10 Sumptuous Foods to Try While in Japan

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Ten Must-Try Foods While in Japan

Japan is one of those countries that almost everyone wants to visit, at least once in their life. There are so many unique destinations in Japan that entices travelers to come and visit. But more than just unique destinations, the food they have here as well is close to out-of-this-world. Looking for something to eat while traveling in Japan? Heres our Top 10 recommended Foods to Try While in Japan:

Sushi

Sushi by Rawpixel via Unsplash
Sushi by Rawpixel via Unsplash

Sushi can almost be found anywhere, but Sushi made in Japan is different. In Japan, Sushi is made like how Picasso makes his paintings, with love and care. You can either try it at a luxurious restaurant or maybe even on a small conveyor belt sushi shop.

Takoyaki

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The author enjoying Takoyaki in Sapporo
The author enjoying Takoyaki in Sapporo

You’ll love Japanese street food, and this is one of them. It is basically octopus in a fried ball topped with some sweet tasting sauce, bonito flakes, and Japanese mayo. It is very soft and chewy. You can find this almost anywhere in Japan.

Ramen

The Earth Bird – Clear Broth
The Earth Bird – Clear Broth

Soup broth with noodles; Ramen is basically a comforting meal that fills you up. There are different types of broth, toppings, and noodles used for it. But any of it served to you is surely prepared with a lot of skill and sophistication. Try it out from the small ramen carts.

Donburi

Donburi by Should Wang via Unsplash
Donburi by Should Wang via Unsplash

A humble bowl that has explosive favors. Almost every fast food chain sells this in Japan. There are a lot of different varieties of this like gyudon, oyakodon, katsudon, etc. All of which will bring different flavors to your palette. Best thing about it is it is affordable!

Japanese Curry

Japanese Curry
Japanese Curry

Indian curry has stronger sauces, but Japanese curry has mild, almost sweet-like, and thicker sauces. It uses usual ingredients like carrots, potatoes while combining it with beef or pork cutlets. It tastes like a homey dish that hugs you with every spoonful.

Taiyaki

Taiyaki
Taiyaki

It looks like a fish but it’s actually a dessert, usually has a sweet red bean paste. But there are other fillings of this like chocolate. It has a slight crunch on the outside and pure softness and gooeyness on the inside. Best enjoyed when it’s hot.

Japanese Pancakes

Japanese Pancakes by T-Mizo via Flickr CC
Japanese Pancakes by T-Mizo via Flickr CC

Unlike American pancakes, this one is more moist, airy, fluffy and very jiggly. Every bite you will have of this feels light. It tastes amazing as is, but with a bit of syrup, it feels like you’ve just been introduced to a whole new batch of flavors.

Onigiri

Onigiri
Onigiri

Flavored rice balls, although it seems to be nothing special, tasting this regular snack of Japanese people will make you understand and appreciate how something small and made out of basic ingredients can taste really good.

Mochi

Mochi
Mochi

A dessert that has a very smooth consistency, this is a Japanese rice cake that has different kinds of fillings inside. Most of the time it is sweet bean paste, but you can find those that have strawberries inside or ice cream.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki

It looks like a pancake but it’s made out of savory ingredients. Most of the time it is made from flour, eggs, yam, cabbage, and dashi while topped with Japanese Mayo, bacon, green onion, sauce, etc. It’s like a comfort food in Japan.

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo, Japan via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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