Monday, November 07, 2016


From Osaka it is almost 6 hours by bus to Imabari.

Imabari is located in Ehime Prefecture which is in Shikoku.

By the time we reached Imabari, it was close to 14:00 and we were starving.

Lunch was at Hakurakuten, a place that serves all sorts of local b-kyu gurume (b-class gourmet).

We tried their yakibuta tamago meshi...750 yen (tax included) comes with egg drop soup.

In a bowl, rice is topped with yakibuta (roast pork), drizzled with a sweet-salty shoyu based sauce, then topped with fried eggs (and lots of black pepper).

If you want it spicier, you can ask for some chili oil.

Both ways are delicious.

Love the chalkboard art too.

After lunch we checked out the Imabari Castle.

6-flights of stairs, but it was a nice way to walk off lunch.

One thing Imabari is known for is their towels.

Super soft.

Dinner was an assortment of seafood, including huge bowls of tai (snapper) soup.

My grandma would've loved this. I ate as much as I could and think I did a pretty good job tackling all the bones.

After dinner, we walked back to the castle to see it all lit up.

A long day...the room we stayed in had free wifi but the futon (comforters) were flat, so it was as if we were sleeping directly on the tatami mats and of course there were smokers nearby too...still the weather was sunny (hot even!)

4-1-19 Tokiwa-cho
Imabari, Ehime, Shikoku
Phone: 0898.23.7292
Closed Tuesdays
Lunch: 11:00-15:00, Dinner: 17:00-22:00

Hotel Kikusui
1-2-5 Nakabama-cho
Imabari, Ehime, Shikoku
Phone: 0898.23.3330


Anonymous said...

I'm curious since I want to go to Shikoku, more so after seeing all your pictures last time. If this is a 6 hour bus ride, do they make rest stops? Or do people bring bento? I assume there are toilets on the bus. Not that I would try to ride from Osaka to Ehime, but as Jalna mentioned on her trip, thinking of possibility of motion sickness.

Rowena said...

I love the towels!

jalna said...

I wanna try some of that yakibuta tamago meshi. Shikoku is looking more and more interesting.

K and S said...

yup V, they make stops, but only for 10-15 minutes. If you travel with others, you might be able to go to the bathroom while others buy something from the concessions. Most of the seats are quite comfortable. I don't always get motion sickness, but I thought these bus rides were quite smooth.

Take care.

K and S said...

The towels were so soft, Rowena, I had to control myself from buying more...

oh it was so good Jalna, I hope to re-create it :)

Take care you two.

KirkK said...

Wow, tamago meshi....comfort food....add in some oink, that look delicious!

K and S said...

I think you would've enjoyed this Kirk :)

Take care.