Sakurai: The Ultimate Tokyo Tea Experience

Sakurai: The Ultimate Tokyo Tea Experience

The season of Autumn is upon us, though it hardly matters to those of us who reside near the Equator.

In Japan however, it means that temperatures are slowly dropping, typically reaching a cool range of about 23˚C to 28˚C in the day. With clear skies and cooling weathers, there’s no better time to explore Japan on foot. And if there’s one place that never stops giving, it’s Tokyo. A reason we love the capital of Japan is its ability to surprise you with a hyper-modern façade that hides pockets of centuries-old tradition in plain sight.

Enter Sakurai, a cosy 8-seater café that offers a comprehensive and exclusive inculcation into the world of Japanese tea making and appreciation. Helmed by tea master Shinya Sakurai, this small and intimate space is hidden five stories above the bustling alleys of Tokyo’s fashionable Aoyama district.

The entire space embodies the core design values of Simplicity founder Shinichiro Ogata, who helped conceptualise and design Sakurai. Ogata is well known for bringing the contemporary and the traditional together. What you get is a minimalist, but elegant space that places focus on the deep-rooted tea culture in Japan.

It is a full sensory ride as you enter the quaint shop of Sakurai. You’ll first smell the waft of the deep and earthy aroma of green tea leaves flowing through the air which soothes the mind and body. Your eyes then take a gander around the shop that is outfitted with copper fixtures and warm wood accents, adding to the calming atmosphere of the small café.

Behind the 8-seater bar are tea masters clad in laboratory coats serving up a wide array of teas and wagashi (sweets). You can choose your preferred tea leaf from the rather extensive menu or opt for a course tasting set that features a variety of tea leaves from steamed sencha, roasted hojicha, and powdered matcha. The tasting sets also come with small bites and traditional wagashi which pair amazingly well with the various teas.

The tea masters guide you through the process, educating and entrancing you with their methodical and delicate performance.

All in all, Sakurai offers up a masterclass in Japanese tea culture, exploring and imparting the intricacies of a time-honoured tradition through creative brewing methods and experiences hardly seen elsewhere such as eating the very same tea leaves that gave you those exquisite brews.

While Sakurai holds steadfast to its tradition, it doesn’t forget to keep up with the times and innovation is given equal importance. Apart from tea brews, Sakurai offers an exclusive range of sakes, tea-infused beer, and liquor that will perk anyone’s attention.

When you’re meandering through the busy streets of Aoyama, be sure to seek the quiet haven that is Sakurai. It’s just about the best way to learn about Japanese tea that has become so crucial in their culture, and take a breather from bustling Tokyo.

Address

5-6-23 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours

Daily 11 AM to 11 PM

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Bubble tea is more than just a drink, it is a way of life for many. Originally a staple of the night markets of Taiwan, today, the sweet milk tea with chewy black tapioca toppings (a.k.a pearls or boba) has become a global phenomenon. Apart from sports, food is the common denominator that brings people together (or queue together).

Refreshing Summer in Tokyo Tapioca Land

The bubble tea craze has swept over Japan in the past couple of months, which led to the inception of Tokyo Tapioca Land! Think bubble tea kiosks, larger-than-life whimsical art installations like a bathtub of boba, and even thematic rides! 

With daily temperature over 30°C and rainforest level of humidity, summer in Tokyo can be pretty intense. Fans of this addictive tea-based beverage are in for a refreshing treat! Tokyo Tapioca Land will open from 13 August 2019 in Harajuku, which is Tokyo’s leading fashion and culture district. This is definitely a highly instagrammable place to hang out and we secretly wish that this theme park will be available in Singapore too! 

 

When: 13 August to 16 September 2019

Where: JR Harajuku Station, 6-35-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Ticket: Same day tickets are ¥1,200 (one drink included). You can also buy advance tickets for ¥1,000 from the site here.

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A Quick Guide: From Haneda Airport / Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo

A Quick Guide: From Haneda Airport / Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo

All eyes will be on Tokyo next year as the Japanese capital will be hosting the biggest international multi-sport event – 2020 Summer Olympics a.k.a Tokyo 2020. It will be taking place from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020.

In the lead-up to the major event, there is news about how most of the accommodations like hotels and Airbnbs are filling up fast, so if you are planning to visit Tokyo next year, you got to act fast.

If you have secured your air tickets and accommodations, here’s a guide on the best and economical ways to get from Narita or Haneda Airports to downtown Tokyo.

Tokyo is served by two airports: Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND).

Arriving in Haneda Airport (HND)

Haneda Airport is the nearest airport to downtown Tokyo. It has two terminals and is more convenient to reach downtown Tokyo from Haneda Airport. Here are four ways to travel to downtown Tokyo from Haneda Airport.

