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Published on 04.28.2016
As the New year is approaching, I would like to recommend some delicious and fun things to do during your “Hatsumode” which means you first visit to a temple in the new year!
You`ll see a lot of “yatai” (Japanese food cart) during “hatsumode” time which has amazing snacks to include in your food trip in Japan. The most popular food would be “takoyaki” (octopus with vegetables covered in pancake batter) with tasty sauce, bonito flakes, Japanese mayonnaise, negi and other seasonings. It was actually my one of my first favorite food in Japan. It`s definitely a must-try and be careful because they serve it very hot! 2nd most popular would be "Yakisoba" (stir-fried noodles with Japanese special sauces and vegetables), this is one very easy to eat and filling to you tummy! Other food choices would be Japanese sweetcorn, "Manju" (Traditional Japanese small pies), "Senbei" (Japanese rice crackers in many flavors), Grilled squid in Japanese special sauce, Etc.
After eating you might get thirsty so why not try a Japanese healthy drink which is "Amazake" (sweet sake). But alcohol is bad for me! Although the name is "sake" it doesn`t have alcohol in it or sweeteners. it is a good health enhancer because of its high in fiber, complex carbohydrates content, vitamins and minerals. It is believed to be good for skin, hair and also can help metabolic stimulation. Which reminds me to find or make one!
Temples to check in Tokyo
1. SENSOJI TEMPLE - Probably where most tourist go!
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
2. MEIJI JINGU - Which is too close to Harajuku`s takeshita street and Omotesando!
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557
3.Local temple in your area - If you want to avoid other tourist and have a serene temple experience. Don`t get me wrong but there are lot of temples all over Japan and you can easily spot one in your area, if it`s difficult you can ask travel information desks or check you travel guide maps which you can find in almost every train station in Japan.