Besides being one of the healthiest in the world, Japanese cuisine is also perfect for the finest tastes. The Japanese are currently enjoying the highest longevity, higher than the world average. If you have not yet fallen in love with fish and fresh seafood, it’s time to do it. Here’s what food you should try when visiting Japan.

1. Sushi

We start, of course, with the best known Japanese dish. In Japanese cuisine, sushi is any roll that contains sushi rice and fish seasoned with soy sauce. The most popular sushi rolls are made with fresh salmon and tuna.

Below is a sushi roll made with fresh salmon, salmon roe and wasabi.

sushi rolls and salmon roe

2. Ramen is a nourishing soup of Japanese origin, which is a national symbol for Japanese people. Below is our lunch made from a delicious bowl of ramen soup with pork and Gyoza dumplings.

Ramen soup in Japan

3. Gyoza and Nikuman Dumplings – Gyoza is the Japanese name for half-moon-shaped dumplings served in Asian restaurants as an appetizer or side dish. Nikuman are steamed dumplings and often sold as street food. Both types of dumplings usually contain pork and vegetable filling and are very nutritious.

Steamed buns- japanese street food

4. Rice
Rice contains an important range of nutrients, low calories, and will give you a feeling of satiety for a long time.
Although much rice is eaten in Japan, people have low cholesterol. Rice is usually combined with fish and salads. Bellow we had rice, smoked tuna, salad and miso soup.

smoked tuna and rice lunch

freshtuna lunchbox

5. Raw fish
Fish and seafood are very important in the daily diet of the Japanese. In the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, there are over 400 species of seafood. Fish, raw or cooked, is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which offers many health benefits for heart and brain health.

Tip: try the fish restaurants near the fish markets. They always have fresh fish. We had fresh tuna with rice, pickled ginger and wasabi.

fresh tuna and rice dish

Japanese lunch - tuna and guacamole

6. Sweets

The Japanese consume small amounts of sugar, their sweets are mainly made of bean paste. From place to place there are also desserts which resemble the western ones. Bellow are some crunchy eclairs that i found in a pastry-shop situated in Tokyo, on Takesita street.

japanese pastry- crunchy eclair