Miyajima Bites

What do you do I mean staying in a Ryokan .. You have 2 meals covered, and just have to go around exploring ..
Miyajima to me is a quaint small town, a nice getaway to recharge, place for retirees to explore
This place seems to be packed with more Japanese tourists and even school children who make day trips to visit
the UNESCO sight (Torii Gate).

Day Time ( When the tides recede you can go down and touch the bridge itself!)

Day Time ( When the tides recede you can go down and touch the bridge itself!)

Night Time

Night Time

Apart from this, just close by, the
Itsukushima Shrine

haha

Itsukishima Shrine

Five-storied Pagoda

Five-storied Pagoda

Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park

Mt.Misen

Mt.Misen

Sweet Old Couple

Sweet Old Couple

There is this whole street of shops ( you won’t miss it at all i promise) of which,
what we liked and tried:

#1: Chestnuts!

#1: Chestnuts!

#2: Sweet Potato Ice cream

#2: Sweet Potato Ice cream

#2: Sweet Potato Ice Cream ( my favourite of all)

#2: Sweet Potato Ice Cream ( my favourite of all)

#3: Stall that sells Fish Cake

#3: Stall that sells Fish Cake

#3: Mentai Fish Cake

#3: Mentai Fish Cake

And of course, not forgetting what Miyajima is famous for : Momiji Manju

But we tried a different version:

#4: Agemomiji (Fried Momiji mantou)

#4: Agemomiji (Fried Momiji mantou)

#4: With Cheese Filling

#4: With Cheese Filling (Pure Awesomeness)

#5: Roasted Senbei (Rice Cracker)

#5: Roasted Senbei (Rice Cracker)

For lunch, we stepped into one of the restaurants that seemed to be packed with families ( we won’t return back btw)

Grilled Oyster in Shio (Salt)

Grilled Oyster in Shio (Salt)

Ten Don (Assorted Tempura on Rice)

Ten Don (Assorted Tempura on Rice)

Anago

Anago

Anago Meishi

Anago Meishi

Ebi (Prawn) Fried

Ebi (Prawn) Fried

Katsu Curry Don(Rice)

Katsu Curry Don(Rice)

Of course, another attraction was the giant spatula

Giant Spatula

Giant Spatula

Souvenirs can include your own self portrait/ name writing on mini spatulas

Arashi :)

Arashi ūüôā

If you do get the chance, ¬†We all definitely would return back to Miyajima for a day trip ¬†or a night stay ūüôā
Food Wise, for the Anago and Oysters -> definitely
The Deers you see around are very friendly, they do no bite but!! they seem to like paper for some reason. What I thought was amazing was the deers did not dare to enter the shops/ restaurants

Bye for now

Bye for now

On our way back to take the train to Osaka, We came across this Cafe called Blue Bird Cafe.
I totally  ask you to go inside and have a cuppa and talk to the friendly owner. He started this cafe literally by the road side. As a gimmick and as he managed to expand, he bought into the shop and it looked like his van drove into the shop. LITERALLY.

no exaggeration right

no exaggeration right

to all the book lovers

to all the book lovers

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Say Hi to the Owner’s cat

Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea Latte

Green Tea Latte

Green Tea Latte

Americano

Americano

i spy the car door

i spy the car door

The Bluebird Cafe

1-3-27 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi,
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0411, Japan

Kurayado Iroha #2.2

Dinner time day#2

#1: Assorted Appetisers:

#1: Assorted Appetisers:

#1: miso with assorted vegetables

#1: miso with assorted vegetables

#2:  yuzu marinate oyster in cheese

#2: yuzu marinate oyster in cheese

#3: Sashimi ( Chutoro (Tuna), Uni (Sea Urchin) Tai (Sea Bream),

#3: Sashimi ( Chutoro (Tuna), Uni (Sea Urchin) Tai (Sea Bream), Ika (Squid)

#4: Tea pot soup

#4: Tea pot soup

#4 : clear soup

#4 : clear soup

#4: tortoise/turtle

#4: ¬†inside the soup lies …. tortoise/turtle and mochi, leek

 

#5: Grilled Shirako (Sperm of whale) and Miso Cod fish

#5: Grilled Shirako (Sperm of whale) and Miso Cod fish

#6: Toufu skin wrapped around Anago, mushroom, spinach

#6: Toufu skin wrapped around Anago, mushroom, spinach

#8: Tempura heirloom tomato and fish

#7: Tempura heirloom tomato, eggplant and fish
#8: Palate Cleanser: yuzu ice

#8: Palate Cleanser: yuzu ice

 

#9: Steamed Beef with Vegetables

#9: Steamed Beef with Vegetables

#9: look at the beef

#9: look at the beef

#10: Oyster Meshi

#10: Oyster Meshi

#11: picked burdock, cucumber and raddish

#11: picked burdock, cucumber and raddish

#12: Miso Soup

#12: Miso Soup

 

#12: Fruit Platter ( Honey Dew, Strawberry, Pear)  and Yuzu Pudding

#12: Fruit Platter ( Strawberry, Pear) and Yuzu Pudding

#12: close up of yuzu pudding

#12: close up of yuzu pudding

 

Verdict: 3/5 of us will return.
Overall the stay here was quite pleasant ( except when we were given a room that faced a construction site that woke us up early morning) .
The service was good in the sense the staff were very attentive, and I loved the tubs both outside and inside  soaking tubs

Inside soaking heaven ( yup those are lemons floating around)

Inside soaking heaven ( yup those are lemons floating around)

Outside view : you could see the bridge and some of the lights from the building across miyajima ( don't worry no one can see you)

Outside view : you could see the bridge and some of the lights from the building across miyajima ( don’t worry no one can see you)

and I think above all the utensils and platings comparatively from the other ryokans so far in this part of the trip were very artsy

( perhaps due to their little artsy store they have in the ryokan)

Kurayado Iroha

589-4 Miyajimacho, 
Hatsukaichi, 
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0559, Japan
+81 829-44-0168

Kurayado Iroha #2.1

For Breakfast we were served Japanese Style
(you can choose Western or Japanese)

we of course went with Japanese

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Shabu seasonal vegetables

Shabu seasonal vegetables

Miso soup

Miso soup

Mandarin Orange (Mikan) Juice

Mandarin Orange (Mikan) Juice

Tamago (egg) Yaki

Tamago (egg) Yaki

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Grilled Mackeral

Grilled Mackeral

Vinegared Egg Plant

Vinegared Egg Plant

grilled oyster

grilled oyster

Stewed Vegetables

Stewed Vegetables

fruits: Pear and Orange

fruits: Pear and Orange

Cabbage wrapped in bean curd skin

Cabbage wrapped in bean curd skin

Kurayado Iroha
589-4 Miyajimacho,
Hatsukaichi,
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0559, Japan
+81 829-44-0168

 

Kurayado Iroha #1

We stayed in this ryokan called kurayado Iroha, breakfast and dinner included.
Our first night’s Omakase dinner

Appetizer : for prawn eaters

Appetizer : for prawn eaters

Appetizer : for non prawn eaters

Appetizer : for non prawn eater

Preserved mackeral slice with baby yam

Preserved mackeral slice with baby yam

Sliced Preserved sayori Sushi

Sliced Preserved sayori Sushi

Fried Sweet Potato

Fried Sweet Potato

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Sweet Miso with Spinach and Sesame dressing

Sweet Miso with Spinach and Sesame dressing

Tobiko with yudoufu

Tobiko with yudoufu

Toufu fish cakse in clear broth

Toufu fish cakse in clear broth

Second Course

Second Course

Second Course: Daikon rested on crab miso tofu with yuzu and ginger

Second Course: Daikon rested on crab miso tofu with yuzu and ginger

Sea Bream Sashimi

Third Course: Sea Bream Sashimi

Look at the skill!!

Look at the skill!!

Fourth Course

Fourth Course

Third Course:  Tempura Fish with Stewed Vegetables : Daikon, Eggplant and Spinach

Fourth Course: Tempura Fish with Stewed Vegetables : Daikon, Eggplant and Spinach

Fourth Course For the Prawn Eaters

Fourth Course For the Prawn Eaters

Fourth Course:  Lobster with Stewed Vegetables: Daikon, Spinach and Eggplant

Fourth Course: Lobster with Stewed Vegetables: Daikon, Spinach and Eggplant

Fifth Course: Grilled seasonal Vegetables (Pumpkin, leek, Yam, Mushrooms,) on a leaf with sweet Miso paste

Fifth Course: Grilled seasonal Vegetables (Pumpkin, leek, Yam, Mushrooms,) on a leaf with sweet Miso paste

Sixth Course: Palate Cleanser : Apple granite

Sixth Course: Palate Cleanser : Apple granite

Seventh course: Shabu Shabu ( Beef shabu) with sesame dipping sauce

Seventh course: Shabu Shabu ( Beef shabu) with sesame dipping sauce

Step 1: put into beef in to cook first

Step 1: put into beef in to cook first

Simmering

Simmering

Seventh Course: Fried Fish wrapped in leek drizzled in ponzu sauce

Eightth Course: Fried Fish wrapped in leek drizzled in ponzu sauce

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Eighth Course: Rice

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Miso Soup

Tenth Course: Miso Soup

Dessert: Momiji, Kytoto Grape and Persimmon

Dessert: Momiji, Kytoto Grape and Persimmon

Verdict: I will leave it till the last post to make a more comprehensive verdict.
in the meantime, my bath awaits! ūüôā

open air bath

open air bath

Anago Meishi

Travelling to Miyajima, one thing that is a MUST EAT:
Anago Meishi (Sharp toothed eel steamed rice)

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After Taking the JR train, on the way to catch the Ferry to Miyajima, we stopped by this place that my bro highly recommended :
Uneo Anago Meishi

Entrance

Entrance

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two main choices:  either salted or sauced flavoured

Shio (Salt) Anago Meishi

Shio (Salt) Anago Meishi

Normal anago meishi

Normal anago meishi

Verdict: 5/5 will return (and we did return on the way back to Osaka)
The texture of the eel is so different from unagi – its bouncier, and tastes almost similar to the Chinese red grouper (hong ban) kind of firmness.
Although both looks the same, but i think we liked the sauce one better

Ueno Anago Meishi
1-5-11 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi,
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0411, Japan

Heading towards the direction of the ferry, chanced upon this quaint cafe and had coffee

Entrance

Entrance

Genmai Cha

Genmai Cha

Ice Green Tea Latte

Ice Green Tea Latte

Green Tea Ice with Red Bean and Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice with Red Bean and Ice Cream

Matcha with Momiji Manju

Matcha with Momiji Manju

Marron (Chestnut) sponge cake

Marron (Chestnut) sponge cake

Coffee ( love the cup)

Coffee ( love the cup)

Verdict: 5/5 return will return (not on a full belly)
The staff was very friendly in engaging in conversation with us. Setting was very much like a localised coffee shop that neighbours just freely came in and had a cuppa ūüôā if you like to look at potteries and cups etc, this is a very nice place that sell pretty artistic unique kind of cups ..

alrighties onward Miyajima!!!

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