So, it's time for the very last part of my Japan trip from last February. It's been a month, hmmm how time flies. Anyway, it was our last day in Japan and after two days spending our time in Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Kanazawa, we finally continued our journey to where it all started, Nagoya.
However, just before heading back to Nagoya, we first managed to visit Kanazawa's Omi-cho fish market, how awesome is that! Everything's fresh here and good Lord, we tried their best grade of sea urchin and it was SOOO GOOD! Though we didn't spend much time there, I was happy enough to taste the uni and otoro.
Stopped for a 15 minutes break at the rest area, and it means picture time! Also a cone of ice cream, perhaps? ;)
Lunch was quite early that day, it was at 11AM. We had oh so yummy grilled eel and it's one of Nagoya's special dish, known as Hitsumabushi! What's so unique is that there are 3 ways to enjoy hitsumabushi. However, you need to divide the rice bowl contents into four equal servings beforehand.
First, place a quarter portion of the rice bowl on a smaller bowl and eat it just like that.
Second way is to mix another quarter portion with other condiments including the wasabi.
Thrid, try to eat another quarter portion with the dashi broth.
And you can eat the last quarter portion any way you like.
After lunch, we went straight to Nagoya Castle to learn yet another history of the city and of course for pictures ;)
"During the Edo period, Nagoya Castle was the heart of one of the most important castle towns in Japan."
Before we entered Nagoya Castle, we first visited the Hommaru Palace where you can find beautiful paintings and traditional sliding doors inside.
"The Hommaru Palace was regarded as the finest masterpiece of modern castle architecture in Japan and along with the Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle in Kyoto , which is designated as a National Treasure, was considered to be the preeminent example of samurai style Shoin palace architecture."
And this is the view from Nagoya Tower (Castle).
Moving on, snack time! Yet another Nagoya's specialty, Ogura Toast (red bean paste on toast) with whipped cream, yum!
We ended the day with a night stroll near the hotel we stayed in Nagoya.