One of Japan’s biggest attractions is food.
Along with historical sites such as temples and shrines, pop culture and high technology, Japanese food itself is country’s great tourist attraction.
Two most popular dishes in Japan today are Sushi and Ramen. Sushi is the most famous Japanese cuisine and popular worldwide. Fresh and great quality Sushi can be found at numbers of spots in Japan, such as Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. On the other hand, Ramen is now called “nation’s favorite dish” as it’s much more affordable comparing to Sushi, and countless Ramen restaurants are located across the country.
Well-known traditional Japanese dishes like Tempura, Soda and Kaiseki course, and Teppanyaki dishes including Wagyu and Okonomiyaki are also increasing popularity quickly.
Along with food, drinking culture in Japan is another interesting thing. Izakaya is definitely the place to visit. It’s Japanese style gastro pub where local food and drinks can be enjoyed.
We highly recommend to try various types of Japanese foods in Izakaya and try Magical Trip’s Bar Hopping Food Tours that takes you to best izakaya and tell you what izakaya food to uncover while you’re in Japan.
It’s never enough time to try all dishes you want in Japan, as countless variety of food are offered, including regional, seasonal and international dishes. Also the price range at restaurants are huge from cheap franchised stores to traditional long-established Japanese restaurants. Especially Tokyo features a wide range of dining spots including several Michelin starred restaurants.
When you travel Japan, I bet you can’t wait for your next meal everyday.
Tokyo’s Best Restaurants by Area
The energetic and diverse district of Tokyo, Shibuya is a center of young culture, and numerous dining spots can be found in various price range including traditional Japanese cuisines, trendy cafes and bars.
Home to Kawaii culture, Harajuku is a competitive area for trendy street snacks and cafes. Recently photogenic food, desserts and drinks are the biggest trend in town.
The best spot for night-out, Shinjuku is where tons of restaurants, bars and cafes are clammed along with flashy neon lights and open for 24 hours. Also it’s known as the mecca of Ramen in Tokyo.
Ginza offers numbers of top-notch Japanese restaurants such as Sushi and Wagyu. Off the luxury high streets, there are numbers of hole-in-the-wall spots where locals keep secrets.
The center of Otaku culture, Akihabara’s most popular dining spot is Maid Cafes, but there are also many traditional Japanese restaurants off the beaten tracks.
The historic capital of Tokyo, Asakusa owns numbers of long established restaurants offering authentic Japanese dishes, such as Tempura and Okonomiyaki. It’s also great spot to munch traditional street snacks around the famous temple, Sensoji.
The center of old downtown Tokyo, Ueno offers mixed food culture from traditional Tokyo’s regional cuisines such as eel and Kaiseki dish to various street snacks at the long shopping street Ameyoko.
Around Tokyo Station
The biggest transportation hub in the city, Tokyo Station and the surrounded area offers huge dining options from inexpensive franchised restaurants to top-notch Japanese dining.
Tokyo’s most international area, Roppongi is where many multi-cultured restaurants, cafes and bars are gathered as well as some of Tokyo’s finest dining spots.
Odaiba is located on Tokyo Bay, and numbers of dining spots offer a great view of the city and the ocean. Several large shopping malls are located in the area, offering great options for eating out.
The neighbor city of Tokyo and Japan’s second biggest city, Yokohama won’t let you down when it comes to food. Including the biggest Chinatown in Japan, numbers of authentic international restaurants can be spotted in Yokohama area.
The western capital of Japan, Osaka’s biggest attraction is food. The city proudly offers their regional dishes such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki, and the huge eat-out options from restaurants to street vendors. It’s the city to eat till you drop!
The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is the best city to explore traditional Japanese food culture. Authentic Japanese cuisine such as Kaiseki course dish can be enjoyed at historical restaurants as well as glorious Wagyu beef.
The great northern land, Hokkaido is arguably the most delicious place in Japan. From fresh seafood to regional Ramen, there is never enough time to try all Hokkaido’s specialties.
Japan’s southernmost city has developed their own unique food culture like no others. Many Okinawan food products are difficult to find in other region such as local Wagyu beef and tropical fruits.