Travelling foodie: Japan

Japan is so wonderfully weird and unique, even if you’re not a massive foodie, put it on your bucket list as there is never a dull moment. There are many healthy ingredients to choose from in Japan, but the most popular has to be matcha green tea.

Matcha

Now the origins of matcha takes us over to China, however matcha was introduced in Japan nearly 1000 years ago, so it’s safe to say the Japanese will know their stuff! Matcha tea is everywhere in japan, and is not the expensive rarity that it is in England. Matcha tea is nothing more than ‘regular green tea’ in Japan. You can walk into almost any coffee shop and get yourself a matcha latte or an iced matcha tea, and if you feel like having a cheat day, but still want a boost of antioxidants, then Starbucks offer a matcha frappuccino, and it is yum! Even in the endless supply of vending machines that Japan has to offer you will find hot and cold matcha teas sold for as little as 80p. Oh the choice!

If you’re not a big tea drinker, matcha can also be found in the form of ice-creams, cakes, sweets, popcorn, rice cakes, crepes, milk shakes, chocolates etc… Visiting local markets was a great opportunity to watch the chefs in action, then with the added bonus of getting to try some free samples! From Tokyo to Sapporo to Hiroshima to Himeji to Kyoto, you can find great matcha treats anywhere.

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Nishiki market, Kyoto

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Nishiki market, Kyoto

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Nishiki market, Kyoto

Kyoto Tea Ceremony

Kyoto Tofu Restaurant

Sapporo

Tokyo Medicinal Restaurant

 

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