Best Dishes To Try In Japan

Japan cuisine does not just revolve around sushi and ramen since the country has a lot of great tasty food. From Japanese-style barbecue to hibachi, Japanese cuisine has a huge diversity of dishes.

Here are some of the best dishes you should try in Japan:


Takoyaki is one of the most popular snacks in Japan and for good reason. It is easy to eat and can be eaten almost anywhere. Made of a piece of octopus that is fried inside a wheat flour batter, topped with bonito flakes, seaweed, mayonnaise and tare to complete.


Tonkatsu is a thick, deep-fried pork cutlet and if often served with a sweet brown sauce and a pile of cabbage.


Oyakodon is a combination of chicken, eggs, sliced onion that are simmered in a soy-based sauce to make an omelette-like dish that is also draped on rice.


Served in a shallow iron pot with thinly sliced beef, vegetables, and noodles simmered in a sweet broth, this tasty soup is perfect any time of the day and night.

Shabu shabu

Different from sukiyaki, shabu shabu is more of a savoury hot pot which has different types of thinly sliced meats and vegetables that are cooked in a boiling broth.

Miso soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup that is made of miso paste, diced tofu, seaweed and scallions.


Udon is made of thick wheat flour noodle that is best served chilled in the summer and hot in the winter.


Onigiri is a popular rice lunch that is shaped into handy, triangular pyramids. It is commonly filled with different types of stuffing such as salted salmon or pickled plum.