- Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.
Shinjuku has everything in terms of food, including some of the best yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurants in the city. Here are 5 places that locals rave about and that visitors love to try!
Shinjuku is one of the mega stations in Tokyo. You'll find nearly every kind of Japanese cuisine imaginable, and because the competition is so fierce, you really get the bang for your yen at most restos! Here is a list of the very best of the most popular genres of Japanese cuisines you can get in Shinjuku at affordable prices (from 1,000 to 4,000 yen).
If you've ever been to Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, you should be no stranger to this type of lamb barbecue named after the famous mighty Mongolian warrior. Jingisukan is Hokkaido's soul food, loved by the people and an icon of the island's cuisine. If you're in Tokyo, lucky for you, you still can get a taste of northern Japan because there are over 150 restaurants offering it in the city! Here are some exceptionally good ones.
Hard Rock Cafe has two popular locations in Tokyo. They are great places to enjoy excellent greasy American cuisine and having fun drinks with friends for any occasion.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is the hugest winter event in Japan! If you are seeking to experience some winter magic, it's the place to go in Japan in February. Here's more on this famous festival.
Shirakawa-go is a quiet mountain village and popular tourist destination. It has its own unique culture for which it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This is a great place to see if you love nature, history and scenic land and townscapes! It's a great place to visit in the winter as well!
Thinking of heading up north in Japan in February? If so, don't stop at Sapporo, go a little further north to enjoy another great winter festival: the Asahikawa Winter Festival. Great food, the biggest snow sculpture in the world and world-class ice statues await you!
The city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture holds one of Japan's coolest snow festivals. Throughout the town, snow shelters called kamakuras are built and lit from the inside. Here's more on this unique snow festival.
Shirakawa-go is a picturesque little hamlet in Gifu prefecture designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an extremely popular tourist destination. While you are visiting, you can have a taste of the local cuisine in the villages charming restaurants, many of which are operated inside beautiful historical houses the village is so famous for. Here are some recommendations!
Ohori Park is a beautiful urban oasis located in the heart of Fukuoka. It is beloved by the residents of the city and perhaps the most popular sight-seeing spot in the city. Here is more on Fukuoka's famous park!