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San Francisco Japan Town : An Edible Excursion Food Tour

What is travel without local food? The local taste of San Francisco is really a taste of the whole world. The Japantown tour by Edible Excursions I experienced during my visit was a delicious portal into another place and culture!

Our tour guide for the Japantown food tour was Alice. I loved her; she was great! She is also a Japantown local, so she knows the area, its cultural nuances, and its food very well. Alice’s family has a long history in the area. They’ve been a part of the town since its founding days as a village, so she had a lot to share. We learned a lot about food, culture, and history on the tour. Best of all, it came from a first hand experience.

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Super Mira is a small café by a grocery store. It doesn’t seem like much from the outside, but the best places usually don’t! it is really good. Definitely worth visiting. I loved the udon!

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Super Mira

Benandkyodo has been a staple in the neighborhood forever. They say that if you want to know the local gossip, you just have to go there! My favorite thing here was the mochi. It felt so fresh.

Dosa is an Indian restaurant. The founders of the restaurant created the menu to reflect India’s cuisine as a whole, rather than just tastes from the typical regions that Westerners know. The food was amazing! Even the lasse was delicious. Yum!

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Yaquiniq Café has unique drinks. We tried the sweet potato latte, which tastes as unique as it sounds. It’s become popular enough to become their signature drink.

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Mifune Don is known for two things: fantastic customer service and out-of-this-world okonomiyaki. This tiny café is worth the trip.

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Shalala Ramen is another yummy ramen place. I liked the Tonkotsu ramen.

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Kissako Tea is very different than Crown and Crumpets, although it is also a tea house. Kissako is authentically Japanese and will transport you to Asia with its smells and tastes! If you go, try the salmon onigiri and genmai cha tea.

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I highly recommend this tour. If you’re an Asian food lover and think you know your way around an Asian menu, you’ll love learning and tasting new things. If you’ve come to explore the different neighborhoods of San Francisco, I suggest you take a look into Edible Excursion Food Tours. This one costs me $92 but for the amount of food, history and culture I learned, it was totally worth it. I feel like it was a great way to learn more about Japan Town

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Peace Tower Japan Town

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66 thoughts on “San Francisco Japan Town : An Edible Excursion Food Tour

  1. This looks like an awesome food tour! My kids got hung up on Japanese culture when they were learning about it, and I think this would blow their minds!

  2. I’m a self proclaimed foodie so this food tour is definitely a must for me! I love that you get to taste different flavors, especially from Asia. They have the most interesting dishes and they are fresh too.

  3. Local food is everything!! I love that you’re open to trying it, such a great attitude. My dad grew up in Chinatown in SF, but I haven’t checked out Japan Town! I love Japanese food so much so next time I go home I will check it out!

  4. I would love to visit there sometime. Those photos look beautiful. That food looks really good too. I’d love to try that out.

  5. My choice would be the Mifune Don, although they all look delicious. I love trying new foods and to me, the experience is as good as the taste.

  6. I’m so bummed I didn’t know about this tour when I went to San Francisco! I loved Japantown but I’m sure having this food tour would have made it better. I would love to eat the okonomiyaki and sweet potato latte. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Wow, this looks like an amazing place to travel. I have never been beyond the East Coast, but someday would love to get over to this area and experience it!

  8. I think it is so important to get the local food while traveling – I agree that it greatly enhances the travel experience.
    It was great you got a guide for yourself that could assist you in this matter – sounds like a good resource.

  9. It sounds like a really yummy tour! We have one authentic Japanese restaurant near us that we like to frequent because the food is soooo good. I would really love this tour!

  10. This looks like a really neat area of town to visit. I will have to check it out this food tour the next time we go to San Francisco.

  11. My goodness that sounds like a wonderful place to visit some great architecture & to try out those delicious foods. I would love putting my hands on that Dosa right away, it looks yum & the pictures are so inviting!

  12. All the food looks amazing! I was also struck by the architecture… especially the Peace Tower Japan Town.

  13. I recently went to Hongkong and I can definitely agree that food is the one thing that matters most when you go to a different place. We really need to try the food they have to offer.

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