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Eating Out: Jihanki Shokudo (Merchandising Machine Restaurant)

Little doubt Gunma prefecture possesses a variety of nice and attractive native delicacies however sadly all I wished to do was go to this quirky place in the course of nowhere. I say that final bit primarily based purely on the truth that there isn’t any prepare station wherever close to it. That is very a lot a drive-thru type place however one that’s well worth the effort.


The merchandising machine stand in Shimbashi had whetted my urge for food for going to this place however I needed to bide my time as the concept of visiting Gunma simply to dine out right here was ridiculous. Fortunately, this journey gave me the prospect to mix a number of issues together with the J2 soccer match at Thespakusatsu Gunma.

We took the prepare to Honjo station (nonetheless in Saitama) after which took a bus from the north exit facet to Yatojima Minai bus cease which is about ten minutes on foot from the “restaurant”! There have been a few folks already in there once we arrived and although there aren’t any workers within the place, the proprietor was lingering round within the again someplace.


The place is a surprisingly clear one filled with retro merchandising machines though there’s really much less selection on this place than on the aforementioned stand in Shimbashi. This one is extra of a household place so there aren’t any tobacco or alcohol machines. It’s pretty spacious and incorporates a microwave, change machine, bogs, a load of manga comics, youngsters toys, condiments and the various hand-written notes on the machines jogged my memory of these annoying bosses or mother and father who like to depart post-it notes far and wide! Clients are anticipated to scrub up after themselves and eliminate bowls, wrappers and chopsticks into the right bin.


Neil bought some tempura udon (330 yen) while I went for the chashu-men ramen (400 yen) which was actually disappointing on first look. Nevertheless, as soon as I bought my chopsticks in there and began to stir it there have been three items of chashu (Japanese braised pork) to be discovered in addition to some bamboo.


Subsequent up for me was Italian toast with basil (250 yen) which was so sizzling that tongs and a tray are supplied for taking it out. Wrapped in tin foil, it certain is a primary skinny sandwich with a sparse unfold inside however the style was very good.


It wasn’t precisely essentially the most healthiest of lunches however with a lot strolling arising after this place I wasn’t too nervous. The burger machine sells three sorts of burger (300 yen every) and I sampled two of them beginning with the tar tar meat sauce burger adopted by the Mexican burger. For the document, these burgers are cooked and boxed up each day. The patties are literally fairly thick, and although they’re not an excessive amount of to take a look at as soon as unboxed, the odor and style have been each very passable though the bun was a bit overdone.


It’s not simply food and drinks on sale from machines for there are additionally ones promoting toys, luggage (relatively costly ones too!), key-rings, stamps, badges and there’s a retro sport or two too. It’s a enjoyable place to go to and we couldn’t consider what number of clients there have been throughout our 90 minutes or so on the place. Sure, we actually did keep there that lengthy although that was primarily right down to a really restricted bus service and the dearth of others issues to do in Isesaki Metropolis.


Jihanki Shokudo is at 293-3 Tomizukachō, Isesaki-shi, Gunma-ken and is open each day from 10am until midnight.

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