Japanese food! Without a doubt, the most subtle, complex and varied cuisine in the world and an essential part of any adventure in Japan.
We could talk lyrically about Japanese food for hours – from the freshest sashimi in the country at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market to hearty octopus-filled meatballs at an Osaka street stall, to winter crab stew and cherry ice cream, there are always more regional and seasonal specialties to savor.
You don’t have to just take our word for it! Japanese cuisine, or washoku, has just been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. French food is the only other national cuisine on the list, although certain Turkish and Mexican dishes are recognized.