Japanese Cuisine Gains Popularity with Global Tourists

Although tourists still state a preference for traditional Italian and French cuisine when on holiday, the third most favourite food worldwide is Japanese, according to a recent survey conducted by Hotels.com, an online travel company.

Around 27,000 travellers from across the world have voted Japanese cuisine their third favourite when on vacation.

The survey questioned travellers regarding their favourite international cuisines, and 32 percent of them voted for Italian food, 24 percent voted for French food, but a very creditable 18 percent voted for Japanese food, making it the next most popular cuisine to stake a place on the world travel map.

Favourite Japanese foods include Sushi, Tempura, Ramen and Japanese Soba. Other Japanese delicacies that were popular included Okonomiyaki, Shabu Shabu, Japanese Curry¬ł Yakiniku, Natto, and Fugu.

Alison Couper, the spokesperson for Hotels.com, said, ‘Japanese food is seen as great example of healthy eating and there are a variety of Japanese restaurants in every multicultural capital. I’m a big fan of Japanese and not surprised at its elevated ranking. The fact that it beat more traditional holiday dishes such as Tapas and Burritos is testament to the world class reputation of Japanese chefs.’

The other favourite cuisines for international travellers include Chinese, which was favoured by 13 percent of survey respondents, followed by Spain, which polled 11 percent, American (10 percent), Thai (8 percent), and Taiwan and India (5 percent each).

The survey suggests that Asian cuisine is proving ever more popular with travellers in the global tourism market.