Japanese Comfort Food

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When you think of comfort food, you might be thinking of a nice slice of pizza, triple scoop ice cream, or some crispy fried chicken. While that may be fine here, Japan has its own share of comfort food to enjoy. Japanese comfort food is filled with flavors and aromas meant to evoke nostalgia to the days of their mother and grandmothers' cooking. The dishes usually consist of rice or noodles, but there are various meals to enjoy, whether it's hot‐pot, grilled dishes, fried dishes, noodles, rice bowls, or soup. Sample some of Japan's best comfort foods while you travel with us on any of our Japan Tour packages or during a private Japan tour vacation with your family.

Nabemono - Hot‐Pot

Shabu-shabu

Shabu-shabu

Japanese hot pot with vegetables and thinly sliced meat

Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki

Japanese hot pot in a stew made from soy sauce, sugar, and mirin

Chanko Nabe

Chanko Nabe

Popular hot-pot dish consumed by Sumo Wrestlers

Oden

Oden

Oden is a winter time Japanese favorite, similar to hot pot, comprised of many ingredients, and a light, soy-flavored dashi broth.

Yakimono - Grilled Dish

Yakitori

Yakitori

Popular Japanese skewer dish perfect with a glass of nice cold beer

Yakiniku

Yakiniku

Grilled Meat - Japanese barbecue

Takoyaki (JDT Recommends)

Takoyaki (JDT Recommends)

Small ball shaped snacks made with flour, egg, and octopus

Okonomiyaki (JDT Recommends)

Okonomiyaki (JDT Recommends)

Savory Japanese pancake consisting of batter made from flour, eggs, cabbage

Jingisukan

Jingisukan

Popular Japanese Lamb Barbecue

Teppan-Yaki

Teppan-Yaki

Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food

Modern-Yaki

Modern-Yaki

Okonomiyaki with noodles included as a layer

Jidori

Jidori

Chargrilled chicken served on a sizzling hot plate

Agemono - Fried Dish

Tempura

Tempura

Lightly battered, deep fried seafood and vegetables

Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu

Breaded, deep fried pork cutlet served with tonkatsu sauce

Karaage

Karaage

Japanese bite-sized fried chicken; Popular among children and great appetizer

Korokke

Korokke

Deep fried dish consisting of mashed potato, meat, vegetables

Kushiage (JDT Recommends)

Kushiage (JDT Recommends)

Deep-fried skewered dish in made with various meats, seafood, and vegetables.

Japanese Fried Rice

Japanese Fried Rice

Chahan is the Japanese take on the popular Chinese fried rice dish

Goya Chanpuru

Goya Chanpuru

Bitter melon stiry fry; staple of Okinawa

Toriten (JDT Recommends)

Toriten (JDT Recommends)

Japanese tempura style fried chicken of Oita

Men - Noodles

Ramen (Lunch)

Ramen (Lunch)

Consists of noodles, soup, toppings, each with a great variety of choices

Udon (Lunch)

Udon (Lunch)

Japanese thick noodles made from wheat flour

Yakisoba (JDT Recommends)

Yakisoba (JDT Recommends)

Japanese style chow mein made with wheat flour noodles, vegetables, meat

Soba (JDT Recommends)

Soba (JDT Recommends)

Noodles made of buckwheat flour

Hōtō (Lunch)

Hōtō (Lunch)

Popular dish in Yamanashi made using miso soup and flat udon noodles

Instant Noodles

Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are a popular snack/quick meal in Japan that requires relatively little effort to prepare.

Nagasaki Champon (Lunch)

Nagasaki Champon (Lunch)

A specialty noodle dish that has a thick broth and noodles made to be cheap and nutritious.

Hegi-Soba

Hegi-Soba

Buckwheat Noodles made from Seaweed

Donburi - Rice Bowls

Gyudon

Gyudon

Japanese Beef Bowl

Oyakodon (JDT Recommends)

Oyakodon (JDT Recommends)

Japanese rice bowl with eggs, chicken, and onions

Unagi

Unagi

Freshwater eel; Doyo no Ushi no Hi

Tamago Gohan

Tamago Gohan

Tamago Gohan is Japan’s popular food, translated to “raw egg on rice” in English.

Nimono - Simmered Dishes & Shirumono - Soup

Nikujaga

Nikujaga

Traditional Japanese Home Cooked Dish

Okayu

Okayu

Okayu is a popular dish made with rice and water, often topped with other ingredients.

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Traditional Japanese Soup Made from Miso

Chazuke

Chazuke

Chazuke, bowl of rice in green tea poured on it. It's Japanese soul food!

More Popular Comfort Food!

Bento

Bento

Meals often packed in a box-like container

Onigiri

Onigiri

Rice balls - Japanese dish with the longest history

Japanese Curry

Japanese Curry

Served with rice and the sauce contains various vegetables

Omurice

Omurice

Japanese dish with Western influences, omelette over fried ketchup rice

Natto

Natto

Fermented soybeans

Mochi (JDT Recommends)

Mochi (JDT Recommends)

Japanese rice cake, made from mochigome, or mochi rice

Wasabi (JDT Recommends)

Wasabi (JDT Recommends)

Japanese horseradish, most commonly served with sushi

Umeboshi

Umeboshi

Umeboshi is a typically traditional pickled Japanese plum. It's necessary food to Japan's dining.

Kimchi

Kimchi

Kimchi is a popular dish in Korea that has made it's way as a favorite among many Japanese.

Tsukemono

Tsukemono

Tsukemono means pickled vegetables in Japanese. Surrounded by ocean, Japan developed its tsukemono culture in a unique way.

Nori

Nori

Nori is a type of edible Japanese seaweed, popular in Japan.

Shumai (JDT Recommends)

Shumai (JDT Recommends)

Japanese variation of the popular dumpling dish from China

Beef Bun (JDT Recommends)

Beef Bun (JDT Recommends)

Steamed Chinese buns filled with Beef

Japanese Pizza

Japanese Pizza

Japanese Pizza Toppings, Size and Price are very different from the U.S

Oysters (JDT Recommends)

Oysters (JDT Recommends)

Popular seafood delicacy in Miyajima & Hiroshima

Inari Sushi (JDT Recommends)

Inari Sushi (JDT Recommends)

pouch of fried tofu skin filled with sushi rice

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