Much has been written about the relationship between the French and their cuisine, but one could also argue that the people of Japan take their love for food a step - or several galloping strides - further. Where else is it common to embark on weekend trips, the sole purpose of which is to sample several varieties of a single dish?
Modern Japanese kyodo ryori, or regional cuisine, is a tourist attraction all of its own, with a signature dish for nearly every major city.
Mouse over the hotspots or click the place names on the map below for a quick spin round Japan’s most notable regional dishes - from Hokkaido in the frozen north to Okinawa in the deep south, there’s good eatin’ across the board.
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