Japan is home to fantastic sushi, incredible haute cuisine, and killer ramen. Follow the lead of Chowhounds who've eaten their way through the country and find out where to go for every meal.

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Mother’s Day is the mother of all holidays in the U.S. But the celebratory occasion is not unique to the U.S. and is celebrated around the world. In many countries, mom’s special day is observed the...

Japanology Plus: Plastic Food Samples (aka models)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

If you've every wanted to know more about the plastic food models displayed by Japanese restaurants, here's the video for you.

Tokyo Vegan Gyoza

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

One of our Ch alumni posted this rec and cooking instructions for Tokyo Vegan Gyoza on IG. The crispy, well-browned result from pan frying look great. https://www.instagram.com/p/CR9sCoVh-Zn/ I...

Bountiful Harvest... of plastics

by cteavin 5 months ago

In Japan this is a normal grocery shopping experience: Each and every item is wrapped in plastic. What's the plastic situation in your grocery stores and supermarkets? (I'm not trying to bash a...

I think I've started to learn what I dis/like in sushi - would love your advice

by nightnight 6 months ago

Was super excited for my original trip Nov 2020...now planning for ??/202?. I've been reading this board diligently since late 2019 to prepare for the original trip and reading sushi and other rest...

Hinoya Curry | Marina District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

On the way back from errands on Saturday, I spotted a parking space on Fillmore @ Pixley. Never one to ignore a parking opportunity in a popular neighborhood, I grabbed it and then looked around fo...

Japanese rice bowls too small?

by VFish 7 months ago

Hi, I'm in the U.S. and I have purchased a set of lovely Japanese rice bowls, very pretty. But they are shorter than expected. They were said to be 2.6" in height and they are actually 2 1/8". T...

Surprisingly Rare and Interesting 'Snacks' Find at 'Foody Mart, Steeles/Warden, Scarborough'!

Charles Yu
by Charles Yu 7 months ago

To some of you who do not mind paying a hefty premium for a bit of rare snacking products that would bring back some fond and nostalgic ' Pre-Covid ' overseas vacation memories?! This morning, whi...

Japanese knives

by hedge_hog 2 years ago

I'm going to Japan soon, and am considering buy a couple of knives. My wife cooks Chinese food at home while I occasionally help with chopping and prepping. We currently have a cheap chef's knife a...

Japan experts, need advice for a Jan trip there.

by Belkisw 1 year ago

Chowhounders who know Japan well, looking for some advice. As the eternal optimists, we want to start planning a January trip to Japan. On our last trip which was in the spring a few years ago, we ...

Sushi Geek Forum

by mikey8811 1 year ago

What happened to the Sushi Geek forum? It made for good instructive and info gathering reading but seems to have bitten the dust. It was pretty popular. Does anyone know what happened?

Narisawa (Tokyo) vs Hajime (Osaka)

by marlinspike 1 year ago

I won't want to go to both (many different types of restaurants on the try list and you can eat only so many extravagant meals on one trip before it stops being fun), and these two seem similar. If...

Best sushi for non-drinker in Tokyo?

by marlinspike 1 year ago

It seems there are some highly recommended sushi restaurants in Tokyo that focus on the sake as well (the sho style ones at least). Cost no concern, recommendations for the best sushi in Tokyo that...

Chow Report for Sapporo, Hakodate and a bit of Tokyo

by curiousgeo 4 years ago

Recently returned from our first trip to Hokkaido, visiting Sapporo and Hakodate. Both were great cities, Sapporo bustling and busy, Hakodate very laid back. We were impressed with the city infrast...

Shinjuku restaurant recommendations

by mlin1 4 years ago

I will be traveling with my husband and 8 yo daughter to Tokyo on mid July. We will be staying for most of the trip at Keio hotel in Shinjuku and would like recommendations for dinners that are con...

Advice for high end sushi in Ginza for first time visitor? (Sawada, Hashimoto, Taichi, Keita, Ishiyama, Ryusuke, Harutaka, Ginza Iwa)?

by bucktown 2 years ago

My wife will be visiting Tokyo for the first time in April (honeymoon!). Our hotel is in the Ginza district, so we would naturally want to visit a Ginza sushi-ya. We speak no Japanese but are well ...

Need some specific guidance on Tokyo (higher end creative, izakya, and uni)

by themiguel 2 years ago

Going to Japan in November for my 40th, been a couple of times but it has been quite a few years. I'm not particularly fussed about Michelin or going to the most popular places, prefer neighbourhoo...

Kid friendly in Osaka

by gemster 2 years ago

I'm bringing my 3 year old and 5 year old kids to Osaka in a month or so - would love suggestions on kid friendly restaurants! The kids are quite good - we had a pretty successful Tokyo trip recen...

Family with tweens and fish allergy visiting Tokyo for the first time

by smiles33 2 years ago

We will be in Tokyo in late September and I'd love feedback on some of my proposed restaurant choices. We are staying in Shinjuku but at an apartment, not a hotel. We need to have access to a full ...

Tokyo and Kyoto with a vegetarian daughter

by Green8270 2 years ago

Any recommendations in Tokyo and Kyoto for lunch and dinner with my vegetarian 11 year old daughter? Thank you!