Sushi, Ramen and Yakatori, Oh My


Tsukiji Fish Market
The beautiful first course of our ryokan dinner
Japanese breakfast at our ryokan
Soba for breakfast on my 30th birthday
Oh, the food in Japan. We've been home for a month and I'm still dreaming about it. I ate eel and live uni for breakfast, have a whole new appreciation for tofu (in Japan it tastes like burrata), and will pretty much eat anything on a skewer now. See below for my mini guide to food in Japan.

Ryokan Meals 
We stayed at two different ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, on our trip. They are kind of like bed and breakfasts but include dinner too. At our ryokan in Kyoto we had our own table in a dining room with our guests, while in Takayama we had our own private room. Each dinner was 10-15 courses and since no one spoke English we didn't know what we were eating. It was all beautiful and mostly delicious. 

Honestly we ate less sushi than I thought we would, but the sushi we did eat was delicious. Try one of the good conveyer belt places. Also, get sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market. We waited for 45 minutes to eat at Daiwa Sushi and it was well worth it.

The Three Ts
Tonkatsu: Fried pork—need I say more? We went here in Tokyo but there's also one in Kyoto. Teppenyaki: Meat on a griddle! Try this placeTsukemen: It's kind of like ramen. Go here and get in line for lunch at 10am. 

Meat on skewers. Delicious. Find it just about anywhere—especially Golden Gai. One of our biggest splurges was dinner at Michelin Star spot Bird Land Ginza. We did the omakase (chef's choice) menu. One of our most memorable meals in Japan.

Try any place with a line, really. This place is supposed to be "the best bowl of Ramen ever." This is another really great spot. 

Our first lunch in Japan was at Harajuku Gyozara. So, so good. We visited the main shrine in Tokyo, Meji Ginju (inside Yoyogi Park), walked out of the forest to check out Harajuku and arrived at this spot in Omotesando. The perfect afternoon.

Breakfast isn't really a thing in Japan. In fact, some coffee spots don't even open until 10am. The coffee though, is delicious and an art form.We went one morning to check out the Mitsukoshi Department Store and had amazing soba for breakfast. Another morning we walked around Ometasando and found Good Town Doughnuts. Best doughnuts I've ever had.