50 Most Popular Foods To Eat In Japan

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The traditional Japanese cuisine is well known as ‘washoku,’ which is one of the most sundry and engrossing foods worldwide. These seasonal cuisines evolved over a 100-year period behind the closed doors of this formerly bourgeois nation and are now celebrated on the global epicurean scene for their originality, healthiness, and inheritance.

50 Most Popular Foods To Eat In Japan

1. Sushi

Sushi is one of the traditional Japanese cuisines made by amalgamating vinegar rice and seafood. These are a type of fermented sushi, also known as nare-zushi, but the most common types of sushi are nigiri-zushi and temaki-zushi

2. Tempura

Tempura is one of the Japanese dishes made up of seafood, fresh vegetables, and other ingredients submerged in flour and egg batter, fried in oil, and served hot & crispy.

3. Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a Japanese cuisine in which meat and vegetables are simmered in an iron pot. The sauce is known as warishita, made up of soy sauce and sugar.

It’s delicious and a must-try.

4. Ramen

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that has become astonishingly popular and is considered a classic case of Japanese cuisine. In the beginning, the soup was made from chicken bones, but in contemporary years, pork, beef, and seafood are also being used, creating a sundry range of tastes.

5. Curry Rice

Even though curry originated in India, the curry we eat in Japan is a localized dish based on the curry escort over to Japan from the UK. Made up of meat and vegetables (carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.) seasoned with curry powder, stewed, and served hot with rice.

6. Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu is a very popular Japanese cuisine established by seeing the western pork cutlets, where a thick slice of pork is sunk in flour and in the beaten egg batter, coated with breadcrumbs, fried in oil, and served hot.

7. Soba

This traditional Japanese cuisine is a noodles made up of soba (buckwheat) flour devoured with soy sauce and sugar sauce and served with toppings like egg, tempura, or other ingredients.

8. Udon

Udon is noodles made up of kneaded wheat flour and eaten with sauces made with soy sauce and sugar, similar to soba.

It is super delicious and tasty.

9. Karaage

Karaage is chicken that’s seasoned with soy sauce, salt, and a variety of different spices, which is sprinkled with starch and fried in hot oil. It is also known as the Japanese version of fried chicken, but its flavors are very different from your other fried chicken.

10. Yakitori

Yakitori is skewered chicken seasoned with a sweet salt or soy sauce.

It’s coated with sauces and is a must-try!

11. Yakiniku

Yakiniku is a cuisine in which beef is immersed in sauces and grilled directly over the fire. The freshness of the meat is the most important for this cuisine, and by grilling the dish lightly, you can literally see all the juices of the meat and the soft texture of Japanese beef.

12. Sashimi

Sashimi is one traditional Japanese food that is made up of raw shellfish cut into tiny pieces and served with soy sauce.

13. Robatayaki

Robatayaki is not exactly a traditional Japanese food, but it’s more like a restaurant serving fish and sauces; it’s more like barbeque.

14. Shabushabu

This cuisine is made up of meat and vegetables, which are boiled in water and a flavored stock of konbu with different kinds of mixed ingredients.

15. Gyutan

This dish is made from a Sendai where the gyutan, also known as beef tongue, is made in a different way that softens the beef, and because of this, it tastes amazing.

16. Kaiseki Ryori

Kaiseki ryori is not especially a cuisine, but it’s mostly eaten at banquets, and its presentation is beautiful.

17. Gyudon

It’s a traditional Japanese cuisine served with rice topped with beef.

18. Chankonabe

A traditional Japanese dish where food is made up of extremely nutritious meat and vegetables that are boiled together and served hot.

19. Motsunabe

It is popular Japanese cuisine from Fukuoka, where beef is cooked along with pork offal meat in a pot with a lot of vegetables, like cabbage and the Chinese leek, also called nira in Japanese.

20. Onigiri

The lovely-looking rice ball is very famous for its authenticity and is loved by locals in Japan.

21. Unagi-no-kabayaki (Eel)

Unagi-no-kabayaki is a dish made of eel, also known as unagi in Japanese, which is also dunked in sauces and cooked over charcoal.

22. Kani (Crab)

Kani, called crab in English, is eaten around the globe, but the crab found in Japan is very special and is eaten only on special occasions.

23. Yakizakana

Traditional Japanese dish made up of grilled fish by cooking on fire which gives crispiness to its outer texture.

24. Nizakana

Nizakana is a dish in which fish is boiled with soy sauce and the super-based sauce, adding different flavors to the grilled fish.

25. Western-Style Fried Dishes

In tonkatsu, many fried dishes are prepared in the same way as tempura.

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26. Jingisukan

It is a cuisine where mutton and vegetables are cooked in the same pot along with some special sauces.

27. Kansai-style Kushi-katsu

In the Kansai region, the cuisine comprises meat and vegetables, which are put on skewers and fried with their batter.

28. Oden

A lovely-looking bowl full of oden is a must if you want something hot while you are traveling.

29. Okonomiyaki

A Japanese pancake with a lot of cabbage is the best dish to try while visiting small restaurants in Japan.

30. Buta-no-shogayaki

It’s like a ginger pork dish but with different sauces and goes best with Japanese sake.

31. Katsudon

The dish is cooked with tonkatsu and onion and topped with beaten egg.

32. Fugu

Fugu or also called puffer fish in English, is well known as a poisonous fish that can be prepared only if you have a license to make one.

33. Gyoza

Gyoza is a traditional Chinese dumpling or basically momo. In China, the suigyoza or boiled gyoza is a very common thing, but in Japan, it is called yakigyoza or pan-fried gyoza.

34. Nikujaga

It is one example of traditional Japanese homemade cooking where potatoes and meat are boiled together in soy sauce and sugar.

35. Takoyaki

The mixture of ingredients like wheat flour and water, along with the stock, is dipped in a special hotplate.

36. Yakisoba

It’s fried noodles with a few ingredients like pork, cabbage, and bean sprouts and topped with Worcester sauce.

37. Omurice

Rice sauteed with tomato sauce and wrapped in an omelet, known for its sweetness and loved by kids in Japan.

38. Napolitan

The dish consists of Wieners, onions, fried green peppers, and boiled pasta flavored with ketchup.

39. Kamameshi

A dish prepared individually with rice is cooked in an iron pot called kama, along with soy sauce.

40. Tamagoyaki

It’s a rolled omelet served as a side dish and loved by all for its unique texture and taste.

41. Potato Salad

The Japanese version of potato salad is different from normal potatoes mixed with different ingredients and tastes authentic.

42. Misoshiru

Misoshiru is a miso soup served every time with meal in Japan.

It’s served hot and is heartwarming.

43. Tofu

Even though it’s common to have tofu, the original thing can only be found in Japan, so don’t miss trying it.

44. Chawanmushi

A beautiful bowl cuisine served hot on new year eve’s.

It’s mostly served on special occasions in Japan.

45. Tsukemono

Tsukemono is a Japanese pickle. It can be a vegetable that is dipped in salt and vinegar.

46. Tamagokake Gohan

A dish made of rice dipped in raw egg and mixed with soy sauce and topped on the warm rice.

47. Edamame

Made up of young soybeans that are boiled and salted for the flavors, it’s a good snack for the Japanese.

48. Ochazuke

A dish where tea is poured into the warm rice is served at the end of the meal.

49. Umaibo

Japanese snacks are very popular overseas and cost peanuts, so don’t forget to try them.

50. Kashipan

It is the type of sweet bread found in Japanese bakeries or convenience stores; its unique flavor will make you have more.


Japan is the only place with unique flavors and healthy dishes, which will make you happy and satisfied with their culture and wide range of cuisine.

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