{  Season’s Greetings  }

Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings

Season’s Greetings!

Another year is coming to an end and I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for coming to tokyoeats.jp and encouraging me to keep up with my yummy discoveries. I will be heading to Brazil for the first time this New Years and will be on vacation for about 2 weeks! If you have any suggestions on where to eat in Rio, please let me know!

Tokyo is festive with holiday spirit everywhere. Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family :)

Above photos are from: Omotesando Hills, Ebisu Westin Hotel, Roppongi Midtown, and Jiyugaoka.

xoxo,
Maki




{  Happy Halloween  }

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I recently went back to Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Disney Sea and they were both filled with Halloween spirit. It was my first time going up to the observation deck and it really was an impressive view – I highly recommend it. Disney Sea was just amazing as always but I gotta say we might have had the most successful and fun trip this time around ;)

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.

xo,
Maki




{  Kyoto Trip  }

Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Kibune Shrine/貴船神社 and the area around Kibune
Had lunch on kawadoko here!

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Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Nanzenji Temple/南禅寺
What a beautiful temple with multiple areas to see and walk around. Lots of great spots for photos.
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Kyoto Trip

Kamogawa/鴨川 near Sanjo/三条 and Shijo/四条.
This area is THE hang out place in Kyoto. So many shops, cafes and places to dine on Sanjo and Shijo streets near and around Kamogawa.
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Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Eikando Temple/永観堂
Absolutely zen and beautiful. A must see especially during foliage season.
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Pictured above are some of the places I visited during my trip to Kyoto and absolutely LOVED. Since I’ve already been to many of the main stream temples and popular places in Kyoto, I am finally getting to visit some of the less known and less traveled places. We were fortunate to have our friend drive us around everywhere so it was easy getting around to all of these places. It’s always a treat to travel with locals who know the area well :) We totally want to come back during the fall foliage season in November if we can. Kyoto is definitely one of our favorite places in Japan outside of Tokyo♡

xoxo,
Maki

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Related Posts on Kyoto:
1) Hirobun
2) Nakamura Tokichi
3) Kyoto Trip
4) Kyoto Cafes
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{  Tokyo Disney Sea  }

Tokyo Disney Sea
Tokyo Disney Sea
Tokyo Disney Sea
Tokyo Disney Sea
Tokyo Disney Sea

This was my 2nd time visiting Tokyo Disney Sea. I feel like I can say I’ve finally mastered this park as I got to go on all the rides I didn’t get to go on last time and I also discovered my favorite ride!

It is currently Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary so the park is filled with lots of 30th anniversary items and special decorations have also made their way over to Disney Sea. I previously posted a 3-part post on Disney Sea, but here is an update post based on my latest experience!

I just can’t say enough about how beautiful this park is and how well it’s maintained. I mean it’s the most expensive theme park ever made and you can see why. I think it’s so cute/creative how some people in Japan get so dressed up just to visit the park. Some couples, students, or families really know how to stand out!

Click the link below to see what we ate and my favorite ride at Disney Sea!

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{  Taiwan Diary: Jiufen  }

Taiwan Diary: Jiufen
Taiwan Diary: Jiufen
Taiwan Diary: Jiufen
Taiwan Diary: Jiufen
Taiwan Diary: Jiufen

Have you ever seen the movie “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki?

Jiufen (九份), a small little town in the Taipei country side (about an hour away from Taipei by car), is breathtaking and has an aura of serene beauty. Jiufen has a very calm and nostalgic feeling to it, it’s easy to spot bits and pieces of inspiration & resemblance from the movie.

As you might expect, it’s a very popular tourist destination (especially for Japanese tourists like myself :p) but since it rained in the AM and cleared up by the afternoon on the day we went, we got very lucky and were able to experience it with fewer crowds than usual. According to my friend, Jiufen is known to be the most beautiful right after the rain so it was definitely the perfect timing for us as it sure was beauuutiful. We actually purposefully visited towards the late afternoon so that we could experience both the daytime and the early evening to savor the two different atmospheres. When it started getting darker and all the red lanterns turned on, it created such a magical atmosphere and we were very glad we stayed for both times. I personally LOVED the evening atmosphere more.

We tea-ed at 阿妹茶酒館 aka Yubaaba’s Tea House (湯婆婆の屋敷) and since we had a party of 9, we were seated upstairs where they had the larger tables. Our friends ordered some traditional dishes that go well with tea and we enjoyed chilling here while looking out at the city landscape. Some people say this place is over-rated but this was one of my favorite places we visited during our trip :)

This concludes my “Taiwan Diary” posts. Hope you enjoyed seeing some photos from my trip!

01. Jiufen from the top
02. The inspiration for the tunnel scene that connects to the ‘other side’ in the movie of Spirited Away.
03. Tea time at 阿妹茶酒館 aka Yubaaba’s Tea House (湯婆婆の屋敷)
04. Look who we found! lol A fan dressed as ‘Kaonashi’. 「カオナシ」に遭遇(笑)

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Taiwan Diary: Taipei
Taiwan Diary: Night Markets
Taiwan Diary: Ice Monster
Taiwan Diary: Jiufen
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