It’s getting to that time of year when we click on photos of turduckens and tropical beaches, but one Redditor’s holiday album blows it all out of the water. Their How I gained 10 pounds in Japan post reminds us that the land of the rising sun is the ultimate destination for adventurous foodies.

As you might expect, there’s a whole lot of sushi and some amazing-looking ramen in the drool-inducing gallery. But we’re not talking about spicy tuna and California rolls—this is legit, authentic stuff, like this sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves.

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Or fugu (poisonous blowfish) sashimi, served alongside the fish’s steamed skin, meat, and fins.

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This intrepid traveler clearly wasn’t too precious to eat some offal. This chicken hot pot has raw meat, stomach, and skin which slowly cooks in the broth at the table.

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And when they went for yakiniku, which involves grilling various meats at the table, they ordered kobe beef, stomach, and tongue like a cave-dwelling gourmand.

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They also followed the first rule of travel, because they’re a pro, and ate scarily sized street food.

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And followed the second rule of travel, which is to drink the local booze. This sake, which has gold leaf inside the bottle, was served to President Obama on his last visit to Japan.

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And this mind-blowing beverage is a beer topped with beer-slushie, which keeps the drink cold but doesn’t water it down because it’s made of beer.

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This person clearly doesn’t mess around when they goes abroad, those extra ten pounds are a badge of badass honor. Check out the rest of the travel food porn gallery here. We challenge you to get excited about roast turkey and Brussel sprouts after this.

And here’s some helpful hints from the Reddit thread on how to do a food tour of Japan on a budget:

[–]ERICAAAW[S] 43 points 

So that fugu feast and yakiniku were payed for by family. Other than that I spent about $600. The yen is low right now so if you are converting US dollars or Euros you will be well off. Food isn’t too expensive if you look around and avoid overly touristy areas.

[–]craznfish 12 points 

Awesome! How long was your trip overall? And is $40-50/day a really low estimate for food? I figure some days I’ll have to splurge but I’m hoping not to go broke on just eating.

[–]ERICAAAW[S] 24 points 

My trip was 12 days. We saved a lot of money staying in an AirBNB and using a JR railpass. $50 is doable. Ramen costs anywhere between 600-800 yen, you can get a fishbowl for around 1000-3000 yen depending what fish you get, and breakfast at a bakery can be between 300-500 yen. I think the most I spent was at the izakaya since we ordered almost one of everything.

[via Reddit]