Tokyo Sightseeing

The Tokyo Skytree offered great views but we weren’t able to see Mt. Fuji. I used the toy photo mode that produces pictures that look like a mini world. After a brief rest we went to eat and debated between the Golden Arches and continuing to eat Japanese food, we compromised with Chinese fried dumplings and McD’s apple pie (they still deep fry it here so it’s something I always make sure to have when in Asia). After we went to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace then made our way over to the Shinjuku district, after stopping for a snack on these unbelievably light cakes filled with cream/chocolate/strawberry cream, to look for electronics and the infamous “Piss Alley” for a bite before exploring more. The alley lived up to its name as after we were turned away from one place because we weren’t Japanese, we went to a place that had a small 2nd floor room – so small that Doug could touch both walls. We had some good yakitori there before heading out for some more drinks and takoyaki (ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion.

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Meanwhile back in Niseko…

After climbing the summit in a whiteout and skiing crust we did a few groomers and them went bush to see if we could get to the Pension. Untracked and beautiful we came out within sight of the back of the Pension. Good day.

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Sushi Daiwa

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.

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Patiently waiting at 6:30am.

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Chefs in one half

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The other half that we sat in

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Toro

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Uni

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Tuna and salmon roe rolls

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Shrimp

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Chu-toro

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Tamago

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Grilled shirmp head

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Hamachi (yellowtail)

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Squid

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Sea eel

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Chef cutting the mackerel

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Horse mackerel

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Big vat of rice

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Grilling shrimp heads

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Tsukiji market

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.

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Sushi Kanesaka

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.

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Entrance on left and elevator to offices on right.

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Chef Takashi Usuba

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Chef’s beautiful knife

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Short-spinned uni with ebi shrimp

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Hairy crab

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chu-toro

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Hokkaido oysters

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Smoked monkfish liver

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Dried roe

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Smoke abalone

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Nodoguro, like rock fish but fattier. Very tasty!

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Amber jack

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Tuna (maguro)

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chu-toro

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o-toro

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squid with sea salt and lime – very good combo

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Ebi shrimp

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Horse mackerel

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Clam

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Long-spine uni

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Seared tuna cheek – this was amazing

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Two types of anago (sea eel): salt & yuzu, sweet soy & lime

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Tamago

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Airport food

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.

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Reflection time

Another great trip with BD made even better going with friends. Some of us are off to Tokyo tomorrow so posts will continue through the weekend. Hope you’ve enjoyed following along as we’ve moved around Hokkaido skiing some great runs and eating tons of good food. See you in two years?
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Soga

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.

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Shiribetsu Touring

Our last day was spent touring up Shiribetsu for a couple of runs. 2hrs and 45min of hiking for 1min40sec of skiing, the usual trade-off for touring. It was fantastic, great views and snow. The 2nd run was a great way to end the trip.

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Pension Brook dinner

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.”

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