Japanese Drive-Thru Sushi & Ramen Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

ONLY in JAPAN This time, we’ve left the big city
and driven to Tokyo’s neighbor, Ibaraki Prefecture. Driving makes you hungry, so we’re in search of
good and quick Japanese food like… Ramen. It’s one of the top foods that you have to eat with Japan, maybe the top three. Like sushi, wagyu… Ramen is up there. And every region in Japan
has a different style and a different taste. In this series, we’ve covered all the way from
Sapporo and Asahikawa, down to Fukuoka’s ramen. I’m here with my friend Dean (Hey guys).
In this episode we’re here in Ibaraki prefecture That’s one of the reasons why we’re driving. It’s so close to Tokyo! Driving is the most convenient
way to get around Ibaraki, don’t you think? Absolutely, you need the car. I feel like Ibaraki is one of those places where you really get to see how Japanese people are living locally, right? Right. It’s the suburbs of Tokyo, pretty much. And what makes this ramen place unique,
is not so much the taste…
– It’s not, yeah… It’s gonna be… the restaurants.
Yes, we’re going to a drive-thru ramen restaurant. A drive-thru ramen restaurant… That’s gotta be a first, huh? Yeah. We’ll also be going to a
drive-thru sushi restaurant in this episode, and checking out the Ibaraki countryside. Should be a lot of fun.
Yeah, looking forward to it. Ibaraki prefecture is a paradise for
drive-thru food hunters, but where exactly are we? If we start down here, where everyone knows, Tokyo… Ibaraki is about an hours drive northeast
on the Jōban expressway. Dean and I rented a car in Ibaraki Airport,
a friendly and relaxing gateway. You need an international driver’s license
and a credit card to get one. It only took a few minutes before we were
seated in our car, a Toyota X. And away we go! We drove about 45 minutes towards Tokyo,
to Japan’s science city, Tsukuba. Besides engineers, scientists,
students and the JAXA space program, there’s this! Drive-thru sushi. Our first stop of the day. Hamazushi has hundreds of conveyor belt sushi restaurants all over Japan. But in Tsukuba, they have an added feature.
A drive-thru! You won’t find this in Tokyo. This is what drive-thru looks like in Japanese. When they have one, restaurants do a good job of guiding you with arrows and painted lanes. You could go inside.
Everything is digital and multilingual. And conveyor belt sushi is fun! But we wanted to try the drive-thru
because that’s what this episode is all about! I guess we pull up here, yeah?
Yeah. There were twelve choices on the menu,
and we had to decide fast. Yeah, what do we want?
There’s a lot of choices… So we have all these– Each one’s numbered here. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
The other ones look like they’re for families. I’m gonna go with number …number 5. I’m not as hungry.
Okay. I’m gonna do number 3, which is based on all different types of tuna fish. Alright. There she is… It’s not too different to fast-food drive-thrus
in the United States. But I never really considered sushi to be a fast-food. But it is. And reasonably priced, too! She told me to wait there, but I pulled up in case
another customer came behind me. It took a few minutes, before she came out
a secret door to hand us our order. We asked why the drive-thru
was needed here in the suburbs. The sushi looked incredible.
Here’s mine. And here’s Dean’s maguro tuna set. It is super. It is the country of convenience, huh?
It is. I’ve got my chopsticks, I’ve even got a toothpick inside. Just kind of, shotgun it,
and put the soy sauce all over everything when you have to eat the sushi in the car. I think that’s the way to go. Whole plate of maguro… Mmm… That’s actually really good! Dean’s maguro set has it all. Akami red, chutoro and otoro fatty cuts.
And minced negitoro with a little ginger. I’ll go for the ikura first. Look at how beautiful that is.
Mmm… Looks good. Mmm… Very good.
Is that good? Yeah? I’m impressed of the quality of sushi
for the price that it costs. I think you get a lot for your money. Yep, you know you can go in and eat,
but I was surprised about what you said. A lot of the people who live here in Ibaraki, Preferred not to get out of their car… Right. That can be a difference between choosing
the restaurant or not, right? If they have to get out of the car, just to pick it up,
they’ll pick another place, just for the convenience factor. We put the car in gear and started a drive
to the other side of Tsukuba. That sushi was pretty good. It was very good. Yeah,
it was really good. I’m impressed. I liked the girl bringing it out over to us.
Aww, wasn’t she cute? Yeah, she was really cute. I think there’s a lot of customers that
come back regularly If you fall in love with the drive-thru window girl. It definitely helps! You might be back again, you might be back again… But there’s one other drive-thru food
we’re gonna be eating this time. Ramen. – It was a ten minute drive from Hamazushi to our next drive-thru in Tsukuba. Yukimura-Tei Ramen has restaurants in four prefectures across Japan, and serves more than ramen. We came here for the basics, but there was
no second window to pay at! This is really weird, because usually after
a drive-thru you order the food Afterwards, there’s a window where you
pay and collect your order… and there’s no window here!
So, let’s see what happens… I’m hungry… I followed the arrows on the road around to the parking lot to a space reserved for drive-thru customers. A few seconds later, a staff member
appeared to collect our payment. She confirmed our order but declined Dean’s credit card.
Not many drive-thrus in Japan will accept credit cards, so it’s a good idea to have cash. The restaurant chef had already started preparing our order. Here’s my miso ramen being made. The noodles are typically served a little harder than normal, since they’ll be sitting in the soup for a while before being eaten. They’ll gradually soften over time this way. Add the vegetables and chashu steak, and it’s done. Restaurant staff packages it up and brings it out. The extra footwork is always appreciated
by customers in Japan. It’s not easy to eat ramen in a car, but they packaged it up really well and included chopsticks and napkins. This is much better than instant ramen. It’s the real deal for people on the move, like us. This is pretty tight… Like, there’s no table to eat it on, but
I like that they give you this cardboard cutout to fit the bowl in, that makes it
a little bit more convenient. And the ramen is definitely hot. Let’s give this a try.
Okay. No, this is good, good ramen. Just soul food. I like it. The noodles are thicker. Kind of like, udon-ish. They’re a little firm.
Their noodles are a little bit firm. But… I see I’m already slurping and getting
the broth all over the car. And I know that they’re not
gonna like that when we return it. We’re gonna have to wash her down a little bit, otherwise… It’s pretty tight. It’s pretty tight in here. Dean tries his soy-based ramen. I’m thinking, most people are probably taking this home
and not trying to eat it in their car but, I don’t know. Should we give it a go?
Yeah. Go ahead, try it, Dean. That’s really good! I asked the manager why they need a drive-thru. Many restaurants really think about
the customers’ needs. And seeing we were still hungry… He served us up one of his favorites…
Mapo Tofu Rramen. A spicy chinese meat sauce with tofu
over noodles instead of rice. Dean and I ate it inside before our drive
to our next destination, to try some of Ibaraki’s best A5 WAGYU, Hitachi Beef,
and a massive food challenge on the way. Our DRIVING in JAPAN adventure continues next time,
with more delicious food in Tokyo’s suburbs. If you liked it, hit that SUBSCRIBE button
and check out another one of our shows. Don’t miss my second live streaming channel
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100 comments on “Japanese Drive-Thru Sushi & Ramen Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. The Hopping Fox says:

