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The Absolute Best Burritos in Japan: Cactus Burrito images

The Absolute Best Burritos in Japan: Cactus Burrito

Cactus Burrito offers California "San Diego-style" burritos like no one else in Japan. They’re located just a few minutes’ walk from Musashi-Shinjō Station on the JR Nanbu Line in Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki.Their shop is tiny, but their menu is impressive. In addition to the regular assortment of Mex…(269 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Kawasaki Food Buritto Mexican Cuisine Beer Restaurant Drink
“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987 images

“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987

Do you like Japanese beers? Yes, they’re light, fine and refreshing. I love them! But sometimes, I feel like having something different, like Belgian beers. In Tokyo, you can find bars offering Belgian beers, more easily than before. So, you might know what kind of taste they are. How about Belgian…(480 words)

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YumikoH

Restaurant Beer Cuisine Tokyo Food English Walk Wine Lunch Cherry
Spring is coming in Oku Nikko images

Spring is coming in Oku Nikko

Dave had been stocking up a stash of Belgian beers for several years. That’s right – years. A connoisseur was Dave; knew what he liked and savoured produce at its optimum. Mind you, the Dave that was, still is.He had been making lunchtime runs from work to the international supermarket, almost…(481 words)

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scramjetmach9

Spring Beer Nature Nikko Tokyo City Food Trip Mountain Work
Exploring Japan through Beer: Kirin "Beer Village" Brewery Tour images

Exploring Japan through Beer: Kirin "Beer Village" Brewery Tour

Plan to be in Yokohoma for a few hours? Like beer? Why not head over to Kirin Brewery's Beer Village for a free look into the home of the Japanese beer industry!Located in northern Yokohama's Namamugi (Keikyu Keihin Line), this well-known tourist destination for both locals and international vi…(431 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Beer Kirin Yokohama Japan Exploring Japan Brewery Restaurant Food English History
A Must Do Japanese Craft Beer Tour images

A Must Do Japanese Craft Beer Tour

It's been a little over a year since Baird Beer realized their dream of opening (another) brewery in the quiet hills of Shuzenji, Izu, and some 15 years since opening their first taproom in Numazu, Shizuoka - making beer history in Japan as the country's first operating technically non-Japanese cra…(380 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Beer Japanese Craft Beer Drink Tokyo Visit City Japan Food Trip
Kirin Yokohama Beer Village images

Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

Kirin Beer originates from YokohamaThe Kirin Beer Village, where you can learn about the history of beer, is surely a place that any beer-lover would want to visit.Kirin Beer originates from Yokohama. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village is the oldest brewery in Japan (completed in 1926), and reportedly…(929 words)

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Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Yokohama Beer Kirin Visit Japan Drink History Shop Children style
Suzuhiro Kamaboko images

Suzuhiro Kamaboko

Kamaboko is a seafood product that is steamed, grilled, fried, or poached. Kamaboko is made from white fish, which is filleted, pounded into paste, mixed with salt, sugar, egg whites, fish sauce and Japanese sake. You can enjoy the goodness of fish with a delicious flavor and a unique texture-smoot…(349 words)

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Kintaro-man

Tokyo History Beer Sake (Rice wine) Eat kamaboko Odawara Food Kanagawa Hakone
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Monja Town

If you want an Tokyo "Shitamachi" experience, go to Monja Town near Tsukishima Station on the Yurakucho Line. You will find over 200 small shops that serve a Tokyo specific culinary wonder: monja. It is a delicious mix of vegetables and meats cooked on a hot table. Now a meal with beer, monja used …(71 words)

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Sweet42.195

Tokyo Beer Kansai Okonomiyaki Monja
Sakura images

Sakura

With the spring comes sakura, the cherry blossoms, and with the sakura comes seasonal sakura-flavoured food and drinks: ice cream, chocolate, beer, tea, salt, frappuccino, you name it. Give them a try!(32 words)

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iensu

Tea Beer Cherry blossom Salt Cherry Spring
Ping Pong and beer images

Ping Pong and beer

Table tennis is quite often played at leisure while drinking, much like billiards and darts. EST Shibuya Takkyuu Club is located close to Shibuya station on the 9th floor of an entertainment center. Open until 4:30AM (Mon-Thu) and 5:30AM (Fri-Sun) it makes for a fun hide-out if you have missed the …(72 words)

