Hiroshima’s Best Beer Bars

Aug 26, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

You know how it goes. Every day has felt like yet another Monday, and it felt as if Friday would never come. And now it's finally here, Friday afternoon. You watch the minutes tick away until, at last, it's clocking out time. In English, we say TGIF. In Japanese, it's...[ Click to read more ]

Benzaiten – Japanese Sweets to ‘Dai’ For in Nagoya

Aug 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

I'm a great fan of desserts that do precisely what their name suggests. You've got a Tiramisu, which is a literal 'pick me up' thanks to the coffee within. Then there's an Eton mess, a cream dish that looks dropped on the floor and haphazardly scooped back into a dish....[ Click to read more ]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Global Gate and Sasashima

By Mark Guthrie

Nagoya has blown up in recent years. This expansion is no more evident than in the areas around Nagoya Station, where it seems like everywhere you look, a new skyscraper is springing up. There is, however, perhaps no area more improved or better renovated than Sasashima. Though its name conjures...[ Click to read more ]

Craft Beer Pubs in Nagoya

Aug 16, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

and minimalist. There are many things tasty about Japan. In Nagoya alone, we have spicy tebasaki, rich miso, and crispy hitsumabushi. But let's face it, the standard Japanese beer is not precisely flavorsome. Those wanting to interject a little piquancy into their beer are forced in the direction of a...[ Click to read more ]

Seoul Food – Nagoya’s Best Korean Restaurants

Jul 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

There is no doubt that Japan has some of the world's best cuisine, but I have to say, the first time I visited Korea, I thought to myself that perhaps in moving here, I had made something of a mistake. From bibimbap to samgyeopsal, from chijimi to kimchi, Korea has...[ Click to read more ]

Midtown BBQ – Nagoya’s Best Barbecue Finds a Hot New Spot

By Mark Guthrie

If you're as mad about steaks and barbecue as we are here at Japan Info Swap, then you'll already know Midtown BBQ pretty well. Even if you're not a raging meat-head (as in a steak lover rather than a gym obsessive, that is), you probably also know the place, as...[ Click to read more ]

Best Sweet Shops in Kobe

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

When it comes to food, Kobe isn't just famous for beef. It has also gained a reputation as the "city of sweets," which is excellent news for those with a sweet tooth. You can find many chocolate shops, confectioners, patisseries, and bakeries all across the city, selling both western and...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Steak Houses in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Visitors to Kobe steakhouses usually have one thing on their mind – the delicious taste of Kobe beef. Cultivated from wagyu cattle, of which there are around 3,000 reared in Kobe each year, Kobe wagyu beef is known for its unique flavor, which is due to the inosinic and oleic...[ Click to read more ]

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The Perfect Mexican Food In Tokyo

Jul 25, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo is the "World's Greatest Food City," and at last count home to over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants. More than ramen, udon, and tonkatsu places, you can find pretty much whatever a human can consume if you search hard enough in the Metropolis. But just because you can find it doesn't...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Best BBQ Spots

Jul 13, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

The best barbecue is the one you grill yourself. You may think this would be difficult in the city, what with a limited yard and garden space, but in actual fact, there are plenty of spots around Tokyo in which to get your grill on. Sona Area Tokyo BBQ Garden...[ Click to read more ]