Hokkaido Food: Top 6 Must-Eat Dishes from the North of Japan
Quote: Whether or not you’re from Japan, the country’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido holds a special allure. It’s a snow paradise in the winter with skiing, snowboarding, and incredible ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival. It’s also a temperate heaven in the summer, offering a variety of outdoor activities including camping and fishing—but year-round, the best part is the food! Read on to find out why Hokkaido cuisine tops the rest…
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We offered Ayu salt grilling to overseas customers. Our Japanese sushi chef offered Ayu grilling at Yamagata city, and we had drank Japanese Sake with Ayu salt. You can experiences rural experience ad various area, for example Shonai area where offering sake and god food… Please kindly contact us if you have any interesting about our offering tour.
(1) Please tell us what kind of ramen you like in the inquiry. Contact Mail
(2) After asking what kind of ramen you like, we will inform you of the date and time at a ramen specialty store that will cooperate with us.
(3) You just go to the ramen shop at that time.
・ You can make ramen.
・ You cannot take new stock. Just you will use a soup of the Ramen shop. However, we will tell you about the soup stock.
・ If you can eat more, you can eat two cups to compare the taste of the ramen you made with the ramen made by the shop master.
* It will be a little expensive tour experience because the shop cooperates during the holidays. About 50,000 yen / person ~
* This is all a private tour. It will be a lifetime memory.
This hot spring Ryokan is one of our most recommended in Yamagata. Great staff, great dinner and breakfast, space to forget the time. Good friends with the founder!
There are various types of rooms. There are a variety of rooms, from rooms that can be used for business to rooms with open-air baths. You can eat very delicious Wagyu beef because it is an Ryokan specializing in Yamagata beef.
This onsen ryokan is very casual. Beautiful, luxury adjectives cannot be used, but the hot springs here are probably one of the best in Japan.
Please go by all means. The owner this Ryokan is really great person. He seeks to please thier customers for everything from serving food and bathing.
北海道 Hokkaido Area Japan
premier hotel sapporo
北海道札幌市/Hokkaido Sapporo https://tsubaki.premierhotel-group.com/sapporo/
Rooms reminiscent of luxury residences. The extravagant space of 36㎡ to 160㎡ will make passing time special. Luxurious cuisine using seasonal ingredients selected from all over the country. Please enjoy a selection of specialties with your loved ones in a high-quality space.
北海道小樽/Hokkaido Otaru https://grandparkotaru.com/
This seaside resort hotel is located in the bay area of Otaru, a city full of exotic charm. 10 minutes by car from Otaru Station. Directly connected to Wing Bay Otaru, you can enjoy various amusements that are not affected by the weather, such as cinemas, gyms and pools, large bookstores, and shopping malls.
Mizu no Uta
北海道支笏湖/Hokkaido Shikotsuko https://www.mizunouta.com/
“Mizu no Uta” focuses on water, the source of life, and produces health and beauty in all aspects, including warm bathing, esthetics, fitness, walking, eating, sleeping, and information. They provide a new style resort scene with the theme of healing and health.
We coordinated a trip for 4 nights 5days from March 31 to April 4. The couple is in their mid-fifties and is from Shenzhen, China. Our communication was in English.
The first day itinerary is below. NARITA Airport to YCAT (I told them the time and place.) → Meet at YCAT → Breezbay Hotel Yokohama (Check In) → Coffee shop → Drive at Yokohama → Dinner at Japanese restaurant Hashimoto (Japanese Style Restaurant)
They arrived at Narita Airport from China Hong Kong Airport. First of all, we greeted them at YCAT and drank a cup of coffee. Drive and head to Breeze Bay Hotel Yokohama. Kannai’s Japanese cuisine to go to HASHIMOTO. (Store information) Although horseradish shabu-shabu was offered, there are few cultures to eat horse meat in China. It seemed like the first experience. This Japanese restaurant will check the menus that are offered at the phone reservation stage, so it’ll serve your favorite course meal.
The second day is below. Check in to Breezbay Hotel Yokohama→ We purchased Shiseido products and golf wear at Takashimaya (Futakotamagawa/二子玉川)（Tamagawa Takashimaya URL）→ Lunch introduces Ramen (Soy sauce-flavored ramen that can be tasted in “Japanese soup stock”) → We checked in Gora Onsen Setsugekka Bettei Suiun. Ryokan URL
On the morning of the third day, Roamed near Gora Onsen → Talked in the coffee shop → We went to Gora Park → To Owakudani at the ropeway → Lunch at Soba Kihinkan (Restaurant URL) → Take a ropeway from Sounzan Station to Owakudani. Stroll through sightseeing spots.
