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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

OIZUMIGAKUEN: Torikizoku has reopened their restaurants! But Coronavirus effect has hit the menu and interior (Sony RX100)

Its been about 2.5 months since my last visit to Torikizoku due to coronavirus lockdown.  BUT as of  May 26th restaurants are now allowed to open til 10pm.  All items on the menu 298 yen and all ingredients sourced from Japan. 

Lots of plastic on all the booths for Coronavirus. 

Always love the regional specials... 

Touch panel seems to have been cleaned with alcohol. 

So glad to see they return of the picture menu!  At one point everyting was on the tablet thats not the easiest to maneuver. 

Definitely hit up the MEGA Kinmugi Beer and MEGA Hi-Balls... all 298 yen. 

Free refill cabbage with either ponzu or goma-sesame seed oil dressing.   But I suggest you ask for both!

Menu is in English (rather Jinglish), Chinese and Japanese. 

Many of my favorites were not in stock.  Seems there are still trying to source these.

Some Jingish for ya... 

Can you guess what this is? 

Gave the special a try!  Great fried chicken with mayo dip. 

Mega Hi-Ball!

And we closed with freshly made seasoned rice. 


I'm so glad Torikizoku is back!  Most of the crowd was university students in their early 20's causing my friend to be on edge because of cornavirus.  Seems its dormant in younger people.  BUT I will definitely be back... they have counter seating for 1-2 people so that might be a safer option as you aren't sitting next to people in the booths.  

Restaurant: Torikizoku Oizumigakuen Branch
Address J: 東京都練馬区東大泉1-37-8 ドラゴンスクエア2ビル 3F
Address E:  Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Higashi Oizumi 1-37-8

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KICHIJOJI: Satou for their crazy popular mashed potato and minced beef corokke balls! (Sony RX100)

Satou has some of the most popular corokke mashed potato and minced beef balls!  Lines are usually 30-50 deep but due to coronavirus and end of Tokyo's lockdown most people were at work on this June 2nd Tuesday afternoon.  THUS!  Line was only about 10 deep! 

Socia distancing tape on the pavement. 

You can also buy fresh cuts of butcher meat here... 

Many different kind of fried items.  

Menu is in English also.  The Minced Beef Cutlet (Menchi-Katsu / minced beef corokke ball with chopped onions) 240 yen but if you buy 5 or more its 220 yen.  And the mashed potatoe corokke 150 yen.

Friendly staff will ask what you need then just  pay the cashier.

Back to Kichijoji Park for a few beers and my take-out. 

Potato corokke was rather normal... but very big like a billards ball. 

My favorite was definitely the minced beef ball with large slices of onions... the sweetness of the onions and almost meatball texture of the beef was soooo yum!! If in Kichijoju you gotta gooo!

Restaurant: Satou Kichijoji Branch
Address J: 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1-1-8
Address E: Tokyo, Musashino, Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CHICHIBU: Ryouzanpaku Onsen Hot Springs Dinner & Breakfast during Coronavirus :( but great service! (Sony RX100).

For the past few days Tokyo has reported less than 20 cases of new coronavirus infections in the city and although I was extremely nervous about heading to onsen... against my better judgement I joined my friends invite to visit Ryouzanpaku Onsen in Chichibu. 

Natural hot spring... think they just warm the water flowing from the stream to 40 degrees and feed it into the indoor and out door baths 

The room was old, dusty and lacked any bathroom facilities.  Learned that Minshuku is a budget onsen that has communal restrooms, washing areas and baths that cost around 10,000 yen per night.  If you want a Japanese hotel style room with all the amenities called a Ryokan then its about 20,000 yen plus per night per person .

Think we got the 1 night dinner and breakfast plan for 8,000 yen per person.

One drink included in the dinner so best to stop by a convenient store to stock up.  There was a little fridge in the room.

Sooo many tiny options.   

My favorite is always the maguro tuna. 

Compressed sushi. 

Super tender seasoned pork with a side of mushrooms. 

Loved this fish... seasoned in miso and sooo flavorful. 


You close the meal with Soba noodles... they boil to order. 

Rice if you need a bowl.  The dinner was just too filling.  Very nicely balanced. 

Photo of the rather small dusty room. 

Sat on the window sil and listened to the birds and stream flowing down below.

Breakfast is served in a large room.  

Only passed on the fermented natto beans. 

Hot plate to crack open an egg and 2 pieces of ham. 

This is definitely not a romantic outing kinda place but looking at the guests during breakfast I saw mostly older couples and small groups that seemed to be on a company trip.  During my Tuesday - Wednesday stay there were a total of 20 guests.  Also not a place you can walk around and explore... pretty much stuck at the hotel. 

Hotel: Chichibu Ogano Onsen Ryokan Ryozanpaku
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Address J: 埼玉県秩父郡小鹿野町般若260
Address E: Saitama, Chichibu-gun, Ogano-machi, Hannya 260

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