For my last night in Tokyo I met up with a tour group friend who was still in town and we went for ramen and beers. Of course it rained a bit but we are now seasoned pros at handling rain and umbrellas in Japan.
In the Ginza district is this famous ramen place:
There is no sign in English but I found Ippudo on Yelp and free WIFI and Google Maps led the way. The condiment bar here was particularly impressive including whole garlic cloves and a garlic press.
I started with the appetizer of cucumber bits of amazingness. It seemed like I was eating slightly pickled cucumber with oil and a lot of spices. It was awesome!
A brass cup full of beer and free green tea given out like tap water:
The star of this show was the ramen. As mentioned in a previous post, my first ramen experience was only a week ago but now I am spoiled for life.
This bowl of ramen was delicious and I’ll probably never have another one as good in my life. I added some of the kimchee and a clove of garlic to my bowl. The broth was so good! Two thumbs up for ramen and cucumber on a rainy night.
The ramen chef in full view:
To walk off the ramen a bit we walked around a different part of town to see all the lights, sights, and sounds of Tokyo on a Friday night.
It reminds me of New York City in some ways with the congestion and lights.
Somehow we managed to find an outdoor spot at a cute little restaurant/bar and had an Asahi beer while we people-watched Tokyoans making the most of their night.
Around midnight, my hotel room was calling my name. The Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel in Ginza has huge rooms and was on sale for the nights I needed a bed- perfect!
But best of all was the automatic toilet. I cannot get enough of Japanese toilets. They are my favorite thing that I believe other countries should adopt.
A few drinks also make them extra impressive to anyone!
That’s all from Japan!!! Really long flights and massive jet lag is on the agenda for the next few days.
Do you get jet lag? How do you help yourself adjust to huge time differences? Do you think Japanese toilets are super-cool?