Kichisen was an amazing meal, perhaps best of my life. I’m still debating if it’s displaced French Laundry but it is definitely the best Asian meal I’ve had. The staff were very nice, although a bit too over the top with formalities, and spoke a decent amount of English. I was sitting in the counter room that was just four seats with a Japanese family. The son looked about 13, quite a lucky guy to be having meals like this. Great way to end the trip to Japan.
Today was more low-key for us and didn’t really get going until noon when we went to Roppongi Hills to have a look around the expensive shops then on to Shibuya and their famous pedestrian crossing and some ramen from a shop under the train tracks. From there walked to the Meiji Jengu shrine. Finished the day at Ginza Tenkuni for tempura.
Final day was bluebird with a foot of powder on top the peak. We hit some epic lines on a day we didn’t expect anything and revisited a couple of old favorites before a perfect corn and powder run back through no mans’ land to the lodge. Then dinner at A-Bu-Cha for one of the biggest best and most expensive of the trip.
The guys loved the meal here, Al said it was the best sushi of his life. We had the set menu for $35 and each added a piece of horse mackerel at the end.
We woke up really early to go see the tuna auction and get some sushi for breakfast as Daiwa Sushi. The auction was crazy, will post photos and video later. On our way to the Tokyo Sky Tree now, hopefully be able to see Mt Fuji.
For my first night in Tokyo I went to the Michelin one-star Sushi Kanesaka. It’s in the Ginza district in a basement on a side street, thankfully took a cab as unlikely would have found it had I taken the subway and walked the few blocks to the restaurant. His English was quite good and learned he’s been a sushi chef for 12 years after apprenticing for six. He was quite impressed that we did eight days of skiing in Hokkaido all at different resorts.
Airports in Japan just do it better. Had time to grab a tempura meal that featured crab, shrimp, fish, and some veggies. Also some sashimi and miso soup.
Finished our last day with a great BBQ. Had sashimi, many types of beef, veggies, gyoza, pork belly, fried seafood, and snails. Finished it off with ice cream from 7-11 across the street. Ran into some friends I met over Christmas skiing in BC, they arrived today but didn’t know where they were so it was a great surprise to see them when they walked in with a BD guide who will be showing them around tomorrow.
We had dinner at the pension since we’re going on an early mission to tour up Shiribetsu. It was fantastic: shabu shabu with some premium beef, sashimi, tempura, and Japanese “risotto.”
I was too hungry to remember to take pictures of all the food. Great meal with a mix of small plates and sashimi/sushi