Lesson 1: Don’t Be A “Main-Roader”

I’m starting off with some of my best advice. I call it “don’t be a ‘main-roader.’” What the heck does that mean right?

Once I explain it to you, you’ll be like “duh!” — but hear me out, because this is something you might catch yourself doing without even realizing it. 

When I say “don’t be a ‘main-roader’” here’s what I mean: 

Don’t be someone who only visits the places on the large main roads in Japan.

This advice is more for restaurants than anything. 

The BEST food in Japan is not found in the large, rich, chain restaurants who can afford to have locations on the large main roads.

It’s so easy to fall into this trap though. The main roads do have quite a lot of amazing food places too. But guess what.

You’ll miss out on one of the best things about Japan (and well, any country for that matter): The mom ‘n pop shops.

Ooh, the mom ‘n pop shops

The mom ‘n pop shops that are down the small roads, the alleys… the places that don’t even look like restaurants are the absolute best places. The food is usually cheaper, and far higher quality.

But of course, there is a huge catch — they usually don’t speak English, don’t have English menus, or even have photos in their menus.

They’re the best, most interesting places, but are also the most difficult to enjoy if you don’t speak Japanese.

But don’t worry about that. Later lessons will explain why.

The Take-away

Explore past the main roads. Don’t be a “main-roader.” You absolutely will not regret it.

You will regret it if you don’t take this advice.