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Must Try Japanese Foods with Links Travel and Tours

February 29, 2024

Wondering what Japanese food await you on your next visit to Japan? Let us take you on a mouthwatering journey through the flavours of this vibrant country. Brian, our travel trade manager, recently embarked on a culinary adventure in Japan, personally savoring each delicacy to bring you the best recommendations. 

Here are four must try Japanese foods, each offering a unique taste experience:


A beloved Japanese staple, ramen is a noodle soup dish that has gained international acclaim. With its origins in Chinese cuisine, ramen has evolved into various regional styles in Japan. The dish typically consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and topped with ingredients like sliced pork, dried seaweed, and green onions.

Traveler's Tip: While instant ramen is readily available worldwide, savoring an authentic bowl of ramen in Japan is an experience not to be missed. Each region boasts its own unique ramen style, making it a culinary adventure to try different variations during your travels.

Japanese Crab (Kani)

Japan is known for its delectable crab varieties, such as the coveted Snow Crab (Zuwai-gani) and the succulent Horsehair Crab (Kegani). These crabs are enjoyed in various preparations, from grilled to boiled and even as sashimi. The sweet and tender crab meat is a delicacy that seafood enthusiasts should explore.

Traveler's Tip: Visit a seafood market or a specialty crab restaurant to indulge in the freshness of Japanese crab. Seasonal availability may influence the type of crab you'll find, so it's worth checking out the local specialties during your visit.

Different KitKat Flavours

KitKat has become a cultural phenomenon in Japan, offering an array of unique and regional flavours not found elsewhere. From matcha (green tea) and sake to sweet potato and wasabi, the Japanese KitKat lineup is a delightful exploration of unexpected taste combinations.

Traveler's Tip: Take advantage of the opportunity to try KitKat flavours exclusive to Japan. These make for delightful souvenirs or gifts, showcasing the country's creativity in blending traditional and modern flavours.

Strawberry Cakes in Strawberry Mania

Japan is renowned for its luscious strawberries, and during strawberry season, you’ll find an abundance of strawberry-themed treats. Strawberry cakes, adorned with fresh strawberries and creamy layers, capture the essence of this sweet obsession.

Traveler's Tip: Indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of strawberry cake from a local bakery or dessert shop. The combination of velvety cake and plump, juicy strawberries is a heavenly treat.

Hopefully, this delightful lineup of must try Japanese foods has piqued your interest, enticing you to savor the unique flavors Japan has to offer.

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Let us craft a tailor-made journey that not only satisfies your travel cravings but also indulges your culinary desires. Your Japanese adventure awaits – with Links Travel and Tours, your trusted companion in bespoke travel experiences.

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