Food and Drink

From Ramen to Wagyu and Sushi! Enjoy Japanese Cusine in Shibuya, Tokyo, at These 12 Recommended Restaurants

Shibuya, with its globally famous Scramble Crossing in front of the station, is one of Tokyo’s premier entertainment districts. Photo of Scramble Crossing in Shibuya Although strongly associated with fashion and youth culture, Shibuya’s charm extends beyond that. It’s an area teeming with a variety of eateries including restaurants, cafes, and bars. From quintessentially Japanese ramen to exquisite wagyū beef…

The Beefy Glory of GORI-GORI BURGER TAPROOM: Hefty 100% Beef Burgers in Roppongi, Tokyo

While the United States is known as the home of the hamburger, high-quality burgers can be found in Japan as well. GORI-GORI BURGER TAPROOM (hereunder referred to as “Gori-Gori Burger Taproom”), the self-proclaimed “best burger joint on the planet,” is located in Roppongi, Tokyo. The restaurant continues to captivate diners with its selection of delicious and distinctive burgers. Savoring a…

Authentic Okinawan Cuisine at Tokyo’s Popular Tavern, Okinawa Dining Ryūka Roppongi

In Roppongi, Tokyo, you can fully immerse yourself in the Okinawan vibe at the tavern and restaurant “Okinawa Dining Ryūka Roppongi” (hereunder referred to as “Ryūka Roppongi”). Here, you can savor Okinawan dishes like Okinawa soba and gōyā chanpurū, an Okinawan stir fry dish made with bitter melon. Shisa, an Okinawan guardian deity Soup that soothes the soul! Homemade sōki…

Delight in Matcha Sweets and Exquisite Hamburgers at SUZU CAFE-Roppongi- in Tokyo

SUZU CAFE-Roppongi- is a popular cafe renowned for its rich matcha pudding. The cafe’s relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect spot to unwind in the bustling Roppongi area of Tokyo. “濃い抹茶プリン,” Green tea pudding 750 JPY (tax included) Matcha pudding with boast-worthy richness, a social media sensation! Their “Green tea pudding” is crafted using ample matcha from Uji, the famous…

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Dig Into Giant Japanese Katsu Curry and Eat Your Way Through Delicious Toppings at Akihabara Caligari

Akihabara is globally renowned as a haven for Japanese subcultures, but it’s also an area that is home to various genres of restaurants. Akihabara Caligari is a curry restaurant that attracts a constant stream of customers within Akihabara. “アキバ盛りカレー1,” Akiba Mori Curry 1, lunch: 1,200 JPY (tax included) / dinner: 1,460 JPY (tax included) The must-try menu at popular curry…

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Discover Japan’s Sweet Side at Yanagiya Chaya Asakusa, Tokyo: A Matcha Haven of Japanese Delights!

Asakusa is a hugely popular area in Tokyo bustling with many tourists. Located just a short distance from the area’s landmark Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) is “Yanagi Chaya Asakusa Shin Nakamise-dōri” (hereinafter referred to as “Yanagi Chaya Asakusa”), a shop that is highly recommended for tourists exploring the area. Here, you can enjoy a wide variety of sweets and drinks made…

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Savor the Finest of Kyoto’s Matcha Sweets at the Ever-Popular Yanagi Chaya in Ueno

Originally cherished as a beverage, matcha has now found its way into various dishes beyond just drinks. At “Yanagi Chaya ecute Ueno,” located in Ueno, Tokyo, you can experience that matcha evolution by enjoying it in the form of sweets such as tiramisu and soft-serve ice cream. Melty and creamy “Uji Matcha Tiramisu” served in a traditional wooden Japanese sake…

Discover Beef Katsu in Akihabara! Juicy Beef Cutlet Restaurant Ichinisan Shows There’s More to Katsu Than You Think!

