Thursday, January 28, 2016

# Shopping & Gourmet ♪ All are gathering in front of the Yurakucho Station, Tokyo! @ ITOCiA




# Shopping & Gourmet ♪ All are gathering in front of the Yurakucho Station, Tokyo!  @ ITOCiA

JR Yurakucho Station

Easy access by JR and Subway Tokyo Metro!
It is a town has more than history of more than 100 years. 
Today, we are going to show you a hot spot!
There you are. A spot is just located 1-min from Yurakucho Station.
A shopping mall called 
ITOCiA

Are you familiar with the name- ITOCiA?
Yes! You are right! 
We have introduced ITOCiA before.
Please free to take a look!

This time we visited again for the latest and popular information!
By the way, 
why there are many shops to shop and eat?
ITOCiA, a name made of the word literally means cute (愛しい itoshii, pronounced as i-to-c) + ia (as a noun).
Its concept is wishing people who always visit the neighbor Ginza and Yurakucho, 
would love this place as well!

<Yurakucho ITOCiA>
Location: 1-min walk from JR Yamanote Line "Yurakucho station" Central Exit 
1-min walk from Tokyo METRO Yurakucho Line "Yurakucho station" D7-b Exit
1-min walk from Ginza Line / Hibiya Line / Marunouchi Line "Ginza Station" C-9 Exit
Business: Food Avenue & PLAZA
Shopping 11:00 ~ 21:00
Restaurant: 11:00 - 23:00 * Vary from shops

The official home page (English)

It is very close from the station!!
Let us get into the ITOCiA then!



ITOCiA is the largest integrated shopping center,
connected with <Yurakucho OIOI> opened since 2007,
 ITOCiA PLAZA, and FOOD AVENUE.

Today, 
we are going to show you the restaurants here!
You don't wanna miss them!





Recommended Cuisine ①
Enjoy the Japanese traditional cuisine to enhance vitality

"Yurakucho UMAYA no gakuya (有楽町うまやの楽屋)"

This is the Japanese-style restaurant designed by Ennosuke Ichikawa, the third generation of the famous kabuki family in Japan.
Let's enjoy the Gakuyameshi here!
That is the customized dish originally eaten by the actors at gakuya (waiting room).

Gakuya (waiting room before and after performance) + meshi (meal/ dish)
Color, flavor and taste are perfectly matched! 
You definitely don't wanna miss it!


Yurakucho umaya no Gakuya @ ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Business Hours 11: 00-23: 00 (Last order 22:00)
* Location : ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1
* Feature : Enjoy the authentic Japanese healthy food in the traditional restaurant!
A rich variety of dessert is available. 
* Recommended dishes - Gakuyameshi, the original almond tofu






Recommended Cuisine ②
Enjoy numerous curry at once

Club of Tokyo Famous Curry Diners(東京カレー屋名店会)
It is place to make all the Japanese curry's fans go crazy!
Why? 
You can enjoy curry from 5 representing regions at once!
Are you hungry now?


CLUB OF THE TOKYO FAMOUS CURRY DINERS@ ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Business Hours  11: 00-23: 00 (Last order 22:30)
* Location:  ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Features: You can enjoy well-known curry from different part of Tokyo!!
* Recommended dishes: Beef and vegetable curry, seasonal vegetable curry





Recommended Cuisine ③
A rich assortment of cakes and fruit tarts

「La Maison Ensoleille Table Patisserie(ラ・メゾン アンソレイユターブルパティスリー)」

Fruit tarts made of seasonal fruit and whipped cream in layers, 
which is loved by people in all ages. 
Besides,
there are small souvenir pack!
Come to take a look at it!

La Maison Ensoleille Table Patisserie @ ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F

* Business hours: 11: 00~21: 00
* Location: ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Features: Chef's special~ selected fruits are used for fruit tarts and cake. Souvenir packs are available. 
* Recommended items: Seasonal fruit tarts (Different taste in every season!)




Recommended Cuisine ④
Wanna try the taste of Japan?
This is the place for you!

「Dynamic Kitchen&Bar HIBIKI(ダイナミックキッチン&バー響)」

This restaurant is using high quality of fresh ingredients from all over Japan. 
Making use of the excellent ingredient to design different recipes. 
You can enjoy a wide range of Japanese-style dishes here!

