Eating and drinking – Japan

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Japanese ramens
Japanese ramens

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you’re sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Food lovers will surely be satisfied with a holiday in Japan. With a focus on fresh, seasonal produce, prepared meticulously and presented beautifully, dining in Japan is a memorable experience.

Things to try in Japan

1. Sake

Consumed for centuries, this fermented rice wine is usually served in small cups or saucers, and is drunk at restaurants and bars as well as during ceremonial rituals and special occasions. Sake has quite a high alcohol content – you’ve been warned.

Japanese sake

Japanese sake

2. Sushi & sashimi

Being an island nation, Japan has a bounty of seafood to sample. Try fresh sushi and sashimi made with tuna, salmon, squid, eel or octopus, served with soy, ginger and wasabi, prepared carefully by a sushi chef.

sushi & sashimi combo

sushi & sashimi combo

3. Beer

The Japanese love a lager, with beer being the most consumed alcoholic drink in Japan. Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin are the most popular Japanese brands – look out for special seasonal varieties.

Japanese Beer

Japanese Beer

4. Green tea

Cleansing, refreshing and packed with antioxidants, green tea is simply known as ‘tea’ or ‘ocha’ in Japan. A traditional Japanese tea ceremony is an experience not to be missed and a great way to try some of the many varieties of green tea available.

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea

5. Ramen

This tasty, salty broth of noodles and meat comes in many different flavours and regional varieties. Sit and indulge at a Ramen restaurant or slurp down a bowl at a market or karaoke hall.

Ramen

Ramen