Must Try: Where to Eat in Japan
When one travels, one must eat. Every traveler must have at least one food native to the country they’re visiting that they want to try. While Japanese cuisine is famous internationally, known for foods such as sushi and ramen, one should not miss out on trying Japanese food right from where it came from: Japan. Japanese food is not simply food; it is a part of their culture and lifestyle – from its ingredients to its taste. Here are some places that we think are a must-try when you’re in Japan.
- Japanese Fast Food
Rather than eating at McDonald’s or KFC when you’re in Japan, why don’t you try eating at Japan’s own version of fast food? There are a number of fast food chains found in Japan. Yoshinoya is probably the most known one as it also has stores in other countries. However, while it does have international stores, Yoshinoya in Japan is still quite different. Sukiya, like Yoshinoya, is also a gyudon restaurant. If you’re craving for some tempura, there is a fast food called Tenya for you. Other fast food restaurants are Matsuya, CoCo Ichiban, First Kitchen, and so much more.
- Ichiran Ramen
Ichiran Ramen is, obviously, a ramen restaurant. This restaurant is quite famous not only in Japan, but also in other countries. They specialize in Tonkotsu ramen and hand-make their own noodles, however, they are much more known for their dining experience. Ichiran Ramen allows people to eat their ramen in peace – with its individual booths surrounding the kitchen, a wooden wall separating you from those beside you. You would even rarely see the servers as a sort of bamboo curtain is placed in front of you so you wouldn’t get distracted from the servers bustling around the kitchen. If you’re worried about how good the ramen is, the line you’ll find outside the restaurant should erase your doubts.
- Tsukiji Fish Market
The Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in the world, is probably where you can try one of the freshest sushi you’ll ever taste. There are several sushi restaurants in Tsukiji Fish Market that will serve you fresh seafood. If you have no idea where to begin, you could start with Sushi Dai, a famous sushi restaurant in Japan.
- Japanese Street Food
If you like having a number of choices in what you want to eat, you could always try Japanese street food. They are usually sold in food carts which are usually found during a Japanese festival. There is a variety of food sold in these food stalls such as takoyaki, karaage, yakitori, okonomiyaki, and desserts such as candy apples, and chocolate bananas. It is also a good method of food hopping in one place, in one night – for a reasonable price. There is also a place in Fukuoka where you could find these food stalls open every night, and is considered one of the best places to visit in the area.