World-Famous Gastronomy of Tsuruoka: Savoring Local Dishes with Local Ingredients
In December 2014, the city of Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture was designated by UNESCO as the first Creative City of Gastronomy in Japan. Besides being one of the largest granaries in the country, Tsuruoka is blessed with a wide variety of seafood as it is located on the Japan Sea coast. This area continues to delight the palates of food connoisseurs across the globe. The rich ingredients available here lend themselves to various preparations including local, as well as Italian dishes with distinctive features. The following is a brief outline of Tsuruoka, a gastronomical paradise drawing worldwide acclaim.
Savor Buckwheat-Rice Porridge, the Local Cuisine of Nishi-Awa, and Learn the History behind it
If it is your first visit here, you will surely be amazed by the spectacular views of lush mountains with local houses and agricultural fields nestled peacefully on the steep mountainsides. This is Nishi-Awa, which is often called “the hidden place of Japan.” Let us explain the distinctive local cuisine of Nishi-Awa, buckwheat (soba in Japanese) rice porridge, which originated in this mountain village. This local specialty is considered to be closely connected with a historically significant event in Japan.
Drive around Farming Villages in the Tokachi Plain for the Beautiful Landscape of Farms like a Patchwork Quilt
Clear air in a perfect blue sky, lush fields, and straight roads that seem to go on forever. All of them give a sense of openness to the landscape of Tokachi. Tokachi is the largest farming area in Hokkaido, accounting for about 12% of the total agricultural land in Japan. This vast, open land of Tokachi offers a wide variety of wonderful experiences, especially for those who love nature and driving.
Experience the Nature and History of the Nishiawa Area at the Thrilling Kazura Bridges
This is a bridge that is sure to scare you. A squeaking sound follows each of your footsteps, making you feel weak at the knees and sweat with fear. This thrilling experience awaits you at kazura bridges in Nishiawa, Tokushima Prefecture. Woven with kazura, or vine species, the bridge arouses your curiosity not only with its dramatic appearance, but also because of its close ties with local history.
The Finest Ayu Cuisine, using Fish from One of the Most Beautiful Clear Streams in Japan
Region Maze, Gero
Have you ever heard of sweetfish, or ayu in Japanese, which is a very popular Japanese dish? Sweetfish is a delicious fish that you must try when visiting Japan, though there are few places remaining where you can eat it. Wild sweetfish is precious as it can thrive only in clean, clear streams. The Maze region in Gero is one such place where you can taste top-quality wild sweetfish. Would you like to enjoy rich Japanese food culture in Maze?
Guided Picnic Tour at a Farm! Harvest Seasonal Local Vegetables of Tokachi and Taste Them Outside in the Fields
"Itadakimasu!" This is a very common phrase to say in Japan before starting to eat, to express one’s appreciation for the foods received. However, it is unusual to say “Itadakimasu” in the middle of a farming field. The “Tokachi Farm Picnic” tour offers you such an extraordinary experience. Would you like to pick your own vegetables and eat them fresh while still outside?
Scenic Mountain Villages spread over a Height of 400 meters – an Ethereal World like the “Peach Blossom Spring”
Have you ever heard of "Peach Blossom Spring”? It refers to a peaceful and fertile land filled with blossoming peach trees like utopia, described in the Chinese fable "Peach Blossom Spring". Are there such places in Japan too? One such place can be found in Nishi-Awa in Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Let’s take a look at the ethereal world of Nishi-Awa where you can enjoy unique views of mountain villages spread over a height of some 400 meters.
Enjoy the luxury experience of raclette cheese made with moor hot-spring water poured over Tokachi-grown ingredients
In Hokkaido, located at the northernmost tip of Japan, there is a unique local cheese made with hot-spring water. The name of the cheese is Tokachi Raclette Cheese Moor Wash, which is washed-rind cheese. Once you scrape off the bubbling, melted top layer of the raclette cheese onto fresh potatoes and other local vegetables, a delicious and luxury gourmet experience will amaze you! Let us explain the raclette cheese, which you must try when vising the Tokachi area.