Where to eat.

Sapporo is very famous among the Japanese for its culinary tradition of serving bigger portions compared to any other area of Japan, as well as for its traditional dishes and flavors. In Sapporo, you can find many types of food to satisfy your taste buds. If you are a fan of sushi, for example, eating at any kaiten sushi place (sushi served on a conveyor belt) in Hokkaido is an experience not to be missed, and you’ll immediately notice the difference in the size of the portions. Sapporo also offers a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world, from Chinese to Mexican, you’ll be able to satisfy any special craving you have during your trip. In this article, we would like to tell you about the best places to eat in the town, some of them might not be very well known by tourists, but the locals recognize their quality and great service.




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Machiya / Kyoto

Machiya Houses

Machiya café have been sprouting up in Kyoto over the last 20-30 years, but over the last 5-10 years machiya café have grown radically in number, and are now an icon of the city for the young generation of Japanese. Machiya, or traditional wooden city houses, especially the Kyoto versions, known generally as Kyo-machiya, are themselves symbols of Kyoto. The Kyo-machiya are famously narrow and long, hence the nickname of ‘eels bed’, and generally feature a cool inner garden, with koshi wooden lattices on the front, and are typically two floors in height. Sometimes they also feature roji alleyways, often decorated with stone paths or plants, which lead visitors to the entrance.

As well as embodying a sense of beauty and craftsmanship, these houses are also excellent examples of Japanese ingenuity. The lattice work on the front allows a great deal of privacy, while also allowing people on the inside a clear view of the outside. In Kyoto’s notoriously h

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1. Sasebo Burger


Address:   仙台市青葉区国分町2-14-25.


Two minutes walk from Kotodai-koen Subway Station.


Open hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am-2 am. Friday-Saturday: 10 am-4 am. Sundays and Holidays: 10 am-12 pm. Lunch time: 11 am-2 pm.


They proudly say that they serve the “best ” and you cannot really blame them for their pride in their food. Although I am not a big fan of burgers, I must say that this place definitely impressed me. With American-style décor, this place has a fun atmosphere and tasty burgers! Lunch will cost around 880 yen (dishes come with fries, salad, a soft drink and even a dessert!), but the opening hours are a bit limited. The average meal will cost around 1200 yen and it is totally worth it.


They have an assortment of different toppings and fillings for their burgers. I would personally recommend the avocado-cheese burger, which is very filling, and delicious. For those who prefer simpler burgers,

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After walking through Chuo-Dori or looking through the many 8th floor manga stores of Akihabara, you’ll be ready to have a rest and perhaps something to eat. There are many restaurants catering to the “Otaku” customers that come on a daily basis to the “Electric Town,” and therefore there are many options for you to grab a bite to eat or drink.

Café Moco

Café Moco is the perfect place to sit and relax after a long day of exploring the streets of Akihabara. Very popular among the locals, Café Moco has the perfect environment to chill out and chat with your friends; read a book whilst enjoying a nice cup of coffee; take a rest from the crowded city life or escape from the heat and humidity of the summer by drinking a beer. One thing that you’ll immediately notice is that the owners of the café have a very large collection of currency from all over the world behind the counter, which proves that they have received people from every corner of the globe, and consequen

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As every other district in Tokyo, Harajuku and Omotesando are full of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops which are usually very crowded at weekends. Some places are particularly good but the lines to get in can be very long. Here are some of the best places to eat:


This restaurant serves one of the best tonkatsu in Japan. Tonkatsu is breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet usually served with a tangy sweet/salty sauce, shredded cabbage and miso soup. The average price here is around ¥1680.  Besides deep fried pork, you can treat yourself with deep fried shrimps, chicken, nikuman (steamed meat buns), sushi and udon. However tonkatsu is the restaruant’s specialty. Especially popular is korobuta tonkatsu (“black pork”), which is known for its juicy taste and high content of fat. Maisen tonkatsu is the tonkatsu, which you can cut with chopsticks because this deep fried meat is so soft and melts in the mouth. The place has an English menu as well. And if you are lucky

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Kyoto’s Sake

Intro: Sake is an alcohol made from rice, rice koji and water through unique brewing techniques, which have been continually developed in Japan for thousands of years. Sake can be drunk in different temperatures depending on the type of sake. It is enjoyable to drink a cup of Sake at room temperature in spring and fall. Cool Sake helps to ease the heat of summer, while drinking it warm not only warms the body but also relaxes the mind on winter nights. Therefore we recommend drinking sake throughout all the seasons of the year.

Because of the different types of climate, water quality, meters and brewing technology, different districts have developed their own Sake. The Japanese called it “chisake”. Fushimi, located in the south of Kyoto city, is one of Japan’s famous sake-producing areas. It has benefited from good water quality from the Uji River, famous for its delicious water across Fushimi areas. Therefore sake breweries, large and small, set up in this area hundreds of years ag

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1 Gyukaku(牛角新宿西口店、東口店), don’t miss this! It’s one of the most popular indoor barbecue restaurants for roasted meat. You won’t regret a trip to this place!

Website: http://www.gyukaku.ne.jp/


West Exit store:Atlus Nishi-Shinjuku Bldg. 2.3.4F, 1-15-8 Nishi-Shinjuku,Shinjuku-ku

新宿西口店:東京都新宿区西新宿1-15-8 アトラス西新宿ビル2・3・4F

East Exit store: 8F Tops House, 3-20-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

東口店:東京都新宿区新宿3-20-8 TOPS HOUSE 8F

Access: JR Shinjuku Stat. West Exit/South Exit 2 mins’ walking


Opening hours:

Mon~Fri 17:00~

Sat,Sun,holidays: 15:00~

Sun~Thurs: ~24:00 (LO 00:00)

Fri,Sat,holidays: ~01:00 (LO 00:00)

月~金 17:00~


日~木 ~24:00(L.O.23:00)

金・土・祝前 ~翌01:00(L.O.00:00)


2. Come Buy (新宿アルタ店 Shinjuku Alta Branch): bubble tea store from Taiwan (since 2002 Taipei).

Website: http://www.c

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Tsukemen (つけ麺) : A Japanese twist in Chinese Cuisine

In ancient times, the geopolitical sphere in East Asia has been manipulated by China. The term “中華思想” or Sinocentrism can be understood through the hierarchical system in international relations and the spread of Chinese culture such as Confucianism and Chinese literature in East and Southeast Asia. Since the Yayoi period (57 AD), Japan adopted the language, architecture, religion, philosophy and culture of China. Chinese food, as a prominent aspect of the culture, expanded to Kyushu, Japan – the southern main-island, and then to other important commercial ports. Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街) near the port of Yokohama, is an example of a Chinese community, which has flourished from the Japanese foreign trade treaty in the late Tokugawa period (1859). The restaurants and chefs from the Chinatown introduced many Chinese dishes, mostly of Canton and Shanghai origin, to Japanese customers. Chinese Cuisine, then, became

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