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  • A main dish looking like an appetizer
    A main dish looking like an appetizer
    by KevinMichael
  • Good thing the salad had no limits
    Good thing the salad had no limits
    by KevinMichael
  • The half grape gives a sense of the meager serving
    The half grape gives a sense of the...
    by KevinMichael

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    Wisteria: Famous Restaurant by the Northern Cultural Museum

    by KevinMichael Written May 13, 2014

    To start, depending on which direction you enter the area, the parking can seem like hell. We ended up parking 2 blocks away next to a farmer's field (which was legal as there were no designated no parking signs at all) along the road (and not blocking any traffic in anyway whatsoever).

    The surroundings are fantastic and the restaurant itself is made of some beautiful wood.

    The food however was a disappointment. I have warned others before that food portions are smaller in Japan but this restaurant surprised even me. What was supposed to be the main dish was the size of an appetizer and it lasted about just that long, too.

    The dessert I was served was about double the size of 2 grapes. That didn't last long either.

    Thankfully the salad bar was buffet style (tabehodai).

    Overall, I found it overrated. As someone in our party of 3 commented, "What we're paying for is the surroundings."

    Favorite Dish: The fish was good but way TOO small. The meal cost 1,500 yen for each of us.

    A main dish looking like an appetizer Good thing the salad had no limits The half grape gives a sense of the meager serving The bread was good, but skimpy, too
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    Rest stops along freeways

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 22, 2011

    There are plenty of these all over Japan. These are frequented by bus tours, bus trips, and other drivers. It's worth going inside to take a break and you can find lots of goodies to eat. Some are better than others.

    They are also good places to pick up some souvenirs if need be.

    This photo was taken at a rest stop somewhere between Niigata and Tokyo.

    I had one of these delicious crepes.
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    • Budget Travel

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