A guide to traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, from matcha ice cream to Japanese curry, eel’s liver soup to the deadly poisonous pufferfish.
The first time I visited Japan, one of the many things I was looking forward to was the food. Local cuisine always plays a big part in my travels. I had heard a great many good things about food in Japan so I arrived with high expectations.
Gujo-Hachiman, known as the Water City thanks to its many waterways, is a beautiful town to visit in central Japan with a stunning castle perched on a hilltop. Wander along the old streets, join a replica food workshop, learn to dance and eat matcha ice cream!
The colours of autumn in Japan are mesmerising. Golds, russets and reds all vie for your attention. As I recently found out, it’s a beautiful time of year to visit central Japan — a visual delight for my eyes and my camera.
From translating Japanese menus to using public transport, never blowing your nose in public to navigating your way around a high-tech toilet, here are 37 top tips that I’m sure will be invaluable to anyone travelling to Japan for the first time.
Have you tried any weird foods around the world? From the bizarre to the disgusting, here are few culinary misadventures from my travels.