Scenes From Tokyo: Meiji Jingumae

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Here’s the second segment to my Scenes From Tokyo series – I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing the photos, I love sharing these amazing experiences with you!

Today I’m showing you the beautiful photos from Meiji Jingumae. It was my first time here (couldn’t believe I hadn’t been before!) and it was gorgeous!
It’s crazy to think that the street next to it is the buzzing Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, filled with shops and people rushing past. In contrast, this was so tranquil and calming and the perfect place to collect your thoughts.

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Of course when walking through Meiji Jingumae, you can’t miss the massive wall of sake barrels, each with a unique pattern and gorgeously decorated with bright colours, such an great photo opportunity!

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This is a spot I highly recommend and will definitely be back! I can image that in the early mornings it must be beautiful and in Autumn it must be incredible to have the orange and red leaves almost encasing you!

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Well I’m back from Japan and it was incredible.

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I mean, it always is but this time was amazing – I went to so many new places like Meiji Jingumae, Nezu Museum and Atami (a whole story on that coming soon)!

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After seeing Cynthia’s beautiful photos from her trip to Japan I couldn’t help but show you my experience here too, so I’ve got a series of photos coming up! Today I’m showing you just a few general shots, whilst I’ll also be showing you Meiji Jingumae and Nezu Museum (along with a crazy story). Oh, and I’ll have a video up soon of my time there!

Enjoy!

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Maisen Review

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If you go to Tokyo, this place is a MUST.

I rave about it to just about anybody who will listen because if you’re looking for the best tonkatsu in the world, you’ll find it here!

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The restaurant itself is super cute (and a bit hard to find, although there are guides luring you to it all across the street!) and, fun fact, used to be an old bath house, so the main area where you sit is where people used to change!

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If you are unfamiliar with tonkatsu, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Tonkatsu is tender and juicy pork thats coated in light panko breadcrumbs, fried until crispy… or in other words, the best piece of fried meat you will eat!

In my opinion, no one does it better than Maisen. Ofcourse they do more luxury tonkastsu using the best pork but they also have delicious fillets for a much more reasonable price!

However, my favourite has got to be the daily changing set lunch. It’s a bit of secret that only locals know since it’s written in Japanese on a tiny board, but I love it because it’s got a bit of everything!

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You start with some freshly grated daikon with a drizzle of soy sauce to cleanse your palate before the main event.

And this is what you come for.

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The menu changes daily and today’s main was a pork and green pepper fry along with a king prawn cream croquette.
The meat is unbelievably tender and juicy whilst the outside gives a contrast with the crunch and it’s surprisingly not greasy at all!

Whilst I couldn’t eat the croquette I was told it was piping hot and creamy with large chunks of prawn (no skimping here!)

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As with any traditional set meal, it comes with a few sides. the first of which was some light and refreshing cucumber salad with shirataki noodles. The cucumber gives a lovely crunch and cooling flavour when you need a break from the rich tonkastu.

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There was of course some nimono on the tray as well – super fluffy yet creamy potatoes, carrots and melt in the mouth onions and pork belly stewed in a sweet yet savoury stew. This is a meal that will transport any Japanese person back to their childhood – it tastes like comfort!

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I always find the little portion of fish a really nice touch, it’s simply seasoned with salt and grilled to give it a perfectly flaky texture. They also somehow have the most deep coloured salmon known to man which gives a lovely brightness to the tray of more brown hues!

I couldn’t recommend Maisen enough, so if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, this better be on your list!
If you can’t make it, make sure to go to a depachika or get a quick takeaway from outside the store where they sell bentos, sandwiches (which are to die for: the fluffiest, slightly sweet Japanese bread (crusts off of course!) which encases the tender tonkatsu and delicious sauce, I could eat 100 easily) and mini katsu burgers!

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Maisen
Website: http://mai-sen.com/
Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前4−8−5