Japan is very famous for it excellent cuisine:  sushi, udon, ramen, steamed rice, noodles, and fish! But what about breakfast? You wouldn’t sit down and eat a bowl of ramen at 8 AM, and Japanese don’t seem like the people who would eat eggs and bacon. So let’s take a closer look!

Healthy and delicious traditional Japanese breakfast

Traditional Japanese breakfast is very similar to any typical local dish of the day. You would usually get a variety of small portions, including steamed rice, miso soup, grilled fish, pickles, and some Japanese omelet, which is usually sweet. For western people eating a full meal – that we would rather choose for dinner – seems very strange. But once you are in Japan you should definitely try it out. Not only it is extremely delicious, but it is very healthy packed with protein, healthy fats and very little sugar, especially compared to our western choices of cereal or pancakes.

But the Japanese take their food choices seriously, and many cafés and restaurants offer breakfast menus that resemble western dishes. Pancakes, waffles and French toast with fresh fruits and a cup of coffee is also a very popular choice in restaurants, and sandwiches and pastries are also available at any convenience store and bakery.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Traditional Japanese Breakfast. From Flickr

Popular dishes in traditional Japanese breakfast

One of the most popular breakfast foods is natto, which are fermented soy beans. It is usually served over rice with a dash of soy sauce. It has a very distinguished smell, but once you get over that and try it, you will get hooked! Traditional breakfast is not complete without a bowl of steaming miso soup, rice and pickles, served a variety of small dishes such as fish, vegetables, or Japanese style sweet omlette.

Popular breakfast dish, natto

Popular breakfast dish, natto. From Flickr

Where to experience traditional Japanese flavors

You can try traditional Japanese breakfast all around Japan, Yukomo saryo (八雲茶寮), is a high-end restaurant which serves traditional breakfast with seasonal dishes for 3,500 Yen between 9 and 11 AM. The restaurant is designed as a beautiful fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and contemporary craftsmanship: all tableware is designed by Japanese artists that can be also purchased in the their Salon.

Yakumo Saryo 八雲茶寮

3-4-7 Yakumo, Megukro-ku, Tokyo

Getting there by train:
Tokyo Toyoko Line – Toritsudaigaki Station

+81 3 5731 1620

Weekdays and Staurday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Breakfast menu available from Tuesday to Saturday
Reservations needed

Find out more places to have Japanese style breakfast: 10 Japanese style Breakfast Places In Tokyo To Start Your Day

Western dishes

Western sytle breakfast is also popular in Japan, and hotels often provide buffet style meals in the morning with Japanese and western options, so you can combine all things you like. But if you want to try popular places you should visit cafés serving Italian or French dishes. Antico Caffe is an Italian style chain serving delicious sandwiches and Italian cakes, with coffee made by their baristas. They have three shops in Tokyo, In Roppongi, Asakusa and Ebisu. For delicious fresh French baked goods: pastries, tarts and baguettes visit Boulangerie Burdigala or Café CROISSANT. Both places have many shops across town, for more information visit their websites.

Antico Caffe

3F, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Getting there by train:
Hibiya line – Roppongi Station
Ooedo line – Roppongi Station
Chiyoda line – Nogizaka Station

Weekdays 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Boulangerie Burdigala

4-5-66 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Getting there by train:
Hibiya Line – Hiroo Station

Weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Weekends 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m