Your choice of foods in Japan is one of the best things about Tokyo. If you're a food lover you're going to find this city irresistible. You can get just about any kind of food you want here and with the stars raining down from the Michelin Food Guide, you know it's going to be good.
As a first time visitor it can be slightly overpowering. The choices available can leave you feeling like you're having a pot luck dinner rather than making an informed choice. Some people love the pot luck aspect in which case have fun. But if you want to have a better idea of the range of foods in Japan and where to go to eat them, take a moment to investigate this section of the site. We'll cover traditional japanese food, foods special to Tokyo, where the best restaurants are, and joining the locals in an izakaya.
There are plenty of traditional foods in Japan as well as special regional dishes from the north in Hokkaido to the southern islands of Okinawa. If you're wondering what exactly are the most common traditional foods then our Tokyo food section has the answers for you. You can see what the dishes look like and read more about the ingredients.
When I first came to Tokyo the idea of eating raw fish really did turn my stomach. But now I can't imagine it not being a part of my diet. If you've never tried any of these before, I really recommend giving it a go. Even if you decide you hate it : ) Then you can say you've done it!
If you want to sit down with the locals to try some foods in Japan then you have to visit a Tokyo izakaya. What is an izakaya? This is a traditional social place where many Japanese will meet after work or on Saturday nights to really let their hair down. Personally we're big fans and you'll find us in one with some buddies most weeks.
Just head on over to the section to find out where our favorites are and what kind of food you'll get to eat.
P.S. We don't try to know everything about Tokyo. It's just not possible! What we do do though is share our favorite bits of the city and give you our geniune personal experience of what we like. Remember KISS... keep it safe and simple ; )
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