So revered is Japan’s cuisine that you can find it almost anywhere in the world, whether it’s your local sushi train or a bar that’s serving sake. Despite this, absolutely nothing compares to the quality and variety of cuisine you can enjoy when in Japan.
From the traditional dishes of Kaiseki cuisine, sashimi, sushi and more that were developed from thousands of years of isolation, to truly unique regional specialties, all of which are accompanied by distinctive and iconic Japanese drinks; Japan provides a smorgasbord of options for food lovers to discover.
Begin your journey of endless discovery into the cuisine of Japan below.
Taste of Japan: 6 Places Beyond Tokyo
Japan is renowned for its diverse and delicious cuisine. From ramen in Kyoto, to pancakes in Hiroshima, no matter where you are in Japan dining delights are plentiful. With the help of foodie bible Delicious magazine, we’ve rounded up the best ‘off the beaten track’ culinary hotspots.
Japanese Food Etiquette Guide
Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in December 2013. This well-deserved recognition honors the respect and appreciation of the season, and the beauty of the ingredients, with which Japanese dishes are prepared. This attention to detail extends to the service ware they are presented on. From the lofty heights of kaiseki to a small inn's breakfast, washoku is a feast for the senses.
From the wintery highlands of Hokkaido, to the tropical islands of the south, Japan’s diversity in climate and ecosystem across its 47 prefectures has caused a range of regional delicacies to develop over centuries. Whether it's the devil’s tongue jelly of the far north or the Goya Champuru of Okinawa, there are plenty of specialties to discover in a journey through Japan.