The Japanese word for cheese is chizu and grated cheese is suri oroshi chīzu.
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Interesting facts about cheese in Japan
Cheese is very popular in Japan and not only do they produce their own, but Japan also happens to be one of the biggest cheese importers in the world.
The only problem is that imported cheese is notoriously expensive because of the high import tariffs placed on them to protect the local Japanese dairy producers. So if you feel like having some of those European cheeses while in Japan then expect to fork out more than you’re used to.
The good news is that there is a lot of terrific local varieties for you to try at affordable prices. One of the most popular local Japanese cheeses is sakura cheese from Hokkaido. It’s similar to Camembert and is matured on top of cherry blossoms.
Read more about the best Japanese cheesemakers here.