Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Meiji Tunnel and Lunch

After our search for the Moss Head, the next part of our adventure was to visit Meiji Tunnel.  Meiji Tunnel opened in 1876 (the Meiji Era) and is known as the first toll tunnel in Japan. In 1997 the Meiji Utsunoya Tunnel became the first active tunnel to be registered as a tangible cultural property.

It's a little bit of an uphill walk through a traditional Japanese town.

Looking down at the the path we just walked up.

The tunnel is lit, but is still a little spooky.  Oooo-oooo-oooh.

These are teeny tiny oranges

Next is lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant.  There are only six tables inside, so we had to wait for a few minutes.   

Soba with mushroom tempura (my lunch)

Soba with grated daikon, onion, and mushroom tempura

Udon with mushroom tempura

Addition to yesterday's post - I was asked what are the wooden things in the green box with the kimono woman.  Great question! The woman gave me one as a bonus with my fabric purchase, so I can answer and show photos.  They are stoppers for sake barrels.


kiwikid said...

That is a steep walk Pamela, the tunnel does look a bit spooky!! Great place to have lunch. Nice to be able to get out and see places.

Queeniepatch said...

Nice outing with good friends.
What will you do with your sake barrel stopper?

Janie said...

It looks like a good hike and a great lunch!
And daffodils and tiny oranges, beautiful.

Jeanie said...

That's not a little hill! It doesn't look so big in the photos going up but when you look down that's quite a climb! I remember having a lunch like that so long ago in Japan. A small, out of the way restaurant. Udon, tempura. Oh, I'd love it now!

Vireya said...

You see such beautiful and atmospheric things on your outings. They might seem normal to you now, but they look so exotic to me.

Leonore Winterer said...

That tunnel is a bit spooky, but your pictures turned out so pretty!
Man, I'd love some soba and tempura now...or any food I can't make at home, really. I never realized how much I loved eating out before!