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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!
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.
I decided to grab lunch at “Irori to Kamameshi Shizuru,” located in Dojima, an office town in Osaka. Their famous kamameshi (a rice, meat, and vegetable dish served in a small pot) is only available on weekdays and it’s supposed to be very affordably priced.
I received a really interesting souvenir from a friend who visited Universal Studios Japan! It was a frog made of chocolate. It's sold at Honeydukes, a sweets shop in the Harry Potter area.
In business for over 120 years, “Tsukiji Miyagawa Honten” is famous for its historic unagi (eel). This is the main location for the “Miyagawa” restaurants scattered across Japan. This is where I decided to enjoy a somewhat luxurious unagi lunch.
“Kobe beef Teppanyaki Rio” is located in Umeda, the heart of Osaka. It is a teppanyaki restaurant that primarily serves Kobe beef, so it tends to be a bit on the pricey side, but if you visit for lunch you can enjoy a great meal for around just 1000 yen.
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.
“Kiwamiya” is the place to eat Imari beef hamburger in Fukuoka, Kyushu. Be prepared to queue up!Read Later
Fukuoka “PARCO” is a department store located in Tenjin which is the biggest entertainment district in Fukuoka. You will find “Kiwamiya” in the basement floor of PARCO. Their signature dish is a hamburger steak.