Japan Fun Time 1.9

On our last full day in Japan, we decided to give Nagoya a big Sayonara.

To do this, we needed to head on over to the subway…


But first, we had to walk through a little rain.

What we decided to do was get a day pass for the subway, get off at random stops, and have a drink.

Nagoya Subway

Starting from Higashiyama Koen, our first stop was Hoshigaoka…


We stopped at the Aloha Table Hawaiian Restaurant for lunch and a drink.


I had the Fire Rock Pale Ale…


And Chicken Curry.

We got back on the Subway and headed over to Ikeshita…


We wandered into the basement of a business building and found the Mono Wine Bar…


How cool is this? Their house wine was a Monte Bello (Okay… Not THAT Monte Bello) Sangiovese for only 400 yen a glass…


I opted for the Okha 2010 Pinotage. It’s got a nose of dusty blackberries, and a palate of cherries and bandaids. Very nice!

The next stop was Chikusa…


We found a cool little ramen shop called Fuji Ichiban.


I had a tall glass of Kirin and a cold bottle of Kikukawa Sake. The Kikukawa has a great, mouth-filling, caramel flavor that I just love in sake…


We all shared a plate of Pork Gyoza (Pot Stickers).

Back on the subway, we made our next stop at Sakae…


We made our way up a creepy elevator, and ended up at the ultra hip bar, Black Stone…


I had me a small glass of Suntory Malts.

The last stop on our Sayonara tour was Shinsakae Machi…


We hit up Jerry’s Uno…


Where I got a very tiny margarita…


Some amazing buffalo wings…


And a “Meat Taco”. By “Meat Taco”, I mean “Baby Burrito filled with Pork and Cabbage”.

The next morning, it was time to head back to the good ol’ U.S. of A…


First Trip: Nagoya to Tokyo


Kara spotted Mt. Fuji out of her window.


Next Trip: Tokyo to LA


On the plane, I ate some Beef and Soba…


And had me a mini bottle of Art’s Non-Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon from France. Not bad. Next time you are offered a free glass on an airplane, you should try it.


Yup… Back in America.


Having a Sam Adams during our SIX HOUR LAYOVER in LA.


By the time we arrived at the baggage claim in San Jose, it had been about 30 hours since we first woke up the morning of July 2nd in Japan… It was still only 7:10pm the same day…


That’s it!

We’re back from Japan.

I still have a few little Japanese things to show to you over the next couple of weeks, but the blog is going to ease its way back into its normal format…

More videos…

More reviews…

More wine…

More Awesome!

Stay Rad,


PS – The Next Episode of Stay Rad Wine Blog TV will be number 50.  Stay tuned for the goods.


4 Responses to “Japan Fun Time 1.9”

  1. Jeff Eckles (@JeffEckles) Says:

    The trip home seemed as adventuress as the trip there. So many questions…. At the Black Stone bar, was there a light available for under the glass? As in for sighting the wine. If so, awesome! Do they call them Buffalo wings in Japan? Assuming so, but curious. That was the best looking airplane food I have ever seen! Was it as good as it looked? Welcome home, and can’t wait for episode 50!!

    • jeffisrad Says:

      Hi Jeff,
      There was not much of any light at all at the Black Stone.
      These were called Buffalo Wings, and asside from including the wing tips, they were very true to what you would get in America.
      The food on the plane was not good.
      Talk to you soon,

  2. jonnybrandy Says:

    seemed like an awesome trip full of food and beer! thanks for sharing

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