DAY 10: One of the best underrated Ramen House: Iwamotoya and 2nd-Street store visit

Just near from our Day 2, Hamazushi Sushi Restaurant Stop in Tsuruga, Iwamotoya serves one of the best Ramen we’ve ever tried. As Japanese locals love rankings, we believe that Iwamotoya is underrated, ranked at #13 on Tsuruga’s best Ramen restaurant list. We tried  the “Ramen Ichiriki or Chuukasobaichiriki “, Tsuruga’s Rank No.1 Ramen house, but no offense, though their ramen was also good, we felt that Ichiriki’s ramen are outdated in terms of its taste complexity, and broth elements. Oh wait, even the “Sugakiya”, which can be found mostly in food courts, also out-ranked Iwamotoya…. Something’s wrong with the ranking system.

We even tried, Akatenramen (赤天ラーメン), which has the highest ratings in Google Review, Iwamotoya is still better – serving a richer broth. No discouragements here, it is only our own taste preference. Ramen Ichiriki and Akatenramen are still worth the try.

Iwamotoya 岩本屋

We arrived at Iwamotoya during lunchtime, people were slurping their hot Ramen, mostly at early 30’s (same generation as we are). We tried all their ramen options, all tastes stunningly awesome! Our server was amazing too, she helped us and suggested to try their set meal which comes with rice topped with flamed pork, Neri and a pinch of wasabi on the side or their juicy crisp Chicken Karage. From now on, we will be Iwamotoya’s regular zipper.

Where: 12-15-1 Kizaki, Tsuruga Fukui
Cost: Approx $10.00 per set meal (1,090 YEN)
*Price might change or may vary by locations
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iwamotoya 岩本屋 ramen

iwamotoya 岩本屋 ramen

iwamotoya 岩本屋 ramen

iwamotoya 岩本屋 ramen

Video: Iwamotoya Ramen House in Tsuruga

2nd Street in Tsuruga

After a heavy ramen meal, we decided to check-out ‘2nd street‘ store – a well-known second-hand store chain in Japan. Here you can buy second hand branded stuff, second-hand apparel, toys, camping gear, sports gear and even unwanted gifts (like unused Japanese ceramics with its original packaging).

We bought few Japanese ceramics; Japanese style plates, bowls and saucers.

These Jordan 1’s caught my attention.
Having a pair of Jordan 1, I’m a little bit hesitant of its authenticity. Something’s are not right with the material, logo print and stitches. Remember, this is a 2nd-hand shop, staff member might not be that familiar with the Jordan 1 legit check-list.
Japan Jordan 1 AJ1 Nike

Japan Jordan 1 AJ1 Nike
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DAY 11: Tabehoudai Experience at ‘Stamina Taro’

Tabehoudai is made up of the verb ‘taberu’ meaning & ‘to eat’ and ‘houdai’, meaning ‘as much as one likes’. We prepared ourselves to have very light breakfast in preparation of our planned Tabehoudai at Stamina Taro in Tsuruga. Unlimited portions of everyone’s favorite Japanese foods-from sushi and yakiniku barbeque to ramen,curry and rice. Pay as you enter kind of buffet restaurant and you have a 90-minute period. It is fair enough. By the way, they have different prices at different timings and days.

Honestly speaking, we tried both lunch and dinner timings, I don’t see the difference of what they prepare or maybe they just added 2-3 variants against lunchtime, however, the prices of dinner timing is almost doubled.

Where: 15-8 Kizaki, Tsuruga, Fukui-Ken
Cost: Lunch-Weekdays: ¥1,339 / Lunch-Weekends-Holidays: ¥1,933 / Dinner: ¥2,278
*Price might change or may vary by locations
Google Map:

stamina taro tsuruga すたみな太郎 敦賀店

stamina taro tsuruga すたみな太郎 敦賀店

stamina taro tsuruga すたみな太郎 敦賀店

stamina taro tsuruga すたみな太郎 敦賀店

stamina taro tsuruga すたみな太郎 敦賀店

Video Stamina-Taro | すたみな太郎 敦賀店 | Japanese Buffet Restaurant