Hokkaido is distinguished by its breathtaking snow during its long winters, but in spring, the snow melts to reveal lush fields and equally breathtaking scenery. The surrounding cold oceans give it some of the best seafood in Japan, giving us dishes like stuffed squid and seafood bowls that can be washed down with some fabulous Sapporo beer.
Tohoku's beauty is a blend of verdant nature, ancient history, and rich culture, located just north of Tokyo. Miyagi is famous for Wanko Soba, a meal served in bite sized bowls as the server stands by to spoon in your refills. Sendai's most famous dish is gyutan, grilled beef tongue bursting with flavor and a unique texture.
Facing the Sea of Japan, Chubu and Hokuriku are known for long winters and splendid mountains. Chubu boasts one of the most famous brands of beef in Japan, Hida beef, which has tender marbling that bursts with flavor. And in the bustling city of Nagoya, you will find tebasaki, Japanese fried chicken wings.
The futuristic city of Tokyo lies within the Kanto region, acting as both an entryway and center for adventure to travelers from across the globe. With more Michelin starred restaurants than any other city in the world, there is always something to eat in Tokyo. The heart of sushi culture beats in Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Unagi, grilled eel has been one of Japan's most famous dishes since Tokyo was once just a village known as Edo.
Kansai is not just home to Osaka, known as Japan's kitchen, but home to the famous Kobe Beef. Osaka's busy Dotonbori is home to stands serving takoyaki (octopus dumplings), okonomiyaki (a savory pancake with pork and cabbage), and many other wonderful street foods. Shojin-ryori, Buddhist cuisine, is ideal for vegetarians, with no meat, garlic, onions, or roots.
Chugoku sits at the south western tip of Honshu. Just a train ride away from Osaka, Hiroshima has its own unique style of okonomiyaki, as well as an annual oyster festival. Just south of the Chugoku region is Shikoku Island, a hidden gem and the birthplace of Sanuki Udon, now a popular dish throughout Kansai.
Farther southwest of Honshu is Kyushu and Okinawa, with gorgeous ocean views and some of the freshest food in the world. Cooked in the hot spring's steam, Jigoku Kago Mushi is a dish of chicken, pork, and vegetables found in Kumamoto. Unlike any other noodles in Japan, Okinawa Soba has a uniquely chewy texture and a clear broth, served with vegetables and meat.