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Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

February 5, 2018 by David Herd | 2 Comments

Thailand or Osaka, where am I?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants which are so authentic you will think you are in Osaka. There are several branches in Bangkok & one in Pattaya, the Asoke branch is ranked by TripAdvisor # 866 of 10,352 restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya branch

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I prefer to sit upstairs.

Location

ShakarikiOpposite the Mike Hotel in 2nd road, +66 33 036 369.

Now for the food

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsOn my first visit in 2017 I ordered two of my favourite dishes, salmon caviar & Unagi or Japanese eel.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsHard to fault the food at this noisy authentic Japanese restaurant.

How good is this?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsIs it any wonder this is now one of my favourite restaurants along with Genki in Soi 4 North Pattaya.

Is there a better beer than Asahi?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I don’t think so, the Belgium beers are great but my pick is Asahi. 🙂

Fabulous colour combination

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsAnd what a taste, perfect.

Salmon Caviar washed down with Asahi.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

As good as it gets. Plus they have a special on liquor, all you can drink in 90 minutes for B299.

Home delivery is a great idea.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

The restaurant is two floors, upstairs is better.

Have I convinced you?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Just trust me & try out this great little hole in the wall & you will feel like you have been transported to Osaka. In fact follow THE LINK for one of my Osaka photo blogs.

Meanwhile thanks for visiting my Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants photo blog. I will be back in Japan in May 2018, here is my agenda.

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Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

February 3, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Excellent food at Genki

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant located in Soi 4 North Pattaya is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Pattaya. Lucky for me it’s only a short 5 minute walk from my condo. 🙂

Outdoor seating

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOutdoor seating plus a private room for around 16 people.

Rarely do you see a Farang here.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantCustomers are mainly Japanese, rarely do you see a Farang. (Foreigner)

Gyoza comes fried or steamed

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantPriced at B90 or $3.60 AUD.

My Australian friend Viv Kennelly

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantLike myself Viv really enjoys his food.

 Salmon Caviar

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOne of my favourite dishes at B300 or $12 AUD.

Same dish as above.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantProbably prepared by a different chef. Both come with the sheets of seaweed to make a delicious sandwich. 

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantThe omelette is so light it melts in your mouth. 🙂

 This guy was the boss.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantI believe he has gone back to Japan & the standard seems to have dropped slightly.

I’m not to keen on prawn heads in my miso soup.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOh well I guess it improves the flavour. 🙂

More Aussie friends

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantHamish & Matt both have pretty good appetites.

Here is a funny story, Matt runs a factory in the motor industry with 60 or 70 staff, naturally he is on a very good wage. The clincher is however, on top of his wage he gets a hardship allowance for living in Pattaya. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

April 14, 2017 by David Herd

Incredible landscape

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine, nowhere else in the world have I seen colours similar to outback Australia. Red earth, blackened trees and a beautiful blue sky.

I took three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Cooper Pedy on the first leg of our journey on the way to Uluru aka Ayers Rock.

Excitement

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

 The girls started clapping wildly when they saw the kangaroo sign so you can imagine how excited they were when they saw a live one.

Here we are in Coober Pedy

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

You know when you are near the town when you see all the mounds of dirt & gravel.

OK, what are we waiting for?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Let’s go & check out this underground village. 

My trusty Holden Commodore was our transport on our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,300 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

Mini mountains everywhere

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 km north of Adelaide. The 2011 census showed its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians). The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” due to the quantity of precious opals that are mined there.

 Men at work

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

This was our first indication of work happening around the mines.

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

As you can clearly see not all the people live underground.

 Opal capital of the World

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

 There are quite a few opal shops, restaurants and a variety of accommodation ranging from four star to backpackers and caravan/camping areas.

Desert Cave Hotel

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

The hotel has rooms above ground and in underground caves, this relaxed hotel is a 14-minute walk from the Big Winch Lookout. For an excellent discount just book through THIS LINK.

Big Winch Lookout

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

 The famous historic Big Winch Scenic Lookout with 360 degrees view of the town.

Is this Coober Pedy art?

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

To be honest with you I have no idea what it is. 🙂

On the other hand….

