The food we enjoyed in Japan deserves it’s own post. Every meal was an adventure and each paid off handsomely. The food standards in Japan are better than the U.S. so you can get a delicious, healthy meal anywhere including vending machines and convenience stores. Sweets are light and well-made but not as sweet. The fruits and veggies are really flavorful and everything on a plate serves a purpose in creating or contributing flavor.
It is considered bad manners to eat or drink on the go in Japan. It was nice to sit down and enjoy my espresso and meals. Be aware, though, that smoking is to be expected in most restaurants.
Bullet train bento
Beef and rice, matcha donut, kushikatsu, and Japanese caesar salad. Yum!
Breakfast sandwich, butter beer, hard alcohol with a bubble gum popsicle, waffle. Okonomiyaki (like an omelet) is delicious! We split 4 different ones including the restaurant’s special “oppi” or big breast.
Minion treat at Universal Studios in Osaka.
I tried the famous fried octopus ball! Also found a peanut butter sandwich, coffee in a juice box, a hot dog, shaved ice, and fried sweet potato wedges. Japan makes THE BEST fried chicken.
Bullet train lunch
We broke down on Day 6 and got cheeseburgers. Don’t think it was beef though. Hot pot chicken and udon and delicious chicken teriyaki for dinner.
Katsu, pancake, ice cream bunnies, espresso, soy donuts, and pizza
Dinner at Tori Ginza in Tokyo was delectable.
The lightest, tastiest cheesecake
An attempt at Mexican food
Fun food everywhere!
Delicate pastries were abundant and hard to resist!
Vending machine drinks
A Subway sandwich in Tokyo
On the go food
I wish I could’ve fit this in my purse.
Chanko-nabe is a protein-rich stew that the wrestlers eat. You can buy some in the basement of the sumo arena for about $3.
Grilled and lightly salted tomato. So yummy.
Yakitori – Grilled chicken bits (breast, liver, etc.)
Strawberry ice cream
Hot box steamer meal before…
…and after steaming
Tasty beef for the hot pot
Hot pot cooking
Sandwich and match tea latte
It looks like a fungus but it’s a tasty cake
So many choices!
Squid salad, caesar salad, fried chicken, and sashimi
Matcha, red bean, and strawberry flavored Kit Kat.
Ramen at the airport before we head home.
Osaka was a little trickier for me. There was less English signage and there are seven train companies that run all over the city. It was tough to figure out the correct route and buy the corresponding ticket. It was also super hot and humid during the day. Walking around in the early morning or at night was better. Overall Japan was amazing.
Our hotel in Osaka offered natural hot spring water in our shower.
I loved all the school kids every morning.
Jaws got me at Universal Studios Osaka.
Geeking out at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Greeted by the Hogwarts Express engineer
It was 82 degrees and tons of people had these on. That’s love.
Amusement park food is the best! Wait a minute…
Spidey ramen at Universal Studios.
The cremated remains of worshippers are collected and every 10 years a new Buddha statue is created with them.
Osaka Castle moat
An entrance to Isshinji Temple
The view from the top of Osaka Castle
Rice fields from the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo.
Ready to head home.
Kyoto is a beautiful city. There are timeless gardens and incredible shrines.
Ramen vending machine
The Golden Pavilion
Never a dull food moment.
Crossing the Kamo River.
We happened upon the finish line of an ultra marathon near the Kamo River!
Kyoto craftsman balancing his bird on my finger.
The Bamboo Path.
The garden at Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in Japan (1339).
Morning kids TV show
Dressing up as a maiko/geisha is very popular for young Japanese women in Kyoto. It was so fun!
Kimonos are popular in Kyoto
Making friends on the bus.
Map of Fushimi Inari
Kyoto at night.
The lobby of our Kyoto hotel.
It was an amazing trip to Japan. We spent 6 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Kyoto and 2 days in Osaka. Tokyo was a great first Japanese city. The train system is very user-friendly and I was able to make my way around with no problems. There is so much to see and do! My days were packed and my feet were tired but I wouldn’t change a thing!
Tokyo Station at rush hour.
Tokyo Station also has great shopping!
The hotel played classic movies in the lobby each night.
Representing the chubby American jogger. You, people of Japan, are welcome.
You don’t see that on a map every day.
Takayama Shinto Shrine.
Police shortcut through the Imperial Palace.
On the Tour Of The 7 Gods Of Tokai, a 2-hour walking tour of 7 temples and shrines.
One of the Tokai Seven Deities of Good Luck.
Sake barrels at Meiji-jingu. Tokyo’s grandest Shinto shrine.
Emperor Meiji created this Iris garden for his wife, Empress Shoken.
Meiji-jingu. This shrine is nestled in acres of cypress trees. It smelled incredible.
The crowd on Takeshita-dori, the entrance to Harajuku.
A dress made of pearler beads. So cool!
The Japanese arcades were crazy fun.
Hachiko Statue. Great story.
Shibuya crossing, the world’s busiest intersection.
Dinner with the guys. They are an adventurous bunch!
The giant lantern at Sinso-ji. This shrine was founded more than 1,000 years before Tokyo.
It is tradition to rinse your hands and mouth before entering temple grounds.
Happy with my fortune!
Getting ready for some Sumo!
The view from Tokyo Sky Tree. No Mt. Fuji for us today.
Tsukiji Central Fish Market
Tsukiji Central Fish Market. Had to get up early to see the tuna auction. These big boys go for up to $10K.
Workman’s hands at the fish market.
Fish heads. Fish heads. Rollie pollie fish heads.
Picked up my gift for Father’s Day. Tsukiji Masamoto knives are the best of the best.
I enjoyed an afternoon of Kabuki theater. You can buy one act tickets for 90-minutes of the show.
So. Much. Sake.
Geeking out in Akihabara.
Akihabara, the geek capital of the world!
Yes, you have to type in order to survive. My 8th grade keyboarding teacher would be proud.
Maid cafes are big in Akihabara. The feminist in me couldn’t go in.
Well-coiffed Japanese dudes.
It really exists. There are owl cafes, bunny cafes, cat cafes. You name it.
On the bullet train to Kyoto!