While in Japan 🇯🇵 I had the opportunity to try so many yummy places! Which now makes very hard for me to pick just one, so in this case … I’ll pick TWO Ramen restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto (each) that you must not miss. You can also find more details about them by clicking their titles. Shall we start?
You’ve probably seen my favourite restaurants in Tokyo (if you haven’t, please do it before you go to that amazing city). Now it’s time to tell you which ones I’m still dreaming about in Kyoto! You can ready my extended review for each one of them just by clicking their titles. Let’s start?
Best Ramen EVER in Kyoto. I don’t need to say anything else here … just GO there. 😝
This place makes Burnt Soy Sauce Ramen and other different flavours that are not usually found in the super traditional city of Kyoto. Delicious and a must try.
Super cool ramen experience where you are served in an individual booth. But I’m not saying it is worth a visit only because of the experience though, their ramen is indeed yum and totally worth a try.
This family-owned restaurant makes perfect homemade udon noodles and also offers many delicious rice bowl options.
This is not truly a restaurant, but I strongly recommend you to visit this little cafe. They serve many dairy free desserts made of soy milk. Please, try their cheesecake for me (bonus points if you try it multiple times).
While in Tokyo, I had the opportunity to try many different Japanese dishes and restaurants. Now it’s time to tell you my exclusive selection of favourites. You can ready my extended review for each one of them just by clicking their titles. Shall we start?
Best Ramen EVAR! A truly remarkable taste.
A honourable second spot on the best ramen competition. 😛
High-tech sushi train with affordable prices and a lot of fun!
Excellent Korean BBQ to have a break from ramen and sushi. 🙂
I’ve added to the selection due to its uniqueness: a very cool experience that’s worth a try, even though you shouldn’t expect to eat a lot here.
You may have already seen everything we did while staying 6 days in Tokyo, now it’s time to know how awesome our trip to Kyoto was! You can get here my shared Google maps with the precise location of the great places we visited and also highlighted below a bit of our experiences.
I simply loved that city and would come back for sure! I just wish I had extra time (like a year or so :P) to explore more of Japan…
The “Pure Water Temple” is one of the most stunning places I’ve visited in Kyoto. Not only for the magnificence of those buildings but also for the spectacular views. A bit unfortunate that we were there during summer though. I do believe spring and autumn will give you an unforgettable landscape for truly memorable pictures.
Another thing to not miss is walking around the charming and narrow streets close to the temple. They are, as you might assume, surrounded by traditional Japanese-style dwellings, restaurants, and souvenir shops.
In case you are planning to travel around Japan using the Shinkansen (the awesome bullet trains) you can bring your meal to have on the train while enjoying the view, especially if the trip is going to take a few hours. And an excellent option for such purpose will be the traditional bento boxes!
We took the Shinkansen twice, first time going from Tokyo to Kyoto and then from Kyoto to Tokyo. This trip takes around 3 hours each way and the trains are well equipped with tables (aeroplane style) so you can have your meal there.
Both Tokyo and Kyoto stations had a great number of stores selling bento boxes, all varying between A$8 and A$18 (U$ 7 to 15). There are plenty of options (including vegetarian and kids-friendly meals), and they are served at room temperature, very convenient as you don’t need to worry about storing them in any special way until it’s time to eat. As our trips were both at lunchtime, we didn’t think twice and grabbed them to have on the train! 🚅
Tokyo station – Tokyo Bento
At Tokyo station, we bought our lunch at Tokyo Bento. The food was very good, tasty, well-sized portions, and lukewarm.
Our choices there were:
- Hubby: On the left: rice, omelette, pork. On the right: beef kebab with rice.
- Mine: Rice, pork dumplings, Japanese omelette, narutomaki, beef, and sorted pickles.
Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten to take a photo from the store we bought our lunches, and I don’t even remember its name. :/
Sorry, my fault! Anyways, it a very big one selling souvenirs too (in case it helps). There we got:
- Hubby: Rice, crumbled pork cutlet, and ginger.
- Mine: Rice with veggies and beef stew. Plus chicken (in pieces and like a meatball), Japanese omelette, rice dessert, and pickles.
So, in summary, if you’re going to use the Shinkansen to travel between cities while visiting Japan, don’t think twice, grab a few bento boxes to have on the go and enjoy the local food like a boss. 👑