Food&Drink in Toyama
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Snacking like a Local, in Toyama
- You can practically travel to any part of Japan and find regional sweets and delicacies specific to the area you are visiting. In fact one of the biggest draws for domestic tourists in Japan is the local cuisine and the chance to purchase and take some home. Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture is no exception, there are various foods and snacks produced throughout the area that give any trip to the region that little bit of extra flavor. Glass Shrimp Cracker Factory Senbei are a popular snack up and down Japan, with different regions producing their own unique version. Senbei are typically a type of cracker made from the dough of crushed rice, but there are also versions made from grain flour, these ones tend to be found in the northern regions of Japan, around Tohoku. Senbei have a distinct crunchy texture and are often lightly coated with flavoring like soy sauce, chili pepper or sugar. Grilling Shrimp Senbei at Sasaraya A selection of various Senbei at Sasaraya The Glass Shrimp Cracker Factory is headquartered in the suburbs of Toyama City, they offer delicious hand-grilled Shrimp-senbei (similar to prawn crackers) made from 100% local rice, and a whole host of other sweets. Visitors can try their hand at cooking their own senbei using a large table-top open grill and a set of wooden tongs, after which they are free to add extra flavor by dipping them into either soy sauce or mixed salts. Sampling Senbei at Sasaraya Ume Kama Kamaboko has been a popular food across Japan since its first production in the 14th century. It is made by forming various pureed fish into distinctive shapes, often loaves, which are then steamed until they are fully cooked and firm. Sliced Kamaboko is often used in soups, or in the broth of ramen dishes. It can also be eaten on its own with dipping sauces. Kamaboko is also often found in cuisine that is served at big celebratory events like weddings in Japan. Kamaboko Toyama’s biggest and oldest producer of Kamaboko is Ume Kama, which is located in the east side of the city. They operate a shop as well as an open-factory where visitors can watch the process of making Kamaboko up-close. They also have a small museum with displays and videos (in both Japanese and English) explaining both the history of the food and Ume Kama. Staff at the Ume Kama museum explain the history and culture of Kamaboko Inside the open factory at Ume Kama Medicinal Foods Toyama has long been associated as the region of Japan where one would go for their “Kampo”. Kampo is the study of traditional Chinese medicine in Japan, and it dates back some twelve hundred years. Since its introduction by the Chinese, Japan has developed their own unique system of diagnosis and therapy. Ikeda Store in Toyama Although traditionally Toyama was the place to go for your medicine, after the introduction of Western medicinal practices to Japan pharmacies and practitioners in Toyama slowly started to disappear. An excellent example of a long standing local business however is “Ikeda” in central Toyama City. Ikeda Store in Toyama Preparing medicine the traditional way For those with a Sweet Tooth No trip to anywhere in Japan is complete without a little something sweet to finish off the day! Sweet making in Japan is big business, and there is a large selection of traditional sweets to choose from. Two of the best places to swing by and smaple while in the Toyama area are “Shimakawa Ame” and “Tsukisekai Honpo”, both situated in the city. Both places have a long history in the area, and unique in what they sell. Shimakawa Ame Shimakawa Ame have been making sweets in the area for generations. They use natural ingredients only, that are considered beneficial for ones health in one way or another - their humble beginnings were born out of the local Kampo industry explained above. