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Food Trip the Way The Japanese Do

Visit Nagoya and Fukuoka

Hakata Ramen with hearty Japanese hotpot (Photo provided by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)

Japan has an incredible food culture. Each city in Japan has its own culinary delicacy that must not be missed. While there are a lot of restaurants and street food in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that other cities have more to offer than you expected.

Foodies in Japan recommend two cities when they go food tripping, and these are the cities of Nagoya and Fukuoka. Both of these places are known for specific dishes.

Fukuoka is a bustling metropolis with many parks and districts to explore. Occupying the northern shore of Kyushu island, Fukuoka has long been a crossroads of tastes and trade. The main dish you can’t miss while you are in Fukuoka is Tonkotsu ramen.

Tonkotsu ramen is one of the most famous ramen varieties in Japan and it originated in Fukuoka! It has a dense milky pork bone broth that is rich and explosive in flavor. The noodles can be cooked to your preference and the taste will stay with you even after you leave the ramen house.

While you are in Fukuoka, don’t miss the street food! In the evening, dozens of temporary kitchens set up their food stalls near the Tenjin and Nakasu areas. They’re called Yatai and they serve up some of the best cuisine in the city!

On the other hand, Nagoya is so famous for its cuisine that there is a special word for it in Japanese: “Nagoya meshi”. Their cooking combines flavors from all over the world and their chefs create incredible edible works of art.

If you like miso then you must try the miso katsu. It’s a pork cutlet over rice drizzled with a rich miso sauce. The balance of flavors is perfect and the crunch of the pork works harmoniously with the tang of miso.

The other Nagoya delicacy is Hitsumabushi. It’s grilled eel over rice served the Nagoya way. The dish is delicate and flavorful. One unique thing about Hitsumabushi is how you eat it, it’s like four meals in one! The first phase is the eel, as presented, with its rice, then the eel with condiments, and then with a dash of dashi, and finally, your last bite is your favorite combination!

It wouldn’t be Japan if there wasn’t a correct way to experience their intricate and artful cooking!

Nagoya and Fukuoka have a lot to discover beyond these few delicacies. Check them out on your next trip!

If you’re planning to go visit Japan soon, well you’re in luck because Philippine Airlines  is offering exclusive discounts on flights from the Philippines to Japan!! The booking period  is until Nov 19, 2023. The travel period is Dec 1, 2023 onwards, blackout dates will apply. For more details, you may visit PAL’s website here: Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-180423.

For more downloadable photos and videos of Japan’s beautiful and exciting tourist attractions for media usage, you may visit the Japan Online Media Center (JOMC) at

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