Dec 14, 2015

Japan Travelogue: Last Day in Ueno (2 Nov 2014)

The day had finally came for us to pack our bags and get ourselves back to Malaysia. On a bright note, we still had about 8 hours to roam around Ueno. So we started our day with scrumptious breakfast in Yayoiken やよい軒.

Yayoiken やよい軒 @ Ueno
There were plenty of teishoku for one to choose from in Yayoiken やよい軒. Once you have made up your mind, just proceed to the ticket vending machine, make your order, and pay the displayed sum. Yes, CASH basis only.

My Tonkatsu Set @ Yayoiken やよい軒
After our terrible tonkatsu experience in Ootoya 大户屋, it was quite a difficult decision to give tonkatsu another try but hey, this tonkatsu set of mine was really worth every bank for buck!

Its crispiness was no doubt an outcome of years of practice and experience: it landed right on the fine line between under or over fried. Wrapped in the nest of crispy skin was the tender loving pork chop so juicy that I almost cried in tears.

Enough for exaggeration. My point is it was really really good and you have to try it if you have gotten the chance.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = 1,870yen (it is cheaper than ramen, which is usually priced at 1,000yen)

Mario and Team on the road @ Ueno
While we were walking towards Ueno Park, we saw this cute parade of Mario and team, all dressed up for the Sunday fun. Those vehicles they were driving was totally functional, I was in awe!

National Museum of Nature and Science @ Ueno Park
Ueno Park is a large public park, which houses various museums, monuments and attractions of which you can literally spend whole day here. The tanner half was naturally inclined to nature and science, hence here we were at National Museum of Nature and Science, only to find out that it was closed for renovation :(

Autumn Colors @ Ueno Park
Aimless we were, we wandered around the open air park and enjoyed the beautiful autumn colors and chilly autumn air.

Crowds @ Ueno Park
To our surprise, there were plenty locals whom actually spend their weekends here too. I believed it was due to several exhibitions happening on this particular day, e.g. green energy/energy conservation, art.

Green tea soft serve from a truck out side Ueno Park (350yen)
Just when we were exiting Ueno Park, we stumbled across an ice cream truck. Since it was our last day in Japan, we thought might as well give the green tea ice cream a try (FYI green tea is not a flavour I would usually order but hey, I was in Japan and it ought to be good).

For about RM10, this soft serve did not fail me: the green tea flavour was more natural than most in Malaysia's and the texture was really creamy.

Total Damage = 350yen

Lemon Water (100yen)
We also grabbed some refreshing yet not cloyingly sweet lemon water from those 100yen vending machines to quench our thirst while we continued to explore Ueno until 5pm, when we stopped by McDonald to grab some quick bites before heading to Haneda International Airport.

Rokurinsha @ Haneda International Airport (Departure Area)
I must commend Japan for its great connectivity. You can easily take a train from any train station in Tokyo to Haneda-Airport International Terminal Station, which save you plenty $$ from taking any taxi, not forgetting the possible traffic jam too!

Tsukemen @ Rokurinsha 
We arrived at Haneda International Airport about 3 hours earlier than our flight. By then, our shared burger was fully digested, hence the proper meal at Rokurinsha in the departure area was warranted.

As Rokurinsha is all about the Tsukemen, I ordered just that. Their noodles was made broad and thick  - it was akin to loh mee but denser - giving it more chewy character. The broth was thick and super flavourful that I found it hard to enjoy.

Total Damage for 2 Pax = 2,050yen


My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:

  • Ambiance
    • Yayoiken やよい軒 - 4/5
    • Rokurinsha @ Haneda International Airport - 4/5
  • Price
    • Yayoiken やよい軒 - 5/5
    • Rokurinsha @ Haneda International Airport - 4/5
  • Food
    • Yayoiken やよい軒 - 5/5
    • Rokurinsha @ Haneda International Airport - 3/5
  • Verdict
    • Yayoiken やよい軒 - Cheap cheap and good good! Must eat!
    • Rokurinsha @ Haneda International Airport - Maybe you should try their soup version.

My personal attractions verdicts for:

  • Ueno Park - Interesting park with lots of museums in one venue. If you are not a fan of museums, you can also take a leisure walk and enjoy the clean air


Yayoiken やよい軒
Kamichi Building 1F, 3-37-9 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Operation Hours: 7am - 11pm
Tel: +81 3-5846-6175
Credit Cards: No

3F, Gates 112-114, Haneda International Airport
Operation Hours: 24 hours
Tel: +81 3-6303-6825
Credit Cards: Yes

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