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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #645 on: July 11, 2018, 04:36:33 PM »
I keep looking over your proposed itinerary... problem is, 3 days worth of day trips is probably pipe dreaming on my part, considering my kid. In fact, weíll be lucky if we can make even ONE day trip with him. 🙈

So... if Iím gonna stay mostly in Tokyo proper, should I skip the JR pass, or is it worth it for local trips within Tokyo? (Is it even valid for that?)

Could you perhaps propose a similar itinerary format, except more focused on ďlocalĒ stuff? E.g. Kitchen Town (or whatever itís called), robot cafe, owl cafe, etc. Then, if Iím fortunate enough to sneak in a full-day-trip to somewhere an hour (or more) away from Tokyo on top of all that... Iíll consider myself extremely lucky. :D
If you have a short time, I would rather base myself in Osaka or Kyoto and go on day trips from there to Nara, Himeji, etc. Are you going during the summer?
You can use avios to fly cheap within Japan, it may cost less than the wide JR Pass, and get a regional JR Pass instead.
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Kosher food delivery
« Reply #646 on: July 28, 2018, 07:26:50 AM »
I wanted to recommend the kosher food delivery service from R Mendi/Channa's Place. Website and order form is here.

https://www.chanasplace.com/onli

You need to order and pay online.

Note that they will deliver same day anywhere in the country for a fixed charge of 3000 Yen, approx US$27. I had business meetings in Takayama, which is around 6 hours drive/train from Tokyo - food was shipped same day via refrigerated delivery service, and arrived by 5pm at my hotel (where they were more than happy to microwave it for me).
I have now had 2 deliveries, and have tasted many of the menu items - all are good, especially schnitzel, turkey skewers, chicken sandwiches. They come very well sealed and packaged. I think costs are reasonable, given that Japan is not cheap anyway and it's very hard to get hold of kosher meat. Ran around 2000 Yen/US$18 for meat meal, around 1000 Yen/$9 for a meat sandwich - bit less for tuna/egg. He also does shabbat packages with wine/challot etc etc
I would recommend without hesitation - it makes travelling all over Japan much more fun without needing to worry about food.
Let me know if any questions.

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Re: Kosher food delivery
« Reply #647 on: July 29, 2018, 09:48:22 PM »
I wanted to recommend the kosher food delivery service from R Mendi/Channa's Place. Website and order form is here.

https://www.chanasplace.com/onli

You need to order and pay online.

Note that they will deliver same day anywhere in the country for a fixed charge of 3000 Yen, approx US$27. I had business meetings in Takayama, which is around 6 hours drive/train from Tokyo - food was shipped same day via refrigerated delivery service, and arrived by 5pm at my hotel (where they were more than happy to microwave it for me).
I have now had 2 deliveries, and have tasted many of the menu items - all are good, especially schnitzel, turkey skewers, chicken sandwiches. They come very well sealed and packaged. I think costs are reasonable, given that Japan is not cheap anyway and it's very hard to get hold of kosher meat. Ran around 2000 Yen/US$18 for meat meal, around 1000 Yen/$9 for a meat sandwich - bit less for tuna/egg. He also does shabbat packages with wine/challot etc etc
I would recommend without hesitation - it makes travelling all over Japan much more fun without needing to worry about food.
Let me know if any questions.
Very cool but surprised that the local Chabads don't try to offer some simple local dishes like Ramen and yakitori. It would be a nice touch. I remember being surprised that the Chabad in Thailand only offered me schnitzel and other Kosher/Israeli dishes.

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Re: Kosher food delivery
« Reply #648 on: July 29, 2018, 10:05:24 PM »
Very cool but surprised that the local Chabads don't try to offer some simple local dishes like Ramen and yakitori. It would be a nice touch. I remember being surprised that the Chabad in Thailand only offered me schnitzel and other Kosher/Israeli dishes.
they have awesome pad thai. I had it for breakfast every day
And Japan offers sushi- but expensive at $20 a roll

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Re: Kosher food delivery
« Reply #649 on: July 30, 2018, 01:40:58 AM »
they have awesome pad thai. I had it for breakfast every day
And Japan offers sushi- but expensive at $20 a roll
I was a bit disappointed no japanese food either. But what you can you do. At least it's hot and it's kosher - and not instant noodles..
All three chabad's will arrange meals (Kobe + 2 x Tokyo). Mendi doesn't do sushi AFAIK, maybe the other chabad does...

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Re: Kosher food delivery
« Reply #650 on: July 30, 2018, 08:53:10 AM »
I was a bit disappointed no japanese food either. But what you can you do. At least it's hot and it's kosher - and not instant noodles..
All three chabad's will arrange meals (Kobe + 2 x Tokyo). Mendi doesn't do sushi AFAIK, maybe the other chabad does...
Mendi does do sushi- at least last summer he did. you just need to give at least a day of notice to the chef.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #651 on: July 30, 2018, 08:53:56 PM »
Very cool but surprised that the local Chabads don't try to offer some simple local dishes like Ramen and yakitori. It would be a nice touch. I remember being surprised that the Chabad in Thailand only offered me schnitzel and other Kosher/Israeli dishes.
Hands down, Thailand has a great system with good, local food options. However, there are some really important factors for why it works.

