What’s Cooking: Eating Out in Japan

January 21, 2016

One of the many things I enjoyed in Japan was the FOOD! OMG- from their local restaurants to convenience store hot meals, you’ll soon realize Japanese people know how to prepare food right.

A lot of times, as I come home from a long day of sightseeing, I would just crash Lawson or Family Mart and get myself these ready-to-eat meals. They are surprisingly delicious and quite different from the hot meals I would experience in sunny Manila.

Ramen from Lawson.
Tonkatsu from Lawson.
Hot meals from these convenience stores are also dirt cheap by Japan standards (okay- do not, I repeat, do not, try to convert it to Philippine peso in your guise to disprove me, lol).

ChaTime is still my fave though:(
 A meal from Lawson or Family Mart would cost me around 400 to 550 yen (Php 160- 220) versus what a typical Japanese restaurant would charge. In Fukouka for example, I found food to be cheaper than Tokyo. Fukouka’s famous Hakata ramen is not something you’d want to miss.

Hakata ramen in Fukouka.
Hakata ramen's side dish.
I was told that Tokyo on the other hand is famous for their seafood/ fish ramen (someone, please correct me if I am wrong). They also sell sushi in convenience stores!

Ramen in Tokyo.

If you are on a tight budget while exploring Japan, I would suggest to hit these convenience stores in the morning or night whatever suits you. They also sell these various yummy breads I started munching on since the day I arrived in Fukouka. I ate them for breakfast and would pack one in my bag as I explore the place.

Don't judge me but I love Ritz:)
Super yummy drink:)
Best ginger ale I've tried. It is in Shinjuku.
Also, in Japan, you can drink water straight from the faucet (amazing, right? I know in Singapore, they do this too!) so using an old bottle and filling it with tap water wouldn’t hurt to save you some yens. The cost of a mineral water bottle in these high tech vending machines would vary from 100-140 yens (Php 56.00).

Street food vendors in Harajuku.


Street food in Japan is also enjoyable. I was so stoked to try them in Harajuku. They came in all sizes and shapes and also quite affordable. From takoyaki to okonomiyaki to these fruits dipped in very sweet caramel sauce, you can find them all in Japan.

Dumplings in Tokyo.

However, if you are feeling fancy and would want to dine in a pricier place, sure go ahead by all means. But be prepared to pay extra of course.

Sorry didn't catch the name of this dish. I went to this restaurant one night so famished that I lost track of myself and being indulging in this delightful dish.

But that’s the beauty of eating in Japan, each time you fill your hungry tummy with their food, you always thank the heavens the Japanese people exist. They surely have one of the best food in the planet.

Mos Burger in Japan. Thanks Khimmy:)

But of course, I wouldn't miss having McDonalds in Tokyo!

McDonalds... okay don't kill me.
Just in case you're wondering, I didn't take photos of all the food I consumed in Japan as there would be days that I just simply want to enjoy them quietly without the need for any technology and Instagram filters.

Enjoy eating in Japan!


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