Enjoy Seasonal Specialty Cuisine and Farm Experiences in Hamamatsu and Hamanako –Cuisine and Hands-on Attractions in the Center of Japan–
Lake Hamana is an ocean-connected lake located near the center of Japan. More than 500 years ago, as a result of an earthquake, it became a brackish lake, where freshwater and seawater are mixed. Lake Hamana has been a prime location for cultivating eels, soft-shell turtles, seaweed and oysters since historical times. Hamamatsu and Hamanako, where you can enjoy their unique f ishing style and fresh seafood, are known as places of specialty food.
Local food: Eel
With a history of more than 100 years as the birthplace of eel and soft-shell turtle culture, there are more than 100 eel specialty restaurants in the Hamamatsu and Hamanako areas. Because the areas are situated halfway between Eastern and Western Japan, eel cooked in two different ways can be enjoyed here. In the Eastern style, the eel is slit open along its back before broiling; in the Western style, it is slit open along the belly and then broiled. You can also learn about the food culture of the East and West in addition to enjoying the delicious broiled eel.
Local food: Mud Crab
The freshness is undoubtedly the greatest appeal of the seafood, including a ghost crab known as a “mud crab,” and whitebait and blowfish caught off the coast of Enshu. You can enjoy fresh seafood prepared in a variety of ways in the Hamamatsu and Hamanako areas.
Scenery: The Sunset of Bentenjima Island
The “Eight views in Totomi” are often used as themes in tanka and haiku poems as well as ukiyoe woodblock prints, all of which are part of Japanese traditional art. The amazing sunset of Bentenjima Island on Lake Hamana is one of those eight views. Stunning views of Lake Hamana and the streets of Kanzanji hot spring resort can be seen from a ropeway traversing over the lake, the only one of its kind in Japan.
Experience: Traditional “Takiya” Fishing
As the boatman masterfully steers his boat over the pitch-black lake, and illuminates the lake surface with a light, it attracts prawns and crabs, which are then caught using a net or a harpoon. This traditional f ishing method is known as “takiya f ishing” and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Your catch is then cooked by the f ishermen and can be eaten at “Takiya-tei,” a raft f loating on the lake; there would be no greater bliss than this.
Sightseeing route: Lake Hamana Cycling Road
Why not rent a bicycle at any of the JR Hamamatsu, Bentenjima or Araimachi Stations and cycle along the Lake Hamana Cycling Road? Enjoy the gorgeous cityscape of Hamamatsu and the nature of Lake Hamana while cycling in the refreshing breeze from the ocean lake. You can also enjoy fresh food along the cycle trail.
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