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Late Night Dinner - Pork Based Ramen
Price: 1000 yen
If you came home late and realized that you don't have any food at home. Ramen shop is your best bet, most of the ramen shop open until 12am.
In this ramen shop, each table has two big jars of picked radish and green onion. You can add as many as you like.
In the Area
Around 20 minutes by bus from Machida station you need to go to the Machida Squirrel Park or Machida Risuen (まちだリス園). It’s a bit far, but if you like the cute little animals, you should really take a look there. The park already opened in December 1988 and includes around 200 squirrels. Inside the park you can see and feed them. You can buy some corns for the squirrels inside the park for 100 yen each. You also will get a glove so the little rodents don’t bite your fingers. They have cute little houses where the squirrels can hide, but don’t worry, they come out if you show them food. Before entering the squirrel park, you first have to walk through a small petting zoo. There they have rabbits, turtles, hamsters and a few parrots. For sure you can feed these animals, too, and there is a special petting area for rabbits. However, this costs extra money. For me, the area for the hamsters was too small for all the animals and pretty dirty… The entry fee is ¥ 400 for adults. Elementary school children need to pay ¥ 200, children up to two years are free of charge. The park is opened from 10am to 4pm, from April to September it is prolonged until 5pm. Closing days are every Tuesday (if it is a public Holiday the next day will be closed), Tuesday until Friday at the first week of June, September and December plus 27th December to 2nd January. Official website: http://www.machida-risuen.com/
This restaurant is one of the favorites of me and my husband and we try to visit it regulary. At the Hiroshima Tetchan (ひろしま鉄ちゃん) they serve Hiroshima styled Okonomiyaki, which is different to the Osaka styled one you find all over Japan. One of the differences is that Hiroshima Okonomiyaki includes soba noodles. The restaurant is only a few minutes away from Machida station at the underground floor of Hontama Building. It’s a small, familial restaurant with around 30 seats. You can watch the chef preparing the dishes in front of you. Also the interior welcomes you to Hiroshima with many pictures on the wall. You even can take a look through Hiroshima travel books while waiting for your order. They have a varity of Okonomiyaki on their menu, prices are between ¥ 750 and ¥ 1220. For an additional payment you can get more toppings. I especially love the cheese mochi Okonomiyaki. May husband always orders double-soba. Also some other dishes are available. Unfortunately, the menu is only available in Japanese. The restaunrant is opened from Wednesday to Monday from 11:00 to 22:30. It's closed on Tuesdays. You can find more information on the HotPepper page: https://www.hotpepper.jp/strJ000249727/If you come up being around Machida, take a look there. You don’t have many chances to get a great Hiroshima Okonomiyaki outside of Hiroshima.
We have been invited to the New Year's Meeting of my Japanese husband's family and went to the Japanese styled restaurant Aogaki (青柿) which is located around 10 minutes by foot from the station Aobadai (Denentoshi line). The restaurant is a big building with bamboo trees outside and Japanese styled walkway. The staff is wearing kimono. Our group of ten people had an own room with tatami floor, flat chairs and tables. We had a menu with many different dishes. All were very delicous and it took over two ours to have all the food. After the staff was informed that I don't eat fish and seafood they made an extra dish for me with steak which was pretty soft. All the dishes were beautiful decorated. However, as you might can expect, it is not cheap inside. I don't know how much we had to pay in the end (because we were invited), but I think ¥ 5,000 for each person must be the minimum. We have been there for lunch time. I was told the dinner plan is even more expensive and it's normal to spend between ¥ 15,000 ~ ¥ 20,000 at night time. So if you plan to go there, take a lot of money with you.
There seems to be a museum for just about everything and Doraemon is no exception. Doraemon is universally loved in Japan and is the staple in which every cartoon cat in Japan is compared against. Actually the museum is dedicated to manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio, but it might as well be called the Doraemon museum, since he is most famous for making that. Not to discredit his other works, because it is also lovely. When you get there, you are presented by a timeline of cartoons from around the world, when they are from in their own time. Of course, since Doraemon is from the future, he is shown right at the end. That is a nice touch, I think. The museum is very organized, and it is very hard to get lost. You see some original drawings by Fujiko F. Fujio and see the manga-making process, step by step. Outside the museum, you can find statues and sculptures of the characters from the Anime and Manga. You can even walk through a “Dokodemo Door” if you are so inclined, although it didn’t teleport me anywhere. Oh well. The café was pretty interesting as well. We ordered tea you mix yourself. Both bottles are clear, but when you mix the tea, it changes colors! It was like magic! To get there, just take a train to Noborito Station in Kawasaki and take the Doraemon-themed bus to the museum. It is totally worth it. Unfortunately, English support is pretty limited in this Museum. But even so, you can still find plenty of things to enjoy.