The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

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Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

 Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure in May 2018, started with the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Sendai, then I flew to Sapporo before another flight south to Nagoya. After a couple of overcast days I had a short trip on the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Four days later I rested in Hikone for 2 days before spending my final night in Narita.

The Yakitori chicken above was in Tokyo & absolutely mouth watering. 🙂

Sushizanmai is my favourite sushi chain of restaurants.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Always fresh & delicious.

Grilled Avocado at the Cellar Grill Omotosando in Tokyo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Quite an amazing taste.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure continues in Sendai

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Sendai is famous for oysters, “a cold current that contains nutrient-rich water travels down the coast from north to south. The two currents collide at around the Sanriku area, which includes the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.” The mixing of these currents leads to plankton blooms, which attract migrating fish. “This same nutrient- and plankton-rich water makes Matsushima Bay oysters delicious,” these wild oysters were first discovered as a culinary delight and harvested from Matsushima Bay back in the 17th century.

Salmon & almonds was delicious.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure At the ANA Holiday Inn in Sendai.

Mongolian Lamb in Sapporo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Lunch at the Beer Garden should certainly be on your bucket list.

Rare roast beef salad at Bistro Masuya Sapporo

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Something a little different for a change.

Sapporo seafood market

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Hokkaido of course is famous for seafood.

While on the subject of seafood markets,

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Here I am at Omicho market in Kanazawa in 2016.

Can you believe they sprinkle edible gold leaf  on top?

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Lunch at Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure A chicken & salad wrap followed by a cream bun.

Yakitori for dinner in Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Asparagus wrapped in pork.

Yakitori for dinner in Osaka.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure You probably realise by now how much I love Yakitori. 🙂

I also found my fabulous grilled avocado again in Osaka.

Osaka 1st night (71) Talk about my Gastronomical Japanese Adventure, this creation ranks right up there with the best.

Succulent steak in Kyoto

Gion day one (22) Cooked to perfection.

Fabulous Ramen at Miami Ave restaurant in Kagoshima.

Miami Ave good restaurant (3) This city is a long way off the beaten track but really worth a visit.

Dolphin Port sushi train

Dolphin Port sushi train (4)How good is this?

The happy guys at Dolphin Port.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure They all love a photo. 🙂

I’m still in Kagoshima 

Unagi (5) I really love Unagi (eel)

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gorm's (1) Fabulous Pizza at Gorms, which hails from Copenhagen. I first ordered this in their Nagasaki branch, then I repeated the effort in Fukuoko. 🙂

More wonderful food in Kagoshima

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Yakitori to die for at the Kagomma Furusato Food Village.

Duck Confit in Hikkone

Apprenti (6) Absolutely mouth watering & cooked to perfection.

Giant Gyozo aat the Spiral Staircase in Narita.

Spiral Staircase restaurant (8) An excellent all you can eat restaurant 10 minutes walk from Narita station.

Here are some locals I met in Kyoto.

1 Had a few beers with these nice locals in a tiny beer bar in Gion.

Hamosh & I drinking ice cold Ashari in Osaka.

Dotonbori lights camera action Thanks for visiting my Gastronomical Japanese Adventure photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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