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

This may well be the brother of “Tin Man” from The Wizard of Oz. 🙂

 On the subject of movies

Blue Sky Red Earth Coober Pedy Opal Mine

This monster was apparently part of a movie set that has been abandoned and left here as a talking point.

 We have finished the first stage of our Journey.

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Next stop is Uluru aka Ayers Rock.

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Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Gyokusen’inmaru Garden

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

 Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle is absolutely stunning as you can see from the header in this post. This is one of my favourite photos from my two week seven city Shinkansen trip in October 2016.

Constructed in 1634 if flourished for between 200 & 300 years before being abandoned. However a full reconstruction began in 2013 to produce the wonderful result we see today.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

After a five minute uphill walk you arrive at the castle entrance.

Adjacent to the castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

These are a few shops just before you reach the castle.

Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

A huge fire in 1759 destroyed the whole castle then it was re-built in 1788. That year is also when 11 ships with 1,530 people onboard, 736 of them convicts, arrived in Botany Bay a few miles south of Sydney Harbour in Australia. This event is known to all us Aussies as “the first fleet”.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one at Korinbo, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

The Imori moat

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

If you are going to build a castle then you gotta have a moat.

Spectacular

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Once again I was very lucky to have the beautiful blue sky to highlight my photos of Kanazawa Castle.

 The buildings look new

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Even though it was rebuilt 228 years ago it still looks brand new. 🙂

As usual built on a hill

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

The castles always take the high ground, all the better to resist their enemies.

Through the gate we go

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

The Ni-no Mon is what they call the second gate. 

Picture perfect

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

As you can see the buildings and grounds are in perfect condition. 

Not a cloud in the sky

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

A perfect day for wandering around Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle and the beautiful Kenrokuen garden right next door to the castle.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

A final look at this beautiful garden within the castle walls.

Toyoko Inn

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa 

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Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

November 5, 2016 by David Herd

On the shores on Kinko Bay

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city on Kyushu Island, is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s well known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. Once set on an isolated island, the volcano became connected to the Osumi Peninsula after an eruption in 1914.

A very interesting city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Lots to see & do, sadly the weather was not kind to me so I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked.

Some very cute cars

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Japan is a great country for producing interesting vehicles, here is a very cute example. It reminded me of the great little “drive yourself” cars I saw in Yokohama last year. 

Helpful Docomo staff

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

I had some trouble with my sim card that I purchased in Tokyo, these lovely people at Docomo shop in Tenmonkan really went to a lot of trouble to help me out. 

Did I mention the wonderful food?

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

I was so impressed by the great food in Kagoshima, this restaurant was called Unagi no Sueyoshi & specialised in eel.

Covered arcades

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Hundreds of shops & restaurants in the Tenmonkan shopping arcade which has a roof to provide shade from the sun and also protection from the volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. There are retail stores, boutiques, & restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food.

 Ferry to Mount Sakurajima

Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan

Just a short inexpensive boat across Kinko Bay.

Hotel Sunflex

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Japanese hotels have everything you need

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

The only thing to keep in mind is most of the budget hotels won’t let you check in until 3 or 4pm. So best to time your arrival around then.

Of course you can buy cold beer 24/7

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Unlike the nanny states in Australia you can buy alcohol from vending machines in your hotel. 🙂

 Shinkansen

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Or Bullet train as it is called in the west transports you from city to city at speeds up to 320 km per hour.

Here is a short video of the Bullet train.

The train is arriving at Hiroshima. 

Looks like Sydney Opera House

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay has a similar look to the Sydney Opera House. Not nearly as spectacular of course but certainly well worth a visit.

This guy is giving me the stare.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 They are so sleek and sinister.

Mount Sakurajima

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

The active volcano dominates the skyline just a 4 kilometres across Kinko Bay.

Plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Experts have voiced concerns about the volcanic activity on the Pacific Island, primarily that it could be completely wiped by one massive eruption in the next century – killing all of its some 127 million inhabitants.

Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Only 5 minutes walk from my hotel Kagoshima’s newest spot “Dolphin Port” opened along the Kinko Bay in April, 2005. Dolphin Port consists of restaurants and shops.

Mekkemon, Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

 Rated number 5 by TripAdvisor from 2921 restaurants in Kagoshima, this really was the best sushi train restaurant I have ever been to.

