Sky 22 Dining @ Courtyard by Marriot Singapore Novena

A new found dining option. I recently chanced upon this Sky 22 at Courtyard by Marriot Singapore Novena under the AMEX platinum love dining privilege offer.

They offer a good selection of food options. Similar to any hotel dining experience.

Overall, food quality is not bad with splendid sky view.

Marriot Burger – 100% ground Augus beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, crispy bacon, dill pickle. The beef patty is thick and succulent though the crispy bacon seems a bit on the tough side. This is the first time I see such a big long pickle being served. 😀

Singapore Chilli Crab Pizza – Spanish onion, red chilli, coriander, spring onion. This item is supposed to be one of their signature dish but I feel it is at best so-so. The pizza crust will be better if it is thinner. Seems hard to him.

Pan-Seared Grouper – Pearl barley risotto, sambal oelek, okra, tumeric sauce, Vietnamese mint. This is one power dish that I enjoy. The grouper is fresh and cooked to perfection.

Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow – Wok fried flat rice and yellow noodle, Chinese chives, sliced Wagyu Beef, bean sprouts, egg, oyster sauce. Oh mine, the portion is huge and comes with generous servings of Wagyu Beef slices with each mouthful coupled with the wok-hei fragrance. Really value for money dish and to me, this should be classified as a signature dish.

Nasi Goreng – Sambal fried rice, achar, chicken satays, prawn crackers, cucumber, sunny side egg. Not too bad a dish. The chicken satays is tasty with the sambal fried rice.

Sky 22 Tiger Prawn Laksa Lemak – Thick vermicelli, quail eggs, dried beancurd, fish cakes, spicy coconut gravy. The gravy is really lemak and tastes awesomely good. Not to mention the big succulent tiger prawn that accompanies it.

Food portions are generous on the whole, hopefully they will maintain the portion and quality over time.

Try it the next time if you happen to be nearby. 😉


Autumn Trip in Tokyo from 25 Oct to 2 Nov 2019

This will be my first foliage trip to Japan and I am sure it is the start to the many more foliage trips to come. This trip was planned way back last year. However, looking at this year’s foliage schedule, I might be too early to catch it in Tokyo though. 🤣🤣🤣

Well, in chinese, there is a saying that goes “计划赶不上变化” which means “no matter how well we plan, we will still not be able to catch up with unforeseen changes”. This is so true! (at least for my situation now)

Having said that, it will still be an enjoyable trip as nothing will go wrong especially holidaying in Japan. 😀 Since this was planned as a short foliage trip, I decided to spend my time in Tokyo instead of travelling outskirt.

I am extremely excited when it comes to visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. There will be sight-seeing and certainly fooding is one key excitement. 😋😋😋

I will be doing a couple of café hopping and make a trip to Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture which I missed the last time round.

To maximize time, I will be taking a red-eye flight out in order to start the day early upon arrival.

Without further ado, pampering myself with a simple dinner at KrisFlyer Gold Lounge prior to departure.

Safe arrival to Tokyo Haneda Airport after a good sleep on board.

As usual, upon custom clearance and baggage collection, headed out to the Tokyo Monorail station for my ride to Akihabara Station.

The monorail journey takes about 40 mins with 1 change of station at Hamamatsucho Station.

I will be staying at Akihabara Washington Hotel for the first 3 nights.

This hotel is conveniently located right across JR Akihabara Station. Super convenient as literally it is just steps away from the station central south exit. 👍

As we are too early for the hotel check-in, we left our luggage at the hotel concierge before embarking on our adventure.

Scooting off to JR Harajuku Station to pay a visit to Meiji Jinggu (Meiji Shrine) which is next to Yoyogi Park.

Happen to catch glimpse of my favourite Doutor Café right across JR Harajuku Station and certainly there is no prize in guessing what will happen next. 😉

Yay…..yes yes yes, starting my first food trail 😋😄 for the trip.

After a satisfying breakfast, we headed off to Yoyogi Park (one of Tokyo’s largest park) for our foliage luck (though I am not too hopeful about it 🤞).

