Yoroi Tempura is located in a residential area of Okayama between two busy streets and it’s one of these places where you feel like you are lucky to be eating such great food in such a secretive spot. Somehow, Japan is not a place where location is key, if the food is that good, people will just get there. By the way, yoroi means armor in English.
Shirasu or whitebait is something better eaten fresh and there is no better place than the the Sadamisaki peninsula in Ehime Prefecture to try this tiny little transparent baby fish. Sadamisaki is a long narrow peninsula extending toward Kyushu Island and quite a nice drive on route 197.
On my second day of walking around Kyoto, I was ready to give up and pass out in my hotel room when my wife suggested we go out and eat udon. UDON!!! Udon in Kyoto! Really? While udon might not be Kyoto’s specialty,?yet my visit to Okakita udon shop was worth crossing half the city.
I got a special place in my heart for food market, so I woke up at 5 AM on a grey Sunday morning and drove to Okayama City to try the monthly market held by the riverside right behind the Okayama Prefectural Office. Kyobashi Asa Ichi is held on the first Sunday of the month while the Kurashiki morning market is held on the third.
Arashiyama in the Western part of Kyoto is part tourist hell and part pure beauty. The river, the mountain, the bamboo forest and the amazing Tenryu-ji and its garden makes it a very special place to visit. It is also the place I came to try my first real Kyoto food at Shoraian, a restaurant which specializes in tofu.
When I parked at Tamachan more than a whole hour before the opening, I knew right away that is was not your average hole in a wall okonomiyaki spot. According to my wife, Tamachan is currently the king of oyster okonomiyaki in Hinase and it ranks number 1 on numerous websites.
When it’s -1°C inside your house, it might be difficult to appreciate the Japanese winter, but I am always looking forward the coldest months of the year to go eat oysters in Hinase, a small harbor town in Okayama Prefecture.