It is very difficult to answer this question.
Because we have many types of foods in Japan.
I would like to introduce the popular Japanese foods.
Sushi must be the most well-known Japanese dish. There are several types of Sushi Japanese usually enjoy to eat, but typical ones are Nigiri (oblong shaped sushi rice with a slice of fish on top), Makimono (sushi rolled with laver), and Inari (sushi rice wrapped in flavored fried bean curd). You can select from wide varieties of sushi restaurants in Tokyo depending on your budget. Inari and Makimono are commonly made at home, but Nigiri requires several years of training. We Japanese traditionally regard sushi chefs with respect for their professional skill.
If you would like to eat Sushi at high-end Sushi restaurant, Ginza Kyubey（銀座 久兵衛） is the right place.
Tempura is a deep-fried seafood or vegetable and eaten with salt or dipped in a sauce. When you sit at a counter seat at a Tempura restaurant, it is a proper manner to eat a served tempura while it’s piping hot! Tempura chefs take great care of the temperature of tempura oil and condition of raw materials and thickness of dough in order to create the best tastes and texture.
If you would like to eat Tempura at high-end restaurant, Mikawa Zezankyo(みかわ是山居) is the right place.
Curry rice has become one of Japanese national food. Children always love curry for their most popular school lunch or served at home. It is said that Japanese curry is based on the curry served on the British Navy, but we arranged it suitable for our tastes. One of chicken, pork or beef, and onions, carrots and potatoes are common ingredients.
In Japan, there are so many noodle dishes. It may be annoying for foreigners, but it is a proper manner to make slurping sound when you eat noodles. For Japanese, hearing and making the slurping sound make noodles more delicious.
Soba is made of buckwheat and it’s relatively thin and grayish color. Cold soba is dipped in a special soba sauce before eating with wasabi, while hot soba is served in hot soup.
Udon is made of wheat. It’s white and thick. It is also served cold or hot like soba.
Hiyamugi and Somen are made of wheat as well. Hiyamugi is thinner than udon and Somen is thinner than Hiyamugi. Both are served cold and dipped in a soy-sauce based soup before eating. They are recommendable in summer.
Ramen is now popular around the world. It originated in China, but has been developing as the Japanese original noodle dish. Japanese have their favorite taste for ramen which has incredibly wide varieties in both noodle and soup. Pork bone, soy-sauce, soy bean paste (miso), and salt are four common bases for soup. Thickness of noodles depends on each ramen shop. Some ramen maniacs have a concern for straight noodle or curly one so that noodles go well with its soup.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pancake which isn’t sweet. It is made from batter with meat, seafood, egg and chopped cabbage, and grilled on an iron plate. Osaka and Hiroshima are well known cities for good okonomiyaki. You can enjoy tasty okonomiyaki in specialized restaurants in Tokyo.
Monjya-yaki is a local delicacy of downtown Tokyo. It is also grilled thinner batter on an iron plate. In Tokyo, many monjya restaurants are found in Asakusa and Tsukishima. It is said that monjya has been made since 16th Century, and it was the most popular food among children living downtown of Tokyo. Okonomiyaki has been developed from monjya.
Shabu-shabu is a dish of thinly sliced beef and vegetables, cooked in a shallow pan. The ingredients are quickly boiled in broth, and eaten after being dipped in a special sauce.
It is considered as a bit high ranking dish, and usually served at specialized restaurants.
Yakiniku is Korean-style grilled meat and vegetables. It originated in Korea, but now it became one of the major foods in Japan. There are a lot of yakiniku restaurants in Tokyo. Also Korean-style barbecue set meal served for lunch at set meal restaurants is very popular.
If you would like to eat Yakiniku at high-end restaurant, Jojoen Yugentei is the right place.
Natto is steamed and fermented soybeans. It is mixed well with soy-sauce, mustard and minced green onions when eaten. At first you might be surprised by its smell and sticky texture, but after getting used to it, you would like it. It goes well with freshly cooked rice. Japanese often eat natto for breakfast. Natto-maki (natto roll) is easily found at convenience stores.
Japanese food has a wide variety. The highest class is Kaiseki ryouri (a sophisticated Japanese cuisine) which has been developed in the traditional tea ceremony. Sometimes the meal looks too good to eat! Sushi, tempura, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are enjoyed by Japanese at a bit special occasion because they are costly than ordinary meal. Curry rice and noodles are popular lunch dish. There are various kinds of noodles such as soba, udon and ramen. These days, so-called “B-grade gourmet” foods are getting popular even among foreigners. Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), monjya-yaki, ramen, gyoza (dumpling) and yakisoba (fried noodles) are recommendable.
If you would like to eat Kaiseki at high-end restaurant, Kyoaji(京味) is the right place.
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