I know, not only me but there are many young people traveling just to … eat, Tokyo has many historical sites, attractions, places that are worth visit but somehow the culinary path that always keeps appealing to me! Before every trip, everyone must find out information about how to travel, food, accommodation, transport … but for me, searching for food information is in the mandatory thing. So, what to eat in Tokyo japan and where to eat in Tokyo? Let’s check out our suggested best eats Tokyo (best Tokyo food blog) and most popular food in Tokyo and food must eat in Tokyo with top 8 best food in Tokyo you definitely to try (food must try in Tokyo, food to try in Tokyo, Tokyo must try food, must try food Tokyo, must try food in Tokyo) including (best food to eat in Tokyo, best local food in Tokyo, best places to eat in Tokyo, best street food in Tokyo) and must eat in Tokyo (must eat food in Tokyo) below to find out the answer!
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If in the previous articles we have shared for you the details guide to Japan, as well as things to keep in mind before going to Japan, this particular article I will share about the most worth trying dishes when coming to Tokyo.
But first, if you want to enjoy Tokyo cuisine, you have to go to Japan first. I repeat the things you need to prepare as follows:
What to prepare before visiting Tokyo?
4G Sim Card
Traveling abroad is a must have 4G SIM Card, it’s easy get lost if you cannot connect to the internet. The traffic in Japan is the most modern, but for first-time visitors, it is a bit scary ^^. Buy Sim to stay in touch, search information and virtual living.
Buy Sim here: 4G SIM Card (Japan Pick Up) for Japan.
The solution for a large group of people is to rent a pocket wifi (instead of buying one person for one sim, it is a bit of waste). Unlimited data, high speed access to meet the demand the needs connect to the internet at affordable price.
The rental link of Klook here: 4G WiFi (Japan Pick Up) for Japan (Unlimited Data)
How to getting around Tokyo by Tokyo Subway Pass?
To getting to places in Tokyo, Japanese people are quite fond of taking subway trains, convenient, fast and affordable. As for the modernity of the Japanese train system, there is no need to discuss much, the world’s top. As a tourist, you also need to buy yourself a card (Pass) to take the train, because taxi in Japan is very expensive.
Not to mention, there are many delicious traditional restaurants and best local food in Tokyo is at subway stations. To know what the Tokyo Metro Pass (Tokyo Subway Pass) what it like, I have detailed instructions for how to use it here.
Klook sells the Tokyo Metro Pass for 24 hours/48 hours/72 hours, depending on the itinerary you choose the suitable pass. This Pass allows you to take the subway with a huge range of travel through 13 lines and 250 stations, and there is no limit to the number of train rides so it’s very convenient to get on and get off any train you want.
Buy the pass here: Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, or 72 Hours).
How to travel by JR Pass?
In addition to the subway, there is also JR Pass. The JR Pass is classified as a holy-type ticket in Japan, only for tourists, especially if you are itinerary to visit places scattered throughout Japan, you should definitely buy the JR Pass ALL JAPAN.
Link to buy JR Pass: JR Pass for Whole Japan (7, 14, or 21 Days).
Done! It seems like getting ready to go to Japan. Now joining me to check out the list of must eat food in Tokyo and best food to eat in Tokyo right below.
Best food to eat in Tokyo: RAMEN
The first is ramen – Japanese national noodles dish. Oh, listening to want to try immediately, right!? Going to Japan without eating ramen noodles is like coming to Hanoi without eating Pho!
It is true that due to the reputation of this noodle dish, we have come to enjoy immediately to come back and review for you! A little bit of history, Ramen noodles were officially launched at Rairaiken in Asakusa in 1910, then spread throughout Japan and created a ramen craze. In a bowl of ramen noodles will includes noodles, fresh vegetables, pork, boiled eggs and heirloom broth. I hate the ramen soup, because I spend so much money to eat ramen for several days in Tokyo! Crazy because of noodles is real, haha.
Ramen noodles have many different types, but there are 5 most popular ones:
- Shoyu Ramen: Ingredients usually has dried bamboo shoots, green onions, fish cakes, seaweed, boiled eggs. When eating you will smell the blend of light taste of soy and soy sauce (because “Shoyu” means soy sauce in Japanese).
- Tonkotsu Ramen: Often has pork, pickled red ginger, boiled eggs, onions and some vegetables. Tonkotsu is famous for the broth made from pork bones and fat, so it is quite fat and rich.
