If you’re a college student who has a long holiday break, or you’re taking some time off of work this winter to travel, then Japan might be on your list of places to go. The country is rich with history and tradition, and at Moto-i in Minneapolis, we’re proud to bring a little bit of Japanese culture to the Twin Cities. At our restaurant, you can try delicious cuisine from The Land of the Rising Sun and prepare for your upcoming trip!

What to Do in Japan During the Winter

Depending on where you go in Japan, you can have vastly different experiences during the winter. Tokyo, for example, is usually sunny, even on cold days, and there can be a chance of snow. There are also numerous ski destinations across the country, and if you visit Hokkaido at the end of January or the beginning of February, you can enjoy the Sapporo Snow Festival. There are also hot springs (“onsen” in Japanese) where you can get out of the cold and enjoy a nice, long soak.

Experiencing the Culture

If you’ve never traveled outside of Minnesota or the United States, then a trip to Japan could be quite the culture shock. However, at the center of virtually any culture in the world is the food that people eat. The various dishes and drinks are what bring people together around a table, and understanding some things about Japanese cuisine can help you during your trip. You might be traveling alone or with one other person, and knowing what dishes you like and that you can order without too much difficulty can make your trip much more enjoyable.

At Moto-i, we can help you choose which dishes you like, and provide guidance on how to order them in Japan. If you’re going out for breakfast in Osaka, you can order okonomiyaki, or a bacon and cabbage pancake. If you’re in Tokyo or Yokohama for dinner, you can order straight-style ramen noodles with pork, chicken, or a number of vegetables. You can, of course, also order your favorite type of rice at nearly any restaurant in Japan.

Visit Our Restaurant Today

If you’re planning a trip to Japan in December or January, then visit our restaurant in Minneapolis today. You can try traditional Japanese cuisine and taste sake that’s brewed on-site. You can experience a little bit of what Japan has to offer and learn some things about the culture. You can learn some words and terms surrounding Japanese food, and hopefully not feel so much like a tourist while you’re there.

Moto-i is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. We’re located near the corner of Lyndale Ave S and W Lake St, and we’re easily accessible by car, rideshare service, or public transportation. If you’d like to make a reservation for a certain time and date, then you can use OpenTable™ to do so.

We look forward to serving you!