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What is Ichiju-Sansai?

World-famous Japanese foods like sushi, ramen and sukiyaki are actually not frequently served at the dinner table in ordinary Japanese households. To find more typical home cooking, we need to look at a kind of Japanese cuisine known as 'ichiju-sansai.'

Better Know Your Shochu

Learn more about the history, varieties and drinking customs of one of the most typical Japanese alcoholic beverages.

5 Hot Restaurants with Good Japanese Sake

Let us recommend some of the best 'washoku' restaurants serving fresh vegetables and seafood where you can enjoy selections of local sake from the same region as the sourced ingredients.

Suntory & Nikka: 6 Whiskys to Die For

Forget Scotland—Japan is now home to the best whisky brewers.

Top 10 Traditional Sweets of Japan

The 10 top traditional Japanese sweets everybody craves!

3 Distinct Cities, 3 Amazing Stories

Hiroshima, Tokyo, Osaka—three main cities of Japan, yet so different!

4 Ways to Hit the Snow from Tokyo

Just because you'll rarely see flakes in Japan's biggest city doesn't mean you can't reach them when needed. Here are four great ways to meet all your skiing and snowboarding needs right from the bright lights of the metropolis!

Ekiben: Symbols of Colorful Local Culture

There was a time in Japanese history when each domain acted practically as its own country. So it's hardly surprising that each area developed its own culture and customs, giving a distinctive flavor and flair to each region.

Top 10 Sweet Souvenirs from Tokyo Station

Before jetting off back to your home country—or boarding a bullet train to Kyoto—you'll definitely want to arrive early at Tokyo Station and shop around for the perfect sweet souvenir to bring with you.

5 Restaurants for a Taste of Ichiju-Sansai

The basic foundation of a traditional Japanese meal is 'ichiju-sansai,' which literally means 'one soup and three dishes.' This refers to a meal consisting of a bowl of soup, a main dish and two sides, supported by rice and Japanese pickles.

Sample 100 Types of Sake in Tokyo!

Discover the taste of real local 'jizake' at a sake bar in Asakusa that offers over 100 different types of Japan's famous rice wine!

Kyoto to Fuji, Temples to Nature

Follow this globetrotter as he adventures through Kyoto and the five lakes surrounding Mount Fuji.

Taste Ichiju-Sansai in a Real Japanese Home!

KitchHike is a great site for experiencing local food on your travels, right in the kitchens of local cooks! Here are some fantastic 'ichiju-sansai' meal option from cooks all around Japan.

Follow Me Around Cool Japan

Follow Abi pop during her journey in Tokyo's kawaii spots.

The 10 Best Craft Beers in Japan

Looking to move beyond the 'Big 4' of Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory? Check out these artfully brewed craft beers!

7 Sweet Reasons to Visit Snowy Hokkaido

Here are seven snacks to whet your appetite and encourage you to break out your snow boots.

The Top 6 Beers in Japan

With all the great beers available in Japan, it's difficult to sort and enjoy only the best. We've done the research for you and chosen these six for your drinking pleasure!

Singapore to Japan: Around Japan in 8 Days!

How to enjoy Japan in 8 days without missing any of the best bits

10 Signature Sweets of the Tokai Region

The center of Japan is renowned for its landscapes, culture, and most deliciously, its sweets. Check out these 10 dessert items and just try to resist them!

Wonders of Japan: Activities Amidst Nature

Experience a variety of sports activities carried out amidst nature.

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