You’ll be drooling in front of the telly this weekend when Japan’s diverse culinary scene –Tempura, Udon, Ramen, SUSHI, etc. – makes its debut on MasterChef Australia.

Judges and contestants flew over to the Land of the Rising Sun with the Flying Kangaroo to film a week’s worth of episodes focusing on Japanese cuisine and local favourite dishes, which will start airing on Sunday.

Sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in partnership with Qantas, MasterChef’s top 9 contestants will be seen travelling to locations across Japan, featuring local produce such as fruit and tea from a plantation overlooking Mt Fuji, and there’ll be an encounter with Michelin starred sushi chef Kagehisa Imada.

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The backdrops to the week include some well known locations and some locations even the most well-travelled Japan enthusiast may not know, including some across Tokyo, which boasts a record 227 Michelin starred restaurants; the Obuchi Tea Plantation in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Tateyama Castle in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture…

In what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, Japan Week will showcase the best of Japan’s fresh produce, innovative local chefs, cooking styles and some of the best culinary destinations.

Image: Sensoji ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

Image: Sensoji ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

The first episode of MasterChef Australia Japan Week will kick off on 2 July at 7.30pm on Network TEN. Click here for more information.

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