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What to eat in Japan?

After an academic exchange of six months in Japan, I will share with you some tips, in order to have a great culinary experience in Japan. You can also read my tips for the perfect visit of the Land of the Rising Sun capital city in a previous article called “What to do in Tokyo (Japan)?”.


Uobei sushi restaurant

What to eat in Japan? Uobei sushi

When you think about Japanese food, what is the first dish that comes to your mind? Of course, SUSHI!

The first restaurant that needs to be introduced is the Uobei Sushi restaurant. This restaurant chain is more than just a basic conveyor belt sushi restaurant. It might be the future of sushi restaurants worldwide. After having selected a seat, the client is in front of a tablet, on which all the menu is available in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English. Once you have selected a product, it will be delivered automatically to you in less than a minute on delivery trays. In addition to being amazed by the magic of seeing dishes from others passing in front of your eyes constantly, it will also make you hungrier than ever. After having collected your sushi, you will have to press the “return to kitchen” button. The only products that will not be delivered to you through this process are drinks. Once, you have filled your belly, you can leave your seat and pay at the reception. The overall experience will enlighten your day for sure.

Uobei chain is part of the Genki Sushi company, also owning Senryo and Genki Sushi. If there are many Uobei restaurants throughout Japan, my special recommendation is to eat in the one located at Shibuya, in Tokyo city center. The queue might be long, but the experience worth some patience.

Japan, 150-0043 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Dogenzaka, 2 Chome−29−11 第六セントラルビル 1F

What to eat in Japan? Uobei sushi


Membaka Fire Ramen

What to eat in Japan? Membaka Fire Ramen

If Tokyo is the modern capital city of Japan, the historic one is Kyoto. It is precisely in Kyoto that you will find the most uncommon ramen experience you should be able to live. Let you tempted by the Membaka Fire Ramen restaurant because, in addition to the taste, the show will stay in your mind for the rest of your life. As for the Uobei restaurant of Tokyo, you might have to be patient in order to get a seat at the Fire Ramen restaurant but once you are finally seated, the show can start! The cooker will make your ramen burn while filming your reaction, a souvenir that will remain on your camera and in your head. The recipe is even available on the restaurant’s website and the owner doesn’t want to open more restaurants, preferring to remain in Kyoto. Do not wait any longer and take a Shinkansen to Kyoto to discover Membaka Fire Ramen!

757-2 Minamiiseyacho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, 602-8153, Japan

What to eat in Japan? Membaka Fire Ramen


Ajinoya Okonomiyaki

What to eat in Japan? Ajinoya Okonomiyaki

Another well-known dish from the Land of the Rising Sun country is the Okonomiyaki. A delicious pancake mixed with eggs, shredded cabbage, but also, green onion, octopus, squid, shrimp, and many other ingredients depending on your taste. One of the cities, where it is a specialty, is the magnificent Osaka. If many are competing to be the best of the second largest metropolitan city of Japan, the Ajinoya restaurant stands out, and going there is not optional while visiting Osaka.

1-7-16, Namba, Chuo, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


Nanaya Matcha Shop

What to eat in Japan? Nanaya Matcha Shop

Have you ever heard of Matcha Tea in Japan? I guess yes. But have you ever heard that the Japanese are also making ice creams out of Matcha? Furthermore, it is delicious. I advise you to go straight to the Nanaya Aoyama Shop, close to Shibuya, in Tokyo city center. You will find a wide variety of Matcha ice creams and derived products.

2-7-12 Shibuya Sato Building 1F, Shibuya 150-0002 Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

What to eat in Japan? Nanaya Matcha Shop


Shibaraku Onigiri Shop

What to eat in Japan? Shibaraku Onigiri Shop

Another unmissable dish is the Onigiri. This rice triangle, wrapped in seaweed and filled with salmon, meat, or your favorite flavor, is a common food for Japanese who are eating these marvelous at any time of the day when hungry. One of the best shops to eat them are the Shibaraku chain. One is located in Tokyo city center, close to Shibuya.

