is good to leave the luggage behind. Allow some time in one’s tour for the gallery entrance (in general, you can’t reach the entrance from street corners or large stores). You may not have time for the self-guided and guided tour. Therefore, consider buying a guided tour book or phone 1-81-230-4178 for plans.

For more information, visit the museum’s website at http://www.seizedai.ge/todo….

This article was provided by Matcha.

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AUTOBARGAINT ENHANCEMENTS IN THE AIRPORT BRIDGE

(CRAFTY PANEL EDITORIAL MAY 17-19, 1983. Reported in THE JAPAN IS THE BEAUTY. Available at Expo 1981 Japan and through North America at www.matchamag.com)

Please do NOT use its ATM anywhere else. This card was given to us as a gift by the friendly staff of Narita Airport to train us to work with the new Terminal’s QRV card and to get us ready for the actual opening.

The QRV (Quick Response) codes have been invented with QR code-scanning software (the same product sold by Phil Jordan & Co. in Southern California). This way, anyone carrying an airport card will be able to see the travel details.

This handy media card will have several functions in the coming months. As the airport staff spent an excellent amount of time teaching us how to “handle our passports”, with self-photograms, in order to implement the QRV codes in the terminal, we had a lot of interaction with our customized self-ID card, and this is when the idea for this card began to take shape.

We were each provided a QRV card with all of our travel details on it. As the QRV cards are very easy to handle, the form of identification is simple, and our familiarity with the new airport system was established. The staff of Narita Airport asked that we try the QRV cards at work, so it was hoped we would be ready to handle our records in and around the terminal.

However, as the QRV card does not have an ATM, we were NOT asked to use it at the airport. Once we began using the card with our own ATM card, we were asked to use it at the banks which have been set up in the main gate of the terminal. All of us at the airport are young and international, so we are finding that the convenient location of the ATM outside the entrance is becoming a handicap.

At this point, we worked out that we were able to use our own ATM card to pay for our purchases, without needing to use the QRV card.

The staff of Narita Airport have received a lot of flak over the years for being behind and slow to adopt new technologies. However, they are very helpful and dependable; the staff have done a great job of getting us prepared for the arrival of Terminal 3. In our opinion, the direct relationship between passport control and the use of the QRV cards is a good one, and should help to further facilitate the smooth flow of the TSA checkpoint with all their records.

May all our readers get a chance to enjoy the new Terminal 3 before this amazing work in human rights and dignity has been lost to the hordes of people who make up the and airport industry every year. May those there visit the new Terminal 3, and find comfort and peace amid the cacophony and the hubbub of every day life.

MATCHA is the weekly travel and tourism magazine published by Japan Travel Publications in cooperation with Mashiki Media World Inc. Based in Tokyo, JTP is owned by Okayama University, so it seems like a truly uniquely Japanese publication for its direct and friendly approach. This article is just a snapshot of the article you can find here at www.matchamag.com.

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Daikoku Jikeu Matsuri 10th through 25th December 2019

Bundled up in the new ASICS PORCH IHEA as you prepare for the trek in the Imperial Palace. Your backpack may need an extensive pakka-cleaning and refitting after you finish this stunning jaunt. Most costs of this journey will be met at the Imperial Palace Pura Japan, depending on the layout you decide on in the entry and parking area.

This run is unlike most runs you have experienced, including those which involve an avid walker. POURING water on yourself and feeling the warmth of the sun on your back is enough to raise your energy levels to high levels. You will feel yourself beginning to gain steam as you take your position at the gate of the Palace.

Each participant will be permitted to carry a single ASICS PUERTO VIEJO running shoe. Running shoes should be of a medium to large size, and should be an over-the-shoe-type model. For this reason, no heels will be permitted.

3. Pass the inspection checkpoint at a distance of 5m to apply for entrance to the Imperial Palace, and then proceed to the gate via the labyrinth of gates in each direction in order to traverse the entire main park.

4. You will be woken by the symphony of sakura blossoms as you arrive on the second day.

5. Make a heart shape with your left hand as you move slowly towards the main gate of the Imperial Palace. For those who will be watching closely, you may see the Imperial Empress accompanied by a number of officials and guards. At the gate, your passport will be checked and you will be handed a letter upon arrival. Upon submission, you will be asked to have your photo taken upon receipt of your letter. The date of your arrival is to be noted on the letter.

6. The first day of the run usually includes certain glitches with the package that reads ‘My Lunar Special Celebration’ in English and Setsumi in Japanese. However, everyone enjoying this expedition is part of one, huge family that experiences the joy of the Daikoku-san track, so trying to push through any issues will be misguided.

7. To ensure you have a healthy return of life on you, allow at least an hour of rest, and rehydrate as necessary. Appetite will also be a little bit keener on day 2 as well, especially at the dinner party as you and your friends assemble at the famous Japanese city of Kamakura.

8. Pay your $75 gate entry fee and follow the track of your choice. A free souvenir of the run is provided when you pass a particular point in the four days of the trip. The lack of well-needed refreshments will remind you of having gained from being a part of a large family, and of the pleasures of the Daikoku-san track.

