We're quite sure we can all agree that food is something that offers us delight. Every foodie enjoys trying new flavours on vacations, and one thing we must do when visiting other nations is to try the local cuisine. What better opportunity to sample a variety of regional foods than at a food festival? Many of these festivals can be seen across Japan at any time of year. Japan is known for organizing the best food festivals, which showcase a diverse selection of cuisines and will surely satisfy your desire to try a variety of cuisines in one place.

Imagine bringing people from all around Japan, or possibly the world, together solely to enjoy food. You can meet a lot of people who share your enthusiasm for cuisine. When you visit Japan, you must attend at least of the many cuisine festivals. If you're planning a trip to Japan, make sure to familiarize yourself with the top five food festivals. If you're reading this on an empty stomach, proceed with caution!

Mirajima Oyster Festival

Did you know that Japan's oyster season runs from January to March? On the first weekend of February, the Miyajima Oyster Festival kicks off. Only the freshest oysters are served and they are prepared in a variety of ways. If you enjoy oysters, this event should be on your to-do list. 

Grilled Oysters


Sake Spring (Kyoto)

Sake is well-known in Japan. For those who prefer this particular beverage, the festival will be a perfect occasion to sample a few glasses. Just remember to drink responsibly. This event, which is usually held in April at the Kyoto International Conference Center, will offer you the greatest sake from all across the country. Food vendors are also available, so you won't have to worry about drinking on an empty stomach!




Team foodies, let's get together. Mochitsuki is a Japanese New Year's ritual. While this isn't a distinct event like the others on the list, it's a time-honoured ritual that's too good to miss. On New Year's Day, you may easily see residents pounding mochi at shrines all around Japan. If you're spending New Year's in Japan, you won't want to miss it. Adults and toddlers alike huddle around to pound their mochi. If you're not sure where to go, just ask a local for directions. Isn't it fascinating?



Japan Local Food Festival

The Furusato Food Festival is a one-stop-shop for all things Japanese. The festival takes place in the second week of January and can you guess where it takes place? The Tokyo Dome is an architectural marvel of the country. Right now, you're probably imagining the size of the dome.

Japanese Sweets


Ramen Expo

This is the festival for you if you like ramen. The Expo Commemoration Park conducts a two-day ramen festival in December where you may enjoy a wide range of ramen dishes from all across Japan. Here's a pro insight, there are many different ways to make ramen in Japan, depending on whatever section of the nation you're from, and you'll be able to sample them all at this festival!



Every food festival has its own distinct personality and charm. Remember to bring your significant other to make the occasion even more memorable. One piece of advice, bring your camera and wear comfortable clothing because you will be eating a variety of foods and photographing them to remember back home. Also, credit cards aren't accepted at most festivals in Japan, so carry plenty of cash and spare change.