Yoyogi Park is located between Yoyogi-koen Station and Harajuku Station and supposedly has the best foliage. It is just a 5 mins walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

You will pass by the start of Yoyogi Park which happens to be the entrance of Meiji Jingu.

Unfortunately, foliage is nowhere in sight from the beautiful look of the greenery with the calm flowing stream.

While walking through Yoyogi Park to Meiji Shrine, you will come across sake jars lining the walkway.

The sake jars were a gift to the Emperor Meiji of the Edo period.

From paper jars to wooden barrels, each creates an interesting backdrop for a photograph. It is a little difficult to get a clean shot on a crowded day so its best to arrive early or on a weekday.

Caught hold of the Chrysanthemum Flower Festival which happens from 25 Oct 2019 to 23 Nov 2019.

Look at the beautiful big chrysanthemum flowers exhibit while enroute to the main shrine.

Finally, we reach Meiji Jinggu after a nice leisure stroll in the morning.

On this trip, we manage to pen our blessings on the Greeting Book for the recent Enthronement of His Majesty, the Emperor.

At the same time, manage to witness a traditional Japanese wedding at the shrine too.

After an interesting morning activity, time to go for my highly anticipated A5 Wagyu Trial Steak Course at Ginza Steak First Shop.

Lunch is at Ginza Steak First Shop which I read about. Here, you will get to enjoy “All You Can Eat” A5 Akami Wagyu Beef.

It is highly recommended that you made prior reservation to dine in this restaurant to avoid disappointment.

You may refer to the link below for the reservation.

Ginza Steak Reservation

How to go to Ginza Steak First Shop?

Ginza Steak First Shop is a 2 min walk from 1st Exit of Shimbashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or a 3 minute walk from Ginza Exit on the Shimbashi Station JR Line

You will see this beautiful iconic train structure at Shimbashi Station.

Are you ready to start the steak course?

Let’s go……

Marinade Kunugi Trout from Shizuoka Prefecture

Pumpkin Potage with Pandepis

Teppanyaki of Steamed A5 Wagyu Shabu Shabu

Teppanyaki of A5 Wagyu Akami *All-You-Can-Eat

They are super generous in their servings and kept checking if you need more top ups. 😄👍

Garlic Rice and Miso Soup

Today’s Dessert – Vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce

This place is definitely highly recommended for steak lovers! Certainly value for money! Make it a point to put in as one of your To-Do list on your next trip in Tokyo! 👍👍👍

After a tremendous meal, time to visit Tokyo Skytree. I have been to Tokyo many times but have yet to pay a visit officially. So this time round, I decided to make time for it. 😊

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634m (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest structure in the world.

Bird’s eye view of Tokyo city from the Tembo Deck at 350m.

Elevator view of the Skytree from 350m to 450m.

Glass floor view at 340m.

Leaving with fond memories of Tokyo Skytree, travel next to Komazawa Olympic Park to catch the Tokyo Ramen Show 2019 from 24 Oct 2019 to 4 Nov 2019.

Held at Komazawa Olympic Park in late October to early November. The Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan’s largest outdoor events dedicated to ramen noodles.

The event has been running annually since 2009 as a way to promote tourism and food education through ramen. Every region of Japan has its own distinct ramen, some are long established and others, particularly recently, use local ingredients to revitalize the community. Tokyo Ramen Show makes effort to boost tourism in these regions, along with their unique variation of ramen.

Entry to the event at Komazawa Olympic Park is free, but tickets which you can exchange for a bowl of ramen cost ¥880. If you have ever wondered about all the different styles from around Japan, this is your chance to try them out.

There are a total of 18 ramen stalls at the show and you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

Look at the crowd of ramen diners….

After much struggling, I decided to settle for the prawn based ramen from Sapporo.

There are also entertainment programmes amidst the food fare where diners can enjoy while savouring their favourite ramens.

Do soak in & enjoy the live entertainment….

How to go to Komazawa Olympic Park?

From Komazawa-daigaku Station, take the Komazawa Park Exit and walk for about 12 mins. I must say it is quite challenging and I would suggest that you rely on google map when at the Komazawa Park Exit for navigation. 😅

It has been a fun packed day since this morning. Finally, it’s time to head back to the hotel for our check-in for a good rest and to re-charge for tomorrow.

