All About Japan

An Easy Guide to Breakfast in Japan

Where to go, what to eat and how to make the most of the most important meal of the day.

Experience a Little Okinawa in Tokyo!

Looking for a taste of Okinawa without the expensive airfare? Well look no further—Okinawa Town can be found in Tokyo, just two stops from Shinjuku!

Meet the New Ramen Craze in Yamanashi

‘Raho’ ramen—a combination of classic ramen soup and ingredients with Yamanashi's local 'hoto' noodles—is on the rise in this town in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Bringing Udon Noodles to the World

With branches in fourteen regions, udon purveyor Marugame Seimen reveals their globalization tactics and localized menus, as well as the many reasons for the popularity of these noodles outside of Japan.

Curry Shop Plans to Spice Things Up in India

A highly popular Japanese curry chain is hoping to spice things up in India, the birthplace of curry.

The Next Big Food to Hop onto Japanese Menus?

Is one researcher's search for a sustainable food source for the future the next big food craze in Japan, or is the idea hopping mad?

The Joys of Japanese Festival Food

You can't say you've gone deeper in Japan until you've eaten the festival street food. Try Japanese classics like yakitori and yakinuku in addition to foreign surprises and a variety of fusion foods.

Can You Handle the Heat of Wasabi Caviar?

Dubbed ‘wasabi pearls’ and ‘green caviar,’ Wasabeads (わさビーズ) have become one of Japan’s most sought-after condiments!

The Roots of Tonkatsu: A Delicious Fusion

Tonkatsu—the breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet so popular with the masses—was originally one of many Japanese twists on Western recipes imported to Japan. Learn the history of tonkatsu according to the first restaurant in Japan to put the dish on its menu.

Sushi Disney Princesses Look Cool & Delicious

One Japanese artist is creating treats that are feasts for the eyes and the tastebuds, using fresh fish from the Seto Inland Sea.

Uji: An Awesome Day Trip from Kyoto

Home to some of the best green tea and one of the most recognizable temples in Japan, Uji is a destination that shouldn't be missed if you're exploring Kyoto and the rest of the Kansai area!

Snow, Craft Beer and a Western Take on Winter

Australian native Daniel Bacon manages several successful businesses in Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture, and a founding partner of Hakuba Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery based in the same area. What does it take to attract international tourists?

Embrace the Vegan Lifestyle at Ballon Tokyo

It can be hard to be vegan, and it can be hard to find environmentally friendly, organic food. But Ballon Tokyo, a 100 percent vegan falafel and soft-serve ice cream stand, is out to change that.

Traditional Flavors at New Kyoto Shake Shack

The popular American burger chain is opening a location in Kyoto, and new menu items will make use of Kyoto's high-quality Uji matcha!

New Wave Japanese Tea Shops in Tokyo

Although tea has always been a big deal in Japan, recently there's been a boom of new ways to enjoy it. Here are some new, modern shops in Tokyo that specialize in Japanese Tea!

Enjoy Cross-Cultural Festivals at Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is one of the largest and most popular of Tokyo's green spaces, and is a hotspot for events that celebrate culture from Japan and around the globe. Here's a quick guide on the various cross-cultural celebrations in Yoyogi over a year.

Yoshinoya Beef Bowl Coming to a Can Near You!

Japan’s beef bowl king, Yoshinoya, is releasing new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls!

Feast on Fugu at Conveyor Belt Sushi Chains

You can now get 'fugu,' Japan’s poisonous blowfish, for under a buck at revolving sushi restaurants!

A Gourmet Train Journey to Sample Shinshu

Rokumon is a sightseeing train run by the Shinano Railway that puts you in touch with the Shinshu region’s culture and cuisine. Take a ride and spend a leisurely time enjoying stunning scenery and delicious dishes.

Japan's Super Expensive Seasonal Watermelons

A pair Hokkaido's homegrown Raiden watermelons fetched ¥300,000—about US$2,700—at the first auction of the season!

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