{  ZEN ROOM  }

ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM
ZEN ROOM

Our friends and I went to get Taiwanese-style hot pot in Jiyugaoka and had a delicious meal. They call this “Yakuzen-nabe” in Japanese which literally translates to herb-style hot pot. It uses all sorts of herbs and minerals that are supposed to be good for your skin and body and is very popular amongst women.

We were a party of four so we got two hot pots which cost 1780yen each. You choose two flavors for your soup base: “chicken broth soup/疲労回復 烏骨鶏スープ”, “soy soup/美肌豆乳スープ”, or “spicy detox soup/デトックス火鍋スープ”. Not sure if you can tell from the photos above but we both selected “soy soup” for our first choice, and chose “chicken broth soup” for one of the pots and “spicy detox soup” for the other so we could try all flavors. They all tasted completely different and we really enjoyed all of the soup bases.

The Hot pot set comes with 18 different kinds of ingredients and the server explains what each one is as as they place them in the pot to cook. We had never heard of most of the ingredients before but everything was good and we really enjoyed our lunch. We ended our meal by adding noodles for an extra 220yen. (You can add brown rice for an extra 330yen or add more soup for 300yen as well). Although it’s in Japanese, they explain all the ingredients and health benefits of this hot pot here if you are interested.

It may seem like a lot of food but all of us weren’t quite FULL after our meal so we were able to fit in some dessert afterwards. Luckily for us this awesome town of Jiyugaoka had so many cute cafes and treats to choose from ;)

Weekday Hours:
Lunch // 11:30 – 16:00 (L.O15:30)
Tea Time // 14:00 – 16:00 (L.O15:30)
Dinner // 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O22:00)

Weekend Hours:
Lunch // 11:30 – 17:00 (L.O16:30)
Tea Time // 15:00 – 17:00 (L.O16:30)
Dinner // 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O22:00)

Address // 2-25-17, Midorigaoka, Meguroku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3717-2566
Website // http://www.zen-room.com

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{  Thank you!  }

Tokyo Eats Guide Book

Thank you so much for your amazing response and interest in the Tokyo Eats Guide Book and a special thanks to those of you who have already purchased a copy!! I have gotten emails & comments from readers and friends from all over the world and couldn’t be happier or more thankful for your love and support :)

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I also wanted to take this opportunity to answer three questions I’ve received from several readers:

1) Is the guide book sold in local book stores in Japan?

The Tokyo Eats Guide Book is only available for online orders at the moment as I am self-publishing the book. I chose this company (which is owned by Amazon) so that it would be easier for English-language speakers to purchase. However, it seems like shipping to Japan doesn’t take too long since I’ve received some emails from readers and friends who received their copies relatively quickly. I will definitely keep you updated in the future should the book become available directly in Japan.

2) Is a PDF version of the Tokyo Eats Guide Book available?

Unfortunately there is no PDF or eBook version at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

3) How long does shipping take?

The book will be shipped from the United States. Please check HERE for the estimated delivery time to your country.

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For more information on the Tokyo Eats Guide Book, check out this post.

Thank you!
Maki




{  Cherry Blossoms — Ohanami 2014  }

Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014
Cherry blossoms - Ohanami 2014

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time of the year. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo right now and it’s just something we look forward to every single year. Everyone is just in a more cheerful mood and you see more people out and about. Just like last year, here are some photos from Yasukuni Jinjya (Shrine) and Meguro River :)

btw, for those of you who are traveling to Japan, you may have noticed that everything is a little more expensive as Japan’s sales tax went from 5% to 8% starting on April 1st, 2014. Unfortunately, it’s set to go up again to 10% by October, 2015…




{  Matsurokuya — 御曹司 松六家  }

Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家
Onzoushi Matsurokuya -- 御曹司 松六家

Unbelievable cost performance! An A5-rank Kurogewagyu-beef lunch set for 1200yen in Roppongi.

If you are looking for the best lunch deal with a great traditional Japanese lunch experience, come here. This place is so popular that even though we arrived here by 11:40am, only 10 minutes after they opened, it was already full. We waited about 40 minutes until we got a seat, and many people were giving up standing in line as an employee came out to tell them how long it would be until the next seating. It’s nice because most of the seating is in private rooms with a traditional tatami setting.

Places like this are popular for a reason. How can you offer something like this for only 1200yen! The meat was a little rare for my taste but my friends all loved it. You start by tasting the beef on it’s own first. Then, you’re supposed to enjoy it along with the condiments that come with it on the side. As you eat your rice, you’ll discover another layer of meat underneath it. After some time the servers bring you more rice to finish off your dish as Hitsumabushi (ochazuke style). The hot dashi poured over the rice and meat is like an entirely new dish. YUMM. Definitely give this a try if you’re in the area, you won’t regret it.

Note: Closed on Sundays. Lunch service: 11:30am-2pm (Often closes early as the lunch set sells out)

Address // 4-10-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3796-3369
Website // http://www.tokyo-rf.com/restaurants/r04/index.html

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{  Tokyo Eats Guide Book  }

Tokyo Eats Guide Book
Tokyo Eats Guide Book
Tokyo Eats Guide Book

The Tokyo Eats Guide is the Ultimate Guide for Foodies. It is filled with only my favorite places and eats in Tokyo and will save you countless hours you would typically spend researching and organizing your visit. I’ve done the hard work for you and provided recommendations on what to do and most importantly, in this city filled with thousands of restaurants, where to eat! Whether this is your first time traveling to Tokyo or your fifth time, this book has something for everyone.

Designed, photographed and written by me, this 60-page book covers some of the most popular neighborhoods like Ginza, Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, Meijijingumae, Daikanyama, Ebisu, Roppongi, Nakameguro, Gakugeidaigaku, Jiyugaoka, Kichijoji, Tokyo Station, Marunouchi and more. It contains my personal recommendations for each neighborhood such as what to do, where to go, where to shop and where to eat. I’ve included general dining tips as well as a section of exclusive content called “My Secret Spots” which I’ve never shared on my blog. Places I like so much I’ve purposely kept them secret – until now! It’s the ultimate Tokyo Eats insider guide to Tokyo with an emphasis on food… So if you’re a fan of my blog, this guide is for you!

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I put a lot of love and happiness into this book, so I hope it helps you enjoy your adventures in Tokyo!

xoxo,
Maki