Day 2 – Refueling at Café Gusto as day starter. I last had it when I am in Hitoyoshi in Kyushu.

I am happy to find one in Akihabara as well (right across Washington Hotel). 😊

Fried Egg & Hamburg Sausage Set

Thick slice of toast

Fried chicken

With a good breakfast, moving on to Shimokitazawa.

Shimokitazawa is a hip cutural quarter neighbourhood with a lingering old-Tokyo vibe. It is known for its excellent shopping with many vintage, second-hand clothing, interior goods shops and cafés. One can easily spend a full day here if you can spare the time.

Chanced upon Ichiran and my feet just walk towards it before I knew it.

All you need is to buy a ticket from the food vending machine,

find an empty seat from the directional board followed by

sit back and wait for your ramen to be served in a jiffy.

Here you go. Itadakimasu. Oishi desu!

Spotted Wendy’s First Kitchen from afar and I felt the urge to check it out.

Ordered their Japanese styled salmon & mushroom pasta. Well, this dish looks plain and nothing much to shout at its first glance.

Interestingly, looks are always deceiving. Contrary to its looks, the pasta (looks more like ramen than pasta to me) wafu style just blows me away!

Damn! How can that be?

Bookends Coffee Service is a tiny little hole in the wall coffee stand and café about 5 mins walk from the South Exit of Shimokitazawa Station.

The coffee is good value and known also to be Tokyo cheapo. Prices are cheapo friendly with ¥200 for an espresso and ¥280 for a dine-in flat white.

Tried out the Almond Coffee Latte. Woo, its aromatically good.

Visited 2D Café in Shin-Okubo next. This café might fool your eyes with a neat optical illusion. The entire place space looks like a flat, two-dimensional illustration. With its monochromatic black and white setting, you will feel like you have just walked into a manga comic panel.

Love the white furniture as they are super convincing as 2D illustrations especially with the edges painted in black sketch outlines.

Certainly great for picturesque and instagram worthy….. 👍👍👍

How to get to 2D Café?

2D Café is a 3 min walk from Shin-Okubo Station.

Spending time exploring the streets of Shin-Okubo.

Shin-Okubo also known as Korean Town in Tokyo. This is a place if you are into Korean culture. You will be able to find all you need here as it has everything relating to South Korea. There are countless Korean shops and products in this neighbourhood including Korean beauty, K-pop, Korean food & grocery. You name it, you have it!

From here, I headed off to visit the Mipig Café which I made reservation one month ago when the slot is made available.

Mipig Café Reservation

I would strongly urge that you make advance reservation to avoid disappointment if you intend for the visit. 😊 This café is extremely popular with locals.

How to go to Mipig Café?

From Meguro Station, take the West Exit followed by 15 mins on foot.

While enroute, passes by Meguro River. The river meanders nearly 8km through several chic neighbourhood before emptying into Tokyo Bay.

The Meguro River is also one of Tokyo’s premier Hanami viewing spots.

Mipig Café is the very first and the only one in Japan where you can meet micro pigs.

Fun time playing with the micro pigs

Quite an experience from the usual pet café that we are used to.

Enjoy the live experience with the micro pig.

Try it if you have the chance the next time you visit Tokyo.

Dinner will be at Tenmatsu Nihombashi (天松). It will be an Omakase Tempura Meal. Likewise, reservation is highly recommended as the shop has only 12 seating capacity.

Tenmatsu Restaurant Reservation

Are you ready for the meal of an experience……..

Chef preparation for the experience meal.

Shrimp Head

Sweet Shrimp

Whiting Fish


Egg Plant

Fish Wrapped With Mushroom

Seasonal Wild Mushroom



Meal Finale

Oishi desu!!! 👍👍👍

How to go to Tenmatsu Nihombashi?

From Mitsukoshi-mae Station, follow sign B6 and make an immediate right turn around the corner, Tenmatsu Restaurant will be on your right hand side.

A great meal to end a great night.

Day 3 – Greeted with a superb cooling breezing temperature at 17 degrees. Wish I could do so back home every morning. 😊

Enjoying a great breakfast at a local Soba Shop right at the entrance of JR Akihabara Station.

