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Taking a Gastronomic Tour of Japan For the Food Connoisseurs

Exotic ingredients, inventive tastes, and a particular sense of history and culture have long been celebrated in Japanese cuisine. So,...

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E xotic ingredients, inventive tastes, and a particular sense of history and culture have long been celebrated in Japanese cuisine. So, let's dive right in because we're taking a gastronomic tour of Japan today, kids!

Hakodate

This is the definitely the finest spot to try seafood in all of East Asia. Many visitors visit Hokkaido to satisfy their hunger rather than to enjoy the sights. Hakodate, Hokkaido's largest port city, surrounded by the sea on all four sides is one of the best sites to try seafood. Every day, there is a large morning market with fresh fish goods and tiny food booths where you may sample excellent seafood delicacies such as Sashimi and Kaisen Don (a seafood rice bowl).

These dishes are served in a variety of ways and at different prices, ranging from the exciting kaiten-zushi (conveyor-belt sushi), where guests can enjoy sushi for around just hundred YEN per plate, to the luxuriously priced, traditional Edomae sushi, where you will sit at a peaceful table and eat as sushi rolls are made right in front of you. 

Tokyo

Every area in Japan seems to have its own distinct miso, but sampling them all in Tokyo is a must. When visiting Tokyo, the first thing that comes to mind is Miso Soup. Miso is a fermented paste created by a combination of soybeans with a bacteria called koji, which may be cultured from rice, barley, or soybeans. You may go to a few different eateries and ask for a sampling of the several miso types available in Japan, and then decide on one that best suits your taste.

Monjayaki is another must-try from Tokyo. Monjayaki is a Japanese street meal that is unique to Tokyo. It is a huge, runny crepe filled with meats, cabbage, and fish. It's so popular that there's even a Monjayaki Street in Tokyo's Tsukishima area! It is, without a doubt, the greatest spot in Japan to sample the dish.

Takayama

Takayama, a mountain village famous for its excellent Hida beef, is a must-see for any wagyu fan. Hida is the name of the northern area of Gifu prefecture, and Wagyu beef must be reared in the province for at least fourteen months and fulfil the standards of an official grading organisation to be named Hida beef. The meat is recognised for its deep coloring, umami-rich flavour, and buttery suppleness that melts on your lips.

Hida beef is prepared in a variety of ways, including sushi, croquettes, and skewered and roasted over charcoal, all of which can be found at the Miyagawa Morning Market for relatively inexpensive pricing. The market, which is located by the Miyagawa river, is an ideal site for a walk from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. everyday, where you can peruse various local delicacies and souvenirs while breathing in the fresh air of Japan's Alpine area.

Other traditional Takayama delicacies, such as Hoba miso and gohei mochi, are inspired by the region's rocky terrain and climate. The former is a magnolia-leaf-based meal. Aside from the novelty, the outcome is a flavorful and fragrant combination of ingredients like leeks, shiitake mushrooms, and Hide beef. The toasty gohei mochi, on the other side, are skewers of pounded rice cakes covered with a miso, soy sauce, walnuts, and sesame mixture before being roasted over charcoal. It's a deliciously addictive nibble.

Kyoto 

Modern-day Kyoto continues to put a high value on the customs of bygone ages. An excellent example of this is kyo-kaiseki, a meal that epitomises washoku, or "traditional Japanese cuisine." Local fish, seasonal vegetables, and rice are used in this banquet-style dinner, which consists of several little servings of food presented on individual plates. Kaiseki, which was formerly only served in royal courts, is now available all across Kyoto at restaurants such as En and Yoshikura.

Osaka

It's simple to see why Osaka has been dubbed Japan's best food city. Kushikatsu, Takoyaki, and Okonomiyaki are some of the must-try meals to taste while visiting Osaka.

Takoyaki, or octopus balls, were most likely not on Unesco's mind when it honoured washoku. However, these unassuming globes of fish and vegetables encased in batter are as synonymous with Asian food as ramen and sushi, and the concept originates in Saka. The city is also known for "okonomiyaki", a batter pancake topped with different meats, shredded vegetables, squid, powdered seaweed, drizzled with mayonnaise, sweet brown and razor thin shavings of dried tuna.  To sample these delights, go to the Dtombori neighbourhood of this food-obsessed city.

The greatest Japanese cuisine tells a tale with its inventive use of ingredients, transforming the culinary experience into both exciting and enlightening. This one was for the food aficionados, the connoisseurs who can taste that pinch of Shiso and reel from that hit from wasabi for weeks. We hope you enjoyed taking a gastronomic tour of Japan with us, until next time!

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