Food&Drink in Akita
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Cultural Riches in Akita
- Akita locals are extremely proud of their culture, with good reason too, it is an interesting one with a long and rich history. Separated by several hundred kilometers from Japan’s principal centers of commerce and politics, Akita’s early history was influenced by the indigenous Ainu people from Hokkaido, a people who were highly skilled hunter-gatherers used to working in extreme terrain and weather conditions. These early influences are still very much visible today through Akita’s long standing Matagi culture. Matagi are a type of mountain hunter from the Akita region that adhere to strict religious principles regarding the surrounding mountains. Traditionally they made their living by hunting local game, as well as engaging in agricultural work. Although their numbers have severely dwindled over recent decades Matagi are still active as licensed hunters in Akita today. Matagi will be the base for several aspects of Akita culture we will introduce in this article. Matagi-no-Sato The traditional clothes of a “Matagi” Hunter Matagi-no-Sato in the Utto Onsen area is the ideal place to learn all about the Matagi, their customs and history. Matagi-no-Sato houses a museum that offers a glimpse into the unique lifestyle of the Akita hunter with detailed explanations of their hunting rituals. The museum details how the Matagi have a long history of hunting wild game for sustainability, and how they have used bears within their culture for many years in a number of ways including for medicinal purposes and as a rich source of nutritious food for their communities. Also on display at Matagi-no-Sato are the hunters traditional clothes and the tools they have used over the years including the meticulously crafted Nagasa knives – extremely sharp blades made locally for generations for the Matagi and their hunting trips. Matagi-no-Sato also offer the opportunity to try bear meat for yourself, in a freshly cooked stew. Rich in natural oils this delicacy has been a firm favorite in the region for many years! Using a “Nagasa” to finely chop part of a bear’s stomach, used for medicinal purposes ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 13. April. 2019
What to Eat in Akita Prefecture
- Akita is home to a broad selection of culinary delights, thanks to their production of miso and rich history of soba production Akita has become a must visit destination for food lovers across the world. From classic sweets to new takes on international classics, no matter your taste you’ll find something to satisfy your needs in this diverse city. Hinai Chicken Oyakodon at Mount Kampu Revolving Observatory Hinai Chicken Oyakodon One unique meal experience you can only have in Akita is enjoying a plate of freshly made Hinai Chicken Oyakodon on the Kanpusan Observation Deck. Located at the Oga Peninsula on the west side of Akita, the deck sits atop of the grass-covered Mount Kanpu and does a 360 degree rotation every 13 minutes. Located inside the deck is a restaurant where you can sample some of the area’s best cuisine while taking in the scenery of the city. Given that Mount Kanpu sits at 355 meters tall, the view is second to none. The deck is a 10-min taxi ride from JR Wakimoto Station and is open from 8:30 until 5pm. Kiritanpo at Akita Kiritanpoya Kiritanpo One of Akita’s most famous foods, it’s essentially a crime to visit the area and not try kiritanpo. This a unique twist on the more classic style of dango-mochi. It’s cooked rice cakes that have been formed into cylinders and toasted by an open fire. One of the best places to try it is at Akita Kiritanpoya. Here you can try a lunch set which features kiritanpo, often in a soup (nabe) or a sweet chewy dessert, like the aforementioned dango. Miso Pizza from Domanin Miso Pizza Though pizza may not be the first food that comes to mind when thinking about delicious Japanese dishes, maybe it should be. Taking the classic pizza and giving it a tasty little Akita twist is the team at Domanin Kakunodate. Here you can try the local specialty that is the miso pizza. Given that Akita is known for its production of miso and soy sauce, thanks to the nearby Ando Brewery there’s really no better place to try this rather individual dish. Topped with Japanese green onion, this miso pizza may be a once in a lifetime type culinary experience so don’t miss out. Inaniwa Udon at Sato Yosuke Inaniwa Udon Akita is home to Inaniwa udon, which is in fact one of the most popular types of udon in the country. Carefully handcrafted, what makes Inaniwa udon so unique is the fact that it’s a little thinner and smoother than its other noodle dish contemporaries, almost like a Vietnamese pho. It’s said that the recipe of this iconic local dish was passed down the Sato Yosuke family line for generations and generations during which time it gained a loyal following. The best place to try it out is at Sato Yousuke, where you can also learn about the noodle’s history during one of the regular Inaniwa Soba factory tours. Beer Curry at Orae Lake Tazawa Beer Curry Sitting on the Tazawa lakeside with a hot curry and ice cold beer is the best place to be when watching the Akita day roll deep into the evening. The best place to enjoy a beer and the view of the stunning Lake Tazawa is at Orae, situated at the resort town of Shirahama Beach. The only lakeside restaurant that’s open to the public, it features floor to ceiling windows allowing guests to really immerse themselves in the stunning surroundings. Featuring a vast selection of items made with locally sourced produce the menu at Orae is just as impressive as it’s lake view. If you’re in town and want to enjoy the best Akita has to offer you can’t go past this impressive local hangout. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 14. October. 2017
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a nice break during the stroll through kakunodate. the local inaniwa udon served here is excellent, slurp worthy noodles in piping hot broth!. the architecture is beautiful and fits in perfectly with...
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Warm apple pie, flaky golden pastry. Also a great view of the lake from the cabin or the lakeside patio.
Akita Main Areas
Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.
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