Cold Zaru Udon

Trying out their seasonal item, Duck Soba

With a satisfying meal, went over to the Imperial Palace East Garden which is about 8 mins on foot from Tokyo Station.

Memerize by the beauty structure of Tokyo Station.

Counting down to Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The current Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle,

a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the centre of Tokyo and is now the residence of the Japan’s Imperial Family.

There are 4 structures to see when you are here.

The Nijubashi Bridge (literally “double-bridge”) connects the Imperial Palace front plaza called the Kokyo Gaien and the Imperial Place over a deep moat. It is one of the most famous spots of the Imperial Palace.

Sakuradamon Gate, a monumental and impressive entrance gate to the Imperial Palace grounds over the massive moat.

Statue of Kusunoki Masashige, located in the corner of the Kokyo Gaien National Park. Kusunoki Masashige was a famous military commander who was fiercely loyal to the Emperor of Japan.

It is well known as one of Tokyo’s three major bronze statues.

Wadakura Fountain Park, located northeast corner of Kokyo Gaien Plaza, this small park has 2 fountains that were built to commemorate the weddings of past Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in 1961 and as of his succession in April 2019, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in 1995.

Bonus shot for Rugby fans…..

Next, heading off to Shibuya in search of Statue of Hachiko.

Statue of Hachiko. Hachiko was a Japanese Akita Dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death.

You may find the said statue at Hachiko Exit 8 of Shibuya Station.

Settled for lunch at Asahi Zushi at Level 9 of Tokyu Department Store in Shibuya.

Otaru Don

Assorted 6 piece sushi

Enjoying afternoon tea break at Roar Coffee House & Roastery at Hatchobori.

This place is about 3 mins on foot from Hatchobori Station on the Hibiya Line

I specifically made a trip here because of their unique rainbow latte art.

Roar’s Coffee Latte before Expresso added

After Expresso added

Roar’s Tea Latte – every sip leaves you with a nice minty aftertaste.

Hope you like what you see!

Having Yakitori dinner at Torimitsukuni on Level 5 of Akiba Tolim.

Awesome meal as usual before ending the final night in Washington Hotel.

Day 4, we will be leaving Akihabara for Yokohama this morning. Read from this morning news that there is a recorded short-term heavy rainfall in Tokyo at 05:10 hrs about 120mm near Kozushima Village. So there are heavy rain warnings announced by Meteorological Agency. Just need to stay safe. 🤞

Kick start the morning at Denny’s on Level 2 of Washington Hotel before setting off.

Morning Grilled Cheese Sandwich Served with Hard Boiled Egg

Salt-Grilled Mackerel Breakfast Served With Tofu Salad & Sesame Dressing

Arrived into Hotel Mystays Yokohama-Kannai after an hour train ride. As the check-in is still early, likewise we left our luggage at the hotel concierge before recce-ing the surrounding area.

Today’s weather is not in our favour due to rain. So we spend time doing indoor activity.

Proceeded to search for the nearest car rental company, Nissan Car Rental near Kannai Station and place advance reservation for my rental car from 31 Oct to 1 Nov 2019.

Happens to catch hold of Fire Burg, a restaurant that serves champion Hamburg steak. So far, I am only able to find the restaurant in Sapporo and not in other part of Japan.

Yes, I am certainly thrilled and the adrenaline rush when I spotted it. Without much hesitation, I had to step in to get my cravings fix.

Sapporo Fried Chicken & Hamburger Steak

Oooohhh….the hamburg steak is really awesome without a doubt. 👍👍👍

Trying out Temma Curry at Isezaki Mall Street.

Beef curry donut

9 kinds of vegetables, bacon and sausage curry

Oh mine, their curry is really power. The fragrance of the curry spices is damn champion. Highly recommended to try if you are here! 😋😋😋

Savouring a cheap and good tempura joint at Tempura Tendon Tenya for afternoon snack.

Valued Sake Set with 4 kinds of Tempura

Assorted Vegetable Tempura

Sides to go….😘

Spend the rest of the afternoon shopping at the Isezaki Mall Street.

