9 Tokyo Must Eats

by | Oct 25, 2018

“You know they’ve been asking where they should go eat in Tokyo…”

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Japan is a wonderfully delicious country filled with exotic flavors and unique preparations, all the while soothing the soul and your hunger. We’ve had the lucky opportunities to go there and have a taste of so many of their culinary offerings.

Looking back over the past, I can honestly say that when you’re in Tokyo try eating all, some, none of the following dishes and places.

Plated Wagyu and garlic at Han No Daidokoro Bettei Shibuya Tokyo Japan

1 Tokyo Must Eats | WAGYU

The quintessential Japanese beef to eat, Wagyu is a MUST EAT. I, along with your palate, wholeheartedly advise you to find a place that serves wagyu.

If you pay the premium to jump face first into the meaty deep end with A5 grade wagyu, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment because any other beef will never taste as good. Starting from A4 you can get a gradual feel and taste all of the subtle differences between the grades and breeds of Japanese cattle.

Yoroniku よろにく

This is the place to go for an amazing experience at a reasonable price. They’ll take care of you, cook for you, feed you, teach you how to cook and more.

Grilled Clam Tsukiji Market Tokyo Japan 02

2 Tokyo Must Eats | SEAFOOD

I have long associated fresh seafood in general with Japan, and for good reason. With all their various techniques and specialties, seafood is a versatile ingredient which can in nearly all dishes.

Some of the world’s best seafood dishes can be found all across Japan.

Tsukiji Market 築地市場

Sure, the Tuna Auction and the big market moved a little bit over but Tsukiji is still filled with a lot of food and life.

Liver Yakitori Banshakuya Omoide Yokocho Tokyo Japan 02

3 Tokyo Must Eats | YAKITORI

Originally a term meant for chicken skewers, Yakitori is now used as a blanket term for all Japanese skewered meats. There are so many different things that have been grilled; chicken, scallops, vegetables, and more.

When you’re out and about and smell some magical grilled meat smoke, go on in and order yourself a skewer or 10, maybe 20, or as many as you can eat, really!

Joumon Roppongi ジョウモン 六本木店

They have seats in the window sills! And they have a wall of sake! Come for the skewers and stay for everything else!

Yakitori alley, Memory Lane 焼き鳥の路地

There’s a lot of history in these lanes. It’s a back alley concentrated collection of small bars and yakitori spots. Just follow your nose, slide right on into one and see what they have to offer.

4 Tokyo Must Eats | TEMPURA

Tempura, a Japanese dish made by deep frying lightly battered fish and vegetables! It sells itself really.

Actually, don’t eat this so there’s more for me….

Never mind, you can eat them too because sharing is caring.

Tuna Nigiri Sushi Dai Tokyo Japan 03

5 Tokyo Must Eats | SUSHI and Sashimi

Sweet fish taste sweeter and stronger flavored fish are more mellow; seafood is simply better in Japan.

Sushi and Sashimi, thanks to the amazing seafood available in Japan, doesn’t taste the same anywhere else. And you can find all Japan has to offer in Tokyo. Eat it all!

Sushi Dai Toyosu Market

It’s one of the food experiences one has to accomplish to say they’ve been to the Tokyo culinary scene. Sure, it can get cold, the lines can get long, and the waits can be lengthy but it only brings out the flavor.

Tsukiji Sushi Say Honten 築地寿司清 築地本店

If you don’t want to wait in line at other places or if you’re looking for a place that’s open on Sunday then this place is where you want to go.

Crab Pot Kani Douraku Tokyo Japan

sushi say honten

6 Tokyo Must Eats | KAISEKI

Traditional Japanese meals rigorously prepared with locally harvested seasonal ingredients balanced to enhance and enchant all your senses.

If you have the chance to experience it, take it.

Bowl of Ippudo Ramen in Tokyo

7 Tokyo Must Eats | RAMEN

Japanese fish based flavored with miso or soy topped with meats and vegetable is that soul warming bowl of magic that you need between other meals.

There’s many places that offer different variations on this recipe that can keep your palate busy when you’re between meals.

Nabezo All You Can Eat Meat Vegetables Broth Shabu Shabu

8 Tokyo Must Eats | SHABU SHABU

When you’re either really hungry or eating with a group, nothing beats shabu shabu! A lot of places will offer All You Can Eat menus with a time limit.

Don’t worry, if I can’t make it to the end of the time limit, you shouldn’t have too much problem eating your fill.

Nabezo Shinjuku Sanchome Store 鍋ぞう 新宿三丁目店

Take your group to Nabezo for AYCE, All You Can Eat, ingredients in the broth of your choice. They also have teas and ice creams for you to drown your taste buds in.

Taiyaki Roppongi Tokyo Japan

9 Tokyo Must Eats | TAIYAKI

It’s hard to pick a single Japanese dessert to pick out from the literal mountain of sweets that can be found. But when Nadia was blown away from this sweet potato filled fish shaped waffle, I knew I had a winner!

Eat this and all the other sugar laden creations they have everywhere in Tokyo (like Kit Kats)!

Taiykai 鳴門鯛焼本舗 東京ミッドタウン前店

We were surprised to find a sweet potato filling and cemented a place in our hearts ever since!

IF ALL ELSE FAILS!

You can’t decide? The lines are too long? They ran out of food?

Well you’re in luck, there’s one place that will always be able to feed you at all hours of the day! They have candy, alcohol, housewares, toys, groceries and more. You name it, and they probably have it.

I even heard that they sell vintage Louis Vuitton! Talk about variety!?!?

If you can’t make it to their MEGA location, they have locations all over Tokyo… And BEYOND!

Eat Something, Eat Anything, Just Eat!

In Tokyo, you’ll be hard pressed to not eat something AMAZING! Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t have to be necessarily Japanese but “when in Rome” eat something local that you can’t find anywhere else.

You might be surprised by the things you do find that you’re already familiar with. Either which way, don’t forget to tell us all about it.