By Tokyo Monorail

The Tokyo Monorail line is accessible at both Haneda Airport terminals and it will stop at Hamatsucho station, which is in the JR Yamanote line. It takes about 13minutes from Haneda Airport Station to Hamatsucho station if you board the express train.

All stations on the green JR Yamanote line can be reached in less than 30minutes from Hamatsucho. It is highly recommended to purchase a rechargeable transport card such as PASMO or SUICA to get around Tokyo.

By Keikyu Line

The Keikyu line is accessible at both Haneda Airport terminals. Do note that this line serves both Tokyo area and Yokohama so you need to pay attention to which direction the train is heading towards. For Tokyo area, the Keikyu line will stop at Shinagawa station (about 13 minutes), and the one heading to Yokohama will stop at Yokohama station (about 20-25 minutes ride).

By Limousine Bus

Taking a limousine bus from Haneda to central Tokyo will take about 45-75 minutes and it is cheaper compared to Narita. A trip to downtown Tokyo will cost about 1000 to 2000 yen. You can book your ticket and collect in the Haneda Airport here.

By Taxi

Depending on your budget and who you are travelling with, taxi is the least economical mode of transport in Tokyo, a taxi ride from Haneda Airport to downtown Tokyo area can cost you around 5,000 to 10,000 yen (SGD$60 to SGD$130). Unless you’re travelling with a large group, say more than 4 pax and with children then taxi is the most convenient and comfortable option. 

Arriving in Narita Airport (NRT)

Narita Airport is in the northeast of the city, which is the farthest airport in Tokyo when compared to Haneda Airport. However, most international flights will be arriving in Narita as this is Tokyo’s main international airport. It has three terminals. Terminal 1 and 2 each have a railway station at the basement to travel out to the city. Terminal 3 serves low-budget airlines and is connected to terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway. Free shuttle buses operate between all three terminals. Here are the three best options to reach downtown Tokyo from Narita Airport. 

By JR Narita Express (NEX)

If you are using a Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass and some other JR Passes, taking the JR Narita Express is the best way to downtown Tokyo. The one-way journey takes about one hour and will stop at stations like Shinagawa and Shinjuku. But if you are not using any JR Passes, the one-way ticket for NEX cost about 3,000 yen. 

By Keisei Skyliner

If you’re heading to Ueno, Keisei Skyliner is the best bet. It takes you to Ueno station in less than an hour from Narita Airport station. Get your train ticket here.

Do note that JR Pass cannot be used here as it is operated by a different railway company. 

By Limousine Bus

Limousine bus is the preferred option if you are carrying a lot of luggage. It will take about 75-90 minutes from Narita to downtown Tokyo depending on the traffic condition. You can book your ticket and collect in the Narita Airport here

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Tokyo: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Tokyo: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Konnichiwa!

The largest and most populous city in the world, Tokyo must be experienced in person to truly be understood. Tokyo is often portrayed like a sci-fi city straight out from a movie, but this capital city is also full of old-world charm with century-old temples, alleys with old-world eateries, old-fashioned markets and shops devoted to anime and manga.

The sheer size of this megalopolis can be overwhelming as the city is made up of 23 administrative wards, which are further divided into “smaller” neighbourhoods, each with its own defining personality. In fact, you can spend a lifetime exploring Tokyo and always return with a new perspective.

The city boasts clean, efficient, comfortable public transport networks, and equally confusing for tourists but that’s the beauty of travel – getting lost in this dense city and see where it leads you to a new discovery.

Tokyo is quantifiably the best food city on the planet, and it has over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants (more than London, New York and Paris combined)! From quintessential ramen to humble oden, indecipherable yakitori menu to exquisite sushi, this is a place with thousands of food surprises waiting for you.

Tokyo is also home to contemporary design and minimalist architecture, so charge your phone, check your data and embark on an Instagram journey at Roppongi Art Triangle, where the three major art museums are located in.  

Look past the modern skyscrapers and there are pockets of green spaces in the city in the form of parks, temple grounds and traditional Japanese gardens to soften the urban scene.

Whether you’re a foodie, artist, design lover, or cultural history chaser, Tokyo, a city of inspiration, is for you.

Once you’ve been to Tokyo, every city you visit from now on, you can’t help but compare to Tokyo.

“A land of contrast, where tradition meets modernity. Beyond its towering skyscrapers, giant video screens, and pedestrian scrambles, Tokyo lies a traditional ground with lineaments of the old Edo (the city it once was).”

Best Time to Visit

Tokyo is favourable to visit all-year round depending on what you want to see and do. There are four distinct seasons in Tokyo, and each offers a gamut of activities to match your mood and outfit.

Spring begins in April which is the high season as the weather is at its best, featuring streetscape teeming with blooming cherry blossom trees and clear blue skies. People of Tokyo will be out to celebrate and admire cherry blossoms at Hanami Festivals. 

 

Colourful yukata, firework shows, shaved ice topped with red beans (Kakigori), these mark the beginning of summer (June to August) in Tokyo. But rainfall is also expected from June to mid-July, known as Tsuyu (annual rainy season) before the weather turns sunny, hot and humid. The daily temperature can go up to 31°C.

September to November is the autumn foliage season where a horde of tourists will venture out of Tokyo to Fuji Five Lakes to bask in the splendor of autumn with Mt. Fuji in the background.

Winter months are from December to February and the temperature range from cool to cold. Street vendors in temples will start selling winter stew (Oden), and you can also find them in convenience stores. It is generally a dry month, but light snowfalls and rain are expected. At night, the city lights up with festive illuminations at Roppongi and Ginza.

Typical Travel Costs

  • Dorm Bed: ¥2800 to ¥8000 (SGD$35 to SGD$90)
  • Mid-range accommodation (Double room in a hotel or Guesthouse): ¥12,000 (SGD$160)
  • Luxury hotel: ¥35,000 (SGD$450)
  • Street Food: ¥200 to ¥1000 (SGD$2.50 to SGD$13)
  • Subway ticket: From ¥200 (SGD$2.50)
  • Taxi: Taxi fares in Japan vary greatly depending on time and distance, but typically begin around ¥700 (SGD$9)
  • The average price of food for one day is ¥1500 to ¥2000 (SGD$18 to $26)

Other Notes:

Tipping is generally not expected.

ATMs with a ‘Global’ sign work with internationally issued cards; very few are open 24 hours. Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. Streetside food stalls only accept cash.

Arriving in Tokyo

Tokyo is served by two international airports. The Narita International Airport is in the east of Tokyo, which is about an hour ride via the Keisei Skyliner to central Tokyo. The other airport that is near to central Tokyo is Haneda Airport, which takes about 45min to reach Shinjuku by train. 

Getting Around Tokyo

Tokyo is known for its advanced, clean and efficient transport system. The city is well-connected and easy to get around via network of train, subway and bus lines. They run from 5am to midnight. 

There are two major subway lines in Tokyo owned by two different railway companies: Tokyo Metro (9 lines) and Toei Subway (4 lines). There is also a JR East network with the famous city loop – the JR Yamanote line (look for the green line on the map and green trains) which connects most of Tokyo’s major stations. 

It is highly recommended to get a PASMO or SUICA transport card to travel via subway and bus. Do take note that the minimum charge amount for the transport card is ¥1000.

Tokyo is a safe, clean and easy place to travel with children, the downside is accommodation can be steep in price. 

Useful Facts

  • Country Code: +81
  • Currency: Japanese Yen, JPY (¥)
  • Time Zone: GMT+9 hours (1 hour ahead of Singapore)
  • Language: Japanese
  • AC Socket Type: Types A & B – 100V 50/60Hz
  • Transport Card: Pasmo and Suica
  • Four Seasons: Yes

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5 Time-tested Traditional Restaurants in Asakusa Tokyo

5 Time-tested Traditional Restaurants in Asakusa Tokyo

It seems like almost everyone is waiting with bated breath for the next big food trend to sweep the world. 

And we totally get it, bizarre food combinations or funky flavours are a trendy topic, injecting new life into the food world that can get stale for an everyday person eating the same few selections day in day out. 

In Japan, the country holds steadfast to its traditions and culinary heritage, and it’s typical to see small 15 to 20 seater shops that have been open for business for generations, unflinching in the face of rainbow grilled cheese or the latest food fad. 

In today’s foodscape, funky flavours or Instagrammable food has become a thing, and if you’re not caught up with the times, it’s easy to fade out of the minds of people. 

Traditional Japanese restaurants however, care not for the latest “in” food but focus on working tirelessly at perfecting their craft. If you’re looking for restaurants that have stood the test of time, serving decades old recipes, we recommend you pay these five venerable establishments a visit.

1. Asakusa Imahan

Asakusa Imahan has been serving traditional Japanese hotpot (Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu) for 124 years now, opening back in 1895. An institution in the Asakusa area, this historic culinary establishment is a stone’s throw away from the famed Senso-ji Temple. 