Dinner is at La Pausa, an Italian Restaurant & Bar which is near to the hotel.

Japanese Style Tuna Carpaccio

Mushrooms and Bacon Butter Soy Sauce

Bacon and Mushroom Duxcel

Great dinner as usual. Japanese are really good with Italian cuisine.

Well, the entire day has been gloomy and original itinerary has to be tweaked due to the heavy downpour, overall we still have a good and fun time exploring Kannai on foot.

That brings Day 4 to an end. Hopefully tomorrow’s weather will be perfect as forecasted. 🤞🤞🤞

Day 5, waking up to a bright and sunny morning. Today will be an educational day for learning.

This morning we will pay a visit to Kirin Beer Factory for a brewery tour, followed by Ramen Museum and finally Cup Noodles Museum.

The Kirin Brewery Company is one of Japan’s four leading beer breweries and was founded in Yokohama. Tourists can visit the Kirin Beer Factory in Yokohama and participate in free brewery tours which is exactly the key reason for this visit of mine to Yokohama.

I made reservation for my free brewery tour at 10am this morning. It is recommended that you arrived 10 mins earlier prior to the start of tour

Kirin Beer Factory Tour Reservation

Brewery tours last about 80 mins and lead along a gallery with displays regarding the history of beer and Kirin and with views of fermentation tanks and the canning and bottling areas. Tours are usually conducted in Japanese but an English guide may also be available. The last 20 mins of the tour consist of a free tasting where visitors are given a couple of beers and some snacks.

How to go to Kirin Beer Factory?

The Kirin Beer Factory is located a 10 mins walk south of Namamuji Station on the Keikyu Main Line.

Arriving at Kirin Brewery at the scheduled time.

Had our registration done at the reception area.

Photo momento for visitors.

Enjoying the display exhibits while waiting for the tour to be conducted.

The Kirin Beer Discovery Book

Entire process of beer production

Guided tour of the beer production plant

At the end of the tour, the highly anticipated beer tasting is up next 👍

You will get to experience 3 premium flavors from the Kirin Ichiban series made with only the first press wort at the tasting area.

Kirin Ichiban Kuronama, dark lager made with only the most delicious parts. A dark lagar fermented slowly at a low temperature based on First Press Production. It features First Press Production’s signature pure, smooth flavor while also providing the mellow, rich umami flavor of dark-colored malt.

Kirin Ichiban, ideal beer with the clear, delicious umami of barley. Kirin Ichiban is brewed with First Press Production, it excels with its clear flavor with the prominent umami of clear barley that will never grow tired of.

Kirin Ichiban Toretate Hop, created with a skillful mashing method in 2019, it features a well-balanced, smooth flavor with the enhanced great taste of seasonal hops that you can taste.

Know something? This happens to be my breakfast for this morning 🤦‍♂️. 3 glasses of Kirin beer!!! 🤣🤣🤣

This brewery tour is really educational and you should pen it in your next Tokyo visit if you can spare the time.

Bringing back fond memories with souvenirs from the Beer Factory Shop.

Next, visited Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. This is a food court which opened in 1994 located in the Shin-Yokohama district of Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

Here you will get to learn everything about the history of Ramen. Another educational visit.

So what is Ramen?

The trademark character of “Myojo Charumera”

“Uncle Charumera”

In 1966, an instant noodle product named Myojo Charumera was released with the catch phrase of “Machi-no aji (taste of the town).”

The package of this product shows a man pulling a yatai. Myojo Charumera was the first instant noodle product to feature an illustration on its package.

Love the food court nostalgic look. Brings you back to the old Japan feel.

Enjoying a nice bowl of ramen at the food court. Their ramen noodle texture coupled with the soup based is just so power.

Thereafter went over to Cup Noodles Museum near Minatomirai Station (10 mins on foot from the station).

While enroute, passes by Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall.

Pacifico Yokohama is one of the largest convention complexes in the world, equipped with all the functions required for any type of convention.

Spotted this cute Peter Rabbit London Bus, couldn’t help but to snap a photo of it.

More scenic shots along the way.

Day view of the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel.

Cosmo Clock 21 is both a huge Ferris Wheel and the largest clock in the world.

