Onigiri is a Japanese dish which is made from sticky Japanese rice shaped into a triangular shape. People in Japan usually make this for their lunch to take to work or school. You can put in all sorts of toppings into the onigiri such as grilled salmon, pickled plums or tuna! We didn’t have any toppings so we made plain onigiri with nori (Japanese seaweed) wrapped around. We seasoned the rice with sushi rice vinegar.
It’s pretty hard shaping the rice into a triangle and requires some skill (which I did not possess).
Ended up looking like a ball……
At least the nori covered up the rice ball to make it look a bit more appealing 😀
If you’re looking for an easy recipe then try making some onigiri!
Hakone is famous for its hot springs and its views of the iconic Mount Fuji. Although we didn’t get the chance to go to a hot spring, we did manage to get on a boat around Lake Ashinoko which went up to the Hakone shrine.
Unfortunately the day we went on the boat cruise was rather cloudy so we didn’t get to see Mount Fuji, but still enjoyed the cruise nonetheless. It was a calming and soothing ride with beautiful views. The boat ride lasts around 30 minutes one way and costs ¥1050 (£8) for a round trip. Hakone is a great place to visit for a countryside escape! Click here for more info about the boat cruise.
As soon as we reached Tokyo we went to Tokyo DisneyLand/Tokyo DisneySea (fun fact it’s actually located in Chiba not Tokyo). The admission rate for two days entry (DisneyLand and DisneySea) is ¥14,800 (£113) which can be purchased online or at any local convenience shop in Japan. If you want to get the fast pass (it allows you to skip the queue) for the most popular rides like Toy Story Mania and the Haunted Mansion, I would recommend you to arrive at the theme park at least half an hour before the opening time as the number of fast passes they give out is limited. If you’re looking for thrilling rides and your favourite Disney characters to take photos with, this is the place for you. Click here for more info.
So, we’ve reached central Tokyo. The best place to visit for delicious food, entertainment and sightseeing. We stayed in a small apartment just outside of Ikebukuro. It wasn’t a very big room but in terms of location, it was great! We visited many Tokyo hot spots including Harajuku and Shinjuku. One of the things that we LOVED to visit were the arcades which were usually 5 floors or more! The best arcades are located in Ikebukuro and Shinkjuku. The claw machines and the photoshoot booths were our personal favourites.
A must try restaurant in Tokyo is Nakiryu, which is famous for its tantanmen (a type of noodle dish). The average price for a noodle dish is around ¥900 (£7), which is not bad considering it holds a Michelin star. However, you will have to queue outside for around 45 minutes due to its popular demand, but it’s worth it. Hands down one of the best noodle dish we have ever had.
That concludes our trip to Japan. If you want to see what else we got up to, check out our youtube video below!