Dynamic Kitchen & Bar HIBIKI @ ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Business Hours: 11: 00-15: 00 (Last order 14:00) 17: 00-23: 00 (Last order 22:00)
* Location: ITOCiA FOOD AVENUE B1F
* Features: You can enjoy the Japanese-made Japanese-style set meal and Japanese sake here at the same time.
* Recommended dishes: Yamagata steak (山形牛サーロイン石焼ステーキ)



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What do you think about the highlight?
Wanna know more about the details?
Check the following then! 



Japanese-style HIBIKI meal

The name of this restaurant is called "HIBIKI."
It means "resonance" in Japanese.
Oh! Its name is same as the Scotch whiskey "malt," which is very popular in Japan recently.

Speaking of Japanese restaurant, you might have the impression of tatami. 
Let's see how does this restaurant look like?



Wow!!
It is a restaurant in model style. You might see the shinkansen (Bullet train) passing by at the window. 

A modern decor.
A calm color-tone.
Shinkansen can be seen from the large window. 
What a fashionable sense.




Simple and neat style
Whether it is the ordinary seats, bar seats, and box seats, 
it is a restaurant full of the sense of "zen."
Pretty looking forward to the dishes.




Putting magic to the fresh ingredients

The chef is busy at the open kitchen, 
making use of the freshness of the ingredients to 
prepare the original dishes.



The dream of a brewing beer!

Not only a simple beer.
It is a beer perfectly matching the dishes of this restaurant.  

THE PREMIUM MALT'S MASTER'S DREAM 780yen+ TAX





Enjoy the taste of the steak...

Wow! medium rare steak on the hot plate!

Yamagata's beef is used, together with the appropriate cooking methods
and seasoning, 
various ingredients will be then perfectly combined deliciously together. 

Yamagata Steak(山形牛サーロインステーキ)100g  2,600yen+ TAX



Adding the creative element of the Japanese taste

Featuring its creativity, 
Dynamic Kitchen&Bar HIBIKI is a little bit unique from the other Japanese restaurants. 

From the picture, 
you can see that we are having steak by a pair of chopsticks. 
How interesting!

In order for us to enjoy the natural taste of the steak, 
it is perfectly mixed with other ingredients.
What a nice harmony!



The reason to enjoy curry in Japan?

CLUB OF THE TOKYO FAMOUS CURRY DINERS
(東京カレー屋名店会)

In Japan, curry is very popular. 
Most of the Japanese people would have curry at least once a week.
You definitely would like to have a try of the Japanese curry.

You know what, 
there are many customized ways to eating curry; 
therefore,  you would be definitely happy to taste numerous kinds of curry at the same places. 

Recently, you might find there are many curry-featured food in Japan. 



Most of the delicious Japanese curry is gathered here!

To all the curry-lovers, 
you would be crazy about the five representing curry in this fantastic space. 

Competitors are always the best partners!
Let see how the chemical reaction of all curry in a shop together. 



Either eat-in or take-out!

Lunch box for sell is also available.
Many businessmen like to do that!
So you might find a long long line during lunch hour everyday.


Next, let see the dishes.



Seasonal menu of Curry Ethiopia 
Seasonal vegetable curry 960yen+ tax

It is chosen as Tokyo representative!
Popular vegetable curry from  "ETHIOPIA store."

According to your favorite, 
you can choose the level of the spiciness from 0- 70.
Oh my gosh! 
Are you dare to challenge?



Next, 
how about the original curry of 

CLUB OF THE TOKYO FAMOUS CURRY DINERS
Beef and vegetable curry  990yen +tax

Rich in collage and together with the fresh seasonal vegetables.
Mild taste is its characteristic. 
Of course, 
you might choose the level of spiciness.



Taste or volume?
Both are very important!

Pouring the hot vegetable curry on top of the rice.
You will be satisfied by both its volume and taste. 



Okay!!! 
Let's find the best curry in Japan!

The curry in CLUB OF THE TOKYO FAMOUS CURRY DINERS
is customized from the original Japanese curry.
You might not be able to try all kinds of curry. 
The magic power of this restaurant will make you want to take a visit again!