Beautiful night view shot taken from the Cosmo World. Reminds me of Kobe Harbor Land.

Learning about the history of instant noodles.

The Momofuku Ando Story

For those who are keen to design your own cup noodle, you may also join the activity at the cup noodle factory.

There is a Cup Noodle Park for kiddos, where kids can play to their hearts content and

a Noodle Bazaar where you can sample instant noodles across the World.

Since I am here, how can I afford to miss a meal here. 😊

Enjoying a cheap and good dinner at Tonkatsu Matsunoya before calling it a day.

It has indeed been a fruitful and fulfilling day of learning and knowledge building.

Day 6, will be driving up to Hakone Shrine, Hakone and Gotemba Premium Outlet.

Powering up at Café Veloce which I come across that caught my attention.

The Kaiser Roll tastes like croissant.

and not forgeting my favourite Doutor Café along the way to get my fix too.

Collected my rental car from Nissan Car Rental near South Exit of Kannai Station.

Had a Nissan Note for this road trip.

Hakone Shrine stands at the foot of Mount Hakone

along the shores of Lake Ashi.

The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge tori gates.

A path leads from the tori gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the the forest to the main building of the shrine which sits peacefully among the tall trees. It is beautiful throughout the year and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.

Hakone Tozan Cable Car

Due to the recent Typhoon Hagibis, unfortunately, all roads leading up to Owakudani in Hakone is closed. So our original plan to visit Owakudani has to be put off.

We decided to do a Water Spider cruise on Lake Ashi (similar to our Duck Tour) at Komagatake Ropeway.

Boarding Water Spider

Cruising on Lake Ashi

While on the lake, managed to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji on the back drop. The view was stunning though the picture does not do justice to it. 😂

Snacking at Prince Café

They serve good confectionery.

Having a late lunch at Kojiri Café while enroute to Gotemba Premium Outlet.

Yuzu pepper ramen, love the noodle texture (like our mee-pok) and the unique yuzu pepper soup base.

Small curry and rice, simple yet tasty.

Retail therapy time at Gotemba Premium Outlet

Woohoo…..see what I found here! Shake Shack in Gotemba Premium Outlet! 😯

Needless to say, had to check it out.

The Premium Outlet is now undergoing upgrading which will be ready by Spring 2020 with a new South Zone extension, as such, there are not as much outlet shops as they used to have for now.

Nevertheless, we still manage to pick up some loots from here. 😀

Had a late dinner at 日本海庄 (local Izakaya) near our hotel.

Gyoten Tairyomori Sashimi Assortment

Black Cod with Saikyo Miso

Deep-Fried Chicken (Citrus-Flavored Soy Sauce with Grated Daikon Radish, Plum & Green Onion Sauce)

Tempura of Corn & Green Soybean

Oh ya, before I forget… Happy Halloween to one and all!

Trick or Treats???

Day 7, second last day of the trip. This morning, we will be leaving Yokohama for Kamata.

Relaxing over a nice breakfast at Excelsior Caffé before heading off.

This is my first time trying out this joint and somewhat similar to Doutor Café.

Made a visit to see The Great Buddha of Kamakura after a hearty breakfast.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple.

The height of the statute stands at 11.4m and has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.

The looks of the bronze statue gives one the calm look feel and is different from the usual Buddha statue that I come across.

Love the magnificent sculpture of the statute.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is highly popular and you will see a lot of local and foreign tourists flocking over just to catch a glimpse of the bronze statute.

With the awesome sight, moving on next to Hokokuji Temple.

Brief history of Hokokuji Temple

Hokokuji Temple is one of the Zen temples which belong to Kenchoji Temple of Rinzai Sect. This temple flourished as the family temple of both the Ashikaga and Uesugi clans.

Its founding priest was Tengan Eko (posthumous Buddhist name – Butsujo Zenji) who was a representative of the Zen literary movement known as Gozan Bungaku.

Butsujo Zenji was a high level priest. He studied under the priest Mugaku Sogen, who was invited from China and who was the founder of Engakuji Temple. He eventually travelled to China to continue his studies. Collections of Buddhist teachings, written in his own hand, “Tokishiyu” and his own personal wooden carved seals of “Tengan” and “Eko”, are important National Cultural Properties and are housed in the Kamakura museum of National Treasures.

