Since food is a very serious business in Japan, it’s no surprise that Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Time-tested preparation techniques, combined with great attention paid to the provenance of ingredients, is what lies at the heart of Japanese cooking, and even the utensils used are just as highly valued as the chefs preparing the mouthwatering food. This attention to detail means that you will dine like royalty throughout your stay, whether you’re eating in a fine dining restaurant or sampling a hot broth at a neighbourhood noodle bar.
Eating out in Japan can feel like a private performance that invigorates all your senses. From the displays of fresh seafood in tanks to the dramatic open kitchens with flaming grills and the ceremony of ancient food preparation techniques, the drama of Japanese dining will leave you with a satisfied palate and unforgettable memories.
Flavour balance, skill and a desire for perfection set Japanese cuisine apart. It’s no wonder it has been distinguished with a UNESCO cultural heritage award. When eating in Japan, expect to be served the best seafood in the world, beef that melts in the mouth like butter, and the most well-presented and best-tasting sashimi on the planet.
With Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto featuring prominently in international coverage of fine dining, there’s no shortage of outstanding eating options. And it’s not just Japanese cuisine on offer, since the commitment to excellence extends into a very wide offering of cuisines from around the world. To elevate your Japanese taste experience why not enlist the expertise of a private chef who can take you on a personal food tour of Japan, intimately discuss the creations with you and reveal all the nuances in the tastes of Japanese cuisine?
It will come as perhaps no surprise that Japan has so many award-winning restaurants, given its reputation for fine cuisine. There are endless opportunities to dine in exceptional establishments, whether you wish to try something on the experimental side or keep things uber-traditional.
Deeply influenced by the seasons and shaped by the region in which it is served, an exploration of Japanese cuisine could last a lifetime, with enough variety to cater for even the most demanding of palates. Whether you seek a sake-paired tasting menu or an opulent private dining affair, the food of Japan will not disappoint.
The World’s Top 50 Restaurants in Japan
11th Den Tokyo, Japan
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39th Florilège Tokyo, Japan
The World’s Top 50-100 Restaurants in Japan
51st Nihonryori RyuGin Tokyo
73rd Il Ristorante Luca Fantin Tokyo, Japan
75th Sazenka Tokyo
76th La Cime Osaka, Japan