Somewhere in Japan today, living a Travelife, I took a group of friends to a lovely restaurant hidden in the mountains, consisting of hundred-year-old farmhouses.
It’s very hard to get to if you don’t speak Japanese, and it’s quite a drive from the city — but it’s worth it.
This is one of my favourite restaurants for the over-all quintessential Japan experience — the Japan most people would like to imagine.
Everyone was enchanted, which made me very glad, as I have been trying very hard to make this trip so very special for them — calling in favours with contacts everywhere and seeking out the very best experiences in Japan.
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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
These friends have been everywhere and they have done everything, so it’s a nice challenge to arrange a trip to Japan that will make them smile.
And so far, they have been very happy.
I’m having an incredibly good time as well, as everyone is such good company.
A MOVIE-PERFECT SETTING
And tonight’s restaurant was so very special.
Someone exclaimed: “This is something straight out of a Kurosawa movie.“
It certainly was, in terms of the setting and the atmosphere.
A GREAT PLACE
EVEN FOR MOST JADED TRAVELERS
I like taking people who have been everywhere in the world and seen the best things in life here, as no one leaves this restaurant without being enchanted.
I’ve taken a very famous global CEO here and he’s loved it.
Lots of people in Tokyo like to take their big global bosses to this restaurant a well, because it’s so very different.
The CEO of one of the most famous luxury hotel chains in the world was taken here as well by one of his senior executives in Japan, he loved it here as well.
The meal itself was lovely. but it’s really the combination of a beautiful atmosphere and Old World charm, plus good food, that makes this a must-visit destination.
Everyone eats in a private minka, which is an antique farmhouse outfitted with some modern comforts like a sunken floor.
And dinner was a seven-course rustic kaiseki meal that began with baby potatoes shredded and served to resemble cold somen noodles and ended with wagyu steaks on hot stone, served with barley rice and shredded yams.
And tomorrow, we’re having wonderful sushi for lunch, followed by an afternoon of shopping in Omotesando.
And then we’re ending the day with a molecular gastronomy dinner and sake cocktails especially prepared for us by a famous sommelier, which we’re going to enjoy on one of the most amazing rooftops in Tokyo, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.