We love Japan so much! When people ask us where to go we literally just list every single place we visited on the trip. therefore, this post is literally just that AND SOME ANDDD some we missed out on but oh well!
Firstly we stayed in different parts of Japan, we stayed in Omotesando, Osaka and Shibuya. I am not going to lie I would have just stayed in Shibuya the whole time and when I go back that is exactly what I am going to do. We stayed in airbnbs throughout our trip and they were all wonderful.
BEFORE YOU START READING THE LIST- we need to give a special mention to all the convenience stores in Japan especially 7/11, Family Mart and Lawson. If you go to Japan, YOU MUST EAT ALL THE FOOD FROM THE CONVENIENCE STORES!!! There's like a billion, they are EVERYWHERE but please make sure you visit all three at least once because I promise you some of the best food we ate on the daily were from them. I think I got the fried chicken from Family Mart for breakfast everyday. Special mention to the hot food (fried chicken and meals they heat up for you from the fridge), sushi and frozen food in 7/11 (which you can cook in a microwave where you are staying). Try all the fast food places too! I still dream about the cheeseburger from Lotteria everyday and Maccas in Japan is a pretty wacky experience. You can thank us later ;)
Genki Sushi-best sushi train, it's so cheap, you order your food from an iPad and it gets delivered on the sushi train straight to your table!
Golden Bowl- Best bar in Shibuya!!! They make the best grapefruit sours and they let you play your own music (well they let us lol).
Zu-Ho Shibuya- If you are like us and want shisha all the time (even at 2am) come here after a night at golden bowl. The owner doesn't speak much english but he is so lovely.
Don Quijote (AKA DONKI)- This place is amazing come here AFTER you get smashed AND smoke the shisha cause then you get to spend all your money on Japanese Kit Kats and beauty products. If you are like us and were lucky enough to be in Japan during Halloween they also stock the CUTEST COSTUMES. Actually they pretty much stock everything you ever need in life and there's a donki EVERYWHERE.
Ichiran- There are also Ichirans everywhere and for good reason, they serve the best Ramen ever! It is probably the most famous Ramen restaurant in the world and the way you order and eat it is a real experience there also. When you go, you will understand ;).
Whoopigoldburger- This place was on Munchies Vice and wasn't too far from where we stayed so we had to visit! Loved the vibe of this bar, its cool staff and the music but it is really famous, for its great burgers!
Ramen World- By far some of the best Ramen we have ever had as the pork in it was cooked to perfection. The name is not written in english so google the address and just look out for a small ramen shop with a visible kitchen.
Cremia- This is a super famous Japanese soft serve that they sell all over Japan. It tastes like happy cow cheese (lol) but very smooth in texture. The cone is SO YUMMY and it just works. It costs around AU$10 but its worth a try, at least once.
Tokyu Food Show- Located below Shibuya Station, it's essentially a massive supermarket and food court. All the foods you've ever dreamed of can be found here. It actually would not be difficult to spend a day here. They have the most amazing foods, of all cuisines. Be prepared to ball out because it is not the cheapest but the food is just amazing.
We also ate at a little kebab shop in Shibuya at the end of every night, we don't remember the name and our phones were always dead by that time but it was AMAZING. The guy who runs it is Turkish and so nice, it's literally just a whole in the wall on a corner. If you find it make sure you try one! They are in pita pockets and are so addictive, you might have like 5 or 6.
Monster Cafe- If you wanna feel like you popped M, even though you've never popped M go here.
Zaku Zaku- We lined up here because everyone was lining up here (yep we are food followers yolo). We bought their famous cream puff things and this fancy soft serve. They were both delicious, definitely give it a try if you're in the area!
Gram Cafe- You need to come here EARLY (because they only make a few of their world famous fluffy pancakes a day) take a ticket, go do some shopping and come back at the time they tell you to. PLEASE DO NOT COME HERE EXPECTING TO JUST SIT AND ORDER THEM BECAUSE GRAM DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. The pancakes themselves have this amazing fluffy texture but they do taste a bit eggy because that's how they make them in Japan. They are iconic though so definitely worth a try.
Colbee- Ice cream with salt chips and chocolate.. I mean come on, it's like its 4:20 every hour of every day in Japan.
Tonkatsu Maisen- Literally the best katsu (basically crumbed, fried foods) in Japan and you can get it on the go *cries*. They make prawn, chicken and basically every other meat katsu. You can also sit and eat at their restaurant but it's more expensive. It was right near where we stayed so we'd just grab some on the go from their little takeaway shop outside the restaurant!
