7 Foods to Try in Japan

Food you must try in Japan!

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

What it is: essentially, octopus dumplings rolled into balls.
Best place to get it: Osaka
Price: $

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

What it is: Basically a pancake with various ingredients including cabbage, scallion, various veggies, and your choice of meat, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and bonito flakes. This isn’t a pancake like the kind you have for breakfast – the batter is different and lacks the sweet and fluffy texture we associate with breakfast pancakes. This is one of my favorite Japanese dishes, so one of my #1 recommendations if you’re visiting Japan!
Best place to get it: Osaka
Price: $-$$

sushi

Sushi

What it is: Basically raw fish, but there are other varieties like tamago (egg) sushi and sushi in which the fish is cooked. You will just have to check the menu before ordering if you don’t want raw sushi.
Where to get it: Anywhere
Price: $$

zarusoba
Source: Wikipedia

Zaru soba

What it is: Cold buckwheat noodles with a cold dipping broth. Perfect for hot summer days!
Where to get it: Anywhere.
Price: $

Ramen

Ramen

What it is: Pretty much everyone knows ramen is basically noodles in broth. But true ramen isn’t the packaged instant stuff you eat in college so you don’t starve – you can order noodles with almost endless variety of broths (most common being shio, shoyu, miso, and sometimes a spicy-based broth) and toppings (usually pork, scallion, bean sprouts, and nori). Ramen in Japan can range from the standard ramen selections to more creative creations like ice cream ramen (ramen with vanilla ice cream stuck in the broth), and even ramen burgers.
Where to get it: Anywhere. There is a “ramen street” in Tokyo, where you can have your choice of ramen places, and Kyoto Station also boasts it’s own “Ramen alley”.
Price: $-$$ (while ramen is almost always cheap,  you will likely pay a little more if you try something a more adventurous).

onigiri
Source: Wikipedia

Onigiri

What it is: Rice balls, usually in the shape of a triangle with some kind of filling and often wrapped in nori (seaweed).
Where to get it: Any convenience store. My favorites are the plain onigiri with no filling, salmon, and tuna.
Price: $

oyakodon

Oyakodon

What it is: Chicken and egg with rice and a few other toppings like scallions in a kind of broth/soup, which makes is a delicious, filling meal after a long day of exploring.
Where to get it: Anywhere.
Price: $-$$

What’s great about Japan is even in tourist-heavy places, you can find delicious and affordable food. Convenience stores are also a great way to grab a cheap, quick meal or snack if you’re on the move.

What is your favorite Japanese food?

 

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