Japan: Fun in Tokyo & Kyoto

by | Apr 30, 2012
Sardines on a stick in Kyoto

Sardines on a stick in Kyoto

I spent the first two weeks of April traveling through Japan eating some pretty amazing things, and wanted to share some of the highlights with you here.

We started in Tokyo for the cherry blossom festival, then took the train to Kyoto for a few days, then back to Tokyo two nights before flying to the island of Okinawa. This post will focus on the food and events on mainland Japan, and I’ll save Okinawa for another post.

Sadly we were not allowed to take many photographs at any of the sushi restaurants we visited, since photography was prohibited at most of them. Though we did manage to sneak in a few.


Sumo lunch

Otoro at Sawada

Dreams of Sushi

Panda Toast


Fish Stick


Kevin and Geisha (technically Maiko)
Dessert Tomato and Geisha (technically Geiko)

Eel with Nori

Godzilla Attack


Tofu and Green Onion


Lobster Teppanyaki

Temple Garden in Kyoto

Kyoto at Night

Under a Cherry Tree

Thanks to my travel partners Kevin Rose, Tim Ferriss and his lady friend Natasha for a trip of a lifetime.

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17 Responses to “Japan: Fun in Tokyo & Kyoto”

  1. Your hair is a wonderful testament to nutritious eating Darya 🙂

    Beautiful photos … I especially like the sound of the Sumo lunch.

  2. Jason says:

    What else happened under that Cherry Tree? It looks like one I saw in a certain someones twitter feed! 🙂

  3. Judy says:

    What is the socially acceptable way of eating those sardines on a stick?


  4. Ashley says:

    Awesome! Japan is high on my list of places to travel to soon. I followed your and Kevin’s pics on Instagram. Glad you had a great trip!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Otoro!!!! I used to live in Japan for few years and have been to beautiful places like Nikko as well. Seriously, Japanese food is sooo good!!
    After eating real “authentic” Japanese sushi for a while, I was shocked at how awful the sushi they sell here in Canada tastes 🙁

  6. arni says:

    Awesome photos!

    Congrats and i hope Kevin’s lost phone did not ruin a lot. 😛

  7. Matthew says:

    Very cool. Looks, umm, delicious. 🙂

    Sardeeen…on a steeck. 🙂

    On another note, I think you mean “Godzirra!” just to be accurate.

    Thanks for the post

  8. Yokaze says:

    Excellent pics, u have lived the Yamato-damashii life! Truly loved this!

  9. Bigger B. says:

    Great photos! Japan food (despite the fact I have no idea what is there) always looks delicious! And, of course, Japan ismy dream as well.

    Thanks for great post!

  10. Dee says:

    Darya, i think it’s really good that you traveled to study how people eat, their appearance, health and longevity.

    America really needs to open its eyes…

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