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Japanese Solo Barbecue at YAKINIKU LIKE 焼肉ライク in Tokyo - 黒毛和牛 Black Wagyu Beef

Yakiniku is Japanese style barbecue. This restaurant is a Yakiniku chain and their seating system is quite unique. Seats are separated by individual mini-sized grills for one person and partitions to enable customers to come here alone and concentrate on ...
Food

Squid Rice IKAMESHI いかめし・イカ飯

IKAMESHI is a delicious dish made with squid and rice that is local to Hokkaido 北海道, Japan. (Northern Japan) It is a simmered food seasoned with soy sauce, sugar, Japanese style broth and so on.
Food

Lunch On A Budget - DOTONBORI OKONOMIYAKI 道とん堀 お好み焼き, もんじゃ Monja、ランチ

With more than 300 locations across Japan, Dohtonbori Okonomiyaki is one of the largest Okonomiyaki chains in the country. Okonomiyaki is often referred to as “Japanese pizza.”
Culture

Rice Culture in Japan - Coin Operated Rice Polishing Machines コイン精米機・精米所

Japanese people like eating tasty rice. Some people buy brown rice. Then, when they cook it, they can bring the rice to the machine and polish it to their favorite rice such as well-polished brown or white rice. Actually, my mother sometimes do that to ma...
Food

Shrimp & Avocado - Sandwich Shop SUBWAY in Japan サブウェイ サンドイッチ えびアボカド

‎The sandwich shop Subway is also a popular fast food chain in Japan. Japanese Subway offers the "Shrimp & Avocado Sandwich" which is not offered in the US.When you visit Japan, why not try the sandwich with the local Japanese Subway dressing called W...
Food

Sushi Go Round KAISEN MISAKIKO 回転寿司 海鮮三崎港 Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo

Kaisen Misakiko 海鮮三崎港 is a sushi restaurant chain in Japan.Their sushi prices are 110, 190, 260, 300, 390, 490 or 590 yen per 1 dish. (not including 10% tax)
Food

Japanese Mother's Cooking / Home Style Daily Dishes at a Restaurant MAIDO-OOKINI SHOKUDO まいどおおきに食堂 家庭料理・おふくろの味

Our daily Japanese food is inexpensive and nutritious. Would you like to try real daily Japanese food?
Food

ICHIKAKUYA (also called IKKAKUYA) is a chain specializing in a style of Yokohama-Iekei ramen in Japan. 横浜家系ラーメン 壱角家

Yokohama Iekei Style began as a single ramen restaurant in Yokohama 横浜 City Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture next to Tokyo a long time ago. Iekei ramen is one of Yokohama's local culinary delicacies.
Food

HottoMotto ほっともっと is a takeout food shop chain in Japan. Get a rice bowl DELUXE TOKU DON デラックス得丼

They have more than 2700 shops across Japan, and their business model is that they don't provide a place to dine in the shop, strictly takeout.
News

A cloak room app "ecbo cloak" is useful while traveling Japan instead of using coin lockers. コインロッカー・クローク・アプリ

There is an app called "ecbo cloak" about cloak rooms that is useful while traveling Japan.
Food

A cafe and bar chain PRONTO in Japan offers tasty octopus carpaccio, deep fried burdock root sticks. プロント・タコのカルパッチョ・ごぼうの唐揚げ

Octopus dishes are popular in Japan. Are you interested in eating fresh octopus?
Food

A restaurant chain NAKAU なか卯 offers tasty chicken and egg rice bowl OYAKODON 親子丼 in Japan.

I highly recommend their OYAKODON. It is a type of Japanese chicken dish. They also offer beef bowl, katsudon (pork cutlet bowl), noodles (udon / soba), curry rice and so on.
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A beef bowl chain SUKIYA offers reasonable lunch set meals all over Japan. - すき家 牛丼 Gyudon

I recommend すき家 Sukiya's "Kimchi Beef Bowl" and "Lunch Menu".
Food

Japanese Teishoku Restaurant YAYOI (やよい軒 YAYOIKEN) in Japan offers Beef Sukiyaki すき焼き, Chicken Namban チキン南蛮

A restaurant chain YAYOI (やよい軒 YAYOIKEN) offers many kinds of meals.Especially, I like their chicken namban. It is yummy!
Food

Soba Noodles and Tempura at a Restaurant YUDETARO ゆで太郎 in Japan 蕎麦 そば 天ぷら

Yudetaro is a chain restaurant and specializes in soba そば (buckwheat noodles). It is one of the Japanese traditional noodles.
Food

Breakfast On A Budget - A Pork Cutlet Restaurant TONKATSU MATSUNOYA in Japan - とんかつ 松乃屋・松のや

With more than 200 locations across Japan, Tonkatsu Matsunoya is one of the largest Tonkatsu (deep-fried breaded pork cutlet) chains in the country.This shop specializes in Low priced Tonkatsu and also offers, Karaage (deep fried chicken) and curry rice. ...
Food

Fresh Tuna Bowl at a Seafood Restaurant ISOMARU SUISAN 磯丸水産 - まぐろ丼・海鮮丼

They specializes in grilled seafood, and also offer good many kinds of seafood bowls.When you want to have a break during your trip in day time, this restaurant is good place to rest instead of staying expensive cafes.
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Beef Bowl Chain Restaurant MATSUYA 松屋 Offers Tasty Beef Set Meals and Curry Rice in Japan 牛めし, 牛丼, カルビ焼肉定食, カレギュウ

With over 900 branches throughout Japan, MATSUYA 松屋 is one of the most popular beef bowl chains in the country.They offer several kinds of beef / pork / chicken bowls and set meals. The set meals have main dish (meat), rice, salad and miso soup.
Food

