Guide to Sushi Restaurant in Japan

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Hey dudes, it’s Mr. Wada on duty. Like I’ve introduced some Japanese foods before, Gyudon, Udon… there is variety of Japanese foods. How about Sushi?

 

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How is Sushi like Today

Sushi has been popular worldwide. By the way, I used to live in Vancouver, Canada for a few years (for my mission? can’t tell ya) and the city looked quite full of Sushi restaurants (and Starbucks)! People would grab Sushi just like snacks.

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Sushi Restaurants in Japan

Chained Sushi restaurants are pretty casual. Even students go in with friends (I’m referring to Kaiten-Sushi (Sushi Train or Kuru-Kuru Sushi). It’s affordable and anyone would be welcomed!

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Easy Guide to Sushi Restaurant in Japan

I suppose if this is your first time at a Sushi restaurant, there are things you should know. You don’t want to screw in public, do you? Please check below for reference.

This time I’m introducing one of the most popular chains called Sushiro. Welcome to Japan by the way.

Enter the Sushi Paradise

During either lunch or dinner time, it’s always crowded. You should be ready for waiting at least for 30 minutes. People get tickets for seats from the machine and wait in the lobby until their numbers are called (like at the clinic and bank).

Now go get a ticket at the machine.
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WHAT? 50 minutes (of waiting time)? Anyway, tap the red button shown below.

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Enter info and confirm!

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Note:
Good news! Now Sushiro App is available for smartphone devices. You can get a number for a seat beforehand, so you don’t need to be around and kill time (thumb’s up).

An employee will take you to the table as your number is up.

Preparation

OK, first wash your hands…NO!

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This faucet is for hot tea. You gotta be careful. Never put your hands down there.

Get Green Tea

Grab a cup up here.

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Have a table spoon of Matcha powder into it. Cool stuff, isn’t it?

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To pour hot water, hold the cup just below the faucet and push it forward pressing the button behind it (like in the photo below).

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Get Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is placed on the side. Pour some onto your saucer (saucers are placed along with the cups for green tea).
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Left one (regular) for sushi, right one (sweet) for eel. Get chopsticks as well. Now you are ready!

Have Some Sushi

Where to start…Oh c’mon! Get any Sushi plates from the conveyor as you like.

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Bonito fish

 

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Salmon

Note:
There’s a single manner at Sushi restaurants. Once you take a plate passing on the conveyor, NEVER return it (for hygienic reason).

How to Order

What you like isn’t coming. Now what? Well, you can order it through the device up here.menu_01

Available in English at Sushiro

Pick what you like and order.
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It tells you when your sushi is coming (with alarm). It Sushiro, each panel has a designated color. You’ll see the same color on the container of the item you ordered.

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That’s it (burp). I’m done.
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Dessert

There are varieties of desserts are available such as cakes, parfait, ice cream, pudding and even traditional Japanese sweets like Warabi-mochi.

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By the way, Mrs. Wada has introduced how to make Warabi-mochi easily in the previous entry.

 

OK, I’m really done.

Check-Out

Press the ‘Check-out’ button on the device. A staff will come over and check how many plates you’ve had, and will tell you how much you owe. He/she will give you a plastic card.

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Take the plastic card to the cashier and pay.

 

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Lastly

What do you think? Other Sushi restaurants have similar systems as well. Try and lemme know how it goes. Hmmm, I now need to relax somewhere with a cuppa Joe. See you around.

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Ramen is one of the popular side dishes as well.


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Shizukatei: Hidden Tea Garden in Kobe, Japan

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

Last Golden Week, we had an unexpected trip. It was supposed to be just a side trip turned to be the main destination of the day.

I was looking for something extra to see in Kobe City and found this tea garden being featured on some review sites. It’s the only tea garden you can find within Kobe area.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

We tried to find a parking area nearby the entrance of the path leading to the tea garden but we couldn’t find one. We finally found one inside the Ouji Sports Center, a city-owned center after an hour of waiting.

Getting There

According to Google Maps, the tea garden is 2 kilometers away from the sports center and about 25-minute walk. Not that far, I thought, but then it turned out different as I’ve expected.

From Ouji Sports Center, we went our way up passing Shouin High School (right side). After a few minutes of walking, we passed Myokoin, which is on the left side on the photo below.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Path - Myokoin

Few meters ahead on the right side is the first bridge. It will be an entrance of the path leading to Shizukatei Tea Garden. I saw a sign that this bridge is a spot for fireflies (season for firefly watching would be around May).

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe:: Path - first bridge

Time to climb up!

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe:: Slope

City view

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: City View

After awhile, we passed Senryuiji (temple), amazed to see these motorbikes to come up this far.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Senryuji (temple)

Another bridge. There’s a waterfall on the right side.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Bridge and waterfall

Still not there. More slopes, and we are already too thirsty.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: More slopes

Encountered a lot of maple trees with relaxing sound of flowing water. But still no sign of the tea garden.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Rive and maple trees

Oh? Finally I can see a sign!

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Sign

And, there it is!

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Up front!

Here’s the entrance of Shizukatei Tea Garden.

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Shizukatei Entrance

We immediately entered the place. Upon entering, you can hear an alarm sound. Every person passing, the alarm is being triggered. For security? or maybe to inform the staff that there are customers.

We were welcomed and greeted by the owner. He ushered us to the terrace and we made our orders.

Here’s a view from inside.

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Shizukatei - from inside

Based on the Google Map direction, it was supposed to be just less than 30-minute walk but it turned out almost an hour of CLIMBING!

Highlights of Shizukatei Tea Garden

The Terrace

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Terrace

When we got here, there were customers but after awhile they left to continue their journey to climb up Mt. Maya. So, the place is all ours to enjoy.

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The owner kindly gave us a tip to come up to this spot for a perfect view.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Tea leaves closeup

Menu: New Tea (Leaves) Manjuu Set

 

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Shincha (New Tea Leaves) Manjuu Set

Aside from the manjuu set, you can also have tea only, matcha latte or houjicha latte.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Menu

Bamboo Trees, Shishi-odoshi

There’s a garden in front of the owner’s house with an amazing view of bamboo and maple trees. Before we left the place, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to take a closer look of the bamboo trees. So, I asked the owner for permission and he gladly showed us around.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Owner's front garden, bamboo trees

There is even shishi-odoshi (on the bottom left side), such a relaxing sound to hear (originally, it’s a device to drive away agricultural-damaging animals). I took a very short video, check it out below.

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The owner showed us these young bamboo trees. He said it only takes a day to grow up this tall (the one on the right). Wow.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Young bamboo trees

Lastly

I really enjoyed our trip to Shizukatei Tea Garden, the hidden and only tea garden in Kobe City. If you don’t mind climbing up the mountain, able to see lots of maple trees and of course witness the beauty of the tea garden itself, come and visit this place.

Don’t forget to bring water with you, trust me. A stick to hold on might be helpful also. One good thing is, if you have noticed in the photos, most part of the path is cemented.

By the way, if we went there a week after we would have been able to experience tea-picking. They usually hold it once a year. For tea-picking experience, make sure to call them for reservation.

Note: They have a tea shop with a name of “Shizukaen” located in Kazuganomichi Station, just one station away from Sannomiya Station. Don’t get confused between these two locations!

More Info

Phone Number: 078-801-3563
Address: Koyabaohara-1-5 Harada Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 657-0802
Business Hours: 9:00 – 17:00?



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