On the 4th day, after checking out Gora Onsen Seigekka Bettei Suiun, purchase a modern kokeshi and souvenir at Hakone Yumotoa href=”http://www.hakoneyumoto.com/enjoy/course2.php”> Hakone Yumoto Gourmet and Shopping . After that, we saw seasonal cherry blossoms at Odawara Castle [Odawara Castle URL] . Check in at Bay Sheraton Hotel at Yokohama city, eat dinner and go to bed.
Place: @Kaminoyama Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture
Enjoy hearty dishes at room meal or counter dining(Add option).
Kaminoyama Onsen Hayama no Yu. A hot spring where you can experience the original scenery.
Many happy greeting spaces with elaborate tastes.
The founder of this onsen ryokan is the wonderful person we care most about.
His name is Toshiyuki Kikuchi. All staff of this hot spring inn has a wonderful smile. A number of services that are not enough just for a one-day stay. Proceed to stay for two nights. Be sure to experience a villa-like onsen ryokan where you can enjoy a private break.
* We recommend that you make a reservation directly at a hot spring inn, such as a hot spring inn website or telephone reservation.
* Kansei evaluations such as images, impressions, and impressions of inns posted here are personally performed by the department in charge of the Company and group companies. It is described on the premise that it supports the listed ryokan and provides accurate information.
On entering the site you will be greeted with the fresh aroma of firewood. Our exquisite cuisine, serene landscape and friendly staff ensure you will be able to enjoy a very special time with us.
Meigetsuso is a beautiful inn nestled in the heart of Yamagata’s countryside with breathtaking views showcasing each of the four seasons. If you listen closely, you can hear the beautiful sounds of nature. We strive to make Meigetsuso a place you can spend a uniquely refreshing and relaxing time with the people you care about most. Packed with Japanese and Western history, your stay will truly be an unforgettable experience. From traditional Japanese housing, to gorgeous antique Western furnishings, Meigetsuso offers an atmosphere far from an everyday experience.
The Meigetsuso experience is one best shared with loved ones. If you want to share an experience of a lifetime with a special someone, look no further than our beautiful inn.
There is a shop in Ginowan City, Okinawa. We sell leather goods and T-shirts. How about making original leather items for making memories in Okinawa.
1. Creating your own T-shirts (for adults and kids) with full hand-making. You can make your own T-shirt with a logo or name. You can also produce shopping bags.
2. Even beginners can make leather items (coin cases, pass cases, key cases) while enjoying them. There is a legendary guardian god Shisa logo and other design logos that are only handled here, and you can also stamp your initials. How about making original memories for yourself and gifts for making memories of Okinawa?
Three friendly ladies joined our activity, and visited both Toyosu fish market and Tsukiji outer market. When we entered the Intermediate fish wholesale market in Toyosu, they were surprised to see the varieties of seafood and took pictures of them at some shops. When we stopped by a tuna store, they had a chance to hold a long tuna knife. “Amazing !”, they said.
After visiting the market-related shops, where they bought green tea and miso soy bean paste, we went to Tsukiji market by van.
The lively atmosphere of the outer market attracted the cheerful ladies and made them smile more! While walking around, they enjoyed sampling Japanese dashi soup stock, beans snacks, wasabi flavored peanut and so on. One of their hobbies were cooking, so we visited a knife shop which had a long history. A wide selection of beautiful and useful knives there fascinated them.
They loved sea urchin very much, so they decided to have lunch at a sushi restaurant where they could enjoy a heaping bowl of sea urchin on top of the rice.
Thank you very much for joining us !
Two families joined this experience. They were from US and Australia.
At first, two boys seemed a little bit tired, because they walked a lot in Tokyo Disney Sea yesterday.
The married couple from Australia tried some Miso soy beans paste. They liked the rich flavor very much and bought some for gift.
After watching the traditional method of killing fish in Fish market, we headed for the kitchen studio in Morioka.
In sushi making workshop, the Australian couple looked very interested when our chef showed hot to cut the tuna into small blocks. Then, the customers tried cutting fish with an edged tool. The 13 years old and 9 years old boys were very good at using knife and did a great job. But they could not eat raw fish so much that our chef cooked some food for them, such as tuna steak and grilled fish, using salmon, young yellowtail and mackerel. The boys liked grilled salmon and ate them with their parents. We were very happy to see them smile.