TONKATSU, KATSUDON Pork Cutlet Bowl at a Restaurant KATSUYA in Japan かつや - ソースカツ丼・とんかつ・カツカレー

TONKATU トンカツ is deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. KATSUDON is cooked TONKATSU with beaten egg on rice.
Food

Japanese people like not only seeing cherry blossoms but also eating. さくら 桜 サクラ Sakura

In Japan, cherry blossoms is called Sakura 桜 (さくら). We eat salted / pickled cherry blossoms and use them as decorations for food and drinks.
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Amazingly Reasonable Italian Restaurant SAIZERIYA in Japan サイゼリヤ

It is an Italian restaurant chain. Most of the foods cost from 199 to 599 yen. Their foods are reasonable and taste very good. All of the restaurants are No smoking.
News

Swallows Come Every Year in Japan

Swallows are migratory birds.They travel between Japan and Asian countries / Australia.
News

An Eyeglasses Chain JINS in Japan sells prescription eyeglasses at the minimum price of 5500 yen. (US$51)

Have you ever bought prescription eyeglasses?How many prescription eyeglasses can you buy inexpensively in your country?
Food

Seasonal Matcha Donuts and Free Refills Coffee at Mister Donut in Japan ミスタードーナツ 衹園辻利 宇治抹茶

A donuts shop chain Mister Donut seasonally sells matcha donuts. Their donuts are made with really high quality matcha of a traditional tea brand Gion Tsujiri 衹園辻利 in Kyoto 京都. You will get real, bitter and rich matcha flavor.
Food

Unadon (Eel Bowl) Restaurant UNATOTO うな丼 宇奈とと

Specialty UNATOTO 宇奈とと is a restaurant chain that specializes in Unadon うな丼. It is an eel bowl (Unagi bowl).In Japan, we call eel Unagi. Unagi is usually expensive, nutritious fish, and of rare value in Japan, but UNATOTO is the most reasonable restaurant...
Food

My Best Mackerel Sushi is "Mackerel with Leaf Mustard Sushi さば高菜巻 Saba-takana-maki". 鯖寿司・サバ鮨

I will rank the different kinds of mackerel sushi you can inexpensively get in and around Tokyo. This mackerel is usually marinated in vinegar, and tasty.
Sightseeing

Face-in-the-hole Photo Boards at Sightseeing Places in Japan 顔ハメ看板・パネル

You will see many boards during trip in Japan. One of those boards where you stick your face in a hole to take a funny photo with your face on a character's body.Most everyone in Japan is familiar with this type of board at sightseeing places. Usually th...
Culture

What has surprised you about Japan so far?

I often ask foreign tourists what has surprised them about Japan during their travels here.
Food

A Curry Rice Restaurant Chain CoCo ICHIBANYA ココイチ CoCo壱番屋 - カレーライス

I sometimes go to a curry restaurant CoCo ICHIBANYA. They offer testy curry rice and many kinds of toppings.
Food

Firefly Squid ホタルイカ at Japanese Restaurants / Bars

Firefly squid is a common food at Japanese eating places such as Japanese sushi / restaurants / bars (called IZAKAYA). It is known as the sparking squid in the ocean.I sometimes eat it. It is called ホタルイカ(ほたるいか)Hotaruika in Japanese.
Food

Japanese Raw Egg is Safe to Eat. 生卵(生玉子)、温泉玉子(温泉卵)

In Japan, we often eat raw eggs, typically those of chicken or quail. Many types of dishes are served with raw egg or a half boiled egg.
News

If you want to drive by go-kart (go-cart) in Japan, please bring an international driver's license.

I often talk and get a drink with tourists at hostels in Tokyo. When I ask them what they want to do in Japan, many people say that they plan to rent a go-kart and drive on a public road.
Food

Ranking of Reasonable Pork Bowls in Tokyo 豚丼

I prefer pork bowl to beef bowl. This is my ranking of pork bowl.
Food

My Favorite Rice Crackers: REKKA-WASABI 烈火わさび, HAPPYTURN ハッピーターン

I recommend you try 2 types of Japanese popular cheap and unique snacks.
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Udon of MARUGAME SEIMEN in Japan 丸亀製麺 うどん

I go to this udon restaurant once or twice a month.
Food

Octopus Dumplings TAKOYAKI たこ焼き

Takoyaki is octopus dumplings and it is a popular snak like a junk food but tasty.
News

Attention! Japan's Google Maps got worse!

When Google was using map data from Japan's the most excellent mapmaker ZENRIN, the quality of Google Maps was really good.But now, they probably stop using it. Instead, they use their own map data for Google Maps.The accuracy of Japanese Google Maps ...
Food

Deep-Fried Breaded Pork Cutlet TONKATSU / Ham Cutlet HAMUKATSU トンカツ, ハムカツ

I will introduce 2 types of deep-fried breaded cutlets. These are pork cutlet TONKATSU and ham cutlet HAMUKATSU.
Food

Do you know what Japanese sashimi is? Horse, Whale, Chicken Vegetables Sashimi

These days, sashimi is a Japanese food that is becoming more popular around the world, and it is usually comprised of thinly-sliced raw seafood. Actually, sashimi is not always made with raw seafood.This blog post will introduce some other types of sa...
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Do you know Chicken Namban? チキン南蛮・チキンナンバン - Torishin 鳥心(高知)、Torisyo 鶏笑、Yayoiken やよい軒

Chicken Namban is deep-fried chicken that is then soaked for several seconds (or slightly boiled) in a special sauce after frying, made with sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and so on. It is usually served with tartar sauce or, in some restaurants, with ketc...