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) 😉

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To keep it short and simple: I'm twenty-eight years old. Still plenty young, but not as young as I used to be.

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      1. Yes. Even the katsudon…dati kasama pa sa premium meal nila iyan, ngayon sa budget offering na lang nila. 😦

        Also, methinks the Family Mart franchise here is no longer handled by the Tantocos and their Japanese partner. I read somewhere na binenta na nila sa Phoenix Petroleum…

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    1. I’m soooo sorry hahaha!!! We’ve seen several of those there but we were quite hesitant to try. We’re not really adventurous people… definitely next time we’re going to change that! Thanks for dropping by!

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    1. Yes! Mag plan ka na! There’s so much to see and eat! Hahaha!! Gusto namin magsushi pero medyo mahal siya and since pili lang gusto namin nagdecide kami na ngnext time na lang. Sana nga nagsushi kami kahit hindi kami sanay pareho sayang din andun na kami!! 😀

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  1. I laughed at McDonald’s! we did it on our trip in Germany. First food sent to my mom the pic then she told me that we went there just to eat another burger from McDo. haha
    Anyway, the plates look mouth-watering. nagutom ako. haha

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