- Shio Ramen: usually have pickled plums or fish ball, boiled eggs and some vegetables. The broth is made from a variety of salts combining chicken bones or pork. It is quite difficult to eat!
- Miso Ramen: ingredients as well as other types of ramen but the plus point is that there are more corn (I like corn ^^) so the broth is quite sweet, easy to eat, gentle but attractive.
- Tsukemen Ramen: also known as cold noodles, so this type is popular in the hot season only. According to my taste, the broth of tsukemen ramen has a stronger flavor than the other types of ramen, eating unfamiliar will be easy to reverberant. The difference of this type of ramen is the broth put in a separate cup, when eating, we pick up the noodles, dip in the cup of broth and put it in our mouth (like eating bun cha in Hanoi).
Summary as above, if you have enough time, you should try all kinds of ramen to feel the difference and subtle in each bowl of Japanese noodles. As the culinary pride of an entire nation, it’s not like we ate instant noodles at home! I have to admit it’s delicious until to the last drop of broth. One of best eats Tokyo, best food to eat in Tokyo, best local food in Tokyo, definitely have to try!
A bowl of ramen will cost between 800 – 1.200 yen depending on the type and store, if you order more topping, the price will be slightly higher.
Where to eat Ramen in Tokyo?
- Kagari: 4-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Here, you will enjoy noodles while listening to classical jazz, super cozy for the stormy days =))
- Gogyo Ramen: Rojiman Nichi-Azabu building, 1st floor, 1-4-36 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. This restaurant has high rating in Tokyo. Should try!
Afuri: 1st floor, building 117, 1-1-7 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. It is said that the ramen broth here is taken from Mount Afuri for cooking.
- Hakata Ippudo: 1-3-12 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Noodles here are famous for their toughness and has the taste of aromatic cream soup.
- Ichiran Ramen: This is not a shop, but a chain of ramen shops with the Ichiran brand scattered throughout Japan. Why is it called a private brand? Because it’s not like any noodle shop in Japan. Ichiran ramen specializes in selling noodles to loners and hates communicating with humans (?!?). It only serves ramen belonging to the Tonkotsu type. The way to enjoy noodles here is also super unique.
Read more: Top ramen in Tokyo — Top 6 best ramen restaurants in Tokyo.
Best eats Tokyo: SUSHI
After the popular name Ramen, we have to mention Sushi. This is a extremly famous food in Tokyo and around the world with the main ingredient of rice mixed with vinegar, topping with fresh fish (nigri), rolled with seafood, raw meat and possibly more vegetables, seaweed … Only heard the process of making the mixed rice with vinegar to make sushi is enough to see how meticulous and skillful it is.
The types of seafood used to make sushi are usually tuna, salmon, eel, pufferfish, mackerel, shrimp, octopus, sometimes even sea crabs or some other types of snails, abalone… Well, a big plus is that you can use brown rice to make sushi, so it’s extremely healthy for those who want to lose weight.
Sushi is a traditional food born in Japan since ancient times. Sushi processing and presentation are so sophisticated that based on that, one can understand the personality and culture of Japanese people as well. The chef who made Sushi is really an artisan. So subtle! Therefore, if you have the opportunity to go to Japan, you must try to eat authentic Sushi here, because many sushi shops in your country do not show all the beauty hidden in Sushi.
Depending on the way of presentation, Sushi is divided into many different types, sometimes just eating without asking, I cannot remember all the names of sushi. I was impressed with some types of sushi such as nigiri sushi (nigirizushi), rolled sushi (makizushi), wrapped sushi (oshisushi), cone-shaped sushi (temaki).
Sushi is usually sold in portions/plates at prices of 100 yen or more depending on the type of Sushi and the shop you choose (usually you have to eat a few dishes to be enough, hehe). Or more common is conveyor belt Sushi.
Where to eat Sushi in Tokyo?
Here are some affordable sushi restaurants in Tokyo you can try:
- Ganso Zushi (Address: 2 Chome-8-5 Yoyogi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan): Conveyor belt sushi, affordable price so you can freely to eat without fear of burning your wallet, English menu for tourists.
- Genki Sushi (Address: 24-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan): This place is very popular with foreign tourists.
- Uobei (Address: 2-29-11 Dogenzaka | 1f, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture): There is no conveyor-style here, but the diners want to eat what kind of sushi they will click on the electronic board to choose, then the chef will process and serve, ensuring sushi is always fresh and delicious.
