Sharin Ramen, Ueno (舎鈴 アトレ上野店)

Ueno Ramen
Always met with a long line when I passed by this store in Ueno. I thought that this was a branch of the famous Rokurinsha Ramen and decided I must eat here one of these days.

Ueno Ramen
This place is famous for their tsukemen too…..

Ueno Ramen
Yummy! Like I have mentioned before, once I had my first tsukemen in Japan. There was no more going back, always tsukemen for me from them. I just love their extra flavored soup for dips.

Ueno Ramen
Not a big portion so it was easy to finish it up.

Ueno Ramen
One tip is to remember to ask for “スープ割り” (suupu wari) after your finish your noodles and with remaining soup dip. This is the best part of having tsukemen, drinking the diluted soup after they added hot pipping soup either of fish, pork or chicken based. Yummy!

Address:舎鈴 アトレ上野店東京都台東区上野7-1-1 アトレ上野 1F

4DX movie experience

Though the latest Transformer movie did not receive good reviews and it had already been screened in Singapore like a few months back but in Japan, we had to wait till August 8 for it to start screening. I thought such an action packed would be a perfect movie for a 4DX experience since we don’t get this in Singapore.

Japan 4DX movie experience
What is a 4DX movie? 4DX motion picture means that they added environmental effects such as seat motion, scents, mist, wind, and odors along with the movie. So imagine, a typical 4 minutes 4D movie in the theme park is now extended to the same length as the movie.

Japan 4DX movie experience
You can have the option of turning on/off for the water mist sprays. We didn’t turn it off as we wanted to have a full experience. It was really fun since we got a lot of pounding on the back when explosions occurs and smoke effects when things burn on screen. Though I have to admit that we all felt super drained after the movie ended, and felt like we had some work out after the movie.

4DX movies are currently only available at Sunshine Cinemas at Heiwajima for Tokyo. (near to Haneda airport)

Hayao Miyazaki movies
My friend told me these posters showed all the works by Miyazaki and I better take a photo for souvenir since his studio is closing after the movie this year.

Garrett cafe meets DOWNSTAIRS

Garrett CAfe
Mercedes + Popcorn = Mercedes cafe

Garrett CAfe
Hard to imagine a shop advertising about Mercedes cars would also have a cafe right? Welcome to Japan!

Garrett CAfe
On the second floor of the Mercedes shop would be this pop up cafe in collaboration with Garrett popcorn.

Garrett CAfe
100 driving cds on recommendation too.

Garrett CAfe
white backdrop with open space, very spacious and sleek cafe for you to spend the rainy afternoon.

Garrett CAfe
You can also marvel at the various Mercedes exhibits available too

Garrett CAfe
Looks interesting.

Garrett CAfe

Garrett CAfe
Popcorn ice cream, I think it is a perfect match with savory popcorn with ice cold creamy ice cream.

Garrett CAfe
Though popcorn pizza is just average to my mouth palate likely due to the taste of frozen pizza (Japan have spoiled me with freshly made food) but still interesting to try.

Address:Garrett cafe meets DOWNSTAIRS東京都港区赤坂9-7-4 東京ミッドタウンガレリア 2F

Hacienda del cielo (アシエンダ デル シエロ)

Hacienda
We had a girls’ night out at a Mexican restaurant in Daikanyama.

Hacienda
The place was packed with people by 7 pm, reservations for outdoor seating has to be made 1 month in advanced and restaurant reservations is about 2 weeks in advanced.

Hacienda
Been a long time since I had Mexican food. Of course, not to be missed would be magarita.

Hacienda
Beef and pork taco.

Hacienda
Not to be missed is their spicy chicken wings. Really really very delicious.

Hacienda
Guacamole with chips.

Hacienda
Chips and salsa.

Hacienda
Mixed grill fajita where they would pour the white wine set the fire right in front of you. So imagine various fire spots that went popping around the restaurant.

Hacienda
Ice cream dessert to share.

Hacienda
As dusk falls, you can even see Tokyo tower from far.

Hacienda
Would be nice to sit out to have dinner when the weather cools down.

Hacienda
Though, if it rains unexpectedly, you probably would have to eat like this? Under your own umbrellas.

Address:アシエンダ デル シエロ (Hacienda del cielo)東京都渋谷区猿楽町10-1 マンサード代官山 9F

Hakkaisan Sake Bar (八海山 千年こうじや)

Sake bar
Hakkaisan (八海山) is a famous sake maker in Japan and they opened a trendy sake bar in Tokyo.

Sake bar
Surprisingly the crowded was mainly 70% ladies.

Sake bar
You can also purchase what you had at the bar back home.

Sake bar
we selected the sake flight, where you can taste 3 varieties of sake.

Sake bar
Wont know what is the difference until you taste it.

Sake bar
Amasake, sweet sake. Non alcoholic and made with fermented rice and believed to be nutritious.

Sake bar
Japanese fish cake to pair with your sake.

Sake bar
Apparently that it is healthy to drink a glass of the sweet sake for your health.

Address:八海山 千年こうじや東京都中央区日本橋室町2-3-1 コレド室町2

Ouka (桜家)

Ouka
Since we were in the vicinity of Mitsukoshimae to watch the new 3D Doremon movie and decided to have our lunch in this area. But the district was packed with people visiting the goldfsh exhibition so we headed over to the next door building to look for lunch instead.

Ouka
Decided on this Kyoto cuisine restaurant.

Ouka
Premium lunch set at 2500JPY, the lunch set would include sashimi, a salad, rice and a meat entree.

Ouka
Roast beef which was soft.

Ouka
This salad was really delicious, still can’t figure out what was the crispy bits but it was really delicious. wondering if it was deep fried radish or bee hoon?

Ouka
The normal sashimi lunch set at 1500JPY.

Ouka
Delicious sashimi. Oh Japan, I would miss your sashimi…..

Ouka
Wind chime = Summer……..In a twinkle of the eye, Summer has passed and gone…..

Address:京のおぞよ 桜家東京都中央区日本橋室町2-4-3 日本橋室町野村ビルYUITO 3F

Toranomon Hills (虎ノ門ヒルズ)

Toranomon
Nestled in the this old neighbourhood with lots of low rise buildings, stands this brand new building that is supposed to be the “future” of Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

Toranomon
Welcome to Toranomon Hills.

Toranomon
Checking out this brand new spot in Tokyo.

Toranomon
Cafes with outdoor seatings, would be perfect when the weather cools down.

Toranomon
With the mascot for Toranomon.

Toranomon
Built by the same team that designed Roppongi Hills, this building is mainly offices and restaurants with no shopping yet.

Toranomon
Toranomon and Doraemon.

Toranomon
Toranomon – white with ears.

Toranomon
Doraemon – blue with no ears

Toranomon
Since already here, time to pick up a drink at my coffee place. They have a branch in Toranomon too.

Toranomon
Freshly brewed coffee made on the spot.

Toranomon
People watching with some ice cold bailey’s coffee in this hot weather.

Toranomon
Only in Japan that you can leave your bag at the table to go place your order. Very common sight in Japan. *Abunai ne*

Toranomon
Round chairs that can be swirled in and out.

Toranomon
Random art that is strategically placed around various parts of the buildings.

Toranomon
Lots of space for you to sit down and enjoy your drink or do your work.

Toranomon
Good to check it out if you are in the vicinity or if you want to visit any restaurants and cafes there or get away from the crowd in Tokyo. Else you can wait till there is more stuff added in to make your trip more worth it. (Though it is just a short train ride away from Yurakucho)

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