Japan is known for many things, especially for its exotic culture, but there is something else you might know the country for: its cuisine. Even the specialists admit that Japan has one of the most interesting cuisines of the world and if you would like to try it, there are some destinations you should be thinking about.
If there is one dish that Tokyo is known for, it is sushi. It is made of cuts of raw fish served with vinegared rice. The dish has been invented in this city and it is also known as Edomae-zushi (Edo being the old name of Tokyo). There is no better place for trying the dish than at the stalls of Tsukiji.
If you take a trip to the ancient capital of Japan, make sure you don’t miss out on the kaiseki-ryori. This is a multicourse dish of seasonal delicacies that is a treat for both the eyes and the tasting buds. If you want the best, try the dish at Nakamura-Ro in Gion. This restaurant has been opened over 400 years ago.
For sure you have heard about Takoyaki before. This dish comes with octopus balls in batter served with vegetables. It is an ancient recipe just like sushi or ramen and Osaka is the birthplace of the recipe. Some other dishes you might want to try include okonomiyaki which is something like pancakes with meat.
Hokkaido has been known as a gourmet destination for quite some time now. Here you can find several variations for ramen and jingisukan. However, the most special recipes you will find here involve seafood, like salmon and crab. It is best to go to the market early in the morning to find fresh fish.
In case you are looking for a truly tasty dish, consider unagi, which means grilled eel. Make sure you take a trip to Atsuta Horaiken, one of the most famous restaurants of the city to enjoy sauce basted eel strips that you can eat in three different ways: with rice, with dried seaweed, or with soup.
Most probably you have heard about soba noodles before, and these are the pride of the city. The noodles are so famous that people stay in line early in the morning to make sure they get some before the shop closes. If you are more adventurous, you could also try basashi.
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