If you are a lover of Sushi, then try to learn how to make it, come back to Vietnam and cook in the kitchen to satisfy your taste. Klook has offers a tour of shopping and learn how to make sushi, taught by true artisans. Maybe you can make delicious too when you come back to the country to open Sushi shop, haha. Link to book here: Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Drink Half Day Tour.
Food must try in Tokyo: TEMPURA
Those who love fried food have to must eat Tempura when they coming to Tokyo. This is a famous dish in Japan including vegetables (eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, green pepper, bamboo shoots, sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms …), seafood is battered and deep fried in oil that make a crunchy and fragrant dish all over your nose! Online community review that Tempura is a true harmony between Chinese origin, European taste and Japanese artistic creation.
The most popular dipping sauce with Tempura is diluted soy sauce, which can be added with fine chopped white radish or chopped ginger to enhance flavor. Usually, when fried tempura is finished, it must be eaten immediately, because if it is left to cool for a long time, it will be no longer crispy and less delicious.
Price, where to eat Tempura?
Tempura is often served with other dishes such as cold noodles, rice balls, hot noodles or regular mixed rice. So if you go to Japanese restaurants, you will easily see Tempura. Price is not too expensive, popular, delicious, cheap and carefree. No need to bother.
But there are also some restaurants specializing in Tempura like:
- Tsunahachi Restaurant: 3-31-8, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
- Tempura Kondo: 5-5-13 Ginza Sakaguchi Bldg. 9F, Chuo 104-0061 Tokyo.
- Tempura Tendon Tenya: Shinjuku Central Building B1-26-2, 1-25-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
What to eat in Tokyo Japan: DORAYAKI
Dorayaki is a snack in Japan. A traditional cake, the shape is similar to dumplings with two flat crust made from flour, spread with honey, and baked, the inside usually is filled with red bean paste. But today, there are many more types of filling such as chocolate, bananas … for diners to choose.
Price, where to eat Dorayaki?
Does Dorayaki and Doraemon look the same? Keke, that’s because this Dorayaki cake appeared in the hit manga when Doraemon ate and enjoyed it. If you are a fan of machine cat, you should try it! A cake is about 205 yen.
Dorayaki is considered one of the best street food in Tokyo. So you do not take too much time to hunt it. Walking around the street, you will see hot dorayaki stalls on the spot, or will be in supermarkets or convenience stores.
Best local food in Tokyo: UDON
Besides the holy ramen that I mentioned in the above section, Udon noodles are also known as a well-known dish in Japan. I told you that the land of the rising sun is the home of noodle dishes, so don’t be surprised when I recommend you go to eat noodles (of course, it’s more delicious and worth the money of three thousand and a half VND instant noodles in our country). Every bowl of noodles in Japan contains a whole background of elitism and that is the crystallization of the ingenious hands, creativity and meticulousness, subtle of the Japanese.
Udon is made from flour, the most outstanding feature is the extremely thick noodles. Many places where they prepare Udon in a genuine traditional way, the noodles are as big as a chopstick. But I heard that later, depending on the locality and the weather, people varied the size of different noodles to suit. For example, in the hot season, noodles are thin, while in the cold season, they prefer bigger noodles. There are two way of eating udon noodles: hot noodles or cold noodles, but I think hot noodles will be more delicious.
What’s hot about Udon?
The popular Udon noodles you should try are:
- Kake-udon: Kake means “pouring up”, which means that when you eat this type of noodle, the broth will fill the bowl of noodles and… that’s it, nothing more ^^. Please be hard to ask, you might add pinch of scallions sprinkle on top for coloring! It sounds bland, but you should also try to taste the flavor of the broth, unlike boiling water for instant noodles, haha.
- Kitsune-udon: Kitsune means “fox”. It sounds like strange but actually eats noodles with a piece of tofu, haha :)) Locals say that the fox likes to eat tofu, so named as it?! Sounds relevant, LOL.
- Tempura-udon: Served udon noodles with Tempura. As for this type of udon, I find it more delicious to eat cold noodles, the broth contains in a separate small cup, sprinkle onions, squeeze lemon, mix with the broth and enjoy. The tempura is crispy and fragrant, the broth is rich blends with the sour taste of lemon. Oh my God, I want to salivate now!
- There is also Goto-udon: This type of vegetarian udon noodles, often used by monks and vegetarians. If you come to Japan on the full moon day, Goto-udon is the perfect choice for you.
