Can you visit Japan if you don’t like fish or seafood?

If a plate of fresh sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo sounds like your worst nightmare, we are probably in the same boat. Around the beginning of 2016 we decided that we would spend approximately 8 months in Japan and around the same time I, Freckles, made a New Years resolution to eat fish. I succeeded in doing so (in extremely small quantities!) but no matter how hard I try, I still don’t like it. Nonetheless, we have made it to Japan and I have not lost my entire body weight.

Can you go to Japan if you don’t like fish?

The simple answer is YES! Despite what your best friend’s grandmother’s cousin may have said, the Japanese do not ONLY eat fish. Of course, we are talking about an island so fish does appear on the menu quite a lot, but I can honestly say that I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of meat on offer.

What’s more, meat dishes are more than often CHEAPER! Now if that isn’t music to your ears my fellow fish haters, I don’t know what is. So far we can only base this on Tokyo, but meat dishes are far cheaper than sushi or even grilled fish dishes.


Beware of the hidden fish…

A word of warning though, even on meat or tofu dishes, the Japanese just love to hide a bit of fish in flake form. Bonito fish flakes are the devil’s food and can be found on top of anything, but so far the worst culprits have been in Origiri rice balls or on top of the popular Okonomiyaki omelette. You have been warned…

Conclusion? Even if you don’t like fish, you can visit Japan and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg like everyone has been telling you.

Now for the next chapter, we’re going to be living with Japanese people in the countryside. Let’s just pray that fish isn’t on the menu too often! We will update this article when we have more of insight on the ‘real’ Japan.

Tell us about your favourite dishes in Japan! Have you been a victim of sneaky fish flakes?!

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