Japan Trip Day 4
I was looking forward to this breakfast: a very authentic and traditional Japanese breakfast.
|Breakfast Menu in Japanese (Only)|
The dish in the little round red container contained something fishy that looked and tasted like slimy mini eels or worms or something. Cool beans :p It had a really really strong and salty ocean flavour. Apparently really popular in Japan.
The best thing about a Japanese breakfast is not only is it super nutritious, you feel good because it is so healthy. Delicious food that is nutritious and healthy and doesn't make you feel heavy and bad is definitely win.
|Perfect Apple Specimen|
|Apple Orchard 2|
|Far Shot of Apple Orchard|
|Owani Onsen Train Station|
The menu was one of the most simplest menus I've ever seen in any country - the only thing on the menu was one type of ramen, some onigiri (rice balls - sold out by this time after the lunch rush), and bowls of rice. That was it... literally. So since we had no choice, we each ordered a bowl of ramen.
The ramen was good: perfectly cooked al dente noodles in a simple but tasty broth topped with a slice of cha siu (roast pork) and fish paste (made of tofu).
It was a very simple but hearty meal. A bit too simple actually - I was hoping for some more variety - at least a plate of gyoza (pan fried Japanese dumplings) to go with. Most places that serve ramen generally also serve gyoza - is is considered a natural accompaniment to ramen in Japanese cuisine.
|Hirosaki Park 2|
|Hirosaki Castle Tower|
|Traditional Japanese Home in Fujita Memorial Garden|
|Fujita Memorial Garden|
|Fujita Memorial Garden Cafe: Apple Pie & Tea|
|Entry to the Samurai Residence|
|Inside the Preserved Samurai Residence|
|Hirosaki Park 3|
|Cherry Blossom Trail|
All that walking around Hirosaki made us hungry. Unfortunately it was that time when the places for lunch closed yet most places for dinner was not yet open so there weren't many decent options for food. We went for one of the few places that was open - it was a Japanese izakaya chain restaurant that opened early for dinner.
|Izakaya Seating Area|
|Blue Cocktail & Complimentary Snacks|
|Hotate (Scallop Sashimi)|
|Gyoza (Pan Fried Dumplings)|
|Private Hot Springs Bath|