10 Must Try Dishes When in Japan

  • FOOD
  • Japan’s beguiling beauty is really enchanting enough that tourists find adding it to their itineraries during holidays or vacation time hard to resist. But aside from its stunning beauty and strong cultural identity, Japan is also known for its delicious fresh cuisine.

    Here are ten dishes that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Japan:


    This is cooked vinegared rice combined with raw fish or seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. There are different types of sushi and all are really delicious and healthy.

    In Japan, sushi is usually served on special occasions, that’s why it has a lofty image but would you believe that it humbly originated as a street food?


    Its noodle soup dish consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in meat-based broth.

    Ramen is a budget travelers’ meal since it is inexpensive and widely available. The meal originated from China and had become Japan’s favorite late night meal.


    Unagi is Japanese term for freshwater eel and a common ingredient in Japanese meals.

    It is a relatively expensive Japanese delicacy due to its legendary stamina-giving properties for strength and vitality during summer.


    It is Japan’s batter-fried food that was introduced to them by the Portuguese.


    Kaiseki is multi-course Japanese dinner course which is part food and part work of art.

    It is compared to Western-style haute cuisine, the kind of meal you would prefer when ONLY THE BEST WILL DO.


    Soba is thin buckwheat noodles popular in mountainous regions in Japan. It is an inexpensive meal and is available at many railway stations.


    It is a Japanese dish with thinly sliced meat and a variety of vegetables and sauces, boiled “hot pot” style in a skillet at the table.

    The name shabu-shabu imitates the sound you make as you gently swish your chopstick-held morsels of raw meat in the steaming broth.


    Literally “grilled as you like,” okonomiyaki is Japanese comfort food at its best, consisting of batter and cabbage. At most restaurants, diners grill the dish themselves at a hotplate built into the table.


    Tonkatsu is one of the most beloved “western style” foods in Japan. It is pork chop breaded with flour, egg, and Panko (bread crumbs), then deep fried. It is just as famous as tempura.


    Today Yakitori is made of several bite-sized pieces of chicken meat and giblets, threaded on a bamboo skewer and grilled, usually over Binchotan charcoal. It is best partnered with cold beer.