Taste Japan’s Food Culture

Whenever in Japan, I find myself obsessed with the cuisine; planning my days, meetings and evenings around finding the very best and eclectic food Japan has to offer. Whether a new restaurant, an old favorite or a one tucked away for few to find, it is an important part of the Japan experience. It’s wonderment for the palette to dine, but the true experience lies in observing the preparation and presentation of Japanese food. Speaking to chefs at small Tokyo restaurants can lead to some interesting discussion such as what are the differences in quality between farm raised fish and wild fish or what is the best type of oil to use to cook tempura? These sorts of mysteries in life are best left to the traveler to discover in the restaurants we can introduce to you.

Taste Japan Food CultureAh, so what did a typical 24-hour food discovery look like for me during my most recent journey to Japan? First, I started off in the morning at one of Tokyo’s great bakeries, tasting some of the most delicately prepared and unique pastries you can imagine. Unbeknownst to many, Japanese baked goods are exquisite for the eyes and palette.  I then made my way over to Nihonbashi to Mitsukoshi’s food floor for lunch. Many Japanese department stores have food floors that exhibit and sell the widest variety of Japanese prepared foods anywhere. Simply walk the floors, be awed by what you see and dive right in to taste whatever you can. With a desire to cap off a perfect day, I then meandered over to the Meguro area to enjoy fine dining at a hip fusion place that has great beef dishes. I must admit that I did slip in a little sightseeing and meetings in between all this food. Yes, I did overachieve today but it was well worth it!

One of our favorite Special Experiences to offer our clients is a visit to a renowned Japanese cooking instructor’s home to learn first-hand the art of Japanese cooking. Participating in a three-hour lesson (including eating the spoils at the end) is a great way to spend time to see how our Japanese hosts live but also how to prepare and enjoy the finest dishes. Recipes and cooking secrets are gladly shared to bring home.

Let JapanQuest Journeys liven your palette with an extraordinary taste of Japan.

By Scott Gilman

Managing Director and Co-Founder of JapanQuest Journeys

73 comments
Michio Endo
Michio Endo

Please remember three ways to enjoy Japanese delicious meals.. First enjoy to look how foods are displayed on the plate or bowl, secondly, enjoy taste of food and last, enjoy to look the plate, dish, bowl, tea cup and others. Enjoy Japanese meals.

Megan Paxson
Megan Paxson

I enjoy Japanese food culture by eating it! (and mentally thanking God for the luxury).

Junko Hosoi
Junko Hosoi

だから、現在空腹。目の毒。。。

absolutelyme
absolutelyme

Japanese cuisine is fantastic, since I discovered the recipe of teriyaki sauce http://www.askwiki.net/How-to-Make-Teriyaki-Sauce I add it like to majority of my meals to be honest. Japan is a magical country to me and I was always fascinated by its beauty. Like they say in a sing, I left my heart in Tokyo:) Once I visited this country and this city, I understood that this mystery is the one that I will never solve.

Eli Niu
Eli Niu

when i am in a japanese restaurant it's like i'm in an art exhibition full of painting and ...!

Annie Guilloret
Annie Guilloret

Hi I had the opportunity to travel six times to Japan. Food is so good and food is not only sushis. In Paris, France, there are also very good Japanese restaurants, real ones. May I suggest everyone to try kaiseki cuisine, the best haute cuisine you can eat?

Marina Henley
Marina Henley

I have loved, absolutely LOVED, every Japanese food I've ever had. If I had the money for it, I would go on a food-tasting tour of Japan!

Kazumi Hart Gunter
Kazumi Hart Gunter

Had a real AWESOME chirashi at restaurant Umezono near Smyrna in Atlanta, GA. Oh so yummy!!!

Monica-chan Monica-chan
Monica-chan Monica-chan

日本のりょうりが大好きです‼‼すこしのカロリーがありますのでたくさんのそのおいしい食べ物を食べられます‼‼

Alex Ko
Alex Ko

One bite at a time, of course.

Peng Lee
Peng Lee

Oh man! I want sushi right now *drools*

Moran Lahav
Moran Lahav

I love the food Its not only taste good , its so colorful and beautiful. I wish i could go backkk!!

Anindita Sastavianti
Anindita Sastavianti

It's about understanding a culture through the taste of Japanese cuisine.

Joshua Dalitz
Joshua Dalitz

Devoted my life and dedication to Japanese cuisine. It is my passion. Most excellent culinary developed country in the world. Hands down. Michelin does not lie.

Carla Nagata
Carla Nagata

So beautiful is the presentation of food.

Michael West
Michael West

Cant get enough ! Nobuko's Mom is a great cook just keep the Nato down wind.

Beth Salyers
Beth Salyers

Whoops I forgot my napkin. Im drooling at the awesome-ness