1 Chome-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041, Japan


The list is long when it comes to listing the best Japanese dishes, but my recommendations are to try the following ones:

One of my favorite address for Sushi in Japan is Itamae Sushi Nishi-Shinjuku:

What to eat in Japan? Itamae Sushi Nishi-ShinjukuItamae Sushi Nishi-Shinjuku

Japan, 160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishishinjuku, 1 Chome−19−11 甲州ビル 1 2



What to eat in Japan? Taiyaki

You have to taste some Taiyaki, delicious waffles filled with whatever you may like from red beans to chocolate.


Soba Noodles & Tempura Vegetables

What to eat in Japan? Soba Noddles Tempura Vegetables


Kobe Beef (Wanomiya Kobe Beef)

What to eat in Japan? Kobe Beef

The worldwide known beef! The tastier and original ones being in Kobe, Osaka or Kyoto. My favorite address is Wanomiya Kobe Beef, located in Osaka at the following address:

1 Chome-5-2 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan


Miso Soup

What to eat in Japan? Miso Soup


Melon Pan

What to eat in Japan? Melon Pan



What to eat in Japan? Mochi

But also:

  • Bubble Tea

  • Shabu-Shabu

  • Dorayaki

  • Dango

  • Daifuku

It is already the end of my Japanese food guide. I might have forgotten your favorite Japanese dish, but the Land of the Rising Sun country gastronomy is wide and these dishes are just the ones I enjoyed the most during my stay in this beautiful country. All the pictures from that article were taken by me, I hope they will make you hungry.

Please do feel free to comment and share your experience of Japanese gastronomy in the comments and give me your opinion. I would be delighted to hear about your experience and find out more delicious Japanese dishes to try.

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What to do in Tokyo (Japan)?

After an academic exchange of six months in Tokyo, I share with you my tips for the perfect visit of the Land of the Rising Sun capital city.

Three major buildings

First and foremost, you must know that there are three major buildings open to tourists and offering you a breathtaking view of the city. My advice is to select only one building if you are busy or to visit two of them if you are more relaxed. Starting from that statement, my recommendation would be to visit the SkyTree by day to observe Tokyo from above and Tokyo Tower by night to be surrounded by skyscrapers lights.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower captioned from the Mori Tower
©AllanGrosdemange – Tokyo Tower captioned from the Mori Tower

Inspired by the Paris Eiffel Tower but higher than more than 7 meters (332,6 m in total), the Tokyo Tower is less windy than its cousin thanks to protective windows and offers a unique experience in the heart of Tokyo with a light show every evening.


Tokyo Sky Tree
©AllanGrosdemange – Tokyo Sky Tree

From its 634 meters high, SkyTree is one of the highest buildings in the world (almost two times the Eiffel Tower). It offers a truly spectacular view and eventually a little dizziness if you have vertigo. If you chose to go there, my recommendation is to take a drink at its top to fully enjoy the view. Located close to Asakusa, you can visit both the district and this tower at the same time.

Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower

Located in the Roppongi district, a landmark of expatriates, this skyscraper is less exotic than the two others, at least at first sight. However, its strength is the open roof from which you have a perfect view of the Tokyo Tower and other buildings located in Tokyo city center. The Mori Museum is also offering a nice experience at the top of the Mori Tower.

The districts you must see!

Asakusa district

©AllanGrosdemange – Asakusa

Asakusa district is one of the most touristic districts of Tokyo, nevertheless, it is not a reason to miss it. It is the right place to buy souvenirs, take pictures and observe Japanese women and men wearing traditional kimonos. Located close to SkyTree, you can visit both this district and the tower at the same time.

Rent a Kimono

As many Japanese rent a kimono to visit Asakusa, tourists can live this experience as well. My recommendation is to take advantage of this unique opportunity to live the Japanese kimono experience even when being a “gaijin” (foreigner). Do not be ashamed, you won’t be alone as more and more people are convinced by the experience. The price is around 5980¥ for a woman and 5680¥ for a man. For this price you will be hair-styled and have the possibility to chose your kimono. More information on the following page.


