Japanese gourmet foods and sweets have fans around the world for their unique flavors and diversity.
However, opportunities for Japanese food lovers living abroad to gain a deeper understanding of these gastronomic delights and discover new ones are limited.
Therefore, through this article, we wanted to widely promote the appeal of Japan’s unique food culture and provide information that will help people overseas enjoy Japanese gourmet foods and sweets more deeply.
In this article, we have carefully selected blogs that provide high quality information and take you on a journey to explore the diversity of Japanese food and the culture and history behind it.
Of course, there are media run by American people, but there are also many media run by Japanese people, so you will be able to learn more about the real charms of Japan.
We hope you will make good use of the various media and enjoy Japan!
An American media that introduces Japanese sweets and food
The media presented in this chapter are intended for the United States.
However, some of them are operated by Japanese companies.
The information in the media introduced in this section is reliable, so please take a look at them.
Japan Wonder Travel Blog
Japan Wonder Travel Blog is an information site that compiles information about travel in Japan in an easy-to-understand format.
The site provides information on Japanese sweets, as well as recommended hotels and tourist spots.
In particular, the site has a lot of information about Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as information about tours in each city.
This is a must-see site for anyone planning a trip to Japan.
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EDOPEN JAPAN is a website that compiles information on Japanese language study cram schools around the world.
This site allows people from any country to find a Japanese language study school that is right for them.
In addition, you can use this site as a study content because it also compiles questions to prepare for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
For example, you can learn how to express “delicious” and “Thank you for the meal” in Japanese.
This site is a must-see for those who want to improve their Japanese language skills.
Japanese media introducing Japanese sweets and food
Since the media presented in this chapter are Japanese media, the content is in Japanese.
Therefore, if you are not good at Japanese, please use a good translation software to view the contents.
This translation software is recommended for computer users.
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“STAY MINIMAL” is a blog about food in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Fukuoka Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region of southern Japan and is the ninth most populous large city in Japan.
Fukuoka Prefecture is famous for its “mentaiko” (cod roe), a very popular accompaniment to rice in Japan, and “motsunabe” (hot pot of fish and vegetables), which is eaten a lot in winter and is especially delicious.
In this blog, we explain the charm of such gourmet foods in Fukuoka Prefecture in an easy-to-understand manner using photos.
When you come to Japan for sightseeing, please check this blog and enjoy the charms of Fukuoka Prefecture!
“Nasuguru” is a blog about the culinary attractions of Nasu City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
Tochigi Prefecture is a city adjacent to the northern part of Tokyo, and Nasu City is home to vast ranches, zoos, strawberry farms, and theme parks.
This blog provides easy-to-understand information about such gourmet foods in Nasu City, Tochigi Prefecture, using actual products and photos of the restaurants.
In addition, it also explains how to get to the restaurants, hotel information near the introduced restaurants, and how to make reservations online, so if you check this blog, you will be able to enjoy Nasu Resort to the fullest.
Since it is only about an hour away from Tokyo, you can enjoy the charms of Nasu City when you come to Japan for sightseeing!
Tateshina, Kobuchisawa, Kiyosato for Adult Lunch
“Tateshina, Kobuchisawa, Kiyosato for Adult Lunch” is a blog about gourmet attractions in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures in Japan.
Yamanashi Prefecture is adjacent to the west side of Tokyo and is rich in nature. Nagano Prefecture is adjacent to the west side of Yamanashi Prefecture and is known as one of the best natural and skiing destinations in Japan in winter.
In this blog, the gourmet attractions of such a wonderful city are explained in an easy-to-understand manner using photos of actual dishes.
Furthermore, you will not get lost as the directions to the restaurants are also explained in an easy-to-understand manner.
If you want to experience a lot of Japan’s nature during your sightseeing in Japan, please check out this blog and stop by Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures.
Arumama Life Paradise
“Arumama Life Paradise” is a blog about the appeal of popular sweets in Japan.
This blog focuses especially on the appeal of sweets from Lawson, a convenience store that has one of the largest market shares in Japan.
Using photos of the products, I share my real-life impressions of the sweets I have tried.
Everyone who comes to Japan for sightseeing is likely to use Lawson at least once, so be sure to check out this blog!
