11 Food to Love in Japan

I can say, hands down, that by far, Japan has the tastiest and most delicious food I have ever tasted in all the places I have ever been to (aside from the Philippines, of course!)

Everything I devoured in Japan, do not only look wonderful aesthetically but also tastes divine as well. This applied not only on freshly cooked foods but also on ready-to-eat items.

Check out my list below of my top foods to love in Japan.

Disclaimer: No sushi or sashimi in my list because I do not eat those. Sorry!

1. Garlic Oil Ramen

This is THE BEST ramen I have ever tasted in my life! And this is not the high-end expensive kind, but a humble little kiosk in the streets of Shin-okubo in Tokyo, just a few minutes away from the JR Shin-okubo station.

 11 Food to Love in Japan Ramen

2. Dango

These cute little dumplings, although small, can be very filling because they are made from mochiko (rice flour). There are many varieties of Dango, here are some of them:

Mitarashi dango –  Dango covered in sweet soy sauce

11 Food to Love in Japan Mitarashi Dango

Anko dango – Dango covered with red bean paste (anko)

Tri-color dango – Dango with three colors. It can be sanshoku dango (pink, green and white) which is popular during the Hanami or cherry blossom viewing season or bocchan dango (green, yellow and brown) which is colored by green tea, eggs and red bean.

11 Food to Love in Japan Sanshoku Dango

3. Japanese Curry

Japanese Curry is sweeter compared to Indian curry. This is a lot lighter in taste and comes with either rice, udon or bread.

11 Food to Love in Japan Japanese Curry

4. Matcha Ice Cream Monaka

I am not a fan of matcha but this matcha ice cream monaka is just perfect! The matcha ice cream and azuki beans are sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers.

11 Food to Love in Japan Matcha Ice Cream Monaka

5. Cakes and desserts

Not only are they lovely to look at, they taste wonderful as well. Enough said!

11 Food to Love in Japan Cakes and Desserts 11 Food to Love in Japan Cakes and Desserts 11 Food to Love in Japan Cakes and Desserts 11 Food to Love in Japan Cakes and Desserts 11 Food to Love in Japan Cakes and Desserts

6. Meiji chocolates and drink

I love everything Meiji, no doubt about it and I would prefer it over Hershey’s any day.

11 Food to Love in Japan Meiji Strawberry Drink

7. Agemanju

I found these in the busy street of Nakamise in Asakusa. Agemanju are deep fried manju – Japanese confection made from flour, rice powder and buckwheat. They are like deep fried buns except that they would have fillings of different flavors. The most common filling is red bean paste, but it also comes in other flavors like black sesame, custard, green tea, pumpkin and even sakura when it is in season. The one below is chocolate.

8. Soufflé pancake

This is the very famous Soufflé Pancake from Hoshino Coffee in Japan. The shape looks so perfect and fluffy, plus the whipped butter adds more oomph to the pancake.

11 Food to Love in Japan Hoshino Souffle Pancake

I did not really try this though because I opted for the Pot-Baked Soufflé. I just cannot resist the chocolate syrup. It tasted good, but I find it too soft and airy.

11 Food to Love in Japan Hoshino Pot Baked Souffle

9. Rice meals

Rice meals are a staple in Japan.  I am not sure if restaurant meals like below can be categorized as bento. A bento is a complete packed lunch with rice, main dish, vegetables and/or dessert served as one set in one container. Nevertheless, whatever they are called, these rice meal sets are very satisfying and usually affordable.

11 Food to Love in Japan Bento 11 Food to Love in Japan Bento 11 Food to Love in Japan Bento 11 Food to Love in Japan Bento

10. Korokke

A korokke is basically a deep-fried patty of meat and mashed potato. These are comparable to French croquettes and serve as convenient and savory snack.

11 Food to Love in Japan Korokke

11. Convenient store food

In Japan, you can find a convenient store in almost every street. People have very high reliance on convenient store product and ready to eat food found in these stores do not disappoint. For a reasonable price, you can get a decent meal to go.

11 Food to Love in Japan Convenient Store Food
I already transferred these into bowls because I broke the containers while opening


Bonus! Must-try!

Black Eggs of Owakudani

11 Food to Love in Japan Black Eggs of Owakudani

These are just normal chicken eggs but they are boiled in hot sulfur springs of the Owakudani Valley in Hakone. They say that eating one of these could extend your life by seven years!


11 Food to Love in Japan Butterbeer

This is a must-try for any Potter fan who visits Osaka. Have a taste of Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan.

These are my bets of food to love in Japan, what are yours?

Please check out my other posts about Japan: Onsen and Hike at Takao-san and Half Day Trip to Shirakawa-go.




More bonus! A piktochart for easy reference!

11 Food to Love in Japan

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