    I dont think any other youtuber has brought up a video like this befor. Great work again and compliments to Dean. 👍👍👍👍 Love it

  2. Mark Plott says:

    I get the Value of Takeout Sushi, but why would you bother with Togo Ramen, when there are Lots of FAST Ramen Delivery shops in Japan, just more Convienent than togo Ramen, besides the togo bowls are Probaly NOT Compostable.

  3. Primitive Daily Life Cambo says:

    Best video

  4. franzb69 says:

    i love those tiny cars.

  5. Jack Middleton says:

    Cute girls in America are so spoiled they basically don't work fast food. Honesty though, men are to blame as well because I once heard a cute waitress say she gets asked out 3 times a day.

  6. Derek Wu says:

    Congrats John for reaching 1M subscribers 🎊👏

  7. ALF goof says:

    I love the Japanese culture.
    They are the most respectful people in the world (EVER)

  8. sara jiang says:

    She's sooo cute

  9. Chuong Nguyen says:

    Nothing better than a bowl of ramen on the run

  10. Zapple says:

    Their fast-food is our gourmet.

  11. GoukenslayWAO says:

    just watched 2 of your recent eating videos it not 8pm yet so dinner isnt ready for me yet, but im already salivating

  12. Aj Battle says:

    I love how John takes a simple experience like this episodes and makes it special.

  13. calvin yip says:

    Wow that's so smart they give you a cardboard like stand it's like a mini table

  14. Pierce Nguyen says:

    Japanese Country Life: Drive Thru. Cuisine Places.

  15. Elric Rinehart says:

    So am I the only one to notice that Dean goes from having facial hair to being clean shaven and then back again?

  16. z_Bebop says:

    The quality of videos you produce are top notch!

