All About Japan

Ramen Aventures vs. Ivan Ramen in NYC

Who better to blow up the NYC ramen scene than a native New Yorker who'd proven his chops in Japan?

Proper Ramen in Hot Spring Country

The owner and his wife haven't just created a great ramen shop in Sharaku—they've made a cool spot to hang out and drink in a classic onsen town.

Clean-Aired Cafés: 5 Super Smoke-Free Chains!

Smoke-free sipping may not be Japan-standard just yet, but now you can at least enjoy your coffee in clean air at a few more non-Starbucks chains almost anywhere in the country!

Halal Friendly Bento in Japan

Ever think of eating bento in Japan, but had trouble finding one that's halal? Wherever you are, we've got you covered!

6 Super Sites for Coffee Seekers

If you’re looking for something specific for your next cup of joe, these sites offer a broad selection both in Tokyo and across the country.

More Than Just a Ramen Shop

This weird Yokohama restaurant threatens to curse you if you don't finish your noodles on time.

Simple yet Refined

This is one bowl ramen enthusiasts won't want to miss on their next trip to Sapporo, one of Japan's famed ramen cities.

Kyoto's 6 Best Third-Wave Coffee Shops

Tokyo may seem like the coffee capital of Japan, but Kyoto certainly gives it a run for its money.

11 Hot Cafés & Lunch Spots in Namba

Where can you catch a casual yet tasty bite in Osaka's prime entertainment district? Read on!

A Taste of American Sushi in Okinawa

Sushi Bar Yoshihachi’s proprietor got his start making sushi back in the U.S., and rumor has it he just might be the inventor of the California roll.

Cafe Unizon: Food, Books & (Some) Live Music

I was first introduced to Cafe Unizon by a couple of fellow Kiwis also living on Okinawa. It has been a frequent stop for us ever since.

7 Great Cafés in Kamakura

One of Japan's former capital cities has a great café scene.

10 Unforgettable Old-School Cafés in Kyoto

Kyoto's hip coffee culture is nothing new. Check out these 10 cafés that are decades-old relics (or at least look like one), and are full of character.

Why is this Shop So Popular Among Foreigners?

What's Ramen Bayashi’s secret? Why do so many foreigners eat there?

Top 5 Chains for Cheap Bento

Super Cheap Japan walks us through their top picks for a cheap bite!

Kyoto’s Top 5 ‘Machiya’ Cafés

Some of Kyoto's most stylish cafés can be found in repurposed traditional houses.

The Top 10 Ramen Shops in New York City

It's a golden age of ramen in NYC, and you should slurp widely and deeply, using this guide for reference.

5 Fluffy Pancake Cafés in Osaka

If you're not near pancakes right now, avoid these mouth-watering images at all cost.

5 Real Homemade Cafés Around Miyazaki & Saito

Miyazaki City and its northern sister Saito City offer plenty of prime cafés catering to tourists flocking to this beach-bounded, history-heavy area.

6 Sapporo Ramen Shops You’ve Got to Try

With sushi, uni-don, ikura-don, “Genghis Khan” grilled mutton and the recently insurgent soup curry, Hokkaido is a gourmet wonderland. But if you’re in Sapporo, you just can’t pass up the ramen.

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