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Following items are delectable dishes in Japan

Main Dish
Chirashi suhi

Ebi Fry (Shrimp Deep Fry)
Curry rice




Draft beer
Green tea
Diet Coke
Canned drink
Iced Coffee
PET bottled drink

Japanese Dessert

Locations/Other Information
Business hours
Seating procedure
Ordering procedure
Set menu for breakfast
Set menu for lunch
American foods
Department Sore


Sushi is the best place for entertainment if you like Sushi. The price varies the level of Sushi restaurant. 1000 to 10000 Yen /person. At Sushi Bar (counter) it costs more than a table. A Sushi Shokunin (Itamae ie. cook) assembles the Sushi according to your request in front of you at counter.

The price tag says Ebi sushi is 200 Yen for example but Itamae, sushi cook serves it to you with two pieces. It means it costs you double, 400 Yen.

Sushi of is normally served by one piece.

This is clickable Sushi sample.
From top left to right in above picture;

You can see various type of sushi.

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Vinegared Ginger (Pickles)


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Chirashi-Sushi is one of assorted Sushi.
Various sea foods(sashimi) are topped on top of sushi rice in a bowl.
Shrimp, tuna, yellowtail, octopus and so on.

Same level of chirashi-suchi is same as nigiri suhi.

Inexpensive Sushi ? Kaiten Sushi

 If you like to try an inexpensive Sushi, "KuruKuru Sushi" or "Kaiten sushi" is where you should go.
Sushis on a dish on the belt conveyer turn in front of you.
You can pick up any dish that you want
One plate costs 100 to 120 Yen. Colored plate cost 150 or 200 Yen.
Some of plates cost 300, 400 Yen and Market price.
You need to find the price table  at the beginning.

One funny story about the conveyer is:
A foreigner started to eat sushi at the converyer sushi bar,
After he ate sushi on a plate, he returned the empty plate on the belt.  So there was no plate on his table.

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Sashimi is also very popular Japanese food.
Sliced raw seafood, mainly fish and shellfish, is served.

Using the soy sauce and Wasabi, HotJapanese horse radish.
Tuna, Squid, Yellow tail, salmon, Sea bream, shrimp, scallop

Shredded daikon, Japanese radish, is always served together.
The leaf of the perilla is often put out with Sashimi

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Tempura is the best Japanese food for every body.
The taste and stile are very similar to
the deep fried shrimps and vegetables.
It is the best choice for everybody
even though you are not good for Japanese foods.

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"Ebi-fry (Shrimp Fry)"

This is an easiest try for Japanese food.
It is deep fry of shrimp.
It is similar to the shrimp Tempura.
The batter coating is a little bit different.
The size of shrimp varies at restaurant.
Some is a tiger prawn. Other may be shrimp.
You can find the size in show case but normally actual size is smaller
than shown.

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"Curry Rice"

If you like oriental flavor, please try to eat curry rice.

It came from India and was very hot and spicy foods but Japanese cooks make it mild for everyone.

It tastes like beef stew with spicy flavor( Curry flavor). sauce and rice are served together on same plate. Ingredient: Choice of Beef, pork , chicken or sea food and vegetables and carrot, potato, etc.

Here is a topping sample.
"Katsu curry" is also popular.
Pork Cutlet, "Katsu", is served on the top of the rice.
Vegetable curry is one of variety of curry rices.
Ingredient: Tomato, pumpkin, potato, etc.

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Steak is expensive in Japan.
"Kobe Ushi" and "Matsuzaka Ushi (Gyu)" are famous as the best beef It costs more than 5000 Yen /person in a good restaurant. We are informed that some dairy farmers get cows drink beers to make the meat soft and tasty. Believe or not?
Here is special story for Matsuzaka beef.
Only Japanese Black heifer Cattles which are raised in specific area in Mie prefecture can be called Matsuzaka Gyu.
570,000 Japanese Cattles are raised yearly in Japan but only 1,600 Cattles can be called as Matsuzaka Gyu. If the quality of meat isn't good enough, the beef can't be called Matsuzaka Gyu
The retail price of real Matsuzaka beef at meat shop is more than 3,000 Yen / 100 gram.
One of interesting cooking is Hibachi style restaurant.

