Foodie News

Learn about Japanese food through culture and keep up with food trends. Read and learn before your trip to Japan and use our posts to help plan what you want to eat, see and do in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and elsewhere in Japan!

Staff of the Month August 2019: Jenkie from Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

Today we're more than happy to introduce you to Jenkie, from our Tokyo team. This month is a bit special because Jenkie is not a guide but she is very important to the whole company and our operations at Arigato Japan...

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Fake Food in Japan: The World’s Most Delicious Looking Plastic

Rae DeFrane

If you have ever been to Japan, you might have seen plastic models of food in the windows of restaurants, displaying the edible counterparts that lay within. These are called ‘sampuru’ or ‘sample’ and have been part of the Japanese economy and food culture for nearly one hundred years...

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Interview with Eka Wong, author of the “Hungry in Japan” books

Jessica Iragne

Today we are so happy to ask some questions to Eka Wong, author of the "Hungry in Tokyo", "Hungry in Osaka" and "Hungry in Kyoto" books....

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The Saba Kaido: Kyoto’s Historic Mackerel Highway

Nick Colaccino

The peaks of northern Kyoto are crisscrossed with roads and trails that wind through valleys and over mountain passes to Fukui Prefecture and the Japan Sea. Since at least the Heian Period (794-1185), the mountain passes have connected the imperial capital to the port of Obama City, which was a hub for marine goods. The Saba Kaido (kaido 街道 usually translates to “old road”) that connected these ancient areas...

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Recommended Foodie Events in Tokyo – September 2019

Norma

Check on the best foodie events around Tokyo in September! Delicious craft beer, Local Gin, Markets and Moon-inspired foods for the start of the autumn season!

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Nanaya Aoyama Tokyo – Level Up Your Matcha

Rae DeFrane

Searching for real matcha flavors? Nanaya is unassuming, so you can miss it if you are not keeping an eye out for the signs. The outside is decorated with a mural of rolling, scenic hills and a blue mountain (Aoyama means ‘blue mountain’) and a few wooden chairs are the shop’s only customer seating....

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Pocketalk: your best friend for your trip to Japan

Jessica Iragne

Are you are traveling to Japan and worried about the language barrier? Pocketalk could save your travel and make you feel like a local!

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SA-SHI-SU-SE-SO The Basic Rules of Japanese Cooking

Eleonora Badellino

When you decide to start cooking Japanese Food in your kitchen, you realized that just having the best ingredients is not enough if you want to prepare a good meal...

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Ayu: Still Time to Enjoy a Taste of Summer

Nick Colaccino

Generally considered to be the most savory river fish in Japan, ayu is a staple food at the many festivals and barbecues throughout the summer months.

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5 Things You Can Do in Japan That Will Make Your Trip Special

Gel Evangelista

How can you make your trip to Japan even more special? Let’s get to know some activities that will keep you on your toes during your journey.

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Night Aquarium and Geisha performances in Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

Are you are traveling to Japan in August or September this year and you're looking for something original to do in Tokyo? Be sure to put the The Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium on your to do list!

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Tokyo Tapioca Land – A Bubble Tea Themed Park for Instagramers

Jessica Iragne

Located in Tokyo’s pop culture and fashion district of Harajuku, "Tapioca Land" is a limited-time theme park that opened on August 13. If you like boba, if you want to have fun in a unique "Only in Japan" place, and you are looking for Instagramable places, you must add this one to your list.

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Guide of the Month July 2019: Ryuichi from Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

The reason why I became a tour guide was because I’ve been to a lot of countries by myself, experienced many different cultures and I really wanted to share Japanese culture with tourists from overseas through my experiences in both Japan and other countries.

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Sukiyaki: how and where to eat this popular dish

Kirsty Bouwers

Learn about the iconic dish Sukiyaki and our recommendation of where to try a delicious version in downtown Tokyo.

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Recommended Foodie Events in Tokyo – August 2019

Norma

In Tokyo summer means festival, which is the best way to bare with the hot and humid weather of the city...Come find out festivals and events going on this month!

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Giveaway: Win a Free Consulting Call for your Trip to Japan!

Jessica Iragne

Japan is your next destination? You have so many things you want to experience but don't really know where to start? You are getting worried because you don't want to miss anything or do anything wrong? You have too many questions swirling around in your head? JUST RELAX! We're here for you!