Besides the types of noodles I’ve just mentioned, there are over a dozen different types of Udon in Japan, if you stay in Japan for a long time, slowly enjoy them. Price of a bowl of Udon noodles is also softer than Ramen, from 500 yen so the effect to battle the hunger is quite high if you “suddenly out of money” in Japan!
Where to eat Udon in Tokyo?
Traveling in Tokyo, you can easily eat Udon noodles in restaurants that are well reviewed by international tourists such as: Mentsu-dan (this restaurant has all kinds of Udon and the chefs will cook udon right in front of your eyes), Kagawa Ippuku (specializing in Udon beef noodles and curry udon, highly recommended !!!), Mogami Rakunoen (Udon noodles in this restaurant make the noodles similar to Pho noodles, eat to remember the taste of the hometown :D).
In addition, for cheaper, you should go to the convenience stores along the streets, here also selling Udon noodles at very affordable price.
Udon noodles are also purchased by tourists as Japanese gifts for their family and friends as well, because of their affordable price but rich with traditional flavors. If you are thinking about what to buy, you can consider this item.
Tokyo must try food: YAKITORI
If you hear “yaki”, you know that this dish will be grilled ^^. Japanese dishes often use ingredients such as pork or seafood, vegetables, so yakitori should also be grilled pork, right ?! It’s wrong, this is grilled chicken!
This is a light advertisement that no one going to Tokyo miss this dish, because it’s so delicious! How should I say it, it’s so delicious that if you tasted once, you would miss it for a lifetime <3 <3 <3.
What’s hot about Yakitori?
Each golden brown chicken skewer is beautifully grilled, fragrant aroma due to being carefully marinated by salt and typical sauce “tare”, stormed into the nose to ecstatic how many hungry stomachs. Say a little, the sauce is made from a combination of proportional proportions of soy sauce, mirin, sugar and sake (it sounds intoxicating, hihi), so every piece of chicken has a salty, strange sweet taste. Some places even spread honey to grill for more tasty, so delicious!
When ordering a portion of Yakitori, you will have 2 options: served with salt or dip in sauce. This depends on the taste of the diners and what parts of the chicken are grilled! Thighs, skin, wings, cartilage, gizzard … are enough for you to choose. So if you are eating this dish for the first time in Japan, you should ask the staff for advice on how to eat ^^.
The big plus for Yakitori is that although it is so famous, so delicious but the price is very affordable, is favorited for both tourists and Japanese locals. This dish is served from high-end restaurants to popular restaurants, almost everywhere. And at most, along the streets, it is easy to find and enjoy. That’s why Yakitori is known as the symbol of Japanese street food. In the evening, you can take a walk to try some skewers, sip a little sake, nothing more better. 1 skewer costs about 298 yen. If you eat in restaurants in the style of a combo with other dishes, it will be much more expensive (but if you are “rich kids”, I won’t stop =]]).
Where to eat Yakitori in Tokyo?
Going to Tokyo, remember to visit Isehiro (Address: 1 Chome-5-4 Kyobashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan). This is the oldest and best Yakitori restaurant in Tokyo, opened nearly 100 years ago. The shop is located in the heart of the capital, only 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Station. Eating here you will hear many anecdotes attached to the history of Japan throughout the ages. The shop is open daily from 11:30pm – 2pm for lunch and 4:30pm – 9 pm for dinner, Sunday: Closed (Surprise :v).
In addition, if you like street food, you should visit the Ginza in the evening, drop by Yakitori Alley located right under the JR train station running along Harumi – Dori. This is a gathering place for a series of small kiosks that sell Yakitori, just like the craft villages in our country. Here, sells grilled chicken skewers at very affordable prices, actually this place sells anything cheap! People often gather to eat barbeque and drink in the evening.
Must eat food in Tokyo: TONKATSU
This is fried pork. Pork is evenly sliced, is battered and deep fried, when eating crispy, crunchy, sounds is awesome ^^.
What is hot about Tonkatsu?
I ate Tonkatsu with chopped cabbage and miso soup. Actually, I really admire the technique of deep-fried Japanese food, although the batter is covered with fried gold, the inside is still very fresh, not burnt. Particularly, this Tonkatsu requires that the core of the meat after frying will still have to be pink to be qualified, rather white or black due to the notorious is failure :v.
Where to eat Tonkatsu in Tokyo?
