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Japan Travel Tips – Unique Japanese Dining May 4, 2021

Posted by Maniac in Japan Travel Tips, Uncategorized.

It’s Tuesday, welcome back to another list of Japan Travel Tips, where I share with all of you some of the best independently produced travelogs on the internet. If you’ve stayed with us so far, we’ve already given you tips and advice for how to feed yourself in Japan. Today, we’re going to highlight some of the coolest eating experiences throughout the country.

First off, let’s talk about Sushi. Sushi is without a doubt my favorite food, and in Japan you can find it EVERYWHERE in nearly any type of setting, from sit down to drive-thru. For this article, we’re going to highlight one of the more unique methods, the conveyor belt restaurant. I first saw this kind of place to eat in the game Catherine, where the characters would occasionally have conversations at a conveyor belt place called Kappa Heaven, and I had wanted to eat at one ever since.

When dining there, food will pass by on different colored plates. The color of the plate represents the price of the food on the plate. All you have to do is grab what you want and return the plate when done. If you want something specific to eat that’s on the menu (but isn’t showing up on the belt) you can either ask your waiter or (if applicable) order it via an interactive touch menu.

So how does this system work when in action? First off, we’re going to highlight the work of Life Where I’m From, which took his children to a Conveyor Belt Sushi restaurant to see how they liked it.

If you’d like a closer look at the experience I’ve got a different video to show you. The adorable YouTube hosts known as the Crane Couple take a break from their capsule toy search to dine at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.

If a conveyor belt isn’t your idea of getting sushi, did you know you can also get it from a drive thru? Here’s Only in Japan to show us how it’s done.

My father has always been a proponent of outdoor markets. In Japan, my father would be in absolute heaven. Mark Weins, visited a outdoor market in Tokyo and did a full tour of the food options. If this video doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t think anything will.

Next I want to highlight something an otaku friend of mine got me interested in, a food that translates out to a Japanese pancake. However, depending on your region, your food could be prepared a little differently. Let’s go back with Only in Japan and take a closer look at the difference.

My first ever experience eating traditional Japanese food was at a traditional Hot Pot in downtown Los Angeles. At a Hot Pot, the food is boiled at your table to your taste, and can be used in a soup. In Japan, that method of cooking is a way of life for many restaurants. Here’s Strictly Dumpling looking at both Hot Pot options at one of Japan’s best restaurants.

Is there anything we missed? Oh yeah, Ramen. Given the ENORMOUS amount of content I found on Ramen, as well as the wide amount of Ramen you can get, we decided to dedicate an entire future article just to noodles. Stay tuned, that’ll be coming at a later time!

Next up, we’re going to be highlighting something in Japan that long-time Nintendo fans would recognize. We’re going to feature the incredible unique shopping experience that is Japan’s real-life Pokémon Centers. This is, of course, a gaming site after all.



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