Shibuya Crossing on a Halloween night
©AllanGrosdemange – Shibuya Crossing on a Halloween night

If there is one place to visit in Tokyo, it is Shibuya and its well-known crossing, Shibuya Crossing. Often compared to Times Square in New York City or Piccadilly Circus in London, you will be blown away by the atmosphere, the lights, the crowd and the overall energy coming out of Shibuya. Lose yourself in this district, you might taste the most memorable ramen’s of your life, buy a souvenir in one of the many shops disseminated along the streets or sing in a karaoke until you lose your voice. You may have already seen the crossing in a movie or a commercial but seeing the lights turning green for pedestrians and everyone crossing in all directions will still be a surprising experience.

Hachiko statue
©AllanGrosdemange – Hachiko statue

You should also observe the statue of Hachiko, the dog who waited 10 years for his master’s return from office outside of Shibuya station before finally dying. This story is well-known in Japan and represents the love between a dog and its master, it even helped to save the Akita race who were on the brink of extinction. Read more about this story if you have some time or watch the American movie based on it and called “Hatchi” with Richard Gere.

Enter in a Pachinko

A Pachinko is the name of a typical Japanese slot machine, often located in a very noisy and crowded place. To find one, you may go to Shinjuku, Shibuya but there is plenty all over the country. If you are brave enough, you might even try to play.

Shop in Mega Don Quijote

Mega Don Quijote
©AllanGrosdemange – Mega Don Quijote

While strolling in Shibuya, make a stop at Mega Don Quijote (28-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 154-0042, Japan), it is the biggest of Japan. A huge shopping mall divided by floors where you will be able to find all you ever dreamed about, and even more, from toothpaste to Halloween costumes. It is open 24/7 so do not forget to go back to real life afterward.

Other districts to visit :



If Shinjuku is known as a business district, it is also a nice place to go for Game Centers (as well as Shibuya). It is composed of a huge building with several floors, a different atmosphere on each floor and a different craziness at every corner.  A must-see in Tokyo!


©AllanGrosdemange – Akihabara

If you are interested in video games, make a stop in Akihabara, the gaming place of Tokyo. Enter in one of the many buildings along the way and rediscover your favorites games, discover new ones or buy figurines of your favorite manga character.


Odaiba Statue of Liberty
©AllanGrosdemange – Odaiba Statue of Liberty

The « romantic » district of Tokyo with its big wheel, its shops, its ferries, and its Liberty Statue.

Kabuki-za Theatre of Ginza

Kabuki-za Theatre
©AllanGrosdemange – Kabuki-za Theatre

If you walk by the rich district of Ginza, have a stop in front of the Kabuzi-za Theatre, observe it from outside or even let you tempted by a play.

A bit further from Tokyo city center:

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown
©AllanGrosdemange – Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohoma in its whole is a place to visit if you have some time but if you want to have a taste of China in Japan, have a look to Yokohama Chinatown and lose yourself in the Middle Kingdom for a while before going back to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Gotoku-ji Temple (Maneki-Neko)

Gotoku-ji Temple
©AllanGrosdemange – Gotoku-ji Temple

Last but not least, the Gotoku-ji Temple. In Asia and even more in Japan, you will see these Maneki-Neko (literaly “beckoning cat”) statues and goodies all around the shops. You may guess that it is a lucky charm supposed to bring fortune to its owner but do you know that a temple is specifically dedicated to it? If the story of these little cats does get your attention, have a look to the thousands of statues disseminated by people from Japan and all over the globe for years in that unique place.


It is already the end of my Tokyo guide, other Tokyo places such as the Edo castle, Meiji-Jingu or Tokyo Dome could have been included but I think you could already have a glance to Tokyo’s atmosphere with these recommendations. All the pictures from that article were taken by me, I hope it will help you to fully enjoy Tokyo.

Please do feel free to comment and share your experience of Tokyo in the comments and give me your opinion. I would be delighted to hear about your experience and find out more interesting places in this shining capital.