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Introducing a Popular Souvenir from Hakata: "Mentai Tube" 5-Piece Set

Hakata Station's Ming Department Store, the largest souvenir shop in Kyushu, recently held a runoff contest to choose the best souvenir of 2018. Mention "Hakata" and its famous mentaiko (salted spicy pollack roe) will come to mind for many in Japan. The first-place winner in this contest was this "Mentai Tube" 5-piece set!

The Evolution of Pancakes in Fukuoka! “Original Pancake House”

Hakata Station in Fukuoka is surrounded by a variety of facilities, like the Hakata Bus Terminal, JR Hakata City, Hakata Hankyu, and KITTE Hakata Marui, so people in the area can enjoy shopping and eating gourmet foods all day long!
This time, I’ll be introducing you to the American pancake restaurant, “Original Pancake House,” located in KITTE Hakata Marui! Their “Dutch Baby,” listed on their menu board, is always a hit!
The only three locations in Japan are in Tokyo, and only one of those is in Hakata.

Yamamotoya Honten: Nagoya’s famous miso-nikomi udon specialists!

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture is well known for its unique cuisine known as Nagoya meshi. My favourite dish is, hands down, their miso-nikomi udon (thick udon noodles stewed in miso broth)! I couldn’t wait to head to one of the area’s most recommended miso-nikomi udon shops: Yamamotoya Honten. They have a number of locations, but I decided to visit their Esca shop which is situated under Nagoya Station.