Food & Dining
Listed in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage (since 2013), the authentic and sophisticated ‘washoku’ is one of many great reasons to visit Japan. In addition to the delicate flavours and aesthetic beauty, washoku also values seasons, with a presentation that reflects the season along with fresh seasonal ingredients.
Traditional Japanese Cuisine
Among the abundant varieties of cultural bites, kaiseki ryori (traditional multi-course meal) is a great way to experience the feasts the imperial class of Japan have enjoyed for thousands of years. The meticulous preparation and attention to detail that goes into the food creates a top-notch culinary experience. Featuring fresh produce of the season, employing the most appropriate equipment, cooking methods and contemplation of colours and food textures, kaiseki ryori aims to please all of your senses.
From home cooked dishes to premium cuisines, here are other examples of all kinds of Japanese foods you should try in Japan! When in Japan, eat as the locals eat and you won’t miss a thing.
Whether you are a gourmet traveller or a B-kyu gourmet (B-class gourmet, or very casual eats) aficionado, the 47 prefectures of Japan are all loaded with special cuisines to satisfy all tastes. Blessed with the distinct four seasons and its long island shape, the climate and land conditions differ greatly across the country. Thus, there is a rich and diverse food culture across the regions. Each region has developed different food cultures which bring out the best of the local ingredients harvested in each prefecture.
Don’t forget to sip the local sake (Japanese rice wine) between meals! If sweets are more your style, stock up on the fantastic local Japanese sweets!
After a wander around the city, hold your glass up for a toast with hot / chilled sake (Japanese rice wine) with locals! With heaps of different flavours and kinds by region, nihonshu, a.k.a sake, is great when paired with Japanese meals. Indeed, sake is becoming very well known all over the world. However, the variety available overseas is limited so make sure you explore the world of sake and hunt for some unique labels that are rare or unavailable back at home. Keen for even greater variety? Add shochu to your must-try list! Izakaya (Japanese style pubs) are a good way to experience the local vibe with lively hospitality as you sip! Many big cities never sleep so start the night by rubbing elbows with the local salarymen (office workers and business men) in a lively izakaya!
- Dining Experiences
- Japan Restaurant Search
- Japan’s Tasty Secrets – a 35 page guide to food in Japan (PDF: 6.13mb)