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Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonal ingredients, precise quality, and delicate presentation akin to traditional Japanese arts. Focused only on what is necessary, traditional Japanese cuisine is often lightly cooked with the intention of bringing out the natural flavors. Many traditional Kaiseki Japanese meals include local specialties found only in the prefecture, such as fresh seafood on a Hokkaido Tour or Hida beef while traveling Takayama. Most dishes use two main sauces for seasoning. One is a light stock made from giant kelp and dried bonito shavings, while another is Japanese soy sauce. Both are used to accent the flavors of the sashimi, noodles, and pickled vegetables served in a colorful array.
Focusing on the seasonal flavors and aesthetics, a traditional Japanese dinner is meant to captivate the your visual senses while providing a delicate flavor. All of our fully-inclusive Japan tours between Tokyo and Kyoto include a traditional Japanese dinner to capture the full Japan experience. Treat your palate to a visually stunning meal during your holiday travels with incredible flavors capturing the heart of Japanese culture. The multi-course meal often includes light tempura dishes, miso soup, rice, and local vegetables to represent the top dishes of the prefecture. Combined with the Japan's detailed precision, Kaiseki Ryori traditional Japanese dinners are a must Japanese experience.
While Kaiseki Ryori is a staple Japanese experience for any Japan tourist or traveler, depending on what prefectures you visit, your dinner's course may change. Focusing on the prefectures beloved dishes and seasonal flavors, Kaiseki Ryori can be comprised with a variety of Japanese cuisines. In areas like Tottori, famous for shell-fish and sea-food, travelers can expect a mouthwatering Matsuba Crab during the winter months. If you plan on spending your holiday traveling to Kobe or Takayama, most luxury ryokan will provide a mouthwatering wagyu beef meal with Kobe Beef or Hida Beef, respectively. For die-hard foodies, we recommend a Private Japan Tour Vacation option to visit some of the best Japanese Restaurants to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine.
Kaiseki Ryori is a traditional Japanese multi course meal consisting of small dishes
Traditionally consists of seafood placed on top of a chunk of vinegared rice
A traditional vegetarian, gourmet food is called shojin-ryori in Japanese.
Sashimi is sliced raw fish dipped in soy sauce with a bit of wasabi
Fugu, Japanese pufferfish, is a common delicacy in Japan
Osechi Ryori are traditional Japanese New Years dishes served in jūbako