Japanese cutlet dishes, known as “katsu,” are widely recognized today even overseas. As of 2023, among international visitors to Japan, there is a growing popularity for gyūkatsu, or Japanese beef cutlet. Located in Akihabara, “Gyūkatsu Ichinisan (hereinafter, Ichinisan)” is a popular restaurant with lines forming even before opening. It’s not uncommon to see the line waiting to get in composed…

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EVERYONEs CAFE Serves up the Freshest of Tokyo Ingredients in the Heart of Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a great place in Tokyo where you can enjoy the changing seasons of nature in Japan. Fittingly located right in the park is “EVERYONEs CAFE,” which offers a menu incorporating local and seasonal ingredients produced in Tokyo. “ガーデンプレート(フィッシュ),” Garden Plate (Fish) 2,200 JPY (tax included) EVERYONEs CAFE’s signature dish offers a bevy of fresh Tokyo-sourced ingredients With…

Wagyu Wonders, Pufferfish Pleasures and Sake Selections at Yamaguchi KyōdoRyōri Double Roppongi in Tokyo

“Yamaguchi KyōdoRyōri Double Roppongi” (hereinafter referred to as “Double Roppongi”) is a popular tavern and restaurant where you can enjoy fugu (pufferfish) dishes and local sake from Yamaguchi Prefecture. It’s known for offering authentic cuisine at reasonable prices, attracting a steady stream of patrons. A luxurious Japanese pufferfish dish best enjoyed with sake The restaurant sources torafugu (Japanese pufferfish) daily…

Karaage-Senmon Roppongi Kimisei: Tokyo’s Premier Destination for Delectable Fried Chicken

In the heart of Tokyo’s busy Roppongi district, “Karaage-Senmon Roppongi Kimisei” has become a staple for hungry business workers. Renowned for its senmon (specialty) in karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), the restaurant attracts a crowd daily, offering both dine-in and take-out bentō (boxed meal) options. “Assorted Fried Chicken Set Meal”: a trio of popular flavors The “Assorted Fried Chicken Set Meal”…

The Most Creative and Delicious Okonomiyaki in Ueno Will Make Kotekichi Your New Go-to Spot for Japanese Soul Food

In Japan, okonomiyaki has been a popular and casual dish for a long time. Often described as a “savory pancake,” the dish is cooked on a griddle right before your eyes and is loaded with meat, vegetables, and sometimes noodles. True to its name, okonomi meaning “what you like” in Japanese, it offers a variety of ingredient combinations. The individuality…

Icy Sweets All Year Round: Fluffy Japanese Shaved Ice at KAKIGORI CAFE&BAR yelo in Roppongi, Tokyo

As of 2023, Japan is seeing an increase in shops that offer kakigōri, a Japanese shaved ice dessert, throughout the year. One such place is “KAKIGORI CAFE&BAR yelo” (hereunder referred to as “yelo”) in Roppongi, Tokyo, which attracts crowds of shaved ice lovers all year round. The popular shop presents the idea that kakigōri is not just for cooling off…

All-You-Can-Eat Shabu-Shabu at Mo-Mo PARADISE in Shinjuku Delivers a Premium Japanese Meat Feast

“Mo-Mo PARADISE” is a restaurant chain that has expanded its presence worldwide, with a focus on Asia, including Thailand and Indonesia. In Japan, it has two locations, one near Shinjuku Station’s East Exit and another in Kabukichō, where you can savor hotpot dishes made with domestically sourced beef. The standout feature of Mo-Mo PARADISE is undoubtedly their all-you-can-eat hotpot with…

Cafe Frangipani in Roppongi, Tokyo: A Social Media Darling with Amazing Omurice and Unique Ice Cream

Omelette-rice, also known as omurice, is a Japanese dish consisting of an omelette made with fried rice—usually chicken fried rice—and thin, fried scrambled eggs. It’s loved by generations from children to adults. While it’s a mainstream dish here in Japan, it’s still a minor presence in other countries. Umami bites writer Bensky recounts that, until he first visited Tokyo, he…