The preparation and consumption of both hotpot dishes are generally straightforward and simple — for Sukiyaki, beef (usually, though there are pork options) and vegetables are simmered in a sweet-salty sauce before being dipped in raw egg and for Shabu-Shabu, beef (again, there are pork alternatives) and vegetables are cooked in a broth before dipping in various sauces and taken with rice or noodles. 

What makes Asakusa Imahan stand out and continue to stand the test of time? The beef. The chefs at Asakusa Imahan insist on sourcing for the finest wagyu beef for its restaurants. 

Whether you opt for Sukiyaki or Shabu-Shabu, the lush marbling of wagyu beef at Asakusa Imahan will ensure that each slice of beef has a good ratio of fat to meat, giving you that perfect mouthful. 

Address:

3-1-12 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours:

Daily 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

2. Daikokuya Tempura

Tempura and Tendon are both supremely famous in Asakusa and there are honestly no shortage of restaurants you can choose from. 

Daikokuya Tempura is not the oldest tempura establishment in Asakusa, that honour probably goes to Nakasei. Daikokuya Tempura is not the most popular one either, that would be Masara. 

Upon entering Daikokuya, you’ll see it on practically every table, the tendon is what you’re here to order. Frying the Tempura exclusively in sesame oil, what makes Daikokuya Tempura special is that they dredge their tempura in dipping sauce before serving which results in it having a darker hue than usual. 

Operating since 1887, Daikokuya Tempura has been serving the Asakusa crowd for over a hundred years now. Also located near Senso-ji Temple, it’s a popular meal spot for anyone visiting the temple. 

Address:

1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032

Opening Hours:

Sunday-Friday: 11 AM 8:30 PM, Saturday: 11 AM 9 PM

3. Asakusa Unatetsu

Charcoal-grilled to perfection and slathered with a sweet and sticky teriyaki sauce, a well-done unagi is certainly hard to beat. Asakusa Unatetsu is well known for their Hitsumabushi, which features finely chopped unagi before being placed on top of a bed of rice. 

What makes Hitsumabushi unique as well is the eating process/method. Differing from that of a typical Unadon, the unagi can be enjoyed in three different ways, each giving you a different experience. 

The first step would be to consume the unagi as it is, this will allow you to get a taste of the unagi without any added flavours. Next, add the various condiments (wasabi, chopped leek, etc.) and you’ll start to see how each condiment adds flavours and textures to the unagi. Lastly mix the unagi and rice with the dashi soup stock which would turn the dish into something of a rice porridge which is comforting and warms the body. 

There are many versions at Asakusa Unatetsu and we hear that the Shiraiyaki (eel cooked in fired pottery) comes highly recommended. The eel is seasoned with just salt and there’s no tare (sweet) sauce added during the preparation which means you’ll taste the natural flavour of the eel. Of course, the well-loved tare version is available as well!

Address:

1 Chome-2-11 Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0033, Japan

Opening Hours:

Daily 11:15 AM – 10 PM

4. Asakusa Mugitoro

Asakusa Mugitoro has been around 90 years, serving up traditional mugitoro since 1929. Mugitoro features boiled barley and rice topped with grated Japanese yam (tororo). 

Known for its sticky and slightly mushy texture, the tororo gives the overall dish a sweet taste. Mugitoro, however, is subtle and light, usually paired with side dishes that are generally stronger in flavour such as tuna pickled in soy sauce, or asari clams.

Asakusa Mugitoro offers a popular weekday lunch buffet that features their signature mugitoro which can be paired with a host of various ingredients from tamagoyaki (Japanese fried egg) to sashimi. 

Address:

2 Chome-2-4 Kaminarimon, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0034, Japan

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday: 11 AM 4 PM, 5 PM – 10:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM 10:30 PM

5. Tsukushi

Tsukushi is the youngest establishment on this list, operating for just over 40 years. The restaurant’s specialty lies in Monjayaki, which is essentially Asakusa’s answer to Osaka’s famous okonomiyaki. 

Monjayaki would be the furthest thing away from being Instagrammable. Cooking on a teppanyaki plate in front of you, monjayaki just looks like a gooey mess and far from appetising. 

Take one bite with your mini spatula, however, and you’ll be floored with the flavour that is packed in that mouthful. One of the best sellers is “Gomoku” which means “five ingredients” and you’ll typically find seafood such as squid and Sakura shrimp amongst others. 

If you want to give their version of okonomiyaki a try as well, the “Deluxe” is a crowd favourite, featuring squid, shrimp, minced beef, and even pork ribs. 

Address:

2 Chome-4-13 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Opening Hours:

Wednesday-Monday: 11 AM 11 PM

Tuesday: 11 AM 5 PM

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