5. Matsutake MushroomIf you thought truffle was the most expensive kind of mushrooms out there, think again, because the matsutake mushroom can cost you as much as $2,000 for one kilogram. Matsutake grows in several parts of Southeast Asia and is especially loved among the Chinese and Japanese for its distinctly aromatic taste. Even though harvest is simple, matsutake are hard to find and their annual yield has been decreasing significantly in Japan. Nowadays, a big portion of the demand is covered by importing matsutake from abroad. The price depends on availability, origin and quality of the mushroom; that is why high-quality matsutake can sometimes cost you a small fortune.
4. Jiro’s SushiIf you haven’t watched the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi and drooled over his delicious sushi variations yet, it’s about time to do that. After all, his sushi is claimed to be the best sushi in the world. Shop-owner Jiro started out as a normal sushi chef with a small restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. Over time, however, he became famous for his love for detail, outstanding tasting abilities and amazing cooking skills. Nowadays, after spending several decades on perfecting his art, his restaurant is the most famous sushi spot in Japan. To taste his sushi you need to make a reservation at least several months in advance and be ready to spend a minimum of $200 - taxes not included.
3. FuguThe Japanese love their seafood - even if it might kill them. The poisonous pufferfish, called fugu in Japanese, is one of the most sought-after delicacies in Japan. It might be true that you can get cheaper fugu dishes that will only cost you between $20 and $50, but most people prefer more expensive alternatives. After all, you are also paying for the skill of your chef who has been trained for years to prepare the fish in a way that prevents its deadly poison to contaminate the meat. Those full-course meals can charge as much as $100 or $200, but it’s a price many are ready to pay for their own safety.
2. Wagyu BeefFood critics all over the world praise the Japanese cuisine, but there are some dishes that receive more praise than others - wagyu beef is definitely one of them. The term wagyu describes a certain breed of cattle which can be found in Japan. They have been specifically bred to produce meat with intense marbling and a high amount of unsaturated fat. But what really sets these animals apart is the treatment that they receive. Wagyu cows are fed a special diet of grass enriched with nutrients and some of them even enjoy regular massages to produce the perfect meat texture. Kobe beef is one of the most famous examples of wagyu beef and costs as much as $200 for one steak.
1. Densuke Black WatermelonFruits can already be rather expensive in Japan, but there are some fruits who will leave an especially big hole in your wallet. One of them is the Densuke Black Watermelon. You might have already guessed it, but this melon got its name from the rich dark color of its rind. It is a rare watermelon species which only grows on the northern island of Hokkaido and only under very special conditions. It’s not simply its unique color that makes the Densuke watermelon so popular, but its sweet and crisp insides. Every year, black watermelons are sold for outraging prices, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000.
How much are you ready to spend on watermelons, mushrooms and meat? Some of the food we have presented today might seem unreasonably expensive, but the Japanese appreciate food more than most other nations and will pay more for higher quality. Would you be ready to pay several hundred dollars on food? Let us know what you think of Japan’s most expensive food in the comment section down below.