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

There are 25 restaurants in this little village near the station, each one offers a variety of delicious dishes with ingredients from different areas of Kagoshima.

Overcast & raining

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Except for my first day it was overcast & raining for the rest of my stay.

Umbrellas everywhere

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

In the 3 weeks I was away there was only 3 or 4 days of rain.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Plenty of lights at night.

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Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

July 24, 2013 by David Herd

My favourite cuisine.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants 

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants, there are many  to choose from, however you can never go wrong at Fuji, excellent Japanese food at reasonable prices. Spotlessly clean with well trained staff. The Caterpillar roll above is my favorite dish, however their menu offers so many good choices of beautiful fresh Japanese food. There are almost 100 restaurants in this chain throughout Thailand, to see their locations please click here.

Salmon at Fuji

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

One of the many mouth watering dishes at Fuji in Big C shopping mall on 2nd rd.

Fuji chefs at Big C in 2nd rd.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Agoda is a great place to book your Pattaya hotel.

Oishi Ramen low cost Japanese.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Oishi Ramen is another chain of very low cost Japanese & Thai food, I have lunch at least twice a week at the Big C mall on 2nd road north Pattaya. The Salmon and salad shown above with bottomless Green Tea costs 220 Baht or $7 usd, great value. More information about Oishi click here.

Oishi Japanese Buffet Restaurant

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

The buffet is excellent value at around 500 Baht or $15, eat as much as you want. I don’t rate the food as highly as Fuji however you can’t beat the value.

Tuna Ichiban

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

There is a new shopping mall in Pattaya Klang with many good Japanese restaurants to choose from, my salmon sashimi was absolutely fabulous.

Tuna Ichiban at Harbor shopping mall

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

High quality food at a reasonable price, what more could you ask for?   

Tokyo Teppanyaki

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

I was surprised at the number of Japanese restaurants here.    I had an excellent prawn teppanyaki and miso soup for lunch.

Anego

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

 Excellent food here at Anego however I still think 200 Baht for a glass of wine is too high.

Anego Gioza

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Anego was at 226/11 (soi 5 BeachRd.) Pattaya. Now in 2nd Rd behind Lisa bar in North Pattaya.

Chamiko in Soi 3 North Pattaya.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants         

Finally hidden away in Soi 3 North Pattaya is Chamiko, it is kind of like eating in a private home. Good food, low cost and friendly staff. I walked past this strange little restaurant for 3 years without entering, now I eat there at least once a week. Open for lunch and dinner and closed on Mondays. Good food at a very low price, the best chicken Yakatori in Pattaya for about $3.  😀 Another example is you can order the two plates shown above + two glasses of South African wine for a total cost of $20 including tip, priceless.

Chamiko is a very casual atmosphere.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Here are some crazy friends of mine enjoying dinner at Chamiko. From left to right is Juergen (German), Larry (Austrian RIP), Dah (Thai) & John a.k.a Pothole (Australian).

Sushi at Chamiko

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Only about B300 or $12 aud.

Genki in Soi 4.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

A little gem hidden away in Soi 4 next to a row of shops which include Saithorn massage, is Genki. A very authentic Japanese restaurant with a nice outdoor area. Last night there were 50 Japanese male diners and one Caucasian, me.

That is always a testament to the quality of the cuisine, just count the number of Japanese diners.                      

An interesting dish at Genki.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Baby clams were delicious.

Sukishi at Central Festival.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Sukishi is an excellent Japanese BBQ restaurant in Central Festival shopping mall.          

Another favourite at Central Festival

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Hachiban Ramen, the Gyoza & Teriyaki chicken is to die for, only 153 Baht for the two, priceless. There is another branch on the ground floor of Tukcom at the rear.

June 27 at Ronin Soi 16/2 Naklua

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

Hamish & I both thought Ronin was an excellent sushi restaurant with tonnes of atmosphere.

Shakariki 432

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An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant in 2nd Rd opposite Mike Hotel. 

Upmarket & sophisticated.

Best Pattaya Japanese restaurants

We both agreed we prefer the rowdy atmosphere at Genki in Soi 4.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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