Tokyo Japan Food Guide

Tokyo Japan Food Guide

There are many exciting ways to enjoy your travel in Tokyo Japan. The most fascinating way to do it is by visiting the food attractions especially if you are a food lover. In this way, you will be able to learn the Japanese cooking culture as well as the unique and delicious food in the city.

First and foremost, don’t miss the Tsukiji Fish Market to be on your lists, since it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tokyo. It is famous for being the largest seafood market in the world. So, what you can do in the Tsukiji fish market? First, you have to explore the area and learn how the Japanese caught, distributed and sold the products. Then, take the introductory course in sushi-making, where a Japanese sushi master will teach you the proper way to make it. And for the final part of the trip is to take delight with your creations.

Other than the famous market, there is Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most popular neighborhoods. Exploring the streets of Shibuya will definitely enjoyable and exciting. In the 3-hour walking food tour, you will discover the Tokyo’s hidden food scene. Savoring the different kinds of Japanese food, like the beef skewer, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, sushi, and traditional dessert is an unforgettable experience you won’t miss.

Let’s find out some of the popular foods in Tokyo.

 

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Sushi

If you want to visit Tokyo, you should not miss the famous traditional Japanese dish. You can find thousands of restaurants around Tokyo, and you will be delighted by its excellent taste. But let’s find out first when did sushi become popular? According to history, the Japanese businessmen introduced sushi to their American colleagues, since then it became famous around the world. Sushi literally means “sour-tasting.” It is made of vinegared rice and topped with other ingredients, which may or may not include fish. There are 100 different kinds of sushi that emerged from the five main types.

Uramaki

I’ll show you below the five main types of Sushi.

 

  • Maki

Maki contains vinegared rice with various filling includes raw seafood and vegetable wrapped in seaweed.

  • Temaki

It is also known as hand-rolled Sushi, which literally means you used your hand to roll the Sushi. It is made of rice, fillings called neta that wrapped with a cone-shaped seaweed.

  • Uramaki

Cylindrical shape sushi that the rice is on the outside and seaweed wraps around the filling.

 

  • Sashimi

It consists of Fish or shellfish alone without rice and often eaten with soy sauce.

 

  • Nigiri

A kind of sushi popularized in Tokyo made with a small oblong brick of sticky white rice topped with raw fish.

Sushi Restaurant

  • Yamazaki
    Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji | Tsukiji Market Building 6, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel. no.: 00 81 3-3541-1105
    Website:sushi-yamazaki.com
  • Sushiryori Inose
    Address: 2-20-2 Higashigotanda | 1f, Shinagawa, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel. no.: 00 81 3-3443-1719
    Website: sushiryoriinose.food-pi.com
  • Sushi Yoshitaki
    Address: 8-7-19 Ginza | 3F Suzuryu Building, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel no.: 00 81 3-6253-7331
    Website: sushi-yoshitake.com

Tips On How to Eat Sushi

  • Wasabi is always in between the rice and fish.
  • It doesn’t matter if you want to use a chopstick or your finger.
  • Normally, people take wasabi and deep in the soy sauce. But the traditional way is to take a piece of sashimi dip it in the soy sauce, then put wasabi in the middle of the fish and dip a little soy sauce.
  • To eat Nigiri sushi, make a half-turn, then take it using the chopstick and put soy sauce on the fish side. Careful not to dip soy sauce on the rice, only on the fish.
  • Don’t forget to eat a piece of ginger to clean your palate before eating another sushi.
  • Sushiro, dip a little soy sauce on the rice

Yakitori

Yakitori is a grilled chicken on skewers. It is using either salt or tare sauce to season. There are many Japanese, as well as tourists like this delicious and inexpensive food. That is why Yakitori became famous in Tokyo. It can be best served in the restaurants, but can surely enjoy eating this food as well in pubs and food stands.

mune

Types of Yakitori:

  • Mune (chicken breast)
  • Kawa (chicken skin)
  • Seseri (chicken neck)
  • Kanmuri (chicken comb)
  • Bonjiri (chicken tail)
  • Torinegi (chicken and leek)
  • Tebasaki (chicken wing tip)
  • Tebamoto (chicken wing shoulder)
  • Reba (liver)
  • Tsukune (chicken meatball)

 

Yakitori Restaurant

  • Kushiyaki Bistro Fukumimi Shibuya

Address: 2-25-17 Dogenzaka | Kojima Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo

Tel. no.: +81 3-3461-2911

Website: fukumimi-shibuya.com

  • Oedo Ayatori

Address: 1-18-9 Kabukicho | 6F WaMall Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Tel. no.: 00 81 50-5272-1052