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How to Purchase and Use a Goshuincho

Chris Hagebak

If you plan to visit some of the many beautiful shrines and temples of Japan, consider getting a goshuincho. Collecting goshuin (passport stamps) creates a remarkable personal souvenir of your visit.

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Family Friendly Eats: Eating Out and About in Japan

Rae DeFrane

Food is a beautiful and delicious way to push us out of our comfort zones and experience a new culture. That being said, food is tied tightly to our emotions, and if you are travelling with children or particularly picky-eaters, it can cause a rift in your travelling party and unneeded stress for everyone.

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Guide of the Month 2019: Gabi from Osaka

Jessica Iragne

I am Gabi, an Arigato Japan Food Tours guide in Osaka and Kyoto. I was born and raised in Brazil, but my grandfather was Japanese. He left Japan with his family around 1920 and completely adapted to life in Brazil. When I was born he was already older and I didn’t have much change to hear about Japan from him. That made me very curious about my heritage, the culture and food in Japan...

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Run (to the Supermarket)! It’s Kyoho Budo!

Nick Colaccino

Every summer, a purple monster comes down from the mountains to wreak havoc on frugivores’ wallets throughout the land. This giant’s name is Kyoho (巨峰ぶどう kyoho budo) and it’s a grape of epic proportions.

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Discovering an Ancient Art Form in the Modern World

Lauren Shannon

Hidden and exclusive you can find a dining and theatrical experience in the heart of Nihonbashi. It's very location is mysterious and as you enter you are transported back in time and into a new world...

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Why pocket wifi is the best option to stay connected while in Japan

Errol Televantos

When travelling to Japan getting connected online may seem like a bit of an impossible and confusing task, however this isn’t really the case. With the correct tools and information, connecting to the Internet can be seamless and easy. There are three main ways to get online while in Japan...

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OSUSUME Japan – Wagyu to Worldwide: Delicious Matsusaka beef burgers in Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

When we heard that a new burger restaurant opened in Tokyo, it caught our attention. BUT when we heard that this restaurant specialized in Matsusaka (a type of wagyu) Beef Burgers, we felt the urge to go there and try for ourselves!

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Arigato Japan Food tours teams up with the Japan Festival Canada 2019

Jessica Iragne

Japan Festival Canada is the largest Japanese cultural event in North America to introduce and promote Japanese culture. This year, over 80,000 guests are expected and the Festival will be held in Ontario on August 24th-25th to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Japan-Canada Diplomatic Relations, and we are proud to announce that Arigato Japan Food Tours will be a partner!

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Recommended food events in Tokyo – July 2019

Kay Knofi

July is here and we are serving up the best in Foodie-related events across the city! Check out our list and hope you will have the chance to eat and have some fun.

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All about Japanese Knives

Tina

Knives. One of the top selling souvenirs people want from Japan. Japanese made knives come from a long history of sword making passed down generation to generation. These knives are skillfully handcrafted, beautiful, and highly specialized.

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Where to stay in Japan – Tokyo Family Stays

Jessica Iragne

All of our homes are a "home away from home" and offer comfortable western beds, fully equipped kitchens for western cooking and multiple internet and cable TV options. Plus they are fully family friendly with kids bedding, toys, books, and dishes. "We think about the needs of traveling with a young family and elderly grandparents or extended family and friends and create exceptional guest experiences with this in mind. This allows for our guests to enjoy the amazing Japanese experiences that Tokyo has to offer outside the home and then come home to a welcoming and familiar environment to rest.

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Guide of the Month May 2019: Hiroe from Kyoto

Jessica Iragne

Today we're more than happy to introduce you our guide of the month for May 2019, Hiroe from our Kyoto team. Hiroe is an architect, scholar, foodie, mom and a lovely woman with a huge heart!

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Top 10 foods to eat in Okinawa

Rae DeFrane

Okinawa is an absolutely beautiful tourist destination. Its turquoise seas, white sand beaches and tropical breezes are a relaxing break from the usual hustle and bustle Japan can bring. Another wonderful thing about Okinawa is the unique and delicious cuisine that it offers to visitors. In this article, let’s dive into the top ten foods you should sample in the south of Japan.

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Best Food Events in Tokyo – June 2019

Kay Knofi

Tokyo is infamous for its intensely hot and humid Summers. If you’re visiting during June, be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind sweating right through! It is also rainy season so an umbrella and rain gear are surely helpful. It’s true it can be uncomfortable, especially on the jam-packed trains during rush hour, but relief can be found through the medium of deliciously refreshing Japanese cuisine at Special FOOD AND DRINK events in June!