“Yamanavi Blog” is a blog that introduces the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto in Japan, as a gourmet attraction.
The blog provides easy-to-understand explanations of how to get to the restaurant and what it looks like inside, using photos.
The blog also includes many photos of actual dishes, which will make you hungry just by looking at them.
If you are planning to visit Osaka or Kyoto, please check it out in advance!
Stories to read in your spare time
“Stories to read in your spare time” is a blog that promotes the appeal of delicious Japanese snacks and gourmet foods.
In particular, there are many review articles on Japanese convenience store sweets, and realistic impressions are posted while using photos of actual products.
If you check it out before you go sightseeing in Japan, you may find some sweets you would like to buy at Japanese convenience stores.
If you are planning to come to Japan for sightseeing, please check it out!
Suzuki Keita School
Suzuki Keita School is a website that compiles know-how on overseas assignments and knowledge about foreign countries for Japanese people.
The site is run by “Keita Suzuki,” a Japanese national with a long history of overseas assignments, and is entirely in Japanese.
The article on sweets on this site is titled “Recommended Souvenirs that Foreign Staff Will Enjoy.
It explains what kind of souvenirs Japanese people should bring to their overseas postings.
Please read on as we introduce some of Japan’s most delicious confections.
Abroader is a Japanese website with information on “learning English,” “freelancing,” and “moving abroad.
Not only is there a great deal of content, but the operator of this site has been very influential in Japan, publishing books, appearing on TV, and so on.
The article on sweets on this site is called “Japanese Sweets that Foreigners Enjoy.
It is a compilation of many confections recommended for foreigners.
Imatano Blog is a website that compiles information about hotels and food in Japan.
It is run by a Japanese couple.
The articles are all in Japanese, so they may be difficult to read, but this site may help you to find some hole-in-the-wall hotels and tourist spots that only Japanese people know about.
Using actual photos, this site provides easy-to-understand explanations of the attractions of Japan’s luxury hotels and restaurants, especially in Tokyo.
If you are planning to visit Japan for sightseeing, be sure to check it out!
GOURMET BLOG BY MAIMAI
GOURMET BLOG BY MAIMAI is a collection of information about Japanese food.
It is very informative and reviews a lot of foods available at Japanese convenience stores and souvenirs.
This site is run by a Japanese person, but it is very easy to read because it is available in English.
It also introduces local foods that even Japanese people do not know much about.
If you have already been to Japan and want to explore new stores and foods, check this site.
Kyo mo Tabetemimasita
Kyo mo Tabetemimasita a compilation of information on Japanese cup noodles.
It introduces not only the high street products that all Japanese people know, but also a wide range of minor products that even Japanese people do not know very well.
If you like Japanese cup noodles, check out this site.
By the way, the name of the site means “I ate it today.” Perhaps the operator loves eating so much.
Saboten-san’s Life Notebook
Saboten-san’s Life Notebook is a blog that introduces wonderful ways to serve Japanese food and recommends products.
The articles use many cooking photos, which can be a good reference for actual recipes.
She also publishes many reviews about food and drinks that are popular in Japan, as well as home-delivered meals.
If you want to cook Japanese food or check out what is popular in Japan, this is a must-see.
I’m going to be a cool uncle.
“I’m going to be a cool uncle.” is about Japanese food culture in detail.
This blog is run by a Japanese man in his 40s.
In particular, “Be Loose with Food Additives.” and “Why do we eat potato chips?” have become very popular articles.
There is also a wide selection of articles explaining the relationship between diet and weight loss.
For those who want to learn more about Japanese food culture, this is a must-see.
A sweet dog’s candy barn!
“A sweet dog’s candy barn!” reviews many Japanese sweet treats.
In particular, we introduce sweet snacks that are readily available at convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan.
Each product is rated on a five-star scale.
The site also uses plenty of photos of the actual products to whet your appetite.
If you love sweet snacks, this is a must-see.
“Ippo-no-Tane Blog” is a collection of articles on Japanese gourmet food, as well as on the fascination of flowers and considerations of human relationships.
The gourmet articles in this blog mainly review Japanese frozen foods and sweets from Seijo Ishii, a petit-rich supermarket.
