[TOP 5] Popular foods in Japan – Japanese really like to have

This page consists of …

  • Top 5 cuisines which Japanese really like to have
  • Brief guidance about 5 popular foods
  • A piece of advise by webmaster

This page is to help the people :

  • Who want to know Japanese culture
  • Who want to know items Japanese like
  • Who want to enjoy staying in Japan

With reading of this page, you will get above listed knowledges as well as Japanese have. I will be very glad if you could read this article to the end.

Thank you !


SHINTA+ / Japanese blog writer, born and raised in Japan, visited more than 20 countries, introducing Japanese culture to the world, with both domestic & international experiences.


As you might know, SUSHI is the most famous Japanese cuisine in the world. And needless to say, SUSHI is very popular food in Japan.

Japanese eat SUSHI outside frequently, at SUSHI restaurant with counter and Round SUSHI restaurant. There are more than 20,000 of SUSHI restaurants in Japan.

And Japanese also have SUSHI at home, after getting it at supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, or with delivery services by restaurant.

Japanese eat SUSHI mainly in the day having something good, to celebrate, etc. SUSHI is very happy food in Japan.


Recommend to have SUSHI in happy day !


‘YAKINIKU’ is very popular cuisine in Japan. ‘YAKI’ means ‘Grilled’ and ‘NIKU’ means ‘meats’. Japanese eat mainly beef in ‘YAKINIKU’ and also eating pork, chicken, and seafood.

Japanese eat ‘YAKINIKU’ at YAKINIKU restaurant or at home. For grilling, charcoal fire is used at YAKINIKU restaurant. And electronic grill is often used at home.

There are more than 20,000 of YAKINIKU restaurants in Japan. And as YAKINIKU restaurants have high power ventilation system, people enjoy meals at YAKINIKU restaurants even under the impact of COVID-19.


Attention please ! Clothes having the smell of YAKINIKU smoke !


‘RAMEN’ is very popular noodles in Japan. Although it’s originally from Chinese cuisine, it was signing developed in Japan. And currently, there are more than 20,000 of RAMEN restaurants in Japan.

In 20th century, Great Innovator, Mr. Momofuku Ando invented instant noodle. Japanese can easily get instant RAMEN at supermarkets and convenience stores. So Japanese eat RAMEN at home with very easy way to cook.

There are mainly 5 types of soup for RAMEN, ‘Shoyu’ as Soy Sauce, ‘Miso’, ‘Shio’ as salt, ‘Tonkotsu’ as pork broth, and ‘Gyokai’ as seafood.


Please try instant noodle first, and go to RAMEN restaurant, once you find your favorite soup !

Curry Rice

Curry rice is good example to know Japanese culture. Curry is originally from India. And Japanese eat it with white rice. It’s hybrid of foreign culture and own one.

People make curry rice at home. We can get curry powder easily at supermarkets and convenience stores. It’s very popular cuisine at home in Japan.

And also we can eat Curry rice at various restaurants and cafes. ‘Kanazawa Curry’ is a famous product of Kanazawa city.


Curry rice is loved by people from children to elder in Japan.


‘KARA AGE’ is very popular fried food in Japan. More than 90% is made from chicken. So ‘KARA AGE’ means fried chicken in most of cases.

There are a lot of food stands providing ‘KARA AGE’ especially in downtown area. Recently, the number of stands are sharply increased.

We also eat ‘KARA AGE’ at home, getting it at supermarkets and convenience stores, or making it at home. ‘KARA AGE powder is a popular product to cook it.


Taste of ‘KARA AGE’ is quite different from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Please try it !


In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article.

Top 5 popular foods in Japan

  • Curry Rice
  • Kara-age


I love all listed foods. Please try to have them in Japan !

Thank you very much for your reading and see you again !