It is told that Rocky Aoki developed and started this type of restaurant.,
We did see few Hibachi restaurants in Japan.in past
But Many hotels have penthouse steak restaurants. The price of steak dinner for one person is more than 10,000 yen at such restaurant. The cook fixes your dinner on the hot iron table in front of you Beside of very good taste of steak, you can enjoy the good view of illuminated city.s.

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Sukiyaki is also very good Japanese food.

Very thin sliced beef like ham and various vegetables, Japanese mushroom and Tofu on the plate will be served on your table with portable Hibachi and pan.

You just boil beef and vegetables with stock which is made with sugar and soy-sauce.

When it is ready to eat, you are supposed to dip them in a beaten raw egg if you like.

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It is very popular Japanese food.Very thin slice beef and vegetables.
In front of you, the boiling water pot is prepared.A plate with very thin sliced beef and various vegetables more than ten items, beautifully arranged, will be served on your table.
The word of "Shabushabu" is expressing the action of wave chopstick with meat in the hot water pot. You need to a slice of beef and dip it in the hot pot. Then you shake it right and left in the pot to make it cook well. Since the beef is very thin and it want to take long to be Weldon.When the meat changes to pink is the best time to eat. There are two or three types of dip sauce are prepared on the table. One is sesame sauce, other is mixed sauce of soy sauce and vinegar and green onion and radish are came along with for an additional flavor. No rules for vegetables to put them into the pot and when you think they are cooked well, it is time to eat.

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"Yakiniku (Korean BBQ)"

Yakiniku means grilled meat. Meat, offal, shellfish, shrimp and vegetable are grilled on a iron net or iron lattice plate
Tables in Korean BBQ restaurants is designated to have table cooking stove.
Gas or charcoal is used. The restaurant using charcoal is more expensive than others.
Spicy dipping sauce is served and dip cooked ingredient before eating.
Grated garlic and hot spicy soybean paste are used to your taste.
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Pork Cutlet
This is a sample of Tonkatsu
There are several menus at Tonkatsu.
Filet, pork medallion, pork loin,


Grilled eel marinaded with sweeten Soy sauce
Normally served with rice.
Everybody who doesn't know what he/she is eating say "Great Taste".
You should try it without knowing what it is.
It is great taste.

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You can find a McDonald, Wendy's, Buskin Robinson etc in any area.
Ask Bell Captain or concierge at your Hotel.

Go to American First Food Restaurants Information

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If you have buckwheat allergy, you should not eat "Soba".
Some Japanese food use "Buckwheat". Please check it to the cook before eating.

This is one of traditional Japanese dish.

It is a kind of noodle.

Made from Soba powder.

Put sliced green onion (scallions) into the dipping sauce.

Dip Soba to dipping sauce.

It is a good  manner for Japanese  to slurp Soba.

Tempura and Zarusoba is good combination.
The price gets higher but it taste better.
Deep fried shrimp and vegetable make the dipping sauce tasty.

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It is noodle with shoyu-based (soy-sauce based ) soup.
Originally it was from China but it is one of best Japanese dishes.

There are many sorts of Ramen.
This is called as "Tanmen".
Topping is different from regular Ramen.
Stir-fried meat and vegetables with thicken salt soup is favor of "Tanmen".
This is called "Cha-shu-men".
Topping by sliced of "Cha-shu", Chinese-style barbecued pork.
The pork is basted with soy sauce during roasting.

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Udon is a thick wheat noodle.