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iensu

Tokyo Train Shibuya Beer Manga Tennis Entertainment Table tennis Darts
A major "craft" beer images

A major "craft" beer

Japan's readily available beers are all of the same light lager category; Kirin, Asahi, Suntory, and Sapporo. While there are slight variations in each, such as a black beer from each maker, IPA, stouts, etc are not easy to find. One beer however that is somewhat crafty that is conveniently availab…(120 words)

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KurtisW

Beer Tokyo Drink Roppongi Sapporo
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Rich and hoppy

Japanese beer tends to have a richer taste than beer in the USA. Recently dark brew and beer with a strong flavor of hops have been produced by the major Japanese brands.(32 words)

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Kenji

Beer
Best Bar in Roppongi, Japan images

Best Bar in Roppongi, Japan

My favorite bar in Tokyo is Heartland bar in Roppongi Hills. It is a very open and fancy bar, always lively with people, perfect for a drink before clubbing in Roppongi. It is also where Heartland Beer (a Japanese beer made by Kirin) was first made. For Roppongi, the beer cocktails are very reasona…(84 words)

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GenS

Roppongi Japan Tokyo Drink Beer Roppongi Hills
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Yakatabune

Yakatabune are, literally "night ships," which are floating party boats. The vast majority are rented out to groups. Some, however, are open for individuals, couples, and small groups. Traditionally, yakatabune serve tempura as the main course. In Tokyo, one of the highlights has been anago…(173 words)

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mikekato

Tokyo Yokohama Drink Beer Asakusa Osaka Sake (Rice wine) Tempura Shochu Okonomiyaki
Shaved Ice, Iced Coffee, and Beer in Japan images

Shaved Ice, Iced Coffee, and Beer in Japan

Shaved Ice is a popular snack, usually only available in the winter. It is popular especially as a snack on the pool side or at the beach. You can choose from a range of syrups including melon, strawberry, and blue hawaii. My personal favorite is melon. Some Shaved ice even has ice cream on it. A v…(232 words)

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GenS

Beer Coffee Drink Tea
All You Can Drink in Japan! images

All You Can Drink in Japan!

When having a party at any izakaya (Japanese pub), a common option to choose is the nomihoudai (all you can drink) option. I never thought this was unique to Japan until my foreigner friends told me they had never had an all you can drink option. If you choose to do nomihoudai, you will be able to …(260 words)

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GenS

Drink Nomihoudai (All you can drink) Beer Izakaya Yen Party Pub new
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Good til the last drop

Japan has beer, and then they have "happoshu", which is actually imitation beer with very low actual malt/hop content. Happoshu however tastes nearly identical to beer, and for all intents and purposes, should, in fact, be considered a decent replacement for real beer.There is one striking char…(168 words)

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KurtisW

Beer Sapporo
Lively Drinking Spots in Japan: Beer Gardens and Izakaya Japanese Pubs images

Lively Drinking Spots in Japan: Beer Gardens and Izakaya Japanese Pubs

You can find Beer Gardens atop department stores around Japan and Izakayas along any busy restaurant area in any city in the country.Although also popular with groups of friends or coworkers, you will find Japanese style pubs "Izakaya" popular with men- they serve many small dishes that go well…(220 words)

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Beer Izakaya Tokyo City Restaurant Drink Department store Sea Sake (Rice wine) Shochu Natto (Fermented soy beans)
On a hot summer's night, not much difference... images

On a hot summer's night, not much difference...

True - Happoshu (imitation beer, or, as I call it, "near beer") is a low-malt mixture and sells for less than regular beer. I feel happoshu tends to have a sharper taste.However, if you are looking for a crisp beer taste and are on a budget, then nobody will think the less of you for trying a ha…(92 words)

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jdlawrence

Beer Summer
Nomihoudai are economical and great if you are in groups.. images

Nomihoudai are economical and great if you are in groups..