Here are the top Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo for you refer to:
- Hinata: 2 Chome-13-9 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku City, Tokyo. Pork here is scrumptious so it’s a bit expensive. I haven’t tried this place yet, but listening to the rumor about eating Tonkatsu in Hinata is the utmost happiness ?! So curious = ’=
- Marugo: 1-8-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. This restaurant is famous for its delicious sauce, dip a sliced of fried pork in the sauce and then take a bite, you feel satisfy immediately! Plus point: get 1 bowl of rice for free.
- Uchida: 1-7-14 Higashi Shin-Koiwa, Katsushika, Katsushika City, Tokyo. Tonkatsu here is 3 times thicker than normal, suitable for devotees who “don’t eat it, eat once and eat until satisfy!”
In fact, Tonkatsu is a very popular dish in Japan, so it can be served with rice. No need to wriggle around the narrow alley you alsp can take the subway to the stations to find shops that sell this dish right away. A good tip for you is that if you eat in the station area, the price will be cheaper than restaurants or shops along the streets.
So buy a subway card right away to convenient travel. Link to buy here: Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, or 72 Hours).
Coming to Tokyo remember to drink Sake
Remember this! If you eat, you have to drink, not to mention choosing the right drink will help the dish reach the peak of the flavor. And sake is the most traditional Japanese alcohol that matches the most delicious dishes. Ramen noodles, Udon noodles, Tempura, Yakitoki skewers or what the hell, just eat a chopstick and take a sip of sake is the best.
What is delicious Sake?
Sake is an alcoholic drink, made from rice and water, was born in the ancient times and has never been lost at all (because it’s delicious, not in Japan because it is too much of a drunkard :)). Drinking alcohol helps the mood relax, lightheaded in emotion and especially when the alcohol drops run, the body warms there so it is extremely suitable to drink in the cold winter. Those who like cold, let drink cold, those who like hot drink, drink hot, any type of sake is still delicious and round in the tongue, absorbed in the throat.
Rest assured, sake will only help you enjoy food for better, not throw you away, unless you drink too much. Going to Tokyo to play but lying down all day is a waste of money! So, drink and enjoy to know the taste is okay, just be happy, don’t be too happy, LOL. It is best not to take a large sip like drinking Vietnamese alcohol and then wheeze to fire the fire, very poor, huhu!
Where to drink Sake in Tokyo?
If you want to spend an evening to sipping sake with your friends, I recommend that you visit the pubs. As pubs, but there is always good traditional Japanese food to enjoy with sake, affordable, there is also a good viewing spot if you hard to finding, freely drinking and sightseeing of the city. For example:
- DEN Rokuen-Tei: 8th Floor, PARCO 1, 15-1, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. With city view at night and with English speaking staff.
- Kaikaya: 23-7 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. This restaurant sells wine and seafood dishes. Try eating raw seafood and drinking wine to look like the locals ^^
- Sumibi Kushiyaki shogun: 2nd floor, Wako building, 2-6-6 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. This restaurant specializes in Yakitori (grilled chicken), very good and is served with typical sake.
Note: Most of these pubs do not have free wifi to use. In Japan, free wifi is not as much as in Vietnam. So if you need internet, you must buy a 4G sim or rent a wifi transmitter.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Tokyo you can refer to
- Private Narita International Airport Transfers (NRT) for Tokyo 23 Wards, Hakone, or Karuizawa
- Private Haneda International Airport Transfers (HND) for Tokyo 23 Wards, Hakone, or Karuizawa
- Airport Limousine Bus Transfers from/to Narita and Haneda International Airport (Free Wifi Onboard)
- Tokyo Amazing Sightseeing Bus Day Tour
- Tokyo Highlights Private Day Tour
- Nikko Day Tour from Tokyo
- Mt Fuji & Hakone Day Tour: Lake Ashi & Ropeway Day Trip from Tokyo
- Nikko Cultural Day Tour from Tokyo
- Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, or 72 Hours)
- Tokyo Skyliner and Tokyo Subway Ticket
- Shuttle Bus Transfers (One Way/Round Trip) from Shinjuku/Ikebukuro to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea
- Sky Hop-on and Hop-off Bus Pass
- 4G Prepaid Sim Card (JP Airports Pick Up) for Japan
- 4G WiFi (BKK and DMK Airport Pick Up) for Japan (Unlimited Data)
- JR Pass for Whole Japan (7, 14, or 21 Days)
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