Email: oedo-ayatori.tokyo

  • Oedo Ayatori

Address: 1-18-9 Kabukicho | 6F WaMall Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Tel. no.: 00 81 50-5272-1052

Email: oedo-ayatori.tokyo

 

Ramen

Ramen is the Japanese adaptation of Chinese wheat noodles which sometimes serve with meat or fish-based broth, seasoned and flavored with any number of toppings. There are thousands of restaurant in Tokyo alone. For some tourists, eating the best ramen is the highlight of their trip. To know the best Ramen in the city, let’s consider first its four classes. So, what are those? Please check below.

shoyu

The Four Classes of Ramen

  • Shoyu Ramen (Soy sauce-based)
  • Miso Ramen (Soybean-based)
  • Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork bone-based)
  • Shio Ramen (Salt-based)

Ramen Restaurant

  • Ramen
    T’s Tantan Tokyo Station
    Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi | Keiyo Street, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel no.: 00 81 3-3218-8040
    Website: ts-restaurant.jp
  • Ippudo Roppongi
    Address: 4-9-11 Roppongi | 1F No.2 Odagiri Bldg., Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel.no.: 00 81 3-5775-7561
    Website: ippudo.com
  • Ichiran, Shibuya
    Address: 1-22-7 Jinnan | Iwamoto Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel.no.: 00 81 3-3463-3667
    Website: ichiran.co.jp

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is one of the must-try foods when you visit Tokyo. It is also known as Japanese savory pancakes. The meaning of the word “Okonomi” means grilled or cooked and “Yaki” means what you want or what you like. The typical version of Okonomiyaki consists of shredded cabbage and a batter, which often serves as snacks for children. But you can also enjoy it on the street food stands and in the restaurants in Tokyo.

Two General Styles of Okonomiyaki

Kansai

Osaka/Kansai-style

The preparation of this version is similar to the pancake, mixing the batter and the other ingredients and fry.

Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

Hiroshima-style

The preparation of this version of Okonomiyaki is layering the ingredients rather than mixing.

 

Okonomiyaki Restaurant

Asakusa Okonomiyaki Sometaro
Address: 2-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel.no.: 00 81 3-3844-9502
Website: sometaro.com

Teppan Baby Shinjuku
Address: 1-17-4 Kabukicho |Pocket Bldg. 1st basement floor, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel. No.: 00 81 3-3204-1333

Sakuratei
Address: 3-20-1 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel.no.:00 81 3-3479-0039
Website: sakuratei.co.jp

Soba Noodles

Soba word is the Japanese name for buckwheat. The noodle is made from buckwheat flour or a combination of both buckwheat and wheat flours. It can be served either chilled or in hot broth noodle soup. In Tokyo, there are restaurants that serve cold soba noodles for summer and hot for winters since. Do you know that this food can be an alternative to wheat pasta? Because each cup of cooked noodles contains only 113 calories, while wheat has 174 calories. This is very nutritious as well, not only fat-free and cholesterol but also a good source of nutrients like carbohydrates and thiamine. Buckwheat noodle is also gluten-free. So if you are following a gluten-free diet soba noodles is for you. There are several restaurants in Tokyo serving cold Soba. If you haven’t tasted one, then check the available restaurants below.

soba

Hot Soba

Soba

Cold Soba

Soba Restaurant

  • Matsuya Honten
    Address:1-13 Kandasudacho, Chiyoda 101-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel.no.: 00 81 3-3251-1556
    Email: kanda-matsuya.jp
  • Tsurutontan Roppongi
    Address: 3-14-12 Roppongi | Roppongi 3 Chome Bldg., Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel.no.:00 81 3-5786-2626
    Email: tsurutontan.co.jp
  • Glutenfree Cafe Littlebird
    Address: 1-1-20 Uehara | JP Bldg. 3F, Shibuya 151-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel.no.:00 81 3-3460-8282

 

Tonkatsu

The main ingredient of tonkatsu is pork fillet or loin, coated with egg, flour, and Panko ( Japanese breadcrumbs). There are varieties of tonkatsu all over Tokyo. You can find several restaurants that serve the cuisine with exquisite presentation and it’s perfectly crisp that satisfies your craving. I give some list of the restaurants that serve the best tonkatsu in Tokyo, please check below.

Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu Restaurant

  • Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten
    Address: 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel no. 00 81 120-428-485
    Website: mai-sen.com
  • Katsukura Shinjuku Takashimaya
    Address: 5-24-2 Sendagaya | Takashimaya Times Square 14F, Shibuya 151-0051, Tokyo Prefecture
    Website: katsukura.jp
  • Tonkatsu Marugo
    Address: 1-8-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel. no.: 00 81 3-3255-6595
    Website: tonkatsumarugo.food89.com

Crepe

When the first crepe store in Japan opened in 1997, a lot of Japanese embraced this mouth-watering food, and it became one of the famous food in Japan. Costumers can enjoy eating crepe everywhere in the city because it’s usually available along the streets. Most of the Japanese eat crepe outdoor while walking or sitting on the bench. Crepe in Japan has known for its unique varieties, like sweet flavored crepes or the savory one.
There are also classy crepe stores in Tokyo that are getting more popular among adults. If, you’re excited how it looks like and where you can find some of the crepe stores in Japan then, please check below.

Crepe

Crepe Store

  • Comcrepe Harajuku
    Address: 1-8-25 Jingumae | One Takeshita Place1-A, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel. no.: 00 81 3-6455-4464
    Website: toyamagu.jp
  • Marion Crepe Solamachi
    Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage | Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1 10bangai, Sumida
    Tel no.:00 81 3-5809-7239
    Website: marion.co.jp
  • Soul Food House
    Address: Azabujuban 2-8-10 | 6F Patio AZABUJUBAN, Azabujuban, Minato 106-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
    Tel. no.: 00 81 3-5765-2148

Food Tours in Tokyo

Usually, travelers want to visit Tokyo to experience fascinating culinary tours. Visiting the different food scene is the best way to engage and to witness how Japanese Chefs showcase the art of food.

To know some of the food tours available in Tokyo, please check the following.

Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour in Shinjuku – Explore the hidden bars in food alleys

In this tour, you will visit the three hidden Japanese bars at the back alleyways in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. This is only a small group tour consist of 8 number of people. During the tour, a guide will show you the places that are usually not easy for tourists to find. First, the group will be able to taste the food and drink in the backstreet Izakaya bars, with many traditional dishes to choose from, like Sake, local beer, and Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). Then, you will visit another 2 more bars in Shibuya Ebisu Yokocho alley. You will taste the local cuisine, enjoying live music, play games, and take part in quizzes.

Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour

This is a 3-hour food tour that is limited only to 12 people. During the tour, a guide will help you deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions by showing 3 eateries that few people know about. First, you meet up with your guide at Yurakucho Station then you will proceed to Yakitori Alley. Immerse yourself in the informal restaurants serving different types of yakitori. Next, you will taste the monjayaki, a pan-fried pancake in Moja Street. Listen and learn with your chef as he will share with you the origin of the delicacy. After the exciting pancake venture, the last visit will be in Ginza, a place with several confectionery shops. You will learn and enjoy a variety of Japanese sweets. After you sample sweet, your culinary tour ended.

Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at Night

This food tour is best for first-time Tokyo visitors to learn about food and culture in Japan. The tour consumes half-day walking in the Shibuya district, where you can taste Japanese food. After meeting up with your guide at a prearranged spot near Shibuya station. You will hop eateries and sampling favorites like takoyaki (octopus balls), okonomiyaki (savory egg pancakes), and Kobe beef skewers, as well as beer, shochu, and soft drinks. Take note drinks are included.

Sushi Class, Sake Tasting, and Market Tour at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

This tour is very exciting because you will visit the world’s largest seafood market. You will learn about Japanese cuisine by this guided walk through tour.  First, is an interesting shopping trip, where you will buy the ingredients of sushi. Next is a sushi workshop where you will get hands-on instruction from a sushi master. You’ll be able to learn how to prepare sushi from start to finish. The final part is to sample your sushi together with the group. You will also have five to seven bottles of sake that are available to taste.

More food tour in Tokyo below.

  • Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi, and Ginza
  • Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market Tour, Sushi Class, Sake Tasting
  • Shinjuku Food Tour with Kabukicho and Golden Gai
  • Asakusa Bar Hopping Foodie Tour: Experience do-it-yourself at Hidden Izakaya
  • Retro Shibuya Food Tour
  • Half-day Food and Drink Walking Tour in Tsukiji and Asakusa
  • Japanese Whisky InsiderTour
  • Sunamachi Ginza Food Walking Tour With Tastings
  • Evening Tokyo Walking Food Tour of Shimbashi
  • Nighttime Local Food and Drink Tour in Asakusa
  • Adventurous Japanese Food Tour
  • Tsukiji Fish Market Tour in Tokyo with Samples and Coffee
  • Tokyo Local Food and Drink Izakaya Barhop
  • Explore Local Food and Drinks in Shinjuku
  • Ramen cooking experience with Gyoza and other side dishes
  • Shinjuku evening highlights food and drink tour
  • Toyosu new market and Tsukiji market Food Tour

If you plan to travel to Tokyo Japan, don’t forget to book a food tour ahead of time.  

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