  17. Viking Aviator says:

    Only if we could have drive thru Ramen and Sushi fast food restaurants in New Zealand, unfortunately everywhere you turn theres a McDonald's or KFC

  18. brick james says:


  19. Nouman aslam says:

    hi john i love your all videos especially hiroshama burgers kind of thing make my mouth watery ur shows are like bible for people who like to settle in japan and visit in future .. lots of love …. pls visit Pakistan here there is lots of only in japan fan … and here lots of sea food available as well as continental….

  20. Nouman aslam says:

    hi john how r u … i want to ask one thing is there ramen aviavable without pork meat am muslim and pig meat is not allowed to eat in our religion same as in jews please do a another ramen video tour which have no pig meat in it lots of thanks… and lots of love and respect from pakistan…

  21. Alex Povolotski says:

    I wouldn't eat ramen in a car for sure but maybe take it home if I'm not comfortable slurping in a shop in front of other people 🙂

  22. Barrack O lama says:


  23. Luke Z says:

    Didn't know you were friends with Mark Wahlberg

  24. Barry Gray says:

    The manager of the ramen drive through looked like the comedian jimmy onishi (when jimmy onishi was younger). lol

  25. ayina114 says:

    Suddenly I'm starving watching you guys eat sushi and that delicious ramen. The portion is big, and they are really cheap. Yummy

  26. Liew Cheng Yeh says:

    Damn the 2nd drive thru… the attendant sound like a Seiyu… so charming voice…

  27. Jim says:

    would love to have this type of drive-thru in the States

  28. Bob Walsh says:

    It's not a Toyota X. It's a Toyota Mark X

  29. Bob Walsh says:

    Driving that Mark X through drive-thru in Japan would be like driving a top of the line Lexus through a drive-thru here in the States.

  30. Christopher Berg says:

    I thought he was Daniel from karate kid.

  31. Xenja Xenja says:

    Do you know if sushi in Japan is commonly gluten free if eaten without the soy sauce?

  32. MA says:

    Look at the difference between the U.S. and a place like Japan. Hair net with all of the hair tucked. They respect the food. They put passion into their food. Especially the farmers. Our farmers just do it for the money and would even sell their souls to gain it. Cough cough Monsanto.

  33. Hiram Eberhardt says:

    Man the two gentlmen can eat. Good eats

  34. Genie Tran says:

    😍 Dean 😍

  35. Remco S says:

    I like how the guys goatee keeps disappearing.

  36. Isoroku Yamamoto says:

    I want two number 9

  37. justreallybored says:

    It blows me away when places don't accept credit cards. Raise the price 3% and let people use a card, its not that hard.

  38. MrShuchUp says:

    Is it hard to date japanese girl like her?

  39. fe brian says:

    The Girl at Sushi drive thru resembles J-Actress Haru Kuroki

  40. MoChi DeRa says:

    Its a mistake to watch this at 3am

  41. darkcashyz says:

    Man…… thank you for all the hard work of making all these videos. I enjoy your videos a lot. I learned many things, something I didn't even know exist, that's super great. It's YouTube channels like yours that made me stick to the internet! Greetings from Thailand!

  42. J. Perl says:

    The whole reason for this is to bring the stuff home.. That's why the noodles were firm no?

  43. Ray says:

    I always go with the ikura first

  44. HUH says:

    I want to try mapo tofu ramen.

  45. kamu jahat21 says:

    The woman very cute

  46. Gggg says:

    Thank you so much for listing the exact name and location of he places you ate at. Not a lot of youtubers do that

  47. Chan Kobun says:

    Man, I would punch someone for some of that mabo ramen

  48. eldo dieseltune auto says:

    toyota mark x

  49. Jonathan Watson says:

    I’d love to see this happen in the US lol btw that Japanese girl is cute (Kawaii)

  50. david w says:

    This is one of my favorite videos from your
    channel thanks for putting the effort in making this! I can experience parts of
    Japan without having to be there although I will be visiting in a bit. This
    still helped me get the overall feel of the place and what to expect once I get

  51. Ci Yun Lam says:

    Food in Japan is too expensive

  52. Michelle Schoenfeld says:

    I love how the chefs in japan let you video tape them for youtube videos😁That’s just amazing!!!

  53. Jolly Green says:

    To me, fast food is finger food. 1 hand driving while 1 hand reaching for food an eat it while on the move. They way they doing it. They mind as well sir down at the table

  54. Yêu & Yêu says:

    A lot of place in Japan do not accept credit card.

  55. Briana S says:

    I need to go to Japan. I need food, I need the culture, and I need the experience.

  56. HotCrazyCatLady Me says:

    I hope the Japanese government or tourist board is paying this guy big bucks lol. He always makes people look their best and brings out the best in every place he visits. Plus, he always offers family friendly content which isn't very common.

