Replies: 14 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 11:38 AM Last Post By: _pip_pop_
Nov 15, 2012 5:40 AM
My boyfriend and I are off to Japan for our honeymoon next May and we have just got to the stage of confirming hotels with our travel agent. However, we've noticed that breakfast isn't included with practically any of the hotels... which is a bit of a bum. The only days we have covered are a night in a ryokan on Miyajima, a night in a temple on Mount Koya and our couple of nights in Nago on Okinawa. We were planning to do a Tsukiji Market sushi breakfast one morning in Tokyo but other than that I am a bit stumped.
It might sound a bit silly, but I was just thinking that even here in London you have to know where to go to find a restaurant that specifically does breakfast and I would have no idea where to look in Japan. I've also heard that eating breakfast out isn't a big thing over there but that might not be true!
We would be staying, breakfast-less, in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Has anyone been to any of these cities and found somewhere you could recommend that does a good breakfast? I've heard that Japanese convenience stores are amazing and sell everything you can think of so we might end up resorting to this, or just paying extra to eat at the hotels. Just a bit disappointed as we wanted to have some Japanese breakfasts and having it laid on by the hotel would have been easiest! Oh well.
Nov 15, 2012 6:21 AM
1In most hotels above business hotels, breakfast is usually extra, but it's often possible to get a deal including breakfast for less than the extra cost of breakfast (1000 to 2000 yen). You normally need to go to the hotel's Japanese site to book it. Unless you go for buffet breakfast, which usually has extensive selection, breakfast is a simple affair, consisting of toast, tea or coffee, possibly egg and small salad. Most coffee shops do a morning set for around 500 yen, and it's kind of fun to get some delicious breads and pastries the day before and have them in your room with juice and hot drink (most hotel rooms have a fridge). You will have a chance to experience a Japanese traditional breakfast in the ryokan.
Nov 15, 2012 9:49 AM
2Unless you NEED a sit down meal, either have a cereal bar (I always travel with some in my bag), and head out, or as JapanTraveller said, go to a coffee shop. Most hotels will offer some sort of breakfast, payable locally. Buy some fruit the night before, or get a pastry from 7-11 to eat in your room in the morning.
You might find that a Japanese style breakfast that hotels do provide is not to your taste first thing in the morning anyway.
Nov 15, 2012 10:47 AM
3If your hotel doesn't have a restaurant and you want a sit down, traditional Japanese breakfast (salmon, rice, miso soup; rice gruel; natto and raw egg all come to mind) you can try a chain family restaurant such as Royal Host which does breakfast both Japanese and Western style. Check the opening times: the ones out in the burbs often don't open until 9 a.m.. If you're stuck and on the move, the soup-noodle restaurants in train stations usually serve a breakfast bowl targeted at salarymen on the run. "On the run" for their next train, that is...
Nov 15, 2012 12:06 PM
4Can you list your hotels?
I'm normally not interested in a sit down/traditional breakfast so we just stock up on fruit and store it in the fridge in the room and Japan has many good bakeries so we usually just eat some bakery goods either somewhere in a park or on the (long distance) train.
Having said that the budget business hotels we usually stay in often have a breakfast deal in the 700 yen range so that's an option on some days.
Nov 15, 2012 7:54 PM
Nov 16, 2012 3:56 AM
6There's been a big breakfast boom, in Tokyo at least, in the past year so there are plenty of places to get a good American- or European-style breakfast. (You can do much better than convenience-store rice balls if you want.) But it would help to list your hotels - you probably don't want to travel 45 minutes every morning just to eat pancakes.
Japanese-style breakfasts are served in hotels and in family restaurants.
Nov 16, 2012 5:29 AM
7It's odd that so many of your accommodations are sans breakfast. Many ryokan/minshuku offer two meals (dinner and breakfast) as part of their one-night stay packages; the temple where I spent a night on Koya-san laid out a vegetarian breakfast; and many of the business hotels where I've stayed all over Japan have provided breakfasts, some being complimentary (the Toyoko Inn chain, for example).
If you're staying in large cities like Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo, there should be plenty of cafes near your accommodations selling breakfast set meals (as JapanTraveller points out). Other options include restaurant chains such as Dennys, Skylark and Royal Host, and fast-food outlets like McDonalds and Mister Donut. Convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Family Mart also stock plenty of breakfast-suitable food items, and most hotels will have have small refrigerators in their rooms should you buy something the night before to have in your room the next morning.
I'm one of those who has to eat something in the morning. Whenever I'm in Japan and my hotel or minshuku is one of those that doesn't offer breakfast, the first thing I do after checking in is to scout the neighborhood to see what breakfast options there are for the next morning.
Nov 16, 2012 5:36 AM
Nov 16, 2012 8:38 AM
9Thanks for all the replies - sorry for forgetting to post hotel names/locations!
In Tokyo we are at the New Otani, so Chiyoda area. In Kyoto it's the New Miyako. near the main Kyoto train station. In Hiroshima we are staying at the Oriental Hotel which is in Tanakamachi and finally in Osaka we will be in Il Cuore Namba which is right on Nanba station.
We're not massively fussed about a sit down meal but we do both like to have something substantial when we get up in the morning. We tend to get up at a decent time and have a full day of walking about and exploring so we like to keep well-fuelled! I am happy with buying convenience store stuff and keeping it in the room until the following morning but if anyone has been to anywhere particularly good around these areas I'd welcome suggestions - I know here in London there are places I would recommend and it's always good to get some insider knowledge!
Nov 16, 2012 9:14 AM
Nov 16, 2012 9:20 AM
Nov 16, 2012 10:10 AM
Satsuki, Garden Lounge, Tullys, Top of the Tower, + many others to choose from
La Plasir, Ronde, Kyoyamatoya,
New York Cafe
Looks like plenty of options for you in your hotels. Maybe your travel agent can get a package but by the looks of things there are too many options for a package at some of them. So, eat at your hotel, or choose some of the other suggestions outside your hotel as mentioned above.
Nov 16, 2012 9:11 PM
13Interesting the amount of advice on this thread...mine is only slightly different:
I love Japanese food, but for some reason, I am not much for the traditional Japanese breakfast. I recommend trying the traditional breakfast once or twice (just for the experience). While pastries are not traditional Japanese, in my opinion pastries in Japan are better than in Europe or the US. As mentioned you can find decent pastries at convenience stores, but if you can find a Pastry shop near your Hotel (it seems there is almost always one near in a big city), you can get an even better treat. Usually the same shops sell juices and yogurts as well. Also, (though expensive and more difficult to find) Nama Juice (translated raw juice--made in blender as you wait) is a great option. You can find small shops from time to time in or near train stations and almost always in a basement department store food floor...which brings me to my last recommendation: though they generally don't open until 10:00 (so you might want a small snack when you wake up) going to a department store food floor for breakfast is really fun. First, if you get there before 10:00 you can peak inside and watch the morning meetings of the store employees. Entering right at 10:00 is fun because all employees give a special greeting to the first set of customers (great cultural experience). The food court has an amazing selection of all type of groceries, prepared foods and fancy treats, etc. If you are at all a foodie you will be in heaven.
Nov 17, 2012 11:38 AM
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