Urth Caffe- Famous in LA, this cafe is also in Japan. It is honestly amazing even the basic chicken salad was so good. The desserts were also an absolute revelation! The coffee pancakes were out of this world and we don't even drink coffee!!!
Heart Bread Antique- A quick, carby and boujee bite to eat every morning and the interior of the bakery is just adorable!
Dominique Ansel- A famous bakery around the world. The Japanese outlet is truly a great brunch spot, would recommend going upstairs and getting a table because the menu is larger.
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House- You need to visit at least one tea house in Japan and we recommend this one! It is so beautiful and the staff are so lovely.
First stop, Piss Alley, lol it's actually called that! I literally have no idea where we ate in Piss Alley but all I can say is just walk up and down and pick anywhere that isn't extremely packed, the yakitori (skewers of every cut of meat) is AMAZING and the bars are fantastic.
Robot Restaurant- You get drunk and watch a show with moving sparkly things and people jumping around. I still do not quite understand what it was but I liked it. If you want great photo ops come here early because the waiting room is SUPER FABULOUS. Like the fabulosity is extreme. This whole place is extreme.
Ginza West Aoyama Garden- Guys if you really want to feel like an Aussie bogan just come here! Everyone is fancy and you'll feel very underdressed. Firstly, they have that famous, AMAZING, HUGE pancake and it is delish but because the place is so fancy everyone around you is CUTTING THE PANCAKE IN TINY PIECES AND EATING IT WITH MINI FORKS!!! Random as! Anyway, we destroyed this place with our eating and loudness...we felt bad..kinda....not really... but yeah all the desserts were delishhhhhh! Would bang/10.
Harry Hedgehog & Bunny Cafe- TBH I thought this was a cafe where you can play with bunnies and hedgehogs WHILE you eat, but you actually just hold the hedgehog or bunny and feed THEM. Hedgehogs are freaky AF and chinchillas are scary, we will NOT be going back here but it is worth a visit if you want to hold a cute little bunny... or see the freakishly human like hands of a hedgehog (still terrified about it).
Cinnabon- Come here to get over your new found fear of Hedgehogs. Cinnabon makes everything better especially because it is a 5 min walk from the Hedgehog and Bunny cafe, and also because it is Cinnabon. Nothing is better than Cinnabon.
Tiger Gyoza (I know this is in Kyoto but it was the only place we visited in Kyoto so I am putting it under Osaka as it is on the way). BEST.DUMPLINGS.EVER. There is another outlet in Shibuya but my friend said it is not as good so I would probably just always travel to Kyoto to eat this NO JOKE.
Lukes Lobster (there is a Lukes Lobster in Omotesando as well but we never visited that one)- Not trying to start anything but I rate the crab roll over the Lobster roll.
Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokoch- I just copied that name off trip advisor because when we booked here (we booked a month in advance) we went to a restaurant but they actually have many restaurants all over the place so we had to walk to their other one with a staff member and it was super confusing but seriously BEST MEAT IVE EVER HAD. LIKE MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH PERFECTION. Drooling just thinking about it OMG!!! The staff were sooo nice too! So make sure you book and visit when you're in Japan, it is a definite must do!
Fannie Mae Bar- The funnest bar ever. The owner is the most amazing guy ever! What a person, what a place! We planned on going to a few bars after but we were have so much fun there so we stayed all night!
Le Pont- A beautiful small french bar. A truly unique and relaxing experience so if you have time for a wine and some cheese, come here, it is beautiful. PS. if you want to eat the best pizza ever after this, walk along the same street towards the city centre for about two minutes and you will see an Italian restaurant. We don't remember the name and we didn't take any pics because the food was honestly that delicious we could only focus on eating! Amazing!
Ikakku Chicken- It's no secret that we love chicken- charcoal chicken, frangos chicken, kfc, whatever we'll take it! So when we found out about this place that sells old and young juicy chicken, we had to try! We didn't have to wait but apparently the lines get really long. Both chickens were amazingly delicious but, we don't actually know what young and old chicken means and we didn't really ask questions lol we just ate it.
Pablo Tarts- This place is popular af. I mean legit lines out the door but we waited because one arvo we got pretty bad food fomo. The tarts are amazing! The famous one is the yellow one which is vanilla and we also got a chocolate tart. Both absolutely delicious! The cheese toast was also great and it comes with honey which was surprisingly a really great addition.
Maybe we missed a few places because we did eat A LOT on the trip but I think we covered most. Enjoy! Xx