The introductory articles use many photos of the products, which not only helps you get to know them better, but also whets your appetite.
If you stay in Japan for an extended period of time, try this blog to find attractive frozen foods and snacks.
Wakayama Navi is a website that promotes the charms of Wakayama Prefecture in Japan.
Wakayama Prefecture is a charming city rich in nature, located near Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe in Japan.
The gourmet articles on this site introduce many attractive Japanese sweets and delicious treats in Wakayama Prefecture.
Furthermore, you should definitely make use of this blog when you travel to Wakayama Prefecture, as it introduces information on the attractive nature, hot springs, and parks in Wakayama Prefecture.
Sakananosa is dedicated to the fascinating world of Japanese seafood.
The operator of this blog is a fish professional with long experience in the sales, processing, and management techniques of fresh fish in Japan.
In this blog, you will also find tips on how to choose raw fish at the market and how to cook fish.
This blog will definitely make you a fish geek.
Hiyaman Blog is written by a Japanese who loves to travel.
The gourmet articles in this blog introduce delicious dishes from all over Japan.
You will find directions to the restaurant, photos that show the atmosphere of the restaurant, and delicious pictures of the food.
This blog will help you find the best hidden restaurants in Japan.
Suzita Memo is primarily about the appeal of ramen in Japan.
Using actual photos, the blog provides detailed explanations of how it feels to eat ramen in various regions of Japan, how to get to the stores, and the atmosphere of the restaurants.
Furthermore, it also introduces the etiquette of ramen restaurants in Japan.
If you are thinking of eating ramen in Japan, check this blog beforehand.
Amakism introduces local food attractions in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Chiba Prefecture is a charming city located next to Tokyo.
This blog is full of mouth-watering photos that show the actual atmosphere of the restaurants and the delicious-looking products.
Furthermore, the blog also introduces recipes for Japanese home cooking, so you will be able to recreate the taste of Japan in your own country by using this blog.
Yokohama SE’s Gourmet Blog
“Yokohama SE’s Gourmet Blog” is about the culinary attractions of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan.
The blog is run by a man and his wife who were born and raised in Kanagawa Prefecture.
In their gourmet articles, they post photos of food, their impressions, and their stops at some of Kanagawa Prefecture’s most appealing restaurants.
In the article, the restaurants are rated on a five-point scale, which will help you decide whether or not to actually stop by.
This is a must-see blog when stopping by Kanagawa Prefecture.
Miha Land is about the attractions of Mihara City, located in Hiroshima Prefecture in southern Japan.
Mihara City faces the sea and is an area where fish dishes and sweets are especially delicious.
In this blog, the charm of Mihara City’s local food is presented along with photos of actual restaurants and dishes.
If you want to enjoy Japanese local food and the rich natural atmosphere of the city, please check out this blog.
Yuru Ultrarunner Blog
Yuru Ultrarunner Blog is about the attractions of Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan is one of the most famous cities in Japan, especially for its delicious food.
In this blog, you will find information about cafes in Nagoya City and some of the best restaurants for lunch.
The article is very informative, as it includes not only photos of the actual dishes, but also map information and opening hours of the restaurants.
If you are planning to visit Japan for sightseeing, this is a must-see.
Sweets Patent Agent’s “Real Food Experience!”
Sweets Patent Agent’s “Real Food Experience!” is a blog where a certain Japanese patent attorney man posts reviews of delicious food he eats in his private life.
This blog is a must-see for sweets lovers, especially since many reviews of sweets are written.
Not only are there plenty of photos of the food, but the impressions are written in a very appealing manner, whetting the appetite.
Furthermore, the blog is very informative as it includes directions to the restaurant and impressions of the atmosphere, along with actual photos.
If you are looking for a hidden gem restaurant in Japan, you can definitely make use of this blog.
Cochitose Blog is a blog about food in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Ibaraki Prefecture is located adjacent to Tokyo and is known as a hotspot for Japanese traditional architecture with many Japanese-style buildings.
In this blog, the charms of the hidden gems of Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, are conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner with actual photos.
Of course, a map of the stores is also included, so you can save the map and go there when you travel to Japan.
Check out this blog if you want to explore Japan’s hidden gems.
