Top 10 Most Luxurious Japanese Foods

10. Edomae Sushi

Tokyo has numerous sushi restaurants with three Michelin stars. Reservations are hard to come by and because the sushi masters are so skilled, the meals come with exorbitant price tags. Expect to spend over $300 USD for an omakase of 20 to 30 pieces. Even the Edomae sushi restaurants without Michelin stars are not cheap. However, this is the price you pay for excellence.
10. Edomae Sushi

9. Fugu

Blowfish, or fugu, is a delicacy in Japan that comes with a terrifying reputation. If not prepared properly the dish can be deadly. Today fugu is so popular that farmed fugu is becoming increasingly common, but even that isn’t cheap because the breeding procedures required to create a harmless fugu fish aren’t a walk in the park. To prepare fugu, chefs must pass a rigorous test to obtain a license.
9. Fugu

8. Kujira

Japan’s whaling industry has received a lot of hate in the media over the years, but whale meat is still a delicacy in Japan. However, even most locals don’t eat it on a regular basis. The cost may be one of the reasons this delicacy is not an everyday food.
8. Kujira

7. Basashi

Horse meat is not commonplace in North America, and it’s not eaten in many places in Europe either, but it’s a delicacy in Japan. The Kumamoto prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu is famous for raw horse meat, which is known as basashi.
7. Basashi

6. Wagyu

You probably heard the story of Kobe beef being massaged and fed beer to increase the quality of beef. While this certainly isn’t commonplace, Japanese cattle farmers do take great pride to produce the highest quality of beef possible. Wagyu is famous for its high fat content and the famous marbling seen throughout the meat. It’s the exact opposite of what you see in AAA Angus cattle in North America with large chunks of fat in areas of a steak.
6. Wagyu

5. High-End Fruit

You might have heard about square watermelon. Not only is it real, but it’s super expensive, too. Some sell for as much as $200 USD. The best looking fruit is usually the best tasting, and that’s why even the smallest imperfections make the fruit plummet in price. Even a bushel of grapes can typically sell for $50 USD.
5. High-End Fruit

4. Otoro

If you dine at one of the best sushi spots in Tokyo, you will be served this mouth-watering piece of fish. The fat content from this cut of tuna belly is so high that the heat in your mouth will literally cause it to dissolve on your tongue. You won’t even need to chew. When it’s combined with the most intricately prepared rice to make a piece of nigiri, it is something truly special.
4. Otoro

3. Kaiseki Cuisine

The ancient art of kaiseki cuisine dates back hundreds of years, and it is just that – an art. The delicate preparation and plating of this multi course traditional meal is truly a site to behold. Of course, if only the finest ingredients by the best chefs are used then it is going to be expensive.
3. Kaiseki Cuisine

2. Tempura

You wouldn’t think of tempura as being a luxurious item on the dinner table, and perhaps you have even made it at home. However, you aren’t a tempura master with 40 years of training with the freshest and most high quality ingredients on hand.
2. Tempura

1. Suppon

Suppon is the Japanese name for soft-shelled turtle. These creatures certainly look weird, but they sure are tasty. The fatty gelatinous meat from these river dwellers makes it a prized delicacy. It’s said to be great for a person’s skin because of the collagen in the meat.
1. Suppon