9. The zen of the Daikoku-san track is due in large part to the masterful nature of the guide who allows the runners to customize their day in which they enjoy the peace and tranquility of this track. The scenery is spectacular. Comparing distances from the previous days will give you a clearer picture of how remarkable the run is. You will be in touch with nature.

10. Offer high fives when your score of 38s for days 1 and 2 of the run is reached. While you are there, let the ghosts of the past of the guests of the Imperial Palace show you their influence. We are seeking ways to make the run more perfect.

11. The Imperial Palace promises to be a mini Tokyo theme park on day 3. It is supposed to be the entertainment capital of Japan that day, boasting a bonfire, a steel dance display, and what will surely be the world’s largest jazz concert.

12. Make sure you don’t walk around after the official commencement of your run. Sleep it off!

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Japan Travel Web Magazine: Delicious meal deals from Lawson Restaurants across Japan

Lawson, top 10 best place for the best breakfast sandwiches, mid-week lunches, pasta and pizza, and Asian barbecue have come together on a mouthwatering meal deal from Lawson Mourners, a popular landmark restaurant in Japan. Lawson branches across Japan are now offering diners specially priced lunches, breakfasts and dinners that include MATCHA coupons.

With a perfect combination of place, atmosphere and excellent breakfasts, Lawson’s is the ideal place to meet your friends or company for lunch and day-break or take your family to the festivities from this magical town just by the sea and meet up with the neighbours.

Marketers must sign up to receive promotional emails. Register here: https://bit.ly/2dhL3fB.

And then, why not meet friends at this year’s Japan Travel Web Magazine for the full MATCHA voucher offer from Lawson together with share some inspiration about Lawson.

For more information on MATCHA coupons, please visit www.matcha.com

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The Japan Travel Web Magazine published by Matcha seeks to provide a new and amazing monthly lifestyle guide that covers all aspects of Japan travel. The magazine will cover information and advice on tourism, lifestyle, food, culture, and facilities. MATCHA also has a guide section of the magazine which is much more targeted on business travelers, those on vacation, and those planning international travels. The magazine’s trip planner will help you to plan your travel, but the guide will also be very helpful for those traveling with children. As the magazine travels all over Japan, in addition to covering travel tips, you can find plenty of inspiration on which places to visit, where to eat, how to take photos, and where to stay for a vacation. The Japan Travel Web Magazine comes with a special free pass to the Matcha website. Please visit http://www.matchaworld.com/… to view MATCHA’s Japan Travel Web Magazine and take advantage of the special giveaway code.

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Brands who were seen as distasteful and uncool were finally forced to become cool through customer tolerance. Brands that used to be cool brands were turned into unfashionable brands for a whole group of people because they exhibited with mixed results such disreputability as untraditional work habits, so we decided that we could do better by switching gears to escape from a slow manner of collecting. We now pay close attention to every promise made in front of our eyes (we are not as active as we used to be) and we pay close attention to the mood expressed by the people speaking our fortune.

The consumption that we engaged in started becoming popular in the early 20th century and it led to the main economic growth of this country as well as a wide variety of brands were developed to the entire world. The brands were respected and trusted among customers and the brand managers recognized that their customers are willing to pay more (sales) for things they are loyal to (fragrance and service). Hence the brands developed a condition in which customers become induced to buy things when they are spoken about (we can say that people will pay more money in front of companies with businesses that they like) and there was then a division of buyers, sellers, manufactures, etc. and the working in the economy is in accord with that differentiation (thanks to the sense of social obligation) and the companies have cultivated that direction and class system.

In the 20th century the gap between the good brands and the poorly performing brands closed up quickly and the difference was needed to be compensated by forming these two groups into companies. We still have one group (good brands) and now we have another group (bad brands) and over these two groups have emerged public corporations. Thus the bad businesses are now a fundamental part of the form of work in the economy.

So the last 20 years have seen the forming of these two groups of companies and the globalized economy that has led to the continued contraction of global markets (the economy is still global) and the increase of the increase of polarization of the opinions and preferences, that calls for a more distinction between the advanced and the on the side technologists, founders, and technologists. Thus in the name of “patriarchy” the world has now entered into a condition where it is easier to survive as a manager of a financial corporation, than as a management of a business.

We came up with a study that we refer to as the HAPA Report (happiness equals progress) and we noticed that far to market companies have very few happy customers, even those listed among the successful among companies are somehow less optimistic about the immediate situation of their products. We found that the happiest and most successful companies are those that broke their background distasteful behavior of entertaining, and they are moving forward to a different way of communication and debate (we are not keeping with the cordial or female-oriented style of some modern companies!).

MATCHA is proud to present “happiness equals progress” as a report conducted in the estimation of our National Happiness Fund by Kanto Research Corp in cooperation with MATCHA. This report explores various possible points of reference and analyses different customer’s points of view toward positive companies and where our economy is heading. As well as, opinions on this work conducted by MATCHA and Kanto Research Corp are questioned in certain surveys conducted with the aim of discovering the differences in how people perceive the progress of companies and then the possible way to improve the situation.

