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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 Japan Deluxe Tour's fully-guided vacation packages or private Japan tours with your family!
Japanese hot pot with vegetables and thinly sliced meat
Japanese hot pot in a stew made from soy sauce, sugar, and mirin
Popular hot-pot dish consumed by Sumo Wrestlers
Oden is a winter time Japanese favorite similar to hot pot
Popular Japanese skewer dish perfect with a glass of nice cold beer
Grilled Meat - Japanese barbecue
Small ball shaped snacks made with flour, egg, and octopus
Savory Japanese pancake consisting of batter made from flour, eggs, cabbage
Popular Japanese Lamb Barbecue
Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food
Okonomiyaki with noodles included as a layer
Chargrilled chicken served on a sizzling hot plate
Hiroshima style okonomiyaki with a thin crepe and noodles
Lightly battered, deep fried seafood and vegetables
Breaded, deep fried pork cutlet served with tonkatsu sauce
Japanese bite-sized fried chicken; Popular among children and great appetizer
Deep fried dish consisting of mashed potato, meat, vegetables
Deep-fried skewered dish in made with various meats, seafood, and vegetables.
Chahan is the Japanese take on the popular Chinese fried rice dish
Bitter melon stiry fry; staple of Okinawa
Japanese tempura style fried chicken of Oita
Consists of noodles, soup, toppings, each with a great variety of choices
Japanese thick noodles made from wheat flour
Japanese style chow mein made with wheat flour noodles, vegetables, meat
Noodles made of buckwheat flour
Popular dish in Yamanashi made using miso soup and flat udon noodles
Instant noodles are a popular snack/quick meal in Japan that requires relatively little effort to prepare.
A specialty noodle dish that has a thick broth and noodles made to be cheap and nutritious.
Buckwheat Noodles made from Seaweed
Udon topped with abura-age named after Foxes
Japanese Beef Bowl
Japanese rice bowl with eggs, chicken, and onions
Freshwater eel; Doyo no Ushi no Hi
Tamago Gohan is Japan’s popular food, translated to
raw egg on rice in English.
Meals often packed in a box-like container
Rice balls - Japanese dish with the longest history
Served with rice and the sauce contains various vegetables
Japanese dish with Western influences, omelette over fried ketchup rice
Japanese rice cake, made from mochigome, or mochi rice
Japanese horseradish, most commonly served with sushi
Umeboshi is a typically traditional pickled Japanese plum. It's necessary food to Japan's dining.
Kimchi is a popular dish in Korea that has made it's way as a favorite among many Japanese.
Tsukemono means pickled vegetables in Japanese. Surrounded by ocean, Japan developed its tsukemono culture in a unique way.
Nori is a type of edible Japanese seaweed, popular in Japan.
Japanese variation of the popular dumpling dish from China
Steamed Chinese buns filled with Beef
Japanese Pizza Toppings, Size and Price are very different from the U.S
Popular seafood delicacy in Miyajima & Hiroshima
pouch of fried tofu skin filled with sushi rice