The temple is also famous for its Moso Bamboo gardens and is sometimes called “The Bamboo Temple”.

Hope you find it interesting and educational.

The temple gate “Yakuimon” leading worshippers to the gently-sloping approach.

The main building, inside sits a statute of Shakyamuni tathagata (the Buddha), the principal image of Hokokuji and main annual events are celebrated here.

Tombs of Ashikagas, a “Yagura” is a cave to accommodate tombs and proper to Kamakura. The yagura of Hokokuji accommodates a few tombs of Ashikagas.

More shots of the temple.

The bamboo garden, here you can fully appreciate the beauty and the power of 2,000 Moso-bamboo (the biggest species of bamboo) all year round.

Isn’t it beautiful? Does it resemble the Arashiyama in Kyoto?

Do come and experience for yourself in your next Tokyo trip!

Head back to Nissan Rent A Car for my car return after the bamboo garden visit.

While walking back to Hotel, came across Sukiya, this is also one of my favourite comfort food joint.


Checking-in to Nishitetsu Inn Kamata for my final night stay. 😱

One for the road dinner at Ginza Bald Sky Restaurant on Level 6 Granduo East which specializes in tempura after much contemplation on the various food options. 🤣🤣🤣

Certainly lives up to the tempura standard. Oishi! I am glad that I had this meal. It has definitely exceeded my expectation.

I am really happy that this trip of mine, I had the chance to try the cheap & good tempura joint at Tempura Tendon Tenya to the good mid-end joint at Ginza Bald Sky and last but not least, to the champion joint at Tenmatsu Nihombashi. Well, this is what life is all about in my perspective……

Day 8, home coming day. Time really flies before we knew it. Our 8 days of trip has finally come to an end. As usual, having mixed feelings about it each time when a trip comes to an end despite going through this ritual umpteen times. 😅😅

Well, all being said, life still got to move on! Enjoying a great complimentary breakfast at the hotel.

Food though looks simple and plain but taste really delicious. I love especially their soup buffet dispensing machine. 😀

Time to pack our luggage, round up on last minute grocery shopping and preparing for check-out.

One for the road tempura meal at Tempura Tendon Tenya which is just next to Nishitetsu Inn Kamata. Somehow for this trip, after the earlier champion Tempura Omakase Meal, I fell in love with tempura thoroughly at least for this trip la 😉.

Wonderful parting meal before heading to Haneda Airport.

One of the reason for me to stay in Kamata is the convenience of travelling to Haneda Airport by Keikyu Limousine Bus and the bus stop is located conveniently right outside JR Kamata Station East Exit.

The bus ride only takes about 25 mins and cost ¥280 per pax from the station to the airport. 👍👍

Relaxing at ANA Lounge prior to boarding.

The food selection and quality is without a doubt, coupled with the spacious area and the prompt service staff attending to you.

This is definitely one of the better lounges that I have come across.

Sayonara Tokyo. I will now look forward to my upcoming trip to Okinawa in end Dec 2019. Till then, hope you enjoy what you read.

Super Long Weekend National Day Trip to Bangkok from 9 Aug to 12 Aug 2019

There is no prize in guessing when it comes to long weekend especially given a super long weekend. Yes, an excuse for me to travel out of the country (as usual) for a quick recharge. It is almost an annual ritual for me to travel to Bangkok in August. Know what? It was exactly one year ago that I visited this beautiful country on the same date. It seems just like I was here yesterday. How amazing!

I would always try to take an early flight out whenever possible so that I can start the day early upon landing.

Before all the excitement can happen, it is a must to enjoy and pamper myself at the airport lounge prior to departure. 😋

Trying out the Thai Royal Silk Lounge for the first time.

Pretty disappointed with the food option in the lounge though. There is not much of the hot food serving. Overall, the lounge experience wasn’t that great to shout about. ☹

So, decided to lounge hop. Went over to SATS Premium Lounge which is right beside Thai Lounge.

Making up for the loss time. 😀