3 Incredible Foods to Try in Japan

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When you’re in Japan, it’s not difficult to find restaurants with delicious food. The problem is when you’re there for the first time and not sure where to start. Here are three amazing foods you shouldn’t miss while in Japan—start from there and see where it takes you.


It’s true that you can get sushi pretty much anywhere in the world these days, but don’t miss a chance to try it in Japan. You can get many different varieties, like nigiri-zushi that’s the signature dish of Tokyo. If your travel budget allows it, try sushi at some high-end restaurant for an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.


Kaiseki is a multi-course dinner you can have in Japanese restaurants. It’s a unique experience where every step is carefully planned. From ingredients, preparation, to the presentation of the food, kaiseki is a whole ritual that’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. The ingredients are always at the height of flavor and freshness and they’re seasoned subtly. The table setting complements the ingredients and is never the same.


Sake, known as nihonshu in Japan, is an alcoholic beverage made from rice, water, and kōji, an ingredient that helps fermentation. Sake is as old as the history of Japan and has an important role in many traditional rituals like wedding ceremonies.