Japan Day 18: Jindaiji – soba restaurants aplenty!

Since we were staying in Fuchu, which is in Western Tokyo and about half an hour from Shinjuku, we decided to make full use of the opportunity to visit interesting places in Western Tokyo. I did some research and found Jindaiji, which is apparently the second-oldest temple in Tokyo, after the famous Sensoji in Asakusa. It’s also home to many soba restaurants, which make their own fresh soba! Because it’s less well-known to tourists, it’s refreshingly quiet and visited mainly by Japanese tourists from other cities.

Getting there: Take bus 34 from bus stand 14 at Chofu station’s north exit. It takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic and costs Â¥200.

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Little streets with local snacks for sale.

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There were some talented Japanese ladies painting there!

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Serenity.

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Presumably bad fortunes tied to the lines.

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I confess – I overcleansed, many times, just to enjoy the brief respite offered by the cool waters from the sweltering summer heat.

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There were trees everywhere, and I enjoyed walking amidst all the greenery and the scent of nature… until I spotted a wriggly worm dangling from a thin thread. After that I got squeamish and was afflicted with imaginary itches.

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We quickly quit our exploration of the temple grounds and headed off to hunt down a good soba restaurant for lunch.

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Yusui Soba comes highly rated and it was in fact the only restaurant with a queue!

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I’m actually not a fan of soba, so I just tried a bit of Mario’s tempura + soba set. I was shocked – it tasted super fresh and yummy!

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My lunch was this rice with mountain veggies, plus a duck hotpot. So good! I just wish it came with more duck slices, because I don’t really like vegetables.

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Total damage for lunch was 2750yen for the two of us. Yummy, quality food, but it was just a pity that we’re not big fans of vegetables (which featured a lot, rather than meat) so it wasn’t filling/satisfying enough for us!

Walked back to Jindaiji after that and took some nail shots along the way:

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This is apparently a toilet:

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Ventured back into the temple grounds to take more photos to share:

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More hand-washing. 😀

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Waiting for the bus back. Bye Jindaiji!

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