Sunday, April 22, 2012

Japan Food Trip: Part 2

Happy Sunday dear AMW readers!  Did you have a relaxing weekend?  I did take things slowly this weekend, I will just be attending a kiddie party then go back home and lay in bed like a dead fish!  *hahaha*

Speaking of FISH!  *laughs*  And food in general, can I please continue my Japan Food Post so I can completely make YOU want to visit the country? 

Last weekend, I did the first part and if you haven't read it yet, do check back by smiling and clicking HERE.

I have said it before and I will say it again, just be adventurous and you'll find yourself embracing the culture!  If you are on a budget, you do not need to sit in expensive restaurants in Japan, in between travel via subway, you may find a lot of cute Bento Boxes sold in reasonable price (considering the quantity of food you get.)

You see these at random Subway Station and food court!  (Note: To check out the price, click photo to enlarge.  Use an online currency converter to check the value in your currency.)

Bento Boxes seen at the Tokyo Station

There were around 8-10 stalls side by side and we took a long walk peeking at all the Bento Boxes we could look at! 

From Pork, beef, eel, etc... I'm sure my reporting would even be better if I understand Japanese, but I don't! :( Sorry!

More Rice Boxes

Healthy salad and sandwiches

The choices were limitless!  If I live here, I wouldn't even be cooking with all the wonderful healthy food choices available anywhere you go! 

We got intrigued with the brand Maisen as we see them a lot!

We bought a box and took it with us to Tokyo DisneySea!  I'm really grateful we made this decision as most restaurants in DisneySea were packed and we were too hungry to line up! So this is a great "in-between" stomach filler!

Nothing beats freshly made food but still, these are really tasty! 

Just when you thought you've had enough of Bento Boxes at the Subway station, they will still be around inside supermarkets!  I have seen Japanese purchasing their dinner before going home!  I wouldn't mind doing the same thing everything looks scrumptious!

One of the "most seen" food are Pork Tonkatsu

And I tell you, that's not all!  Japanese love their sweets!  I have never seen stalls after stalls of sweets in the Philippines!


They look like flavored pudding

Snoopy  characters

One Piece Characters
I wouldn't even dare eat them! So cute!

There are also loads of Onigiri Rice!  I just randomly pick some by reading the Kanji characters!

If you think you've had enough of Japanese snacks, there are a lot of bakeshops on various places!  

I tried the Spinach and Salmon Quiche from Ueno Station and we love it so much!  It costs roughly around Php200.00 (approx $4.00).  Not bad as it's filling!

This is another random bread that I've tried.  It has ham and cheese on it and known to be the top 3 bestseller in the bakery!  I'm glad I bought these as we got hungry inside Meiji Shrine so at least, we have something to keep our tummy warm!

JPY260.00 (approx Php130.00/$3.00)

Random dumplings bought at a food court
The best tasting one is the one with crazy "plus-signed" eyes smiley!  *lol*

And if you're not the adventurous type, you can always go for fast food chains like ... 



Some random Shawarma from Harajuko

The meat is quite juicy and filled with loads of vegetables!

You can also randomly try snacks from convenience stores

And don't miss the rice cakes!

All in all, I can assure you that you won't get hungry in Japan!  You can get a nice, filling meal for around JPY500.00 (approx Php250.00/$5.80) and above.  Snacks could go from JPY200.00-JPY400.00!  You just have to look around and be open-minded to try things even though you don't understand the language!  Again, it helps to know the Japanese words for Pork, Beef, Chicken or Fish!  The rest?  There's always hand gestures and a big smile! :)

I hope you enjoyed the photos!
Are you adventurous in terms of food?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. Ahhh, reading this really really makes me miss Japan!! Glad you had such a good time, most likely came back from your holiday feeling refreshed and rejuvenated?

    1. Ah, I came back straight to work! LOL So I Can't really tell if I'm refreshed! hahaha thanks dear! I hope to go back to Japan! :)

  2. Ahhh! I wanna go to Japan! <3

    Anyway, I have a question -- do the food in McDonalds Japan taste different from those from branches of McDonalds in other countries? 'Cause I think some fast-food chains tailor the taste of their food based on the country's culture.

    1. Hmmm..I think the only difference is, the one we ordered have Teriyaki sauce which our local counterpart do not have that variant, but the rest, like fries and chicken nuggets, they taste a bit the same with what we have in the Philippines, the BBQ sauce is a tiny bit different though!

  3. Oh wow! I am so envious. Japan is really one of those places I feel I need to go in my lifetime.

    They really put a lot of effort into packaging those bentos.

    1. YES! everything is so cute! I can't help but say "CUTE!!!!" so many times in a day!

  4. Woah...everything is yummy! I really want to try those bento boxes and yummy breads! :)

    1. Ah, it's definitely a must try to all tourists :D

  5. OMG all the food looks so good! *drools* soon Nikki, SOON!! Must make it to Japan at least once in my lifetime!

    1. yes, I'm sure you'll get there! :) Go with XIN! :)

  6. onigiri daisuki!
    japan is one country that i have wante dto visit ever since. i will be going to japan sometime..i'm pretty sure of that!

    those food pics are just so delicious, i could reach out my hand & take them from your blog if it's!

    1. Lol if it is possible, ako mismo I'll reach out! I'm craving for Japanese food again! :)

  7. I love it dude! Especially the phrase "just be open even if you don't understand the language..." something to that effect hehe. I love the idea of the Bento, simple, complete, organized, and colorful...just like you...naks! Ciao :-)

    1. DUDE! Kamusta ka? Super long time no chat Kamusta na ang buhay buhay????

      Kahit na forever and a day tayong di nag usap! hindi mo ako nakakalimutang i compliment! Lakas ko sayo :D see you soon!!!!

  8. The way food is packaged in Japan, especially bentos is truly beautiful. I love the way mothers package their childrens lunches too, all complete with bows and umbrellas.

    "it's all about the presentation" really holds true when it comes to bentos.


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