Come on!! For your treasure hunting!



Present the fascination of Japan on the food

"Yurakucho Umaya no gakuya" (有楽町うまやの楽屋)

This is the Japanese-style restaurant designed by Ennosuke Ichikawa, the third generation of the famous kabuki family in Japan. 

Kabuki, one of the Japan's traditional dramas, combining the music, dance, and art together,
is one of the Japan's important intangible cultural property.

Kabuki is the representative of Japanese traditional drama; 
it is very popular in Japan and oversea. 
So the restaurant designed by the actors of Kabuki probably is something unique than usual restaurant. 

There are many creative Japanese cuisine here 
like  "beef-tongue set" and "Gakuya-meshi." 
Gakuya (waiting room before and after performance) + meshi (meal/ dish)



Enjoy the sensibility of the Japanese style 

"Umaya,"
 a hidden restaurant in Asakusa.
It is not like a modern restaurant.
Simply a Japanese-style cafeteria opened at night, 
a warm and comfortable space. 

What kind of Japanese cuisine can be tasted here?



Feel free to come by yourself.

There are a variety of seats 
for friends, family, partners and even for one person. 
Good for different occasions. 

Sometimes, it is good to enjoy your time. 



A customized set of Kabuki actor 

GAKUYAMESHI with dessert 1,600 yen +tax

Most of the kabuki actors would have lunch box before performance. 
So this is the customized version by the chef. 
This can fulfill your eyes and tongue. 
It will give you an illusion of turning into an actor of kabuki afterwards. 



Let's start from this white tofu...

Zaru tofu from Wakashima Tofu Store  420yen + tax

In this restaurant, you can enjoy the tofu made in traditional way from "Kawashima Tofu store,"
which have 200 years of history in Karatsu, Saga. 
The concept is focus on the original taste of the ingredient. 
A fresh taste of dish.



Delicious sweet

UMAYA's almond tofu   500yen + tax

It has been a popular dessert for more than 200 year.  
Start your meal with an original simple tofu and 
then finish up with a sweet one!
How impressive!

Let's check out the video shoot by JAPANKURU.




Wanna have a bit of it?
Drop by if you have chance visiting Tokyo!




Time for cakes and fruit tarts! 

「La Maison ensoleille table」

All fruit tarts, cream cakes, and cookies are made of the freshest ingredients
by the professional chef!
What a happy time!





Fantastic fusion of bitter sweet

Strawberry Chocolate tart 2,825 yen + tax

A perfect and classic combination of strawberry and chocolate!
Don't hesitate! 
Come and get one home!



Gorgeous cakes and fruit tarts

Wanna take them all home!!!



Besides cakes and tarts, other sweets are nice too!

You might wanna get some cookies and jelly for souvenirs!
Can you see?
They are all like artworks!!!



Sunshine jelly

A set of 12 ;   2, 760yen + tax

4 flavors (chamomile, peppermint rose grapes, mango, peach hibiscus)
A refreshing souvenir! 
How content!



Cup cake 
Strawberry and milk cup cake  491yen +tax

Easy to take out!
Cute!
Delicious!
No wonder of not buying it !
lol



Don't miss it! ^^

Oh!! It is smiling to us!!!
Take one back to hotel at night!
Dessert time at hotel!



The Best of Ginza 
ITOCiA

Yurakucho is really a great shopping area.
Starting from Ginza, it is easy to access by JR and Tokyo Metro.
After shopping at Ginza, 
just drop by ITOCiA at Yurakucho to get something good to eat!

Not only restaurants, but also cafes and coffee houses, 
as well as souvenir stores. 
All are fascinating here in ITOCiA.

<Yurakucho ITOCiA>
Location: 1-min walk from JR Yamanote Line "Yurakucho station" Central Exit 
1-min walk from Tokyo METRO Yurakucho Line "Yurakucho station" D7-b Exit
1-min walk from Ginza Line / Hibiya Line / Marunouchi Line "Ginza Station" C-9 Exit
Business: Food Avenue & PLAZA
Shopping 11:00 ~ 21:00
Restaurant: 11:00 - 23:00 * Vary from shops

The official home page (English)

It is very close from the station!!
Let us get into the ITOCiA then!