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What to Eat in Tokyo in January

These past few weeks have been a blur of unavoidable errands, classes (as both the teacher and the student) and job searching…but most of all, hanging out with new friends and eating lots of delicious food. And lots of cheap alcohol. Alright, let’s get right into it and check out a few of the spots I visited this past month:

Sushi Zanmai – Shibuya, Shibuya-ku

eat Tokyo winter

Gorgeous scattered sushi (chirashi) don which came out to like 900 yen. This is not really winter food but I was craving sashimi.

Shabu Shabu On-Yasai – Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku 

wintertime food Tokyo

One of my splurges. But it was tabehodai. How can you go wrong? And this was definitely motivated by the fact that it’s January and cold. Sometimes you just NEED something to warm you up!

Tenya (Tempura Tendon) – Shibuya, Shibuya-ku

tenya tendon Tokyo

I was super hungry and ate it really fast, but still it was really tasty. Actually I highly recommend this place, Tenya, a super cheap chain shop that specializes in tendon, aka tempura don.

Asian Kebab – Roppongi, Minato-ku

Kebab in Tokyo

Post-night out snackage.

Gyu-Kaku – Hatsudai, Shibuya-ku

yakiniku in Shibuya

Gyu-Kaku is another specialty chain, this time for yakiniku. This was actually my first time doing yakiniku over grill and charcoal.

Kaikyo – Shinjuku


I think it was some kind of oden? And oden is a wintertime dish, right? Perfect for January…right?

Blu Jam Cafe – Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku

daikanyama cafe blu jam

And this was my surprisingly delicious sandwich made with huge slabs of tofu and sour kraut. I’m not vegan or anything but I just saw this and thought, “What an awesome idea! I am totally going to order this so I can figure out how to make it at home.”

When it comes to food posts, I just hope I can inspire you with new ideas or even help you fill out your Tokyo itinerary. I’ll maybe put cafes up by season instead of month since I don’t visit them as often. Lately I’m all about the FOOD! But I hope it did give you some ideas on what to eat next time you’re in Tokyo!

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