噺屋 Hanashiya

I went back to Tokyo for summer vacation (again). After I finished this year’s summer camp I left for about a week in Tokyo. I figured a week would be plenty of time to redeem Tokyo from the disaster it was last year plus there were several friends I could catch up with. I also expected to get plenty of sleep at my hostel in Unseo, and well that failed horribly. So half asleep I booked it to Incheon before the sun rose in the sky. I slept most of the flight in that sort of half asleep half awake state that is just miserable, so when at the airport they told me the easiest and cheapest way to Tokyo Station was to take a bus I was more than happy to half sleep the entire way and not worry about passing out on the trains. I wanted to be less zombie like when I met up with Emily.

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Taking airport buses are a lot easier than doing transfers on trains especially when your a sleep deprived zombie.

After meeting up with her we searched for a free locker to stow my luggage. (Protip: Tokyo Station is super crowded so the lockers are usually full, try the ones in the attached basement mall).

We wandered around the mall attached to Tokyo Station in search of lunch, I was starving from a pathetic convenience store dinner in Unseo and a run to my gate at Incheon (Who would have expected everyone to be leaving Seoul at 5:30 AM on a Sunday morning?) We decided on Hanashiya, mostly lured in by the sampuru (fake waxy food models in the windows). Hanashiya is a soba shop. I ordered a lunch set of cold Soba noodles with tempura. It was delicious and refreshing because Tokyo was sweltering hot and humid. (Not too different from Korea sadly)

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Underneath the plate with onions and wasabi was the broth. For cold noodles you dip them in a cool broth, mixing in any onions or wasabi you want to give it that extra kick. It wasn’t particularly crowded, though it was a bit after one. Hanashiya was a great place to eat and catch up. We made our order before going in, with a worker who spoke English which kept it hassle free.

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