Day 25 - Tempura prawns and the return to Yokohama
Trip Start Aug 21, 2008
35Trip End Sep 23, 2008
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There was a variety of sickness inducing style carnival rides at 3 separate park sections. There was a very tame looking kids section, a section devoted to larger rides similar to the portable rides seen at annual fairs, such as the Royal Easter show, and another section which contained some more exciting and permanent looking rides such as a large rollercoaster and a splashdown ride.
Today for some reason we saw more foreigners than on every other day of the trip put together. All Americans. We saw no less than 40 or 50 non-Japanese people, whereas on most days we have been lucky to see more than 2 or 3 (besides ourselves). I'm not sure whether there is something happening in Yokohama today, or in the coming days, to cause the influx, or whether it was purely coincidence.
After lunch and a decent look around the area again we made our way to the hotel to check in. After a short rest, we headed out for dinner. I was yet to try tempura (on this trip), and I couldn't leave Japan without going to an authentic tempura restaurant. We walked down to the tempura restaurant next door to our favourite curry house, and realised that the entire menu was in Japanese, with no supplemental English. Veronica walked outside with the waitress and pointed out our desired meals to the waitress. Apparently she ordered the tempura prawn meal for me. Good choice.
I've got to say that the simplicity of a tempura battered and freshly flash fried tempura prawns is hard to beat. Fantastically good combination of 3 giant tempura prawns, some other tempura fried vegetables and a large bowl of rice filled me up nicely. Imagine my surprise then when I read the bill and it was $5.20 for my meal. Veronica ordered a tempura and udon noodle set, which was far more expensive at nearly $8. All up our 4 meals came to about $17, as the girls only had rice and some of Veronica's huge bowl of noodles.
I noticed the tank of large live lobsters. Veronica asked me why I hadn't noticed that before.
WHY DIDN'T WE EAT THERE???
Back to the room for an early night, as we are all in need of a rest, and Hakone tomorrow is likely to be a fairly big day if we decide to do look around Hakone, ride the Hakone ropeway and do the Lake Ashi cruise all in one day, which is very likely, depending on the weather.
Where I stayed
Toyoko Inn Shin-Yokohama Ekimae Shinkan