Kuishinbomirika is a blog that introduces gourmet food in the Kanto region of Japan.
Kanto region is Tokyo and the areas around Tokyo.
This blog introduces not only recommended restaurants but also attractive sweets.
Photos of actual products are also included.
Of course, it also includes a map of the stores, so you can bookmark it and go there when you travel to Japan.
If you are planning a trip to Tokyo, please check this blog in advance.
Ohagi Days is a blog that introduces gourmet foods from all over Japan.
In particular, this blog introduces popular Japanese cafes and restaurants, so you can get an idea of the atmosphere of the restaurants that Japanese people usually go to.
The report articles include many photos of actual restaurants and food, so you can get a realistic idea of their appeal.
The food report article on “Beard Papa’s Crepes,” which are popular in Japan, will make you hungry just by looking at it.
If you are planning a trip to Japan, please check it out.
genjitsutouhi.com introduces experiences such as restaurants and tourist attractions in Japan.
The site is designed to make it easy to find tourist attractions throughout Japan, so it can be used as a guidebook for your trip to Japan.
In addition, the articles introducing restaurants and eateries include many photos of actual dishes, so you can get a feel for the real atmosphere of the restaurants and eateries.
Furthermore, you will even be introduced to a day’s plan for a trip to a particular tourist spot, so be sure to refer to this blog when you travel to Japan.
“Churahama Tsushin” is a blog about Chatan-cho (Chatan town), one of the most famous towns in Okinawa, Japan.
Chatan-cho is one of the best tourist destinations in Okinawa and has various attractions such as American Village, beautiful beaches, sunsets, surfing, kite surfing, bodyboarding, diving, snorkeling, fishing, aesthetic photo shoots, a diverse variety of restaurants, and so much more!
This blog provides information about local events and gourmet food dining in Chatan-Cho.
The holiday illuminations and decorations are spectacular in the winter!
If you are planning to visit Okinawa, this blog will surely help you enjoy Okinawa even more!
The blog contains a wealth of photos of actual gourmet food, so be sure to take a look at them to assist your trip!
“Pyonusakkusu” is a blog that summarizes information on Japanese gourmet foods and tourist attractions in an easy-to-understand format.
In particular, the blog is full of information on Japanese sweets, introducing not only famous Japanese sweets, but also exquisite sweets known only to those in the know.
This blog will not only enable you to conquer delicious Japanese sweets, but also to buy them as souvenirs when you come to Japan for sightseeing.
If you love Japanese sweets, please check it out.
【Extra Edition】Japanese media useful when touring Japan
Wadattsu Blog provides a detailed overview of railroad information in the vicinity of Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba in Japan.
In particular, the information on the best platform stops for transfers at each station and explanations of the best transfer routes are very useful.
There are many smartphone apps out there that introduce train transfer information, but this blog introduces them along with actual photos so that you will never get lost at a station.
Be sure to check this blog when using trains in Tokyo.
Fukurahiyoko’s Nikko Koko Biyori
Fukurahiyoko’s Nikko Koko Biyori is a blog about Nikko, a popular tourist spot in Japan.
Nikko is a place rich in nature located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is home to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Shogunate.
This blog introduces many such attractive sightseeing spots, lodgings, hot springs, and festivals in Nikko.
The operator of this blog originally lived in another part of Japan, but he liked Nikko so much that he moved there.
If you are planning a trip to Japan, be sure to check out this blog.
Kumaris Cruises is a blog that summarizes information on cruises throughout Japan.
It provides detailed information on prices and services of popular cruises in Japan.
It also provides the latest booking information, so this blog will help you enjoy attractive cruises in Japan.
Furthermore, it also gives you pointers on how to enjoy your cruise ship to the fullest, so you can enjoy it even more.
Check out this blog if you are planning a trip to Japan.
Yukari Log is a blog about the charms of the Kansai region in Japan.
The Kansai region is one of the most famous cities in Japan, where Osaka and Kyoto are located.
It tells you about attractive spots that are not listed on famous tourist sites, which only the locals can tell you about.
The site also includes plenty of photos of actual scenery, so you can check the actual atmosphere before you go.
If you are planning to travel to Osaka or Kyoto, please check this blog in advance.