Must-Visit Cities in Japan for Foodies

Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and we have seen a real surge of Japanese restaurants popping up on our high streets in the UK.

But what if you are travelling to one of the best Asian destinations?

Did you know that Tokyo restaurants have the most Michelin stars of any city in the world, with an astonishing 314 total stars in 2018, 173 more than closest rival Paris!

Check out some of the best Tokyo restaurants to get a good variety of the foods that this fabulous country has to offer, but here are some of the foods that can be found in some of Japan’s cities.


Tokyo is home to Tsukiji, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, so is the perfect place to try Sushi or Sashimi.

Sushi is one of the best known Japanese foods around the world and usually refers to a dish of pressed vinegar’d rice with a piece of raw fish or shellfish, called a neta, on top.

Sashimi is similar to sushi but without the rice, sashimi is raw fish sliced into easy-to-eat pieces.



Osaka is Japan’s second largest city and is most known for Takoyaki, ball shaped dumplings filled with sliced octopus, ginger, spring onions, and tempura crumbs, topped with mayonnaise and a sprinkling of powdered nori seaweed, and dried flakes of bonito.



Kyoto was Japan’s capital for more than 1000 years and is famous for its historical landmarks with over 2,000 shrines and temples.


It is famous for Kyo Kaiseki, a collection of dishes and courses designed to appeal to both the taste buds and the eyes.


Yokohama is a city of 3.6 million people just south of Tokyo and is where the dish “gyunabe” (beef pot dish) originated from. It is also home to the Napolitan, a Yokohama ramen dish consisting of noodles in a hot soy sauce broth, covered in stir-fried vegetables, prominently bean sprouts.


Have you visited Japan – what was your favourite dish to try?

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