If you think sushi, ramen and udon are all that Japanese cuisine has to offer, think again. Street food culture is fairly abundant, especially in open food markets and stalls that pop up around various temple festivals throughout the year. Some of the very best snacks are delicious riffs on everyday Japanese staples like rice, seafood and noodles, and many are connected with specific cities, telling a tale of the area’s unique food history.
So, begin your street food adventure by sampling some of these favorites described below. It’s an affordable and mouthwatering way to taste the unique and varied flavors Japan has to offer.