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Every Meal in Japan

When visiting Japan it’s hard to ignore the opportunity to eat delicious food every day, at every meal even, regardless of budget. Below are photos of every meal I ate on a trip in April, 2017 (though not every single takoyaki snack or vending machine morsel was documented). Most photos include a description and location.

Breakfast

The local conbini, or convenience store, usually provided breakfast, unless there was a French-style bakery to visit/judge or the mind was dead-set on a morning natto-don. Jet lag also forced breakfast hand, often leaving no choice but to arrive at the food markets early in the morning, before most of the other tourists.

The best beef skewer I’ve ever had by the pabloest of them all

Kuromon market, Osaka

Uni and Toro by the pabloest of them all

Kuromon market, Osaka

Hot by the pabloest of them all

Kuromon Market, Osaka

Cake by the pabloest of them all

Kuromon Market, Osaka

Self-supporting coffee filter system by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Osaka

Self-supporting coffee filter system by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Osaka

Komeda Coffee by the pabloest of them all

Osaka

Choco Cro by the pabloest of them all

Osaka

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Hotel Kanra, Kyoto

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Hotel Kanra, Kyoto

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Hotel Kanra, Kyoto

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Breakfast set by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

House-made tofu by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Brasseries VIRON by the pabloest of them all

Shibuya, Tokyo

Natto by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Shimbashi, Tokyo

Uni & toro by the pabloest of them all

Tsukiji market, Tokyo

Conbini breakfast by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Shimbashi, Tokyo

Conbini breakfast by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Shimbashi, Tokyo

Natto by the pabloest of them all

Salaryman hotel, Shimbashi, Tokyo

Lunch

Lunch choices can be dizzying. Plan on having two lunches per day if you can fit it in. It’ll all be walked off anyway.

Katsu by the pabloest of them all

In a roppongi office tower, a wonderful katsu eatery.

Takaida ramen by the pabloest of them all

Osaka-style ramen at 7.5Hz+ (Osaka station)

Unagi-don and fish liver soup by the pabloest of them all

With all the other tourists in Inari

Fish liver soup by the pabloest of them all

Interesting side dish

Tamago by the pabloest of them all

So soft, so tasty

Market noodles by the pabloest of them all

Curry noodles

Ekiben by the pabloest of them all

One of the perks of train travel

Ekiben by the pabloest of them all

3x3

Soba restaurant by the pabloest of them all

Lots of wood and tatami

Ekiben by the pabloest of them all

Another train bento

Takoyaki by the pabloest of them all

Not in Osaka

House made hot dog by the pabloest of them all

Homemade sausage, homemade bread

Tempura and soba by the pabloest of them all

Malls often have great, reasonably priced meals

Curry katsu by the pabloest of them all

Mmmmm

“Luxury” shabu shabu by the pabloest of them all

In a luxury pot

“Luxury” shabu shabu by the pabloest of them all

Dipping sauces

Omurice by the pabloest of them all

Tastes pretty much how it looks

Strawberry cake by the pabloest of them all

With two ice packs and cardboard cushioning

Strawberry cake by the pabloest of them all

Worth the packaging care

Ekiben (on a plane) by the pabloest of them all

On the return flight, the last bento

Ekiben (on a plane) by the pabloest of them all

The last bento

Dinner

Many days were planned starting with the final destination, dinner, and from there backwards in time. Dinner isn’t the end of an evening, but it can be a highlight.

Takoyaki by the pabloest of them all

Dōtonbori, Osaka

Yaki onigiri by the pabloest of them all

Dōtonbori, Osaka

Seafood by the pabloest of them all

Dōtonbori, Osaka

Gyoza (bite-sized) by the pabloest of them all

Tenpei, Osaka The entire menu: * Gyoza * Pickles * Beer * Shochu

One of the best meals in Japan.

Gyoza patrons by the pabloest of them all

Outside Tenpei, Osaka

$5 dinner set by the pabloest of them all

Sukiya, a gyūdon chain restaurant / quasi-fast-food place.

Aburizushi by the pabloest of them all

Omen Nippon, Kyoto

House-made noodles by the pabloest of them all

Omen Nippon, Kyoto

Sashimi by the pabloest of them all

Sushi Iwa, Kyoto

Nigiri by the pabloest of them all

Sushi Iwa, Kyoto

Sesame dessert by the pabloest of them all

Sushi Iwa, Kyoto

Izakaya gyoza by the pabloest of them all

Kurakura Bar, Kyoto

Spring set menu no. 1 (right-to-left) by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Nigiri by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Toro by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Spring set menu no. 2 by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Spring set menu no. 2 (right-to-left) by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Roe by the pabloest of them all

Beniya Mukayu

Ramen by the pabloest of them all

Ramen Street, Tokyo Station www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/shop/21 (it can be overwhelming in there)

Katsu by the pabloest of them all

Hirata Bokujo, Roppongi, Tokyo

Spanish “izakaya” by the pabloest of them all

Shimbashi, Tokyo

Tonkotsu ramen by the pabloest of them all

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Sushi by the pabloest of them all

Ginza, Tokyo