  57. fantri firosha says:

    so…. about the bowl, did u bring it back to the restaurant or u can take it home ?

  58. Trey Lo says:

    You see how nice and honest these workers look when they greet customers.
    In america, alot of people shows their I-hate-this-job attitude.

  59. adi hermawan says:

    Sushi, ramem and cute girl, this video has a complete circle

  60. Joshadowolf says:

    Maguro sushi is my Japanese fave food. 🤤🍣

  61. YoungStar Plakat says:

    Their service is so nice and professional. And no tip is required.

  62. gredarth D says:

    John the main reason that I love to watch your video's isn't the content which IS incredible by the way it's that YOU make watching the video's so much fun. Watching your face as you talk about and eat the food of Japan or even when you went to the sewer museum, you get a glow to your face and a sparkle in your eye's and people know without any doubt how much you love Japan. Watching your video's has made me coming to Japan one of the most important things that I want to do before I die. I just want to say thank you very much for all the work that you put into making these video's and for sharing them with us my world would be alot less bright without your hard work.

  63. てんぷら says:


  64. Ngoc Le says:

    Gosh I love the lady at the Ramen place
    She’s so cute and polite
    SO SWEET!!!

  65. Michael Henry Malong says:

    Great work. Excellent Videos – They helped us make our visit to Japan easier! Thanks for all that you do.

  66. King says:

    🙁 3 times more expensive in the US.

  67. James Galam says:

    Drive-thru girl was very cute!!

  68. Planet Z-97 says:

    Usually, people eat at home when they get food from drive thrus. So, you don’t actually have to eat it in the car 😂

  69. JRR31984 says:

    Japan is an island. Not surprising that they would have a sushi (etc) drive thru. AWESOME.

  70. Jabid Readom says:

    The sushi girl was expecting some tip …xd😂😂

  71. Anubis Hub says:

    She is kawaiiiii 😀

  72. ALLIE says:

    She's waiting for the tips

  73. Simone Costi l’ installatore audio says:

    The more I watch your videos, the more I want to go on holiday in Japan!

  74. Annie Yip says:

    very interesting. Thanks for sharing

  75. choubidou13 says:

    wtf the steering wheel is upside down

  76. old soul triangle says:

    must make tofu ramen soon ,

  77. Ernest Jay says:

    American really loves sushi, "Sushi fast food" must be a hit, why there is no sushi fast food in the US ?

  78. Fox Trouble says:


  79. Shawn H says:

    When you say $, do you mean Canadian $$ ?

  80. 15anerachoreographer says:

    Lol! They talk like they just discovered the “drive through” concept. “It’s great that you don’t have to get out of your car to buy food. I like this new thing called ‘drive through’ !” 😆🤣😂

  81. steev the technophile says:

    Great videos. I have been watching for a LOOOOONG time and it helps quell my wanderlust. I miss Japan. 🙂

  82. ItsNotYeAlt says:

    It would have been awesome if ReportOfTheWeek was in this. Would definitely be an interesting trip for him.

  83. F Tian says:

    Wonder how they manage the plastic wastes and recycling…that’s a lot of single use plastics I’m seeing.

  84. まみ says:

    Fasten your seat belt

  85. bert smith says:

    you always dress very well

  86. windi R H says:

    Ive been binge watching this channel..and ALL the videos inspired me to save up money and travel to Japan again ❤

  87. Clive Baumann says:

    in Japan, I do find it a little difficult to find a park with picnic table and chairs like here in Australia

  88. Albert Yustanto says:

    Dean lost his beard after eating sushi😂

  89. Sweet Moon says:

    Is it possible to know the sushi girl's name? xd

  90. urechiusa_ btw says:


  91. Bao Pham says:

    6:30 suddenly Dean is clean-shaven *thinking emoji*.

  92. Nagnining-ning na Hangin says:

    Where is that fly when i need one in his mouth.

  93. unaanguila says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  94. Jessica W says:

    Seems like taking a road trip in Japan will be a very interesting! As always your videos are excellent.

  95. Mark Shilkrut says:

    Informative, well edited and interesting videos but all these concentrate on food and spas. Japan has unique art, literature, theater and cinema. Please do some videos on these aspects

  96. wilhard45 says:

    That ramen looked soooooo good.

  97. john ozawa says:

    Love what you do! Keep it up! Yoroshiku!

  98. fvcki'n sHit says:

    Meeeeen that first drive thru gurl make me in love. Now I love japan

  99. 星が欲しい。。。 says:

    Cant believe you hung out with Mark Whalberg!

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