Japanese Cuisine

Kyoto, fantastic foods and where to find them

The city of Kyoto is best known for its tranquil temples and picturesque shrines, but its rich history as Japan’s ancient capital has also left it with an elegant and refined culinary tradition that’s not to be missed. Here’s our guide to the top Kyoto restaurants to visit and local dishes to try during your stay.

Traditional dishes you have to try in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is famous for its historical landmarks, a rich and diverse food culture and culinary history with several well known dining styles, local delicacies and traditional sweets. Here are traditional Kyoto dishes that you must try on any visit to the ancient capital.

Non-sushi foods that you should try in Japan

Japanese cuisine has so much more to offer the world than sushi. With a temperate climate and plenty of rainfall, this island nation is able to grow much of its own food, leading to recipes that are delightfully and distinctly from Japan. Here is the rundown of the top Japanese foods that are not sushi.

The best places to enjoy Osaka foods

In a country where culinary perfection is the norm, Osaka has managed to earn the reputation of being ‘Japan’s kitchen’ – and there are a handful of dishes that prove its gustatory prowess. Here’s a guide to Osaka’s most iconic dishes and the best places to eat them.

Get to know Mochi, traditional rice cake in Japan

Mochi is a type of traditional Japanese rice cake that has been enjoyed in Japan for centuries. In early times, mochi was used as an offering to the gods, and afterwards were cut into pieces and shared for good luck.

Discover the mystery of Japan's popular sushi

Sushi comes in all different shapes and sizes, and one of the most easily recognizable forms is that of makizushi. Made with vinegared rice and select fillings wrapped in a sheet of nori, makizushi is rolled with a bamboo mat to create a perfectly cylindrical shape that is then cut into bite-size pieces. This rolled style of sushi is so p ...

Treat yourself with amazing Japanese snacks

Japan has many kinds of delicious snacks that you cannot find anywhere else. There are some flavors that are only available in the country and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. While you are planning your trip to Japan, you may think of sushi, miso soup, and noodles as your first choice of nourishment but why not try some of these ...

Enjoy the popular Japanese chicken dishes

Beyond the thousands of yakitori stalls dotting the side streets of Japan, you will find that not all Japanese chicken dishes are served on a stick. Chicken is one of the country’s most popular ingredients, and much attention is paid to the quality of the meat.

Japanese local fruits you need to try

Almost all Japanese fruits are cultivated as both generic and affordable types alongside their luxurious and pricey counterparts. A few of these fruits are native to Japan, and some were imported, but it’s safe to say that all of them have been cultivated in some way to be purely Japanese.

Get to know Kaiseki Ryoki, a traditional Japanese dinner

Kaiseki ryori is a traditional Japanese multi-course haute cuisine. Its origins are found many centuries ago in the simple meals served at the tea ceremony, but later it evolved into an elaborate dining style popular among aristocratic circles. Today, kaiseki is served in specialized restaurants or can be enjoyed by staying at a ryokan.