Visitors to Tokyo can enjoy the incredible sights, sounds and incredible food that Japan's cultural and colourful capital city has to offer. With the help of your Canberra travel agent at Active Travel, discover how you too can immerse yourself in Tokyo's vibrant atmosphere.
But you can't adventure on an empty stomach – which is why we're going to start with everything you need to know about Tokyo's culinary specialties.
Ramen is a meat or fish-based noodle soup that often contains egg, spring onions and sliced pork. It was originally imported from China, but over the years, the Japanese have put their delicious stamp on this now staple dish.
Madai Ramen Mengyo is one of Tokyo's most popular ramen joints located just a short walk from Kinshicho Station. With people often queuing up well before they open, you'll have to get in quick to try their famous Japanese red sea bream ramen!
Sushi is widely eaten around the world, but there's only one place to try the best of the best – Japan.
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of Tokyo's most popular wholesale markets, and home to an array of restaurants that specialise in sushi breakfasts. Sushi Dai is one that is certainly worth the wait. Here, diners can sample some of the city's freshest sushi and melt-in-your-mouth sashimi while watching the market vendors go about their daily business.
This batter-based snack is often filled with pork, prawns and a variety of vegetables to create one of Japan's tastiest comfort food items. Enjoy this savoury pancake at Suzume no Oyado – a traditional, Geisha-inspired house in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo.
Head up the stairs and into the gorgeous dining room where your okonomiyaki station awaits. In Suzume no Oyado, patrons have the chance to mix and grill their very own variations of this delicious dish.
Japan is famous for it's cute and playful themes that are used throughout pop culture, design and even food. Taiyaki is a sweet 'kawaii' (cute) snack in the shape of a fish, complete with crimped gills, scales and facial features. Inside the doughy exterior you'll find a sweet red bean paste.
Taiyaki Wakaba have been baking this sweet treat for more than 120 years, making it one of Tokyo's best taiyaki choices.
Although sake is technically not a food, you'll need something just as delicious to wash down all of the above with. Sake is a Japanese fermented rice wine alcoholic drink and is often referred to as the country's national tipple. There are many bars and pubs that specialise in serving sake, but Kuri is the local's hotspot you need to visit. Here you'll find more than 100 varieties of sake. If you're struggling to choose, the friendly staff offer introductory tours to help newbies decide.
With so much deliciousness to try in Tokyo, discover how Active Travel can create the perfect culinary experiences for you today. Pop into our Canberra travel agency to find out more.