Foods You Absolutely Must Try When Visiting Japan

Published on March 25, 2021
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A trip to Japan is an experience for all your senses, from the gorgeous sights, beautiful music, and of course, the incredible food. Tokyo has a bustling food scene that rivals the best food scenes in the world. Of course, there are endless savory dishes to try, but don’t forget dessert. There are so many tantalizing choices that you definitely won’t be able to taste everything in one trip. But hey, that’s just an excuse to come back again.

Ramen

Ramen

Ramen

We’ve all heard of ramen, but forget the cardboard noodles that you used to munch on in your dorm room. Ramen is an art form in Japan, and you won’t be able to get enough of the delicious broth and noodle combo. There are chicken, seafood, and beef varieties so no matter what you are into, don’t worry, there will be a combination for you.

Okonomiyaki

The name for these savory Japanese pancakes come from the words “okonomi” which means “what you like” and “yaki” which means “cooked.” These delicious pancakes are made from a variety of ingredients and can be made from green onion, octopus, shrimp, squid, pork belly, veggies, mochi, or cheese.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Karaage

Also called Tatsuta-age, this fried chicken is kicked up a couple of notches with its delicious seasoning of soy sauce, salt, and spices. It is then served with mayo to be dipped in and is paired with a side of shredded cabbage and rice.

Karaage

Karaage

Tonkatsu

This delicious dish is comprised of deep fried pork cutlets that is breaded and then served with Japanese Worcestershire sauce. It usually coms with veggie salad and rice.

Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu

Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and are typically made in a soy and sugar sauce. They are finished off with a topping of egg, tempura, and more. They are found in both fast food restaurants as well as fine dining establishments.

Soba Noodles

Soba Noodles

Kare Raisu

Kare Raisu is a rice and curry dish that is made with beef, pork, chicken, onions, carrots, and potatoes. It is one of the most popular dishes found in Japan.

Kare Raisu

Kare Raisu

Matcha

Matcha is green tea powder that is served in a million different forms in Japan. Of course you can drink matcha tea, but you can also enjoy matcha ice cream, mochi, and pancakes. There are endless ways to enjoy the popular flavor.

Matcha

Matcha