I have finally found the time to unload my Japan experience onto my blog! If we ever talked about Japan together I legit could go on for hours and hours about how much I freaking LOVE Japan. I’m getting so excited just typing about it.
Cost: $1200 CAD Spending Money | $768.10 CAD Airbnb/Hotel
Duration of stay: 8 Days
Favourite restaurants: Shake It Up Baby (Kyoto), Batten Yokatoh (Osaka), Pablo Cheesecake (Osaka), Teuchi-udon Kendonya (Kyoto)
What I loved about Japan
– If you’ve purchased your JR pass and don’t want to activate it yet and will be taking the subway to get around Tokyo you should definitely purchase the discounted tourist pass! You can purchase the ticket at the airport and is a lot cheaper. I would also highly suggest downloading the Tokyo Subway Navigation app.
Food you have to try in Japan
– Tempura Omakase (Not available in Vancouver… or like anywhere)
– Blue fin tuna, ikura, wagyu, everything.
Where did I stay – Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel
We stayed right in the heart of Shibuya. This hotel is only a 2 minute walk from Shibuya Crossing. The rooms were small as usual but they had great service and the price was great for the area we stayed in. I stayed here both times we were in Tokyo.
No need to tip! Most countries in Asia do not have a tip option.
Site seeing and things to do
Tsukiji fish market
You HAVE to come here… it’s iconic. You have to get a fresh tamago (Tamagoyaki) because that shit tastes 100% better than home lol. You also need to have a sashimi don at some point when you’re there. All the restaurants are the same quality no matter if you’re in a smaller one or bigger one. Also if you want to purchase a Japanese Knife I highly recommend you buy it at the market.
Where did I stay – Airbnb in Namba
I would stay super close to Dotonburi.
This is where it is atttt! I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the food options in this area. This area has endless food options and tons of stores to shop from too.
I spent almost 2 hours here. I had to purchase another luggage to fit all my Japanese snacks haha. Be sure to bring your passport!
Tbh there isn’t anything you can’t find on trip advisor on the top things to do in Japan LOL… so I’m going to get straight to the point. I know why you popped onto this blog post… to find out exactly where the heck I ATE ALL THE DELICIOUS FOOD!!
Kirakutei Japan, 〒106-0047 Tokyo, 港区Minamiazabu, 4−11−26 南麻布ビル
– Classic and delicious Yakiniku. Highly recommend! It’s more upscale and the quality was great. Get the thick cut beef tongue.
尾花/Obana Unagi 5 Chome-33-1 Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 116-0003, Japan
– Unagi on rice! Line up before 11 am (opens at 11:30 am) because it often sells out by noon.
Gyukatsu Motomura Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya, ３丁目１８−１０ 大野ビル2号館
– Yummy Gyukatsu!
Tempura Omakase (I can’t find the restaurant name but if you have a chance make a reso at Kondo!)
Ajinoya, Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, 難波１丁目７−１６現代こいさんビル2F
– They have really yummy okonomiyakis and yakisoba
– This Yakitori joint is my favourite restaurant out of the entire trip! If you like yakitori and pork intestines then this is the place. I have never had beef intestine before and I had it here for the first time… it was life changing. You have to order the pork intestine, pork belly, beef tongue, and beef intestine if you come here.
Tsukemen Suzume 2 Chome-11-11 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
– BEST bowl of dipping noodles! Flavour is rich with bonito, pork belly is perfectly moist, and the noodles are the freshest! You can’t go wrong lining up for this place! (**There is a melon pan stand right beside this place for yummy dessert! Get the melon pan with green tea ice cream!)
– The best cheesecake I have ever had! You must get the matcha, original and chocolate flavours. I got the mini ones so I could try them all.
Shake It Up Baby
– Ben’s friend from highschool that grew up in Inari opened this Izakaya with his brother. You must get the Blue Fin Tuna Cheek!!! It was unreal! Everything is delicious here.
Unagi Hirokawa, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8374, Japan
– Michelin Rated Unagi Don. No reservations, line up near bamboo Forest for lunch, just get there 15 min before opening and line up shouldn’t be too long.
– Handmade udon! This resto only fits like 20 people max and there may be a bit of a wait but its totally worth it! It’s super close to the Fushimi Inari-taisha.
I hope you enjoyed reading my Japan foodie blog post and feel free to ask me anything including what to order and what not. If you want to know more about my Japan trip and see my videos then watch my story highlight – ‘JAPAN‘ on my instagram page. Be sure to follow me to see where I am off to next! >> @NDREALYNN