There are various type of Udon with topping and soup.
This is the noodle with shoyu-based (soy-sauce based ) soup and abura-age (fried tofu) on top.
This is called "Curry Udon".
The soup is based curry and shoyu-based (soy sauce).
It is very thick soup.
It is easy to drop from chopsticks when you eat curry noodle. Clothes are often stained by the cause such as splash of the curry soup.

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Onigiri is one of great invention of Japanese.
It is called "Rice ball".
There is core food in the center of Onigiri.
You can buy them in convenience store.
The picture shows baked shake locates in the center of Onigiri.
Normally it is wrapped by Nori, "Sea weed".

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This is boiled soy beans.
It is very popular for appetizer of beer.

It is not served at fine restaurant.
You should try them if available.!!

It is popular in summer.
Pods are not eatable. Just press the pod with your fingers and get them jump out to your mouth.


This is Barbecued Chicken flavored with salt or Soy sauce
They are skewered by bamboo stick.
Yakitori is also very popular as appetizer.
Various type of Yakitori:
White meat, Red meat, liver,
Negima - Chicken and leeks is good starter for a Yakitori Beginner.


Gyoza is a Chinese dish originally but it becomes one of typical Japanese food.
They consist of vegetables and grounded meat and are wrapped by flattened Chinese pastry from wheat flour.
Normally they are fried after steamed.
Mixed sauce of soy sauce and rice vinegar is having advantages to dip them
If you like hot stuff, try to drop dollop of "Raa oil".
Ra-YU, chili sauce
It is made of sesame oil with red pepper.


Lager beer
There are four major beer brewers in Japan.
Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo and Suntory
Kirin's brand name
>Lager, Ichiban Shibori
Asahi's brand name
>Super dry(It gets a favorable reputation.)
Sapporo's brand name
>Ebisu (I like it.)
There are many size of bottle for beer.
-Large 633 ml
-Medium 500 ml
-Small 333 ml
At restaurants, Large or Medium bottle are served normally.
Draft beer
Japanese Draft Beer is also very good.
Most popular season is summer.
Even though, many restaurants serve draft beer all seasons.
The size of glass varies at each restaurant.

Japanese traditional Alcohol is Sake.
We taste it hot style or cold style.
It is made from rice.
Clear drink.
Alcohol percentage is around 14, like wine
We use special small cup called "Ochoko" for sipping hot sake.
Cold sake is very popular now.

Shochu is distilled liquor.
It is made with sweet potato, sesame, wheat
It is very popular in Japan now.
The price of Shochu is inexpensive.
Young people likes cocktail based Shochu.
With lemon and soda, grapefruit and soda etc.

Old people likes shochu with hot water.,
Umeboshi (Pickled plum) is dropped depending on individual taste.

More Sake story

Green tea

Green tea, Japanese tea, Ocha in Japanese
Water and green tea are free at restaurants.
You can ask for another serving without any charge.
A few Japanese restaurants serve very good Japanese tea.

But some Chinese restaurant charges for Chinese tea in Japan

Diet Coke

Diet coke and other diet drinks aren't popular in Japan.
You can merely order diet coke at restaurant.
Of course, you can buy them at grocery shops, convenience stores and super markets.

Canned drink

There are two types of canned drinks.
A can is made by steel and another is made by Aluminum.
Normally Hot drinks, coffee tea etc uses steel can.
If you are used to drink aluminum can beverage, you feel some is left in the steel can because it is still heavy.

Recently pet bottled water, mineral water is getting popular.
You can request mineral water if you are asked for beverage.

Diet coke is not so popular in Japan.
Because of taste? I don't know.
It's very difficult to get diet coke at vending machine and even restaurants.

This is newly introduced to Japanese market in addition to Diet Coke.
The Diet Coke is not so accepted by Japanese.
This is first trial in the world by Coca-Cola.
Canned Coffee is very popular in Japan.
There are so many venders to distribute a lot of canned coffee.

Ice Coffee

In addition to canned coffee, Ice coffee is also popular.
You can taste it at coffee shops.

