EAT, DRINK AND BE NOISY
Tokyo is one of the world’s great gastronomic destinations with over 160,000 restaurants to choose from.
If you’re seeking fine dining, you’re in luck: Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere, including Paris. Or, if you prefer your dining a bit more down-to-earth, you could happily spend a lifetime grazing on street food, from super-fresh sushi to okonomiyaki.
To experience Tokyo’s food obsession first hand, visit the Tsukiji Market. The world’s biggest and busiest fish and seafood market handles more than 400 different types of seafood. And, while it may be on the tourist trail, it’s still a chaotic real-life workplace – so arrive (very) early and keep your wits about you.
Eating in Tokyo: etiquette tips
If you’re using chopsticks, remember:
- Don’t leave chopsticks standing upright in rice
- Don’t pass food directly to another person’s chopsticks
- Avoid ‘playing’ with your chopsticks – for example, spearing your food or drumming on the table
If you’re eating noodles, it’s standard practice to slurp. So don’t feel self-conscious about making a noise.
After your meal, there’s no need to tip. All that’s expected is a ‘thank you’ or, better still, “arigato gozaimasta”.