5 Foods You Must Try In Japan

Japan is known for its buzzing capital, Tokyo, its influence on entertainment with manga and anime, and its rich centuries-long culture. Of course, we’re talking about their ancient samurai and ninja sects, which have been the basis of so many movie blockbusters.

And we can’t mention Japan without talking about their traditional arts - calligraphy, sculpture making, tea ceremonies and poetry, and their delectable cuisines such as their infamous sushi. Here are some well-acclaimed dishes you should try in Japan!

Sushi and Sashimi

Sushi is perhaps Japan’s most exported dish, recreated in Asian and normal restaurants worldwide. Made with rice seasoned with a lump of sugar and a salt rice-vinegar mix with vegetables, seafood, and seaweed (nori), it’s a great dish!

Sushi offers a delicious mix of flavors, particularly when eaten with soy sauce and/or wasabi. Sushi is called different names depending on the shape and ingredients, such as temaki sushi, maki sushi, etc. Sashimi is fresh raw fish or meat or seafood sliced thinly and served with wasabi and soy sauce.


Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish consisting of meat and seafood, thinly sliced, usually the softer ones. It also has vegetables, tofu, and sometimes noodles boiled in water and served with dipping sauces such as sesame sauce.

The food is cooked by dousing it in the pot with hot water, piece by piece, before dipping it in the sauce. It is communal and can be enjoyed with friends and family

Miso Soup

Miso is a traditional soup served as a side dish. It consists of dashi (fish-stock) into which miso (fermented soybeans) is mixed.

You could find different vegetables such as tofu, onion, sweet potatoes, carrots, or radishes added depending on the regional and seasonal recipes and personal taste.

It is usually served with a bowl of rice and one or two more dishes; Miso soup is also called Omiotsuke.

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