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I’m not a noodle snob

Seriously. I promise. I just love noodles. Any and all kinds: vermicelli, pad thai, ramen, linguini and the list goes on and on. I have to say my all time favourite is ramen though and thinking about ramen makes me miss Japan.

Carson and I went to Japan at the end of 2012. It was the second time we’d both been to Japan and it wasn’t any less magical. We’d both only ever been to Tokyo, but this time, we made a trip out to Mount Fuji from Shinjuku. Unfortunately, it was winter time, so we couldn’t get a bus to go up to the mountain (seasonal challenges seem to be a theme to our trips), but we still enjoyed our stay in the Lake Kawaguchi area. The hotel in Shinjuku was standard but the ryokan experience at Lake Kawaguchi was amazing. We had reservations at Konansou for Christmas Day. The service was amazing, the room was traditional as we had expected (i.e. sleeping on futons on tatami mats) and we even got our own hot tub on our balcony! The view from our room was amazing (see feature photo).

hot tub on the balcony of our room at Konsansou Ryokan
hot tub on the balcony of our room at Konsansou Ryokan

There was no direct train bringing us to Lake Kawaguchi, but we got a special connecting train this allowed us to get off and take some photos of Mount Fuji. They even took a photo for us on the train!

En route to Mount Fuji on Christmas Day
En route to Mount Fuji on Christmas Day
mount Fuji
mount Fuji

Back in Tokyo, we also made a trip over to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli works, this is a must see. Tickets are a bit tricky to purchase so plan ahead.

Ghibli Museum!!!
Ghibli Museum!!!

We visited the Meiji Temple in the Harajuku district. We saw a wedding, made our wishes and ate some omurice at a nearby restaurant. Omurice seems so simple but it is amazingly delicious. Rice or fried rice wrapped in egg with gravy poured over top. Did I not say amazing?

wedding ceremony at Meiji Temple
wedding ceremony at Meiji Temple
at the Meiji Temple in Harajuku
at the Meiji Temple in Harajuku
Japenese omurice (rice wrapped in egg with gravy)
Japenese omurice (rice wrapped in egg with gravy)

Last but not least, we get to my favourite: RAMEN! I ate ramen almost every night in Japan (minus when we were at Konansou because there was a traditional meal provided). One night, I even made 2 different ramen stops for dinner. It was the best thing ever.

street ramen outside Shinjuku station
street ramen outside Shinjuku station
veggie ramen!
veggie ramen!

Written by nemo

a vegetarian with a love for travel and escape rooms

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