You can’t go to Japan without going bananas for the delicious food! Yes, there’s some… er… odd food as well (horsemeat, “cheese egg” and ‘natto’ fermented soybeans) but you can’t go wrong with a hearty ramen or shabu-shabu. There are lots of different types of ramen in Japan – this is Hokkaido’s specialty, salt ramen Perplexing us right from the very beginning, order your fresh noodles from a vending machine After a few days of ramen, we were seriously craving some vegetables. There are few things better than a hot tea when you’re out and about! Surprisingly, there’s a lot of ice-cream in Japan. It’s quite different to home though As part of a kaiseki-ryouri, we had individual sized shabu shabu On a very cold night in Matsumoto, we needed a big hearty warm meal before taking some night photos of the castle We must’ve walked about 20kms this day, so a matcha green tea + vanilla ice-cream was well deserved! These adorable sweets are served with your matcha, with the sweet complementing the green astringent taste of the tea Speaking of matcha, here’s some pre-whisk for our tea ceremony Who could forget Shin Shin Ramen in Fukuoka? Hands down my favourite part of Fukuoka: so good we went twice in the 48 hours we were in town!