Normally Nomihodai are timebound. It is for 60 min or 90 min or 120 min etc and this is told /decided initially when you enter the shop. There are set of drinks which you can have as much as you like in these 60 or 120 min. Drinks not included in this list have to be purchased separately at norma…(192 words)

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suku

Nomihoudai (All you can drink) Beer Drink Izakaya Shochu
Japanese Professional Baseball images

Japanese Professional Baseball

I recommend to visit professional baseball park in Japan. Japanese baseball is different from American's in terms of power or stringency but techniques but it is really interesting anyway. There are 12 professional baseball teams in Japan thtoughout Japan. In Tokyo (Kanto) area, there are five prof…(112 words)

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kurukurugurume

Tokyo Park Yokohama Beer Game Chiba Kanto Saitama Baseball
It's all about the ingredients, and Tax (and tastes..!) images

It's all about the ingredients, and Tax (and tastes..!)

Well, it's a good question and could be a-bit-hard-to-tell kind of question unless you are knowledgeable about the liquor regulation in Japan; a liquor tax law!It's all about the ingredients, and the amount of malts/barley used for brewing beers. By definition, the amount of tax applied to a unit…(281 words)

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Masa

Drink Beer
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Did someone say unagi!

When I first came to Japan, I didn't expect the summers to be as long and as torturous as they are. Hot temperatures both highs and lows, day after day and month after month. Knowing the right drinks for a hot and sticky summer night is easy: beer! Food on the other hand is more difficult. But …(182 words)

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Nate

Eel Sushi Beer Summer
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Soumen

I am not sure this quite qualifies as a "power food" but I love cold soumen noodles dipped in a chilled "tsuyu" soup when its hot outside. The salty/sour soup is great when you have been sweating all day! Order a portion of edamame or soy beans in the pod with it for some real nutrition-and wash do…(64 words)

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Scandi-La

Beer Edamame (Green soybeans)
Tokyo Ale : Made By Tokyo Brewing Company images

Tokyo Ale : Made By Tokyo Brewing Company

Tokyo original craft beer company. You can buy their beer selections at Tokyo Brewing Company in Takanawa, Minato-ku. http://www.tokyo-ale.com/ Or you can taste their ranges at the venue in Roppongi called, "Super Deluxe" http://www.tokyo-ale.com/My recommendation is "soba ale" :) Soothing and…(49 words)

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Tokyo Roppongi Beer Soba noodles
Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider images

Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider

Swan Lake, based in Niigata has a range of genuinely good beers, which have won awards. The brewery is well worth a visit and there is a bar called Bar Pub Edo, the Yaesu side of Tokyo station devoted to Swan Lake.Aqula from Akita; I have never had a bad beer from there.A particular favouri…(99 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Beer Niigata Lake Akita Yamanashi
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Party because of marketing efforts

High ball is a drink mainly consisting of whisky and soda mostly served in rather tall and big glass. In Japanese market, consumption of hard liquor, like whisky have been on the constant decline over the last couple of decades while beer and Chu-hi have been continuously gaining popularity. In ord…(136 words)

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taro

Drink Beer History Shochu Whisky
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Tokyu Store

And yes that's Tokyu, not Tokyo. The Tokyu is a train corporation which extends itself to many different economic areas, such as grocery stores and real estate.The Tokyu store is a high quality grocery store, but not entirely limited to expensive items. It is a typical store with all the regula…(145 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo Train Soy sauce Beer Wine
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Beer me up!

Have you skied in the Rocky Mountains and looking for some powder snow?A weekend trip up to Hokkaido is recommended. If your from Australia and looking for a place to hit the slopes I've heard there are places in Hokkaido that Aussies hang out.Don't have the time? Well people in the Shizu…(141 words)

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Yuuki I

Beer Hokkaido Nagoya Skiing Snow Nagano Snowboarding Shizuoka Trip
Japanese People Love Hand-Made Gifts in Japan images

Japanese People Love Hand-Made Gifts in Japan

I have always appreciated the simple gift-giving culture in Japan. Some of my friends describe it as cumbersome since upon receiving something there is always some pressure to reciprocate. Yes, I agree, but at the same time, the reciprocal gift can take various forms and hand-made items that serve …(358 words)

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Japan love Iwate Japanese gift giving Gifts in Japan coffee gift beer gift Japan Holiday gifts Japan Food Beer
Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya images

Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya

If you are looking for tasty small plates of great japanese food that goes well with sake, beer and wine- but you don't want a low end chain or a disney-fake experience- check out KINSAI in nakameguro. The food is always great, and there is a good seasonal variety I especially recommended gri…(88 words)

