Sweet Potato lovers dream shop, Rapoppo (らぽっぽ) is located in many train stations and depachikas through out Japan such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Skytree town, Shibuya. I am very much a sweet potato person and this place sells yummy treats that satisfy my cravings.
They are most famous for their “Baked Potato Apple Pie” (焼きたてポテトアップルパイ) for 820yen and you can also get the Mini version for 525yen.
I also like their danish bars (おいもやさんのこだわりデイニッシュバー) which are 162yen each. It’s like a crossiant sugar sweet potato stick!
They also have different pies and treats during different seasons so you may see some that are different every time you visit their shop. Give it a try if you are into sweet potatoes!
PS: Another one of my sweet potato favs is this place.
Shop Locations // http://www.shirohato.com/shop/list_1.html#1
Website // http://www.shirohato.com/rapoppo/index.htm
High Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo’s Oriental Lounge is definitely a special experience and I highly recommend it for a special occasion. Since the lounge is located on the 38th floor, you get an amazing view of Tokyo if it’s a clear day (it was unfortunately raining on the day we went so the view was not that great.)
The High Tea is around 5000yen per person and the pastries, desserts and teas are all exquisite. The best part is the teas and scones are all you can drink/eat so if you’re still hungry, get more! Eat the scone while it’s warm :)
If you are looking for a nice date spot or want to splurge a little and treat yourself, I highly recommend this place.
Address // Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo 38F,
2-1-1, Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3270-8188
Website // http://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/dining/lounge/
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing you all a safe and warm holidays :)
The photos above are from a special light display at Nakameguro River called “Aono doukutsu”(青の洞窟) which translates to “Blue Cave”. You can view the lighting until xmas day but just to let you know, it’s super crowded!
Website // http://nakameguro-aonodokutsu.jp/
In case you haven’t seen my post on Oreno Italian Jazz, I recommend reading it before checking this post out.
The Oreno group has been super popular in Tokyo with their affordable restaurants which provide unbelievable prices for what you get. Each Oreno series restaurant has chefs from famous hotels in charge and the only reason they can provide incredible prices is because most of the dining area is standing room only plus they only let you stay for two hours max.
I loved Oreno Italian and this is another great Oreno restaurant that specializes in Japanese food. Because the portions are a little smaller, you might eat a little more than the Italian Jazz but it’s still a great deal. Pictured above are:
– Mizudashi Gyokuro (水出し玉露) 1200yen
– Wagyu Sukiyakinabe (和牛すきやき鍋) 499yen
– Ebi Tenpura (海老天婦羅) x3 1280yen
– Carpaccio 780yen
– Renko Tai Sanshoyaki (レンコ鯛山椒焼き) 780yen
– Ageebishinjyou (揚げ海老シンジョウ) 480yen
– Daikon 480yen
– Nanbanzuke (南蛮漬け) 480yen
– Sabasushi (鯖寿司) 680yen
– Hojicha Pudding (ほうじ茶プリン) 280yen
There’s a 300yen music charge per guest since they have a live singer perform which I think is totally worth it. If you are near Shinbashi/Ginza and have time to wait in line, definitely check this place out! For tips on how to get a table, read my Oreno Italian Post.
Hours // Monday-Saturday: 3 – 11pm, Sunday: 3 – 10:30pm
Address // 8-8-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6280-6948
Website // http://goo.gl/yo9Xeq
This Yakitori place in Yokohama is only open for dinner time. Yakitori Torigen is located about 3 min walking distance from Yokohama Station Nishiguchi exit (West exit) on the B1 floor. The place gets quite packed for dinner time as they are famous for their generous portion of yakitori which is both good and affordable.
As you can see, we had quite a variety of yakitori which were all yummy. They even had Toriwasa (715yen) – the chicken sashimi, which was pretty good as well. The menu is written in Japanese but has a few photos of their popular items which you can point to.
If you happen to be by Yokohama station or if you are looking for a decent yakitori spot in Yokohama, check this place out.
hours // 5 – 11pm
Address // B1F SG Building, 2-11-5, Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi,
Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-322-3635
Website // n/a