Food To Try In Tokyo, Japan - Updated 2021

food to try in tokyo

What comes to your mind when we mention Tokyo? A super modern city with state of the art technology, skyscrapers, and unique culture. You need to visit Tokyo to witness how awesome the city really is. Marvel at the sweeping views of Tokyo from the observation deck at Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in the city. From one horizon to another, it is just mesmerizing. Then, delve into the world of the samurai by visiting Samurai Museum. The museum displays a collection of nearly 100 armors, weapons, and helmets of the samurai. What is so cool about this museum is a corner where you can take a picture wearing a samurai armor. There will be a long line for this, so be patient. Also, do not forget to make a stop at Asakusa, which is home to the famous Senso-Ji Temple. After visiting the temple, you can enjoy a stroll through the restaurants and shops in the neighborhood. And, talking about food, Tokyo is known for its variety of unique dishes. Want to know what food to try while in Tokyo? Keep reading until the end. You will also see suggestions on the best restaurants to try the food.

1. Yakitori

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What do you think of skewered chicken, delicious? Basically, it is what yakitori is. This Japanese dish is highly popular because of its cultural significance. But, who doesn’t love grilled chicken? If you wonder how Japanese barbecue looks like, it looks like yakitori. Sometimes, you can also find meat other than chicken along with vegetables grilled together. Then they are put on a kind of skewer that is usually made of bamboo or steel. Charcoal fire is used to grill yakitori.

Yakitori Matsumoto Ebisu

Address: 2-11-8 Ebisunishi | ROOB5 Bldg.1F, Shibuya 150-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from JPY 6,000 (USD 53.10)

2. Okonomiyaki

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You may be used to eating sweet pancake, but what about a savory pancake? This is what okonomiyaki is all about. This pan-fried food mainly consists of cabbage. Other vegetables may be added along with other ingredients including meat and seafood. With a special sauce (and sometimes cheese) added on top, the taste of okonomiyaki is one you will not forget for a very long time.


Address: 2-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from JPY 1,000 (USD 9)

3. Soba noodles

Noodles are a staple for every Japanese. It is one of the strongest traditions of their culture. There are some varieties of Japanese noodles, one of which is called soba. Buckwheat flour is the primary ingredient of soba noodles. It may remind you of spaghetti because of its thick texture. Whether served cold or hot, soba noodles taste delectable. Vegetables and meat are used as toppings for the best taste.

Honmura An

Address: 7 Chome-14-18 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

Price: from JPY 2,000 (USD 18)

4. Ramen noodles

Shoyu Ramen
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Ramen noodles are wheat noodles and it looks a bit like Chinese noodles. In Japan, it is usually prepared as ramen noodles or simply ramen, in a fish or a meat broth. Sliced pork, beef or chicken are added as toppings to it along with seaweed and green onions. To make it more appetizing, soy sauce or miso is also used. There are plenty of ways to serve ramen.


Address: Yoyogi, Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-0053, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from JPY 1,000 (USD 9)

5. Takoyaki

Everyone who ever tried takoyaki would usually fall in love with this Japanese snack. Takoyaki resembles meatballs but it is actually made of wheat flour cooked in a special ball-shaped pan. When you first bite into it, you will be able to see diced or minced octopus inside the ball. With a special sauce and ingredients such as green onions and pickled ginger on top, takoyaki can taste even more delicious.

Gindaco Takoyaki

Address: 1-24-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: from JPY 1,000 (USD 9)

6. Tamagoyaki

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Egg lovers should definitely try tamagoyaki. If you are aware of what sushi is, then tamagoyaki is nothing but an egg sushi. It is an omelet that has been folded to resemble a sushi. But what about its taste? It is sweet and you can indulge in tamagoyaki for as many as you want. Generally, this folded omelet is wrapped in sushi rice with seaweed. Just like sushi, wasabi and soy sauce are often used as an accompaniment. Forget about your diet for a little while and savor this delicious dish.

Yamachou Matsue

Address: 4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Price: from JPY 2,000 (USD 18)

7. Gyudon

Gyudon is the Japanese term for a beef bowl. Based on the name, you can already guess what Gyudon is. Yes, it consists of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion. What makes Gyudon tasty is its sauce. You can enjoy the sweet sauce with the beef and when you taste it, it just melts perfectly in your mouth. For a more full-bodied flavor soy sauce, mirin and dashi are blended together with the sweet sauce.

Matsuya Asakusa

Address: 1-12-8 Asakusa | Oyama Bldg. 1F, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from JPY 350 (USD 3)

8. Sushi

Sushi is probably the most popular Japanese dish. Why? Because it has a lot of varieties and it just tastes so good. Sushi is a kind of dish where vinegared rice is combined with a selection of ingredients such as seafood, meat and cooked or raw vegetable. Generally, seaweed is used as a wrap. Sushi rice is different from usual rice as it is carefully prepared with salt and sugar. Japanese people like eating sushi with soy sauce, wasabi or pickled ginger.

Sushi Saito

Address: 1-4-5 Roppongi | 1F Ark Hills South Tower, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from JPY 22,000 (USD 195)

Enjoy the food, enjoy the attractions, enjoy Tokyo

Everything that Tokyo offers must be enjoyed. Spend some time here because there are lots of attractions, restaurants and entertainment options to explore. Have the ultimate vacation.

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