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Jul 14, 2009 03:44 AM

Street food tour of Japan

I'm going to Japan next month and my main goal is to eat, eat and eat some more. I want to eat a lot of street food and local places rather than fine dining. Can anyone suggest some cities that I should visit? I plan on spending around 2 1/2 weeks there. Any suggestions?

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  1. Osaka is a must. Takoyaki, okonomiyaki.. it's all good.
    Also should be loads of festivals on, where there will be loads of stalls. Enjoy!

    I'm heading back to Japan on Friday. can't wait!

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    1. re: foreignmuck

      thanks, i would love to hear some feedback when you get back. i'm willing to seek out any food stall, tiny restaurant or anything that's amazing.

    2. Fukuoka is well known for its many yatai, street food stalls that open at night. There is a pretty good concentration of them along the river bordering the "interesting" Nakasu district.

      1. Great street food at Tsukiji Market in the outer market. Lots of standing restaurants for donburi rice bowls, ramen, etc.

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        1. re: Yukari

          I had some terrific tempura soba at one of those Tsukiji food stalls. A jumbo shrimp tempura on top of a delicious bowl of noodles, the dashi was outstanding too. It never ceases to amaze me how fast the salarymen and market workers can consume a bowl of piping hot noodles.

        2. The other two areas in Tokyo not to miss are Kagurazaka and Ningyocho (look for Amazake Yokocho), both with lots of street food.

          1. Just to clarify, all I know right now is i'm flying into osaka and leaving from tokyo. i'm willing to travel anywhere on the main island for amazing food.

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            1. re: havham

              if you have a rail pass, i'd recommend you go that extra little step to Hakata (in kyushu) to try some of the Ramen Yatai..


              1. re: foreignmuck

                I plan on getting a rail pass and i'll seriously consider traveling any where for amazing food.

                1. re: havham

                  A day trip to Matsushima is going to be filled with good bbq seafood all around the town and great view. Matsushima is about 30 min on JR from Sendai. You can find lots of stalls selling BBQ oysters, scallops and other seafood.
                  Enjoy your foodie adventure in Japan!