PET bottled drink

PET Bottled drinks are very popular in Japan.
Main category is soft drink, Japanese tea, Woo-long tea and cola etc.
Since you can drink it anywhere, it is very convenience to carry it during walking around in Japan.

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 Locations/Other Information

At entrance

Business hours??

It is very difficult to tell whether the restaurant is open or close.
There is generally a sign in Japanese characters.in front of restaurant
Eigyouchu Akinaichu
These signs mean "Open".

But backside of these sign means "Close".
Therefore it is hard to tell open or close from the sign without understanding of Japanese characters.

Many Japanese restaurants use Noren, looks like a tapestry, as a sign of its open.

 Various types, short or long, white and red and various colors of Noren are used.
You find them easily in old street.
When a restaurant is not ready, the Noren isn't set.

Norens are sometimes used at other type of shops.
So Noren-ed shops aren't always restaurants.


Almost all restaurants have the show case of the sample dishes
It looks real but plastic model.
It will give you some idea about what kind of food this restaurant will serve you.
Tempura, Udon/Soba, Sushi, Chinese, French, Pizza, Italian, Japanese, etc.

Seating procedure
When you enter a restaurant, look around and find following items.

Sign for seating Follow the sign to wait a server
A server will take you to a table.
waiting name list Write your name and wait.
Your name will be called by a server.
He/she will guide you to a table.
Ticket vending machine Inset bill or coins then push the button
which you want to have.
The buttons may be written only in Japanese.

If you can not name it, ask someone to assist you
and just point out what you want at the show window.
After purchasing tickets, just take a seat anywhere.
No sign Proceed to a table wherever you want Vending machine for food ticket

Ordering procedure

The server will take your order at your table.
At some inexpensive restaurants, you are supposed to find your seat and sit by yourself.

A server brings menu and free drink, a glass of water or a cup of Japanese tea.
At better restaurants, you have a hot wet towel which is called as Oshibori.
I believe this is really good service we can be proud of it.
Some airlines started to service Oshibori before meal in international flight.
Generally Oshibori is served as hot but sometimes it's served as cold in summer. Oshibori

You are expected to order main dishes and drinks at one time.And you need to tell him whether you want to have a drink before meal or after meal.

If you order only beverage first, they think you enter the restaurant to have only drink and never come back to take your main dish order until you call them to make an additional order.

Since no tip system doesn't exist in Japan, you don't need to wait your server for any request.

One thing you had better to remember is;

All your ordered dishes are completely served already if the serving person put the bill on your table backside up.


Paying is just easy.
  1. Grab the bill and bring it to the cashier.
  2. Pay it at cashier.
You may be able to pay by your credit card at higher class restaurants

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Set menu for Breakfast Time

Coffee shops serve "Morning set" during morning.
This is very good price and convenient for travelers.
Price for a cup of coffee is around 300 - 400 Yen.
Only in the morning time, you can have toast and something, normally boiled egg, with same price.
If you need a cup of coffee in the morning, it is a good place to go.

Set menu for Lunch Time

As same as anywhere, lunch is good chance to try new food.
Normally Lunch or "Teishoku" menu are set for guests.
They are reasonable price and proper volume.
For example, Tonkatsu Teishoku comes along with Miso-soup, pickles,etc.
It is better price than separately ordered.
It seems like set menu of McDonald.
This is a sample of Tonkatsu Teishoku.
Tonkatsu, Rice, Miso soup and other stuffs.
Price is around 1000 Yen.
Only bad thing is that all restaurants are crowded.
If you try to enter a restaurant which aren't crowded at lunch time, you may be better to avoid to go there.
The price is high or bad taste.

Department Store

This is a good place not only for shopping but also for dinning.
On the top floor, there are several types of restaurant.
Price is reasonable.
Avoid going there on the busiest time of weekend. Servers have no time to take care of foreigners
because of full of guests.

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