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Beef Bowl Chain Restaurant MATSUYA 松屋 - 牛めし(牛丼) カルビ焼肉定食 カレギュウ Curry Rice

One of the popular beef bowl chain restaurants is MATSUYA 松屋. They offer beef bowl and several kinds of set meals.The set meals have several slices of meat, rice, salad and miso soup.
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KATSUDON: Pork Cutlet Bowl カツ丼 of KATSUYA かつや

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

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.
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An Eyeglasses Chain JINS in Japan sells prescription eyeglasses at the minimum price of 5000 yen. (US$46)

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.
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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

Recommended Mackerel Sushi 鯖寿司、さば

I will rank the different kinds of mackerel sushi you can inexpensively get in Japan. This mackerel is usually marinated in vinegar.
Sightseeing

Face-in-the-hole photo boards at Sightseeing Places in Japan 顔ハメ看板

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 ...
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 Restaurant Chain CoCo ICHIBANYA - ココイチ CoCo壱番屋

I sometimes go to a curry restaurant CoCo ICHIBANYA. They offer testy curry rice and many kinds of toppings.
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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、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 (very soft boiled egg).
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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 Bowl in Tokyo

I prefer pork bowl to beef bowl. This is my ranking of pork bowl.
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My Favorite Rice Crackers: REKKA-WASABI 烈火わさび, HAPPYTURN ハッピーターン

I recommend you try 2 kinds 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 h...
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.
Food

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...
Sightseeing

Japanese Souvenir Fridge Magnets ご当地マグネット

I know that local fridge magnets are good souvenir. When you come to Japan, you can find the magnets that are reduced-size designs of the similar scenery at various sightseeing spots.
Food

A Ramen Chain KOURAKUEN 幸楽苑

KOURAKUEN 幸楽苑 offers many kinds of ramen for around 440 yen - 740 yen.
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KIRIN ICHIBAN FROZEN BEER is instragrammable in Japan キリン一番搾りフローズン・インスタ映え

This is draft beer topped with something frozen. It looks like ice cream, but it is not sweet or normal froth. Actually, it is icy froth which is also made of beer.
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Fish Egg and Soft Roe (Milt) of Japanese Food - Cod, Salmon, Herring

In Japan, fish eggs (roes) and milt of salmon, cod and other fish are popular. Of course, different people have different tastes, though.
Food

A strawberry and red bean rice cake ICHIGO DAIFUKU いちご大福

This is a Japanese confectionery called Ichigo Daifuku. Sweet red bean paste and a whole strawberry is coated with a sticky rice cake.
Culture

HANKO Seal Vending Machine はんこ自動販売機

HANKO is a personal name stamp. In Japan, HANKO is used instead of signature on Japanese official documents. HANKO is also called INKAN. Why don't you make your own HANKO for souvenir?
Food

A Japanese Hot Pot Dish SHABU-SHABU at a restaurant ON-YASAI しゃぶしゃぶ 温野菜

This restaurant specializes in all-you-can-eat Shabu-shabu しゃぶしゃぶ. It is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat, tofu and vegetables boiled in the soup stock and served yourself with dipping sauces.
Food

Satisfactory 500 Yen Meals in Japan

I write about various topics on this blog. Now, I'll try another Satisfactory 500 Yen Meals in Japan in this blog.500 JPY =4.63 USD3.72 GBP4.19 EUR6.74 AUD7.26 NZD6.14 CAD(as of 16 September, 2019)
Culture

Collect Seals GOSHUIN 御朱印 of Shrines and Temples in Japan

When you keep visiting shrines and temples in Japan many times to collect their seals in an accordion book as shown the above will become into your treasure which is mysterious and artistic book like ancient manuscripts.
Food

Yummy Burgers in Japan

When you're visiting Tokyo, do you miss your family, friends, and burger? If so, a good place to rest is J.S. BURGERS CAFE Where you will find yourself eating with the yummy burger. Come relax and recharge here. Then, continue your journey! !
Food

Chicken on a Skewer (YAKITORI), Lightly Seared Chicken, Crunchy Chicken mixed with Japanese Ume Plum Paste 焼き鳥、鶏肉のたたき、梅水晶 - TORITETSU とり鉄

Have you eaten something very Japanese?I would introduce 3 different types of Japanese local foods to tourists from foreign countries. I think some people might dislike them because of the uniqueness in texture.
Food

All-You-Can-Eat Deep Fried Skewered Meat and Vegetables / KUSHIKATSU 串カツ - KUSHIYA MONOGATARI 串家物語

A restaurant chain KUSHIYA MONOGATARI 串家物語 specializes in deep fried skewered meat and vegetables. (Breaded, deep fried skewers) They offer all-you-can-eat, and optional all-you-can-drink.
Food

Low Priced Lunch and Happy Hour of Cafe Restaurant GUSTO カフェレストラン ガスト

When you want to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in Japan, you can rest at this restaurant for a while. It is not necessary to order food there if you order a drink.Cafe Restaurant GUSTO カフェレストラン ガスト has more than 1300 restaurants in Japan. ...
Food

NIKU-SOBA of MARUGEN RAMEN 丸源ラーメンの肉そば

A ramen chain MARUGEN RAMEN 丸源ラーメン is worth trying. My family and I like the shop's ramen. I will definitely visit their ramen shop again soon to enjoy their ramen.
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A Type of Noodles - NAGASAKI CHAMPON 長崎ちゃんぽん of RINGERHUT リンガーハット

I know there are many kinds of noodles in the world. When someone asks me what my favorite is, I choose Japanese CHAMPON.If you love eating ramen and haven't yet heard of or tried CHAMPON, you should try it while traveling in Japan.I will give you a s...
Food

Deep-Fried Food on a Skewer at KUSHIKATSU TANAKA 串カツ田中 all over Japan 串揚げ

Deep-fried foodon a skewerA restaurant chain Kushikatu Tanaka 串カツ田中 which is good for non-smokers.
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天ぷら Tempura TENDON TENYA 天丼てんや

TENDON TENYA 天丼てんや is a chain tempura restaurant, and offers a large variety of inexpensive tempura foods. Taste very good!
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Japanese Bar Restaurant TORIKIZOKU 居酒屋 鳥貴族 - 焼き鳥 Grilled chicken on a skewer

A 298-yen bar restaurant chain TORIKIZOKU 鳥貴族 offers all food items and beverages for 298 yen. They use domestically produced chicken, vegetables and so on.This chain has more than 600 branches in Japan. There are many branches in and around Tokyo 東京 ...