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Best places to start your day in Kyoto

It’s the start of a new year. It’s also the best time to start a new breakfast routine! Whether you’re trying to switch up your breakfast habits or just saving your money for some significant purchases (storing all of your birthday presents in your underwear so you can get them out the door in one fell swoop), breakfast is a priority for most. And if you live in Kyoto, it’s a priority for you too. Here are four amazing places to start your morning with the best of Kyoto in your wallet!

Downstairs Burger Canteen

Downstairs Burger Canteen is a truly unique, friendly and awesome store. If you are on a budget, get the biscuits and their key lime pie. If you are on a budget and love your burgers and their classic breakfast combos, eat at room temperature — there is no counter to drop off your money to be accepted. If you are in a hurry and you just need to stop off and grab your food, get it off the menu before you get in, then eat it out of your hand without the cashier feeling the heat. One of the biggest draw cards is how friendly they are! There are two separate entrances and I haven’t seen anyone at the restaurant give anyone the bird. As for the food, you can’t beat their burgers. Go ahead and try the morning thing here — get the Banana Bread, the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich or anything with eggs.

Nomiku

The look and the price of this place will make you wonder if you’re in Osaka. Well, you are, but don’t let that frighten you off. Nomiku only offers breakfast all day and offers weekday specials. If you are in Kyoto during lunch or dinner hours, stop by for snacks, snacks are all that are offered. However, the amazing thing about Nomiku is that it’s open daily from the second to the third hour of dawn. There are also lots of places in the western part of the city that offer breakfast for free, but Nomiku doesn’t require you to leave the city. If you are driving in from the opposite side of the city in order to get a bite to eat, you can take a few minutes and fill up with Nomiku — it’s truly the best.

Taiku

Another place that is open 24 hours, Taiku offers a different version of the typical breakfast — but don’t worry, it is still made up of amazing value. The specialties on their menu include a juicy BLT with your choice of avocado or seared foie gras, Brie with veggies and a choice of eggs, scrambled eggs or fried eggs. If you’re not making it around this particular day, Taiku also accepts orders for takeout. After sitting for just a few minutes, you can enjoy the slow sweat you put on from the work you did over the weekend.

Poutine and katsu rice bowl

I wouldn’t be surprised if what most people aren’t going to include in the list is a Japanese staple called “poutine” or “enisakuta” that you order for the afternoon — think fried chicken, fries and gravy. I mean really — what’s not to love?! (Plus, it’s totally a way to break the wintertime mood) In honor of the demand for poutine in Kyoto (it’s available from 2 to 8 p.m.), Yoshikazu Abe, co-owner of Biguwa (which has an amazing poutine) and Ikyu (the restaurant he co-owns in Old Tazawa), recently gave me permission to put this poutine on my list. While it’s officially a “bite-sized meal” at Biguwa, we do get crazy about the potato salad that is included in it.

And if you haven’t yet tried Kobe in Osaka, let me recommend it in Kyoto too! The Kobe menu features many great items that are in both the Niroshiku and Papaya menu. First off, make sure to try their spaghetti – it’s my favorite “Japanese” take on spaghetti and I live in Japan! Make sure to check their regular menu also as many items are daily changing. Kobe’s rice bowl and burger (both shareable) make for one of the best (and cheapest) meals you can get in Kyoto.

Hank’s Curry House

Hank’s Curry House in Bodo is as much about the food as it is about the the atmosphere. There are a few other spots in Kyoto that serve delicious Indian cuisine, but they

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How To Eat Out In Japan: A Guide To Restaurants, Ordering, And Manners

How To Eat Out In Japan: A Guide To Restaurants, Ordering, And Manners

By Kim Kashyama | Dateline Japan

By next month, I will have reached the age when I will be completely hooked on traveling with my family. Some day, I would love to take my kids (and pets) to “restaurants for grown-ups.”

There’s no shortage of restaurant choices in Japan, of course, from straight-up fine dining experiences to the more casual. But when it comes to making the most of your time, it’s important to know what type of atmosphere and food you’re looking for – so you can pick a go-to spot that won’t leave you feeling like you went out on a limb.

To help you do just that, Japanese restaurants are associated with different prices – based on the status of the restaurants. Restaurants that are rated high enough by customers to be recommended get higher prices, while more mom-and-pop or inexpensive joints get lower prices.

When you look for restaurant reviews online, it’s helpful to have a general idea of how much you can expect to pay for your meal. How many stars an establishment has is also key. Some establishments with high ratings even offer a discount if you give your number or cellphone number to someone at the restaurant.

For a restaurant in Japan that’s earning four or five stars, for example, you can get 10 percent off for dining with a cellphone number, or other discounts for reservations.

So the next time you’re looking for a hot restaurant to eat out in, here’s a great place to start.