Gourmet Japan: The Best and Affordable Japanese Cuisine from Around the Country

Gourmet Japan: the best and affordable Japanese food from around the country

Kashiva Island, Kochi Prefecture

South of Shikoku — the smallest of the major islands of Japan — About an 80-minute flight from Tokyo is Kochi Prefecture, known for its scenic scenery. For example, Kashiwa Island — a small island located on the southwestern tip of Kochi and popular with tourists due to its crystal clear ocean.

The most famous local dish is Katsuo no tataki — lightly fried bonito fish. Restaurants typically serve seven locally sourced dishes for dinner, including Katsuo no Tataki and Shimanto pork marinated in a traditional sauce.

Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki

Kyushu is an hour and 40 minutes flight from Tokyo. It is the most southwestern of the main islands of Japan and is made up of seven prefectures. The region is well known for its active volcanoes, stunning beaches, and natural hot springs.

The northwest coast of Kyushu, Nagasaki, is famous for its history with Christianity in Japan. The prefecture has hidden Christian sites that still exist and are registered as World Cultural Heritage Sites.

Restaurants serve food using salt from Goto Island, where many Christians fled when they were persecuted for practicing a different faith. Here they offer fresh sea bass cooked in a traditional way called “Gotojime”. It is important that only the freshest fish is taken.

Nemuro Port, Hokkaido

A popular place in Tokyo is the Tsukiji fish market. This is an iconic place for those who are looking for the best seafood in the capital. However, for those who want to visit the most original fish market, we advise you to go further, to Hokkaido — one of the coldest regions of the country and its northernmost point.

Tourists here enjoy outdoor activities, winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. In addition to excellent seafood, dishes such as Jingisukan — a local specialty made with grilled lamb or lamb. The easternmost city of Hokkaido — Nemuro, located over a six-hour drive from Sapporo prefecture's main city, is well known for Nemuro Port, Japan's largest fishing port. A must here is the Hanasaki crab, brought from the fish market in the port of Nemuro.

The area is also famous for the saury festival that takes place in Nemuro every September. During the festival, visitors have the opportunity to visit the 100-meter corner where fish is cooked on coals, and even try to catch saury by hand.  Hokkaido — the island, blessed with many different dishes, provides an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the world of Japanese cuisine.

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