When we went to Japan last year, the one thing Mike and I were truly excited about was the food. We are big fans of Japanese food and we had high expectations for what our stomachs were about to experience. We had a daily budget for food and we weren’t scared of splurging once in a while to eat good food. Allow me to share with you some of the food we ate before we devoured it. SEE Japan 2017
Day 1 – Osaka
For our first ever Japanese meal, we had McDonald’s. LOL. After a day of traveling and touring, we ate at this Okonomiyaki place called Chibo for dinner.
Day 2 – Kyoto
We bought sandwiches at the station for breakfast. Had snacks in between touring (we skipped lunch to have more time to tour) and had authentic ramen for dinner.
Day 3 – Universal Studios Japan
We had McDonald’s again for breakfast. It wasn’t really anything special but it was cheap and familiar. We then ate at one of the restaurants in the park for lunch and had 7-11 food for dinner (we kinda overspent, oops).
Day 4 – Nara
The food we had here was possibly one of the best I’ve had. It was simple but authentic – especially the one we had for lunch while walking along Nara Park. Surprisingly, the food at 7-11 was also very good that we decided to have it again for dinner.
Day 5 – Himeji – Tokyo
We opted to try a cafe this time. There’s not a lot of Japanese food at the one we ate. For dinner, we decided to try Family Mart food this time, lol. I have to say, we really enjoyed eating convenience store food. It was cheap but still very good.
Day 6 – Nikko
We ate at this ramen place. There was nothing special about their ramen, however, I’ve never wanted ramen as much as I wanted ramen on that day.
Day 7,8 – Tokyo
I’m combining the two days because I stuffed myself with my faves on both days. We had tempura and gyoza, two of my favorite Japanese foods. I couldn’t get enough of their gyoza because, I swear, the ones we have in the Philippines are nothing compared to the ones there.
All in all, Japanese food was delicious. Some were misses but there were a lot of hits. I especially loved eating at those small hole in the wall restaurants. I would definitely explore a lot more of their cuisine the next time around. I think, and as much as we love Japanese food, we were still skeptical to try other things especially with a budget. If you have recommendations for which Japanese food chains we should look out for, please comment them below! (You know, for future reference) 😉