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LShannon

Izakaya Beer Sake (Rice wine) English Cuisine Drink
Hanami: Do it like the Japanese images

Hanami: Do it like the Japanese

This is the check list of things that you absolutely need stricto minima to do your Hanami party like the Japanese! If you have the following kit, you will look like the real part! - blue plastic sheet: to use as a carpet. You can use one with Hello Kitty or Pikatchu but blue will do it. …(210 words)

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Claire

Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) Beer Edamame (Green soybeans)
Inspired by Starbucks - a Shimokitazawa cafe images

Inspired by Starbucks - a Shimokitazawa cafe

From the outside it looks like just another one of the ubiquitous standard designed Tokyo cafes with rows of heartlessly wrapped cellophane sandwiches, boring buns and plastic cheesecakes. The food is good and tasty, and my dog is particularly fond of a slice of apple and cinnamon pie with vanilla …(266 words)

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Andrew Grimes

Cafe Shimokitazawa Tokyo Beer Coffee Wine English Juice Wi-Fi Setagayaku
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Three Links to Yokohama

Once an insignificant fishing village, Yokohama has since become the international gateway to Japan with a staggering list of firsts to boast. Want to learn more about Japan's second largest city? Here are three links to get you started:City of Yokohama (Official): Everything you need to know a…(101 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Yokohama Restaurant City Event Beer Bar Tourism
Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party images

Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party

I mentioned one of Yokohama's summer highlights in my last post: Yokohama Fireworks Show: Sparkling Twilight 2014http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3287Here's another - BEER GARDEN BLOCK PARTY!What started off as an attempt to bring Yoshidamachi's old-school neighborhood businesses together h…(153 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Beer Yoshidamachi Yokohama Summer Drink Music Food dance July August
Yokohama Marine Tower Summer Beer Garden images

Yokohama Marine Tower Summer Beer Garden

A Japanese summer just isn't complete without a visit to a beer garden. And although there are many to choose from, you'd be hard pressed to experience a more scenic one than at Yokohama's symbol of the city: the Yokohama Marine Tower.There you can enjoy BBQ at their open-air terrace on the gro…(173 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Yokohama Summer Beer Yamashita Park Yokohama Marine Tower Restaurant Park City Event Food
Ebisu Beer Museum images

Ebisu Beer Museum

If you go to Ebisu, try Ebisu Beer Museum.You can see the Sapporo brewer factory( Ebisu beer is a one of Sapporo beer brand name)Even with kids, you can enjoy how to brew beer and after your tour, you can have a fresh tap beer many kind of Ebisu beer at their bar. There are some snack and s…(146 words)

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yukorose

Beer Museum Ebisu
Nagashi-Somen, Delicious Noodles in Japan images

Nagashi-Somen, Delicious Noodles in Japan

One of the best things I like about Japan is that the 4-season weather system is clearly reflected in the culture. In fall, you enjoy the changing colors and the sanma. Winter is for oranges in a warm kotatsu at home. Spring, is of course SAKURA. Summer has multiple cultural highlights too. Waterme…(286 words)

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GenS

Somen noodles Japan Summer Kids Outdoor recreation Children Beer Spring Winter
Summer in Shinjuku Chuo Park images

Summer in Shinjuku Chuo Park

Want a place to entertain your kids in the midsummer in Tokyo for free?Well, look no further than Shinjuku Chuo Park The paddling pool じゃぶじゃぶ池 is fantastic. It is fairly big.It seems that the water of these paddling pools are drained on a daily basis, so in theory, the water should…(116 words)

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Steve

Park Summer Shinjuku Tokyo Beer Play Garden Kids Playground Pool
Tourist Tip #3 (Revisited): Stay Away from Souvenir Shops images

Tourist Tip #3 (Revisited): Stay Away from Souvenir Shops

In one of my previous "Tourist Tip" posts, I suggested staying away from conventional tourist-trap omiyageya (souvenir shops) and visiting instead some of the cooler places where there's more to shop for at better deals:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3317There are many such places to visit. Som…(171 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Souvenir Tourist Tip Stay Visit Shop Yokohama Shopping Beer