Tucked away in a small street a few blocks from Tsuchiura Station is a restaurant that specializes in local, regional and seasonal cuisine. This traditional Japanese fine dining establishment (also known as ryotei) opened in 1889 and is extremely proud of its more than 120 year history. A first-class welcome begins at the entrance of Kagetsurou (霞月楼). As you enter, you will note how old the place feels. This is, after all, the very same restaurant that, in 1931, hosted the farewell party for the great American aviator Charles Lindbergh, one of the inspiration for Pixar's 2009 animation Up ("Adventure is out there!"). The multiple course dinner is served by staff in full kimono. Every dish was exquisite: ingredients were fresh and simply cooked to bring out their natural flavors. I was tickled to know that I probably used the same plates as the great explorer.
From Tsuchiura Station of the JR Joban Line, use the West Exit. The restaurant is a 10 minute walk away. Ample parking spaces available.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.