One of those foods that tends to be synonymous with Japan is ramen. Perfectly chewy noodles, melt in your mouth chashu, boiled eggs, hearty broths and the ubiquitous pink and white fish cakes are features on many a ramen shop menu – but where does that leave you if you’re vegan? Many of those noodles contain egg, the pork and fish cakes are self explanatory, and the broths used are often animal based.
You don’t need to miss out on your ramen fix though – there’s a solution that’s both delicious and vegan friendly, so much so that even the carnivores you know won’t miss the meat. And the best part of all? It’s within Tokyo Station, so you’ll never go hungry again when you’re in transit!
For many, Kobe is synonymous with Kobe beef. And while it’s one of the most popular local delicacies, Kobe beef is just as accessible in other parts of Japan. So why not eat like a true local in Kobe, which has far more to offer beyond hundred dollar wagyu steaks? Read on for our best restaurant picks in the area!
Eating out when you have a severe allergy can be pretty nerve-wracking, no matter where you are. Faced with exciting new foods and a whole new language, this is taken to a whole new level; especially when many Japanese restaurants are unable to accommodate your needs.
However, suffering an allergy doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the Japanese foodie experience! You’ll have to tread carefully when eating out, as sometimes things are lost in translation or not fully understood, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
When it comes to hot and humid weather, one thing always makes dealing with it more bearable – and that’s some form of iced dessert. Italy’s got gelato, Korea has bingsu, and Japan has their own traditional icy treat known as kakigori.
Ever had a snow cone before? Kakigori is basically a bigger, better version of that – you’ll see them flavored with a wide variety of sweet syrups and even condensed milk. Kakigori is a summer favorite here, and if you’re wondering where to start your sweet adventure, we got you! Here’s a tasty guide to some of the best kakigori in Tokyo.
Meguro is one of the most popular places to live in Tokyo – it’s quiet, clean and close to all the action in Shibuya and Omotesando. But for many, where Meguro really shines is the food. Here are some local restaurants that you just have to try when you’re in the area:
Shabu shabu is an awesome Japanese hot pot dish that’s perfect to enjoy with friends or family – with a boiling pot of fragrant broth right in the middle of the table, everyone is involved in the cooking process making for a great social and communal experience.
On a rainy or cold night, there’s nothing like a few cold beers shared over a steaming pot bubbling with delicious veggies and fine meats.
As with most all-you-can-eat and DIY treats, there is a certain etiquette which can seem daunting, but makes the experience a whole lot easier. Don’t worry too much – it’s all good fun and you get some delicious results. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to eat shabu shabu!
Count yourself as a bit of an ice cream connoisseur, and looking to step up your frozen desserts game higher than what your local convenience store can offer you? Tokyo has a pretty incredible range of ice cream stores to visit, which showcase everything from traditional eats with a frozen touch, through to mega-matcha goodness and even boozy blends for an adults-only ice cream experience.
Here are seven spots across the bustling metropolis that will have you screaming for ice cream in Tokyo, no matter the reason or season.
Japanese people like to boast about Japan having four distinct seasons, and for good reason – because of where it is, it catches a whole lot of extremes of weather and, consequently, gorgeous natural phenomena throughout the year. From soft pink cherry blossoms to vibrant orange autumn leaves, people come from worldwide to catch a glimpse.
Some places, such as Chidorigafuchi Park, are better for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and some places, such as Chinzanso Garden, are better for a peek at the koyo (colourful autumn leaves). However, Shinjuku Gyoen is gorgeous all year around! Whether you’re looking for some history; walking trails; to look at some nature, or to just take a break from the concrete jungle, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
When you think of curry, you probably think of Indian curry because well, that’s where it all started! But when referring to curry RICE, that means we’re talking Japanese curry. Since the British introduced their version of curry to Japan during the Meji Era (1868-1921), the Japanese have been obsessed and made a whole art out of the dish.
Japanese curry is called “curry rice” because it consists of curry sauce with a sweet base and sticky rice. This simple combination of food is taken so seriously that there are thousands of curry rice restaurants in Tokyo alone, each with their own unique twist. Here are 5 of our favorite places for the best curry rice in Tokyo!
Many countries around the world embrace tea culture and the many traditions that go alongside it. From India, who are one of the world’s largest tea producers (and where chai originated from!) through to England where scones and tea are about as quintessential as the Union Jack, it’s a much loved beverage right across the planet.
Perhaps though, the country with the biggest affinity for tea is right here in Japan. The tea culture is everywhere – bottles upon bottles in convenience stores and vending machines, matcha cookies and chocolates on shelves at supermarkets, and even green tea infused foods at places like Ochanomizu 1899 (green tea sausages or beer, anyone?)
If you want a bit of a step back in time experience to embrace all things tea, however, there’s a place in Tokyo where you can do just that. It’s a tea house by the name of Kosoan, situated in the suburb of Jiyugaoka. It’s easy to walk right by it, since the sign indicating you’re in the right spot is small – so keep your eyes peeled!