All of the adults enjoyed drinking sake while eating Sushi. They liked pure rice sake called Jyuyondai. “Kanpai !”
Thank you very much for joining our tour!
Hanami literally means flower viewing.
Spring is blossom time. Flower viewing is one of the most popular spring events in Japan, and mostly means cherry blossoms viewing. Cherry blossom is called ‘Sakura ’in Japanese. Hanami is like a picnic party among families, friends and coworkers. People gather together and enjoy eating, drinking and chatting while appreciating cherry blossoms under or near trees. Since ancient times, Japanese people have appreciated the beauty of flowers. The custom of Hanami is said to have started during the Nara period (710-794) when it was plume blossoms that people admired in the beginning. But by the Heian period (794-1185), cherry blossom came to attract more attention. Recently it attracts foreign visitors from all over the world as well.
When to Hanami/ Cherry blossom Forecast
As the weather warms up, cherries begin to bloom across Japan from late March to April, appearing from south part such as Okinawa and Kyushu up to north and finally ending in Hokkaido. The peak blooming period varies year to year due to the weather conditions of each year, and it lasts for only a week or so. This year temperature have averaged warmer than normal, and according to the weather association, the cherry blossom season is expected to come earlier than usual in many places around Japan.
To admire the transient beauty of the flowers, researching the information about the flowering dates and the peak timing for full bloom is recommended.
Below is the link for cherry blossom forecast. https://n-kishou.com/corp/news-contents/sakura/?lang=en
It will be updated for the latest version during the season.
Famous places for Hanami in Tokyo
There are many places to enjoy cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Here, we introduce 3 spots which are designated as 100 best cherry blossom spots in Japan.
Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden
It was built as a garden for the Imperial Household in 1906 and was opened to the public in 1949. There are over 1100 cherry trees, and you can enjoy about 65 kinds of cherry trees. Shinjyuku Gyoen has three different styles of garden: English, French, and Japanese. Including cherry trees, there are about 20000 trees in spacious grounds. With its large lawn, it is a nice place for a picnics and relaxing strolls
Opening hour：March15~September30/ 9:00～17：30（Gates Close at 18:00）July1~August20/9:00~18:30(Gates close at 19:00)
Charge：Adults 500JPY, Seniors(65 and over) 250JPY, Students(with valid ID)250JPY,Children(junior high school students/15 and under)FREE
Nearest Station: Shinjyukugyoenmae Station(Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
Ueno Onshi Park
It is also popular to have a picnic under the sakura at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura in Japan, and Ueno Park is one of the most popular places to enjoy Cherry blossom at night. During the blooming season, many lanterns are hung in under the trees which are lit up after the sun goes down. Let’s enjoy the flower illuminations. It can be quite crowded, but it is worthwhile visiting at least once. You can buy a lot of food at food stalls in the park.
Location: Sanchome, Uenokoen Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ueno Station(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, JR)
There are about 500 cherry trees in the park such as Yoshino cherry trees and Yamazakura. Approximately 250 cherry trees surround a central pond, and the reflection of the full blossom and scattering of the cherry petals are splendid. People can go boating, and the swan shaped boats are loved by families and couples.
Location:1-18-31, Gotenyama, Musashino City,Tokyo
Opening hour:9:30～17:00（Admission until 16:00）
Nearest Station: Kichijoji Station(JR Keio Inokashira Line)
For Bring Food and Drinks
In Japan, we have a famous proverb,“Hanayoridango”, which literally means dumplings rather than flowers. Actually, for many Japanese, it can be said “no matter how beautiful flower is, food comes first”. Why not get some food and drinks for Hanami picnic like local Japanese people do? At some famous Hanami spots, there are food stalls selling snacks and drinks, but if you visit basement floor of some department stores, you will easily find a variety of eye-pleasing bento lunch boxes beautifully arranged with seasonal ingredients. Let’s enjoy spring of Japan not only with eyes but also with the taste buds.
Also, dumplings are recommended food for Hanami. Especially Sakuramochi is the traditional seasonal confectionary. It is a rice cake with sweet red bean paste inside and wrapped with a leaf of cherry tree which is pickled in salt water.
It is eaten without removing the leaf, so you will enjoy a scent of cherry blossom. The mixing of the salty leaf and the sweet bean paste is superb.