When you are traveling in Japan with constantly changing schedule, it is easier to search restaurants or cafes to have some good food or drinks on your phone. If you are in the U.S., “Yelp” may be your go-to app. In Japan, “Tabelog” is one of the most reliable sources that you can use to find restaurants. Type “Tabelog” in your search engine and you will find an English website of it. You can search restaurants by location, genre, price range, availability, etc. Once you find a restaurant that you would like to go, you can click onto its name on the website and see more details about it. For example, the website shows a map around the restaurant, photos, and reviews that people left which are unfortunately, mostly in Japanese at the moment.
Ratings of the restaurants
Tabelog website is what most Japanese people use to find a good restaurant in Japan. One of the most important information that we look at on the website is a rating of the restaurants. If the restaurant has a rating of 3.5 or above starts, that means it is a really good restaurant. If the restaurant has less than 3.5 stars, you can’t really expect that much. However, sometimes if the restaurant is newly opened, it has not gained sufficient starts or reviews to build a valid rating yet so you may want to keep that in mind. Hope this helps to find what you like to eat in Japan!