Welcome to EatTalkTravel Japan! 😀

We’re here to help you experience the best of Japanese food and culture. We realized that Japan is hard to understand if you’re not Japanese. While there is plenty of tourist information, it only shows a small part of Japan.

You can find the main tourist sites and eat sushi, but it’s really hard to go deeper.

The best food is especially hard to find.

Real Japanese food

Japanese food (c)EatTalkTravelWe love Japanese food and there’s so much more than most visitors realize.

There are many restaurants that have English menus, but they are often different from the Japanese one. We recently went to an Unagi (eel) restaurant and the English menu was a single page. However, the Japanese one was like a book. The list of Sake alone was about two pages, yet in English there were about three options listed.

It’s not that they don’t want visitors. It’s just that Japanese is hard to translate, especially when it comes to the subtle differences between Sake…

How we organized EatTalkTravel Japan

We organized ETT Japan around three core subjects: Eat, Talk, and Travel. We describe each category below and link to recommended articles to get you started.

If you’re planning to travel to Japan in the near future be sure to check out our planning service. Our articles can teach you a lot, but our planning service goes much deeper. Plus, we customize it for you and your travel style.

Be sure to check out our planning page to learn more about it.


This is where we put all of the food content. You will find a mix of Japanese food articles and restaurant recommendations. Here are a few to get you started:

What’s TKG (Tamago Kake Gohan)?

5 Tokyo Ramen Joints That Will Blow Your Mind

Fresh Japanese Tofu Will Blow Your Mind

Read more about Eat


Talk is where we introduce you to some basic Japanese phrases for travelers. Many Japanese people don’t speak English, so we recommend you learn to speak a little Japanese… especially if you want to step away from the tourist attractions. Here’s a good place to start:

Survival Japanese: 10 Phrases For Basic Communication

Read more about Talk


We also help you out with practical information and introduce you to different places worth visiting. Japan is small but full of things to see and do. These three are a good place to start:

Is Japan Expensive? Not If You Know What To Avoid

The Sweet Confusion Of Your First Time Seeing Tokyo

Best Osaka Neighborhood to stay in?

Read more about travel

If you are going to Japan, be sure to check out our planning page.

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