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Shake Shack (Chiyoda): Tokyo 2017

Okay, it might seem strange that our first visit to Shake Shack is in Japan. This New York based hamburger chain started out as a simple food cart back in 2004 but has expanded to over 100 locations around the world (and yet none in Vancouver).
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Chez Lui (Tokyo Dome): Tokyo 2017

Breakfast in Japan usually turned out to be some type of bakery item for us (mainly because these were the places that were open when we were heading out). Not too far from our hotel, in the Meets Port building in Tokyo Dome City, is a small bakery called Chez Lui serving up unique French/Japanese pastries.
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Din Tai Fung (Ginza): Tokyo 2017

Din Tai Fung is a wildly popular Taiwanese restaurant chain known for their specialty dish… xiao long bao (soupy steamed dumplings). Now, don’t get me wrong… we were really enjoying all of the Japanese food that we were eating on our trip to Osaka and Tokyo. But, after a while, we started to crave Chinese food so we wound up going to the Din Tai Fung located on the 8th floor of the Kirarito shopping mall.
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Edo Mirakuchaya Sora Machi Tei: Tokyo 2017

One of the things that quickly becomes obvious when dining in Tokyo is that most restaurants are small and specialize in their own niche of foods. So if you’re in the mood for a little bit of this and a little bit of that… it becomes exponentially harder to find a place that will meet your needs.
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Moomin Bakery & Café: Tokyo 2017

In a crowded city like Tokyo, which has a population of over 13.5 million people, it’s actually quite common for residents to feel alone and isolated. I suppose that’s why places like Moomin Bakery and Café are quite popular. It combines all of the things that Japanese people want (cute Finnish characters and Instagram worthy treats) with things that Japanese people need (staff here will bring large stuffed Moonmin characters to your table to keep you company).
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Edo Mirakuchaya Sora Machi Tei (Tokyo 2016): Sashimi and Rice Bowl

Tokyo Skytree is really a sight to behold… this building is the tallest structure in Japan at 634 metres and they have an observation deck that can see all the way to Mt. Fuji on a clear day. After taking in the magnificent views from the top of Skytree, we went looking for some lunch in one of the buildings attached to the Skytree complex.
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Toradyu Okonomiyaki Restaurant (Tokyo 2016): Grill It Yourself

One of the types of food that we were looking forward to trying while we visited Japan this year was okonomiyaki. These Japanese-style savory pancakes are grilled up with various ingredients and kind of resembles an omelette or pizza.
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McDonald’s – Bunkyō (Tokyo 2016): Breakfast

It’s hard to believe but the Land of the Rising Sun had their first taste of the Golden Arches back in 1971 when a McDonald’s opened in Ginza. Since then, McDonald’s has grown to become a staple in Japan. Staying near the Suidōbashi Station during our trip to Japan meant that it was easy to grab a quick breakfast at this particular McDonald’s located across from Tokyo Dome and on the outer portion of the Kanda River Aqueduct.
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Udon No Shikoku (Tokyo 2016): Shibuya Tokyu Department Store

It seems like inside every department store in Japan, you can find a lot of food options… typically, the basement floors have the deli and fast food options while restaurants are located on the higher floors. Read the rest of this entry

Odaiba Takoyaki Museum (Tokyo 2016): Takoyaki Heaven

Quick! When you think of Japanese street food… what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Did you say “takoyaki”? You can find takoyaki in Vancouver, but for the uninitiated, takoyaki is round-shaped dumplings filled with piece of octopus (ie. tako) and then topped with various ingredients.
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Cafe Blanket (Tokyo 2016): Snoopy Museum

The Snoopy Museum in Tokyo was one of the places that we wanted to check out during our trip. Many years ago, we visited Santa Rosa (where Charles Schultz lived) and visited the precursor to the original Snoopy Museum.
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Fukuhachi Yakitori Restaurant (Tokyo 2016): Yakitori Alley Memory Lane

One dining experience that you should really plan on trying if you find yourself in Japan is the yokocho or alleyway restaurants that are crammed full of tiny yakitori restaurants. Most of these restaurants only have a dozen or so seats and are only open at night. One such alleyway located in Shinjuku is called Omoide Yokocho and is located on the west side of Shinjuku station. Read the rest of this entry