Narita Airport, where many go through when they enter and leave Japan, is filled with many delicious places to eat, starting with restaurants offering authentic Japanese cuisine. Here, we will introduce five must-try restaurants in Narita Airport that just might serve as your final memory of Japan!
If you love Japanese food and want to eat sukiyaki (thin slices of beef cooked with vegetables in soy sauce, sake, and sugar at the table) and tempura (seafood and vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried) at the end of your sightseeing trip to Japan, then we recommend the Japanese food restaurant Nanosato. This restaurant offers a wide array of standard Japanese dishes, but out of its extensive menu, some of the dishes we think you must try are the Japanese Beef Sukiyaki Meal (2,138 JPY (incl. tax)) to get your fill of domestically-produced Wagyu Japanese beef, and the Prawn Tendon (with miso soup and Japanese pickles) (1,706 JPY (incl. tax)) that is topped with huge prawns that almost stick out from the bowl. It has gained a reputation for serving delicious tempura with crispy batter. Nanosato also serves Japanese soba, udon, and other light dishes in its menu, so it will be perfect for those who want to have a good, light meal before boarding! It is open from 7:00 am, so you can also eat breakfast here before you leave Japan!
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If you want to eat different types of Japanese food, then how about trying out Keisei-Yuzen, which has a menu of ala carte dishes just like an izakaya? Aside from the standard dishes of bars such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and motsunabe stew made with offal, this restaurant also offers sushi, takoyaki, and other dishes, and a long list of alcoholic beverages. It not only serves ala carte dishes, but set meals as well, so you can eat here even if you are only slightly hungry or if you want to have a full meal. And for those of you who have a sweet tooth, it would be nice to end your trip with their Japanese desserts Cream Anmitsu (boiled beans, cubes of agar jelly, and bits of fruit with a sweet syrup poured over them) (610 JPY (incl. tax)) and Warabi Parfait (610 JPY (incl. tax)) made with bracken powder.
If you want to eat authentic sushi at Narita Airport, then head on over to Sushi Yuraku. As the sushi restaurant of the Kyotaru Group that is famous for their take-out sushi, Sushi Yuraku comes with the guarantee of its great taste. This is definitely the place to enjoy real sushi. Sushi Yuraku only uses select ingredients, so all its dishes are delicious. Since it's all delicious it's hard to recommend something specific, but you should consider trying their special-deal set meals or rice bowls that cost around 1,000 JPY. For those of you who only want to eat your favorite sushi, just choose the sushi you want at the counter and they will make it for you! If you do not have a lot of time to eat, that's OK, too. They can pack your food to go, so why not enjoy the luxury of eating your favorite sushi inside the plane?
3. Sushi Yuraku
Among the local foods available at Narita Airport, we highly recommend the ochazuke offered by Dashichazuke EN. Ochazuke is made by soaking cooked rice in hot tea, and it started as a fast-food item in Japan. But Dashichazuke EN's ochazuke does not use just your everyday tea. In this restaurant, the cooked rice is soaked in their special soup stock that is made with seaweed, dried bonito, and chicken bones as the base and flavored with Japanese sake, mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), soy sauce, and salt. It won't be an exaggeration to say that this is the only restaurant at the airport where you can eat ochazuke with rice topped with tuna sashimi soaked in soy sauce, broiled roe, and various other ingredients that are then immersed in a rich serving of soup stock. You must try their famous dish Soup Ochazuke with Shrimp, Scallops and Isobe-age Tempura (770 JPY (incl. tax). A large service of rice and soup refills are free, so those who want to eat until they are full will surely be happy here!
4. Dashichazuke EN
If you've already had your fill of Japanese food and want to try something else, how about going to Touchou Toshomen? It's a restaurant where you can have authentic Chinese Xian cuisine. Aside from toshomen, where strips of noodles cut by a knife are dropped in a pot with boiling water, this restaurant also has a wide array of dim sum and vegetables. In particular, one of its famous dishes is the Mala Spicy Hot Noodles (930 JPY (incl. tax)). The red soup sure looks spicy, but the sting of the Japanese pepper and chili pepper will gradually turn into deliciousness with this dish. Its set meals are reasonably priced, so we recommend ordering the Toshomen Dim Sum Set (1,320 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with gyoza, steamed dumplings, and almond jelly with your choice of noodles. You just have to check out this restaurant!
5. Touchou Toshomen
Was there anything on our list that you want to eat? While you probably won't get to a lot of chances to eat at these restaurants when you enter Japan, we think that they would help you shape your final memory of food in Japan when you leave. So, go ahead, try these restaurants!
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