8 Uniquely Japanese Top-Class Sandwiches

The European sandwich was transformed when it reached Japan. While there are different kinds of breads overseas, for the most part in Japan soft white bread is used. However, the ingredients used in the sandwiches are varied and you can eat different sandwiches every day without getting bored. Here are some incredibly high-class sandwiches that you can find in Japan.。


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1. Steak Sandwich (Bifteck no Kawamura)  [Tokyo]

Japan is well-known for beef, and there are sandwiches that use this great Japanese beef. The sandwich in the picture is rather luxurious and it was created by this steak restaurant in Ginza as omiyage. It's very expensive at 8000-10000 yen, but it's incredibly delicious. This restaurant is extremely popular, so if you want to buy this steak sandwich, it's recommended that you speak to your hotel concierge and ask them to order for you. 

HP: bifteck.co.jp/en/index.html

HP: bifteck.co.jp/cn/index.html (中文)

HP: www.bifteck.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: MST Building 8F, 6-5-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

2. Beef Sandwich (Satsuki at the Hotel New Otani Osaka) [Osaka]


Beef katsu sandwiches is made using beef that's thinly coated in batter and fried, then dipped in sauce and sandwiched between two thin slices of bread. The sandwich in the photo can be bought at Satsuki at the Hotel New Otani Osaka, and it uses A5 ranked beef from Saga. This sandwich costs 5000 yen. You may think it's expensive for a sandwich but there's definitely value in trying such a luxurious treat. 

HP: www.hotelnewotaniosaka.jp/intenational-restaurants-osaka.php

HP: www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Hotel New Otani Osaka 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka  (Google Map)

3. Egg sandwich (Centre The Bakery)  [Tokyo]

This egg sandwich may seem like a regular sandwich, but Japanese egg sandwiches use various ingredients. The sandwich in the picture is the omelette type, where a fluffy omelette is sandwiched between equally fluffy pieces of bread. It's 1000 yen so it's rather expensive for an egg sandwich. It's delicious even when cold, so you can buy it as take-out and eat it in your own hotel room. 

HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13157424/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

4. Hire Katsu Sandwich (Manyo) [Shiga]


Hire katsu sandwiches are sandwiches made with fried beef or pork. The sandwich in the photo uses meat from the representative beef brand Oumi and costs 3300 yen. If you find yourself in Shiga, you should definitely try a sandwich using this top-class beef. Reservations for this sandwich are required so it would be good if you speak to your hotel concierge about ordering it. 

HP: www.b-manyo.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 694-6 Myohojicho, Higashiomi-shi, Shiga (Next to Yokaichi Royal Hotel) ) (Google Map)

5. Fruit Sandwich (Pallet) [Tochigi]

While sandwiches are eaten as meals and snacks overseas, in Japan there are dessert sandwiches. They're normally like the photo, where fruits and cream is sandwiched between two pieces of bread. This picture is from Pallet in Tochigi, a prefecture famous for strawberries. Pallet is a national chain where you can try this fruit sandwich. The price is about 1400-1500 yen.

HP: www.8010-pallet.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 2-18-1 Shimotomatsuri, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi  (Google Map)

6. Dessert Sandwich (Kurama)  [Mie]

There are various dessert sandwiches in Japan, such as those in the photos where it's made with purin, cream, and fruit or red bean paste. The bread is extremely soft so it goes very well with the whipped cream and the sweet ingredients. The restaurant in the photo is in Suzuki, Mie. If you're in Mie, you should definitely stop by here. 

HP: https://www.facebook.com/kuramasand/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 6557-1 Sumiyoshicho, Suzuki-shi, Mie (Google Map)

7. Shrimp filet sandwich (Teikoku Hotel - Parkside Diner)  [Tokyo]

Fried shrimp is extremely popular in Japan. Large shrimp are coated and fried and then eaten with tartar sauce. There is, however, also shrimp filet sandwiches that are very popular. The sandwich in the picture is from the Imperial Hotel and it's a perfect sandwich made with freshly fried shrimp and a rich mayonnaise sauce. It costs 1800 yen and is definitely worth a try. 

HP: www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/restaurant/parkside_diner/index.html

HP: www.imperialhotel.co.jp/tc/tokyo/restaurant/parkside_diner/index.html (中文)

HP: www.imperialhotel.co.jp/j/tokyo/restaurant/parkside_diner/index.html (Japanese Only)

Address: Teikoku Hotel Tokyo Honkan 1F, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

8. Mixed Sandwich (3206) [Tokyo]

If you want to try a true original Japanese sandwich, going to Tokyo's 3206 for high-class sandwiches made with fresh ingredients is your best bet. The mixed sandwich and shrimp katsu sandwich in the photo will run you about 1000 yen and will completely fill you up. It's incredibly delicious so you should try it.

HP: 3206.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 3-20-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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