1) High turnover in the restaurants with lots of visitors
2) Inexpensive local labor
3) Relatively shelf stable and inexpensive ingredients

Unfortunately Japan and Japanese food don't lend themselves well to this model.
When done right, sushi is a time intensive product that isn't very shelf stable. You need a high turnover and fresh fish.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #652 on: July 30, 2018, 09:32:54 PM »
Hands down, Thailand has a great system with good, local food options. However, there are some really important factors for why it works.

1) High turnover in the restaurants with lots of visitors
2) Inexpensive local labor
3) Relatively shelf stable and inexpensive ingredients

Unfortunately Japan and Japanese food don't lend themselves well to this model.
When done right, sushi is a time intensive product that isn't very shelf stable. You need a high turnover and fresh fish.
Right, that's why I didn't mention Sushi. Japan has so many other good dishes though. Just would be a nice touch if at all possible.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #653 on: July 30, 2018, 09:45:45 PM »
Right, that's why I didn't mention Sushi. Japan has so many other good dishes though. Just would be a nice touch if at all possible.
It totally does and I'm happy to help menu plan for anyone looking to start a kosher Japanese restaurant!

Another challenge for a small community, like Tokyo, is that if a someone is trying to take a client to dinner, then Israeli or Ashkenazi food (with Israeli wine) is more impressive to a local than kosher Japanese food.

The irony is you can get kosher ramen on the upper west side, but not in Japan.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #654 on: July 30, 2018, 09:51:39 PM »
Another challenge for a small community, like Tokyo, is that if a someone is trying to take a client to dinner, then Israeli or Ashkenazi food (with Israeli wine) is more impressive to a local than kosher Japanese food.

The irony is you can get kosher ramen on the upper west side, but not in Japan.
lol never thought of it that way, interesting point.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #655 on: August 16, 2018, 08:55:04 AM »
Planning on going to Japan early March. Getting in Wednesday afternoon and leaving next Thursday afternoon.  I have a few questions if anyone can please help with.
1.  We are not doing melacha on Sunday, where would be better to stay for shabbos? Prefer beauty and nature to city but is kobe like that or just another city? Which place would have things to see on our Sunday shabbos

2. Happens to be the Westin in Kyoto is right near chabad did anyone stay there for shabbos?
3.  I think it was mentioned the Sheraton in Tokyo was near chabad but looks like an hour walk to me. Which Sheraton and how far of a walk?
4.  If I did stay in kobe looks like Sheraton is 2 hour walk. Any suggestions to hotels both with points and not where to stay?
5.  We are a couple going don't mind running around to see as much as possible but not crazy like seeing the world in 10 days.  We like nature, would like to get feel of Tokyo but don't need days there not going into any temples, any suggestions for an itenerary? We are flying in and out of nrt should we take plane or trains to other places?
6. Anyone stay in ritz Tokyo is it nice?
Thanks

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #656 on: August 16, 2018, 09:33:30 AM »
2. Happens to be the Westin in Kyoto is right near chabad did anyone stay there for shabbos?

Yes

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #657 on: August 16, 2018, 10:55:34 AM »
So how was? Was there a minyan? Does chabad offer shabbos meals? Do they sell food for or have any kind of restaurant? Is there stuff to do if keeping 2 day shabbos (nice parks, free gardens, nice areas to walk around)? Would you recommend staying in Kyoto for shabbos or better kobe or Tokyo?
Trying to figure this out today so can book any hotels before merger, specifically hotels that are needing more points. Thanks.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #658 on: August 19, 2018, 08:14:29 AM »
So how was? Was there a minyan? Does chabad offer shabbos meals? Do they sell food for or have any kind of restaurant? Is there stuff to do if keeping 2 day shabbos (nice parks, free gardens, nice areas to walk around)? Would you recommend staying in Kyoto for shabbos or better kobe or Tokyo?
Trying to figure this out today so can book any hotels before merger, specifically hotels that are needing more points. Thanks.
Hmm.. I dont recall there being a Chabad there in 2015.

A quick Google search found this https://chabadkyoto.com/kosher-food/

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #659 on: August 20, 2018, 11:07:00 PM »
Were you there for Shabbos?  How many days were you in Kyoto total? and is there what to do there if we are keeping 2 days shabbos? Nice areas to walk around without having to pay to get into anything?  Also, reading the reviews of the westin seems as though a little dated and not kept up, what was your impression though if from 2015 I would have to keep that in mind? Thanks for responding and any future tips would be greatly appreciated.