One fascinating way to experience Japanese food is by indulging in a progressive dinner or Izakaya (Japanese pub hopping). In this way you can experiment and savour many different food varieties. Instead of sticking to one eatery where you may not like the food, ambience or service, you sample several alternatives during one fun evening.
You will then learn about local foods, people and culture fairly quickly. Most importantly it offers international travellers an opportunity to experience Japanese culture casually as well as to observe Japanese people close up at leisure.