Tokisushi Honten Osaka (ときすし本店) affordable sushi place in Namba

Tokisushi Honten Osaka ときすし本店 is the kind of sushi restaurant that makes Japan such an attractive place to visit. We stumbled upon this small shop in the old part of Osaka near the Takashimaya Namba store. The shopfront is plastered with a lot of information in Japanese (which we cannot read). Fortunately there were some pictures of sushi which were enough to make us stop to check it out.

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Okonomiyaki Mizuno at Dotonburi Osaka (お好み焼 美津の)

We had intended to try the famous Okonomiyaki Mizuno (お好み焼 美津の) when we were in Osaka, Japan in a previous trip, but were thwarted by long queues. Our trip in winter this year (Jan 2020) was a different story. We are not sure if it was the cold weather or the off-peak timing but there was no queue to get into the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the crowded Osaka Dotonburi area this time.

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Dinner at Oku Restaurant Gion District, Kyoto

Oku Restaurant was where we had dinner in the Gion District of Kyoto Japan earlier this year. Gion is one of the most atmospheric places in Kyoto, especially at night. The old wooden houses and narrow alleys make it seem like a scene out of an old TV series Samurai Shintaro. We could imagine ninjas running on the roofs of these low buildings.

Gion, Kyoto
The narrow alleys of Gion
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