If we could, we’d list just about every prefecture and city in Japan as a must-visit for food-lovers. From snowy Hokkaido to tropical Okinawa, there is enormous diversity in the ingredients and dishes found across a relatively small island nation. But in the interest of your travel itinerary and your wallet, here are ten of our top picks, each selected for their original and reliably excellent local cuisine.
It’s not all fine dining restaurants, mind you. These foodie hotspots have a good meal waiting for you on every street corner, catering to a wide range of budgets and appetites. From local markets, mom-and-pop izakaya and hole-in-the-wall noodle joints to department store basements and even Buddhist temples, there’s just too many things to eat, too little time. Nevertheless, here’s a shortlist to get you started.
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