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Japan Travel Food Guide for Athletes

This is a guide for athletes traveling to Japan, what to expect and how to be prepared.

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For athletes traveling around the world, there are challenges not only finding food that you like, but finding healthy food that can meet your requirements as an athlete. For someone traveling to a new country and culture, this may seem overwhelming. Those from anywhere but Japan may find it hard to find the foods they are familiar with from home. Sometimes it is just knowing where to look. This article is to help guide someone who is planning to travel to Japan in their chosen sport, which is particularly topical with the 2021 Olympic Games being held in Tokyo.

Hydration in Japan

Food in Japan

Food is safe to eat in Japan.

The traditional Japanese breakfast is rice & miso soup, though a 'Western' breakfast is often available, which comprises bread, eggs, ham, yoghurt, jam.

What if you don't like Japanese food?

Self-catering Options

It is usually cheaper to self-cater. Self-catering is possible in Japan, though most accommodation will not have facilities to enable you to cook your own meals. There are lots of mini-marts and supermarkets which stock a large range of foods, but with the language barrier you may find it hard to decipher what they are. For athletes with food allergies or intolerances this is a significant problem.

Things you may need to bring from home?

Gels, supplements, a drink bottle, medications

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