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From Kyoto to Hiroshima: Cheers to Beer!

Nick Colaccino

Food and drink are fiercely regional in Japan and beer has played nicely into this. Home to the food and imperial capitals of Osaka and Kyoto, respectively, Kansai boasts a lively and enthusiastic craft scene. A little more to the west lies Hiroshima with its own unique take on beer. Any lover of suds would be remiss not to check out these three craft havens while on holiday in Japan.

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Recommended food events in Tokyo – May 2019

Kay Knofi

May is a fantastic time to visit Japan - it’s sunny but not too hot and there’s plenty of things to do. One of the major vacation periods in Japan occurs at the beginning of May - Golden Week, a culmination of a few national holidays. This year it’ll take place during April 28th and May 6th. It’s true that this means tourist locations such as Tokyo and Kyoto will be busier than usual, but it also means that there’s a lot of festivals and events!

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Anime and Food – A Tasty Relationship

Kay Knofi

You may have seen Japanese anime as a child and, like myself, have been mesmerized by the food that the characters ate. It seemed so otherworldly, a far cry from the lunch meat sandwiches my mum used to make me for school. The thing was - I had no clue what any of it was! I’d never seen them in real life before...

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How to enjoy Tofu?

Rinrin

On the NIshiki market tour in Kyoto, we bragged about how and why the tofu here is so heavenly. We’re partially to blame for your tofu craving. So we’d like to bear the responsibility and show you how to enjoy tofu, full DIY, no guides required!

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OSUSUME Japan – Kyoto Beer Lab

Nick Colaccino

Kyoto is both the protector of Japan’s cultural heritage and the innovator of its future. This dual existence is exemplified in the tea beer at Kyoto Beer Lab, Cha Brewing LLC. Read on to find out more...

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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Kyoto Rugby Food Tour

Russ Mainwaring

You can ring the new rugby ball shaped prayer bell and make your prayers for your team’s victory. You can write your prayers for your team’s success on a rugby ball shaped prayer tablet and hang it on the shrine’s wall. The tour will also include some north kyoto food specialities mame (bean) mochi from the Futaba store, one of the most popular in Kyoto, saba sushi ,the local sushi style, from a shop at the end of the 1000 year old Saba (mackerel)Trail...

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Spring return for students and employees in Japan

Rae DeFrane

The cherry blossoms are almost at peak bloom here in Tokyo. Their calming pink hue and delicately sweet scent is a contrasting backdrop to the frenzy that accompanies the preparations of students and job-seekers in Japan as they gear up for April and all it brings with it. Spring harkens new beginnings in the form of a new school year, a new fiscal year and a new wave of initiates beginning their careers in companies across Japan.

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Recommended food events in Tokyo – April 2019

Kay Knofi

So you're in Tokyo in April 2019 and you're looking for food events? Do you like Ramen? Sake? Coffee? YES!!! Here are a few foodie events we recommend!

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Japanese Green Tea Company – TEA-RRIFIC and awarded Matcha

Jessica Iragne

Like a fine wine, high-quality tea depends on more than pretty packaging. The age of the leaves, their growing conditions, and even soil fertility all impact the final flavor. For us, how tea is grown and the way it’s processed is the secret for crafting a sweet, nutritious tea like no other.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Morgain Le Fae

Jessica Iragne

I was expecting Japan to be more exotic. It actually surprised me, that Japan was more "normal" than I expected it to be. The first thing I saw at the station when I got off, was a young Japanese man who was probably 200 cm of height. Therefore, I totally forgot all assumptions that I had about Japan...

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White Day in Japan – The day the men give back

Rae DeFrane

White Day??? What's the history of this strange twin to everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday you might ask? In the 1977, the CEO of a small confectionary company in Fukuoka called Ishimura Manseido was reading a magazine in his office for inspiration to revitalize sales...

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Why the Japanese Shinkansen is the ultimate form of transportation

Lucy Dayman

It’s not called a bullet train for nothing! The shinkansen can travel at a rate of up to 320 km/h, depending on which train you take. The speed at which you can zoom across the country is staggering. If you factor in the outside time required to catch an airplane (check-in security etc.) in most cases, the shinkansen will be faster.

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Sakuramochi: See Beautiful Cherry Blossoms, then Eat Them?!

Nick Colaccino

Salt and sugar help the world go ‘round. These two essential nutrients are what give sakura mochi its popular appeal. Rest assured: you are supposed to eat the leaf!

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A Crash Course on The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Lucy Dayman

Far more than just a way to enjoy delicious matcha tea and sweets, the Japanese tea ceremony is a tradition that goes back to the ninth century. The origins of the ceremony have roots in Zen Buddism, a religious practice introduced from China.

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Recommended food events in Tokyo – March 2019

Kay Knofi

So you're in Tokyo in March and you're looking for food events? Here are a few we recommend!

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Ask our guides: best places to visit in Winter in the Kansai area

Jessica Iragne

To celebrate the last cold days of winter, this month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Hiroe and Yuko what are their favorite places to visit during the coldest seasons in the Kansai area.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to 5AM Ramen

Jessica Iragne

I’ve been eating ramen since I was old enough to chew. My mother would make the “Sapporo Ichiban” brand instant ramen at home, also adding eggs and various veggies. So I essentially grew up on ramen. As I got older, I started to appreciate ramen on a greater level.

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OSUSUME Japan – USHIO CHOCOLATL & foo CHOCOLATERS

Jessica Iragne

The slogan for Ushio is  “Chocolates not to eat. Feel” ! An increasing number of people are already conscious of the power of respecting raw materials and the importance of knowing who made something and how it was made.  Not only chocolate but much more than that.

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What You Need to Know for Your First Visit to Japan

Lauren Shannon

We asked some of our guides and friends for a few hints on things to know before you arrive. Even if this is your first visit to Japan, here are a few top tips that are sure to make you seem like an insider. We want to help you have a great time traveling around this amazing country!

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What is a Depachika?

Tina

What’s a Depachika? Let me explain. Can you imagine for a minute, food heaven? Any kind of food you could imagine. Desserts, prepared food, lunch boxes, popular treats and gourmet delicacies. Yes, that’s right. Depachika means food heaven, in a basement?!

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Anne-san CEO of Arigato Japan

Jessica Iragne

There is no better way to discover and immerse in a country's culture than food. Food is a universal language that connects people from all over the world. Joining a food tour will help you discover hidden gems you wouldn't find on your own, expose you to many unique flavors and will allow you to connect with locals like you can never imagine...

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Where to stay in Japan – The Millennials

Jessica Iragne

Originally Capsule Hotels were known to be cheap and to provide a basic amenities. However, The Millennials just put this concept on another level and offers their guests a whole new experience through social spaces and A LOT of facilities.

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An Elegant Evening in Tokyo Bay on Suship

Lauren Shannon

The concept behind Suship (sushi + ship) is sophisticated but still approachable. They have thought of everything to make your dining experience a delicious adventure.

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Antenna Shops: Travel Across Japan All in 1 Day

Josh

As if by magic, it’s possible to virtually visit most of Japan’s forty-seven prefectures through antenna shops located throughout central Tokyo. Antenna shops are local specialty shops sponsored by local governments throughout the country.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Ichigoichielove

Jessica Iragne

My name is Lisa, I’m half Swedish and half American, but I grew up living a little bit of everywhere. I’ve been living in Tokyo for the past 7-8 years. I’m a senior editor at Tokyo Weekedender magazine.

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Christmas in Japan

Tina

Christmas in Japan has taken from western traditions and adapted to Japanese needs and culture. As with so much in Japan, the Christmas season is rich with meaningful traditions, and elaborate delicious foods, but it is also very high-tech, sparkly and fun! 

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Arigato Japan Christmas Giveaway – Win a Food Tour in Japan!

Jessica Iragne

It's already the time sparkly time of year, the smell of the Christmas trees, the beautiful illuminations and of course the warming comfort food. To thank you all for this great year supporting us, the Arigato Japan team wants to offer you a 3-hour food tour for 2 in Tokyo!

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Ask Our Guides: Favorite Arigato Japan Food tour?

Jessica Iragne

This month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Taena, Mario and Gabi what are their favorite Arigato Japan food tours and why?

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Celebrate with Japanese New Year Foods

Tina

New year traditions here are ancient and meant to bring health, wealth, and a renewed spirit. Preparations for the new year start off with a practice called Omisoka, where everyone lends a hand in cleaning the house and cooking traditional foods for the osechi ryori in the last few days of the old year.

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Sam

Jessica Iragne

Living in Japan. Coming to Tokyo was definitely the right decision for me. Since I only just graduated, I was still in the cramming groove and picked up basic Japanese relatively fast in language school and after 1 year of 4-hour studying every day, I was pretty confidently conversational...

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10 Healthy Ways to Use Matcha

Jessica Iragne

The key thing about matcha is the antioxidants that are integral to its nature—hundreds of times more than regular green tea. That’s led people to try to learn more ways to use matcha and gain those benefits. This graphic gives you some tasty, health-boosting options.

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Katsuobushi: Fun Fish Flakes

Tina

Have you heard of dashi? Or Bonito flakes? Both of these are born from Katsuobushi an essential ingredient used to create the infamous umami flavor in much of Japanese cuisine. Katsuobushi is dried and fermented skipjack tuna usually shaved into flakes. Like so many things in Japan, katsuobushi is deeply rooted in history, culture, and tradition.

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Ask Our Guides: Favorite Autumn food

Jessica Iragne

Find the best advice from local experts! This month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Jennifer, Haruka and Ryuichi what are their favorite Autumn foods and why?

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Amelie Marie in Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

From our Expat Series--- "The first time I travelled to Japan was in 2007. Although I was familiar with the culture and the scenery thanks to Japanese animation, manga and generally speaking, thanks to Japanese pop culture, I must tell I was in shock during my first days in Tokyo! I come from a relatively small French town, so the vastness of Tokyo, the tall buildings, the super urban sceneries surprised me."

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15 reasons why you still need to go to Tsukiji even though the inner market moved

Lauren Shannon

The historic wholesale market has moved to new swanky (but sadly, institutional looking diggs) but there is still so much to see and do at the old outer market and surrounding neighborhood.  You really need to keep this on your must-see list. 

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Fall Foliage in Tokyo

Kate

One of the biggest and most popular activities in Autumn is to go "Koyo" (Viewing Fall-foliage). Koyo refers to the phenomenon of changing autumn colors, mainly when it occurs to the leaves of deciduous broadleaf trees before the leaves fall to the ground. Much like Cherry Blossom trees, the momiji trees are the most famous for Koyo viewing for their vibrant red color.

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Ask our guides: Where to go for a day trip close to Tokyo

Jessica Iragne

Want to take a day trip out side of Tokyo? Discover great advice from our passionate guides and local experts  in this new series "Ask Our Guides"!

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Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Warmcheaptrips

Jessica Iragne

Being an Expat Japan foreigner I have found that this is an amazing country also for its peculiar and sometimes crazy culture and rules. Visiting Japan is a trip among contrasts, opposite cultures and a lot of ancient habits. Don’t judge Japan or ask “why”, just take it as it comes!

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Happy Halloween Tokyo 2018

Kate

Halloween in Japan is a unique experieince and the best place to participate in in Shibuya, Tokyo! Get all the details for 2018 Halloween right here!

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Your AirBNB was Cancelled in Japan! Now what?

Lauren Shannon

What to do and where to stay if your AirBNB in Japan was cancelled under the recent regulations. This post is a great list of accommodations and other tips for booking your visit to Tokyo, Kyoto and other spots in Japan.

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Watch this Video– Street Food Tour in Shibuya, Tokyo

Lauren Shannon

Check out this awesome vlog of one of our most popular Tokyo food tours! So much good food and fun. Follow the adventures of TelevisionOfNomads and see for yourself.

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Tsukiji Fish Market: The One Guide to Rule them All

Lauren Shannon

The markets and neighborhood around Tsujiji are among my favorite places in Tokyo. Visiting stalls, having the freshest sushi in the world, browsing terrific kitchen tools, finding the perfect handmade sushi chef's knife, eating mochi, drinking green tea-- the area has no end of experiences to enjoy.

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Flavors of Winter: Japanese Yuzu

Josh

About the size of a tangerine, the truly unique flavor of yuzu is commonly described as a mashup of Meyer lemon, mandarin orange and grapefruit. The most common way of using fresh yuzu is usually thinly julienned slivers of the brilliant yellow zest to garnish Japanese cuisine or accent noodle or hot pot dishes.

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Oden – Traditional, Wintery Taste of Japan

Gigi

Oden is a light and easily digestible Japanese stew, very warming in the cold winter months. The savory flavor goes well with rice, noodles and sake.  This comfort food can be enjoyed solo or with a group of friends.

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All About Kaki — the Must Try Autumn Flavor of Japan

Josh

In Japan, as a harbinger of autumn, kaki seem to conjure up thoughts of all the delicious foods to come with the season. There are two main types of persimmon available almost everywhere in Japan.

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Kampai to Craft Beer in Japan

Craig

Japanese craftsmen and women are well known for having an eye for detail, passion, and a taste for high quality ingredients...

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5 More Summer Sensational Flavors (part 2)

Saki

Following up on our Top 5 Summer Foods post -- here are 5 more must try dishes to beat the heat in a sweltering Japan in August! Take a look at these summer favorites and book one of our tasty food tours during your stay in Japan.

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Sipping Summer Sake

Delilah

Perfect for sweltering-hot Japanese summers, cold sake is served around a refreshing 8 degrees Celsius. Its delicate aroma contrasts the intense flavor and goes well with mildly sweet and sour foods.

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5 Tasty Summer Foods in Japan

Saki

Although the summer season in Japan is hot and humid, these amazing seasonal foods will definitely boost your appetite and cool you down! You can try not only typical summer ice-creams but also a variety of tasty festival food.

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Beer Culture in Japan

Satoshi

Japan has a unique beer culture and brands which might not be as well known or popular as sake (nihonshu or rice wine) but for me, when you start understanding the culture of beer probably you can learn more about what's unique about Japan.

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Mayo in Japan is Just So Darn Delicious!

Craig

Mayonnaise is never far away from a meal in Japan. Whether it’s attached to your convenience store bento (lunch box), on a side dish at lunch, or a pocket size bottle called, ‘My Mayo’, bought from a variety store, it’s a daily condiment.

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Terrific Tofu

Kathrin

Tofu comes in many shapes and sizes. The versatile ingredient can be baked, grilled, stir-fries, cooked or even served as a sauce, shake, or salad dressing. Depending on how you want to use it, you can buy extra soft, soft, firm, or extra firm tofu.

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Fantastic Festival Food in Japan

Josh

Summer Matsuri (festival) season is just around the corner in Japan, here's a roundup of the must taste experiences to put on your trip plan!

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Sushi Go Round; the ins and outs of Kaiten

Laura

No visit to Japan is complete without a visit to the sushi bar. Kaiten sushi is a great way to experience many kinds of sushi, but you also want to make sure that you get the best experience. Knowing what to expect and how to use all of the additional condiments correctly will enhance your experience at any kaiten sushi restaurant.

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Osaka Famous Streetfood: Takoyaki

Craig

Osaka is widely known in Japan to be the food capital of the the country. The city streets are overflowing with places that you can pick up some Takoyaki, along with many other delights. Takoyaki, is something that Osakan people are extremely proud of, and are happy to share their favorite spot with you.

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All About Marvelous Matcha

Molly

Learn about Matcha, historical, ceremonial, healthy and Fun! Want to experience a nearly thousand year old tradition in Japan, or enjoy the health benefits provided by matcha? You can taste it for yourself with Arigato Japan Food Tours!

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Tokyo Coffee Culture

Craig

The coffee culture in Japan is in a very exciting time. Young Japanese people are truly embracing this third wave of coffee, with roasteries popping up everywhere. Many of these cafe's are opening in the residential areas. They are keeping clear of the high streets, and relying on wholesale, the locals, and passionate coffee lovers for their daily trade.

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5 Must Try Foods in Kyoto

Akari

The Kyoto area has a lot of pure, underground, spring water. This clean, clear water is does not have a lot of hard minerals and tastes pure and mild. Because of this water quality, Kyoto’s tofu, tea, sake, and many other foods are so delicious. Today I’d like to introduce you to 5 famous Kyoto foods.

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Onigiri: Japan’s Most Loved Snack

Kathrin

Onigiri is the perfect snack to carry around and enjoy while traveling Japan. With countless tastes and flavors at hand, anyone - even the most picky eater - will definitely find a rice ball to his or her liking. An essential part of Japanese food culture, onigiri are an absolute must-try when in Japan.

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Washoku: Japanese Food and Culture

Molly

Washoku has deep roots in Japanese history, with cooking and serving techniques dating back over 400 years. While Washoku is extremely traditional, it is also flexible.

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