Experience Banquet Cuisines and Traditions Developed in a Land Administered by Humble Farmers
Komatsu City, located in the center of Kaga Plain in southwestern Ishikawa Prefecture, has been prosperous as the center of the Kaga region since early times. The city, surrounded by sacred Mt. Hakusan and the Sea of Japan, is blessed with the heritage of nature and culture. “Hoonko cuisine” which was developed as a result of the century-long governance of the land by humble farmers, and tea drinking customs along with kaiseki cuisine as the culture of the merchant class, have been handed down to the present day as the food culture of Komatsu.
Local food: Kaiseki Cuisine
Customs of tea drinking and kaiseki cuisine were developed as the culture of the merchant class. Like the manufacturing techniques passed down from master to apprentice, this culture has been handed down to us today as the food culture of Komatsu. The cuisine is characterized by its refined and delicate taste. Serving the food in Kutani ware makes the cuisine a piece of art.
Local food: Hoonko Cuisine
Hoonko cuisine developed as a result of the administration of the land by farmers, the delicate and smooth taste of sake, and the specialty Komatsu udon which uses thin soft noodles served in a dried fish-based soup; this is one of the many other must-try dishes in Komatsu.
Scenery: Hiyo Moss Garden
Hiyo Moss Garden, where 48 different kinds of moss grow, is one of the most famous moss gardens in Japan. The garden, surrounded by a beautiful cedar forest, shrines and old residential houses, has been preserved in its lovely rural setting. Also, on the premises of Natadera Temple with its 1,300-year history, the beautiful forms and shapes of the rocks created by nature in the Kigan-Yusenkyo (enchanted rock outcrop) garden, provides a uniquely splendid view.
Experience: Traditional Craft Experience
More than 50 different types of traditional craft experiences, including Wajima lacquerware and Kutani ware, are offered at Kaga Traditional Cultural Amenity -Yunokuni no Mori, Traditional Handcrafts Village. At TAKIGAHARA HOUSE, a renovated traditional Japanese house, you can try farming in a beautiful natural setting, and also enjoy dishes prepared with seasonal fresh vegetables at the adjoining cafe.
Komatsu features many more attractive tourist spots for visitors to explore the old culture of the townsfolk. One such famous culture site is the Hikiyama Children’s Kabuki. You can try the unique kabuki makeup yourself, enjoy the kaiseki cuisine served at the tea ceremony at a historic Japanese restaurant, or take part yourself in a tea ceremony in the tea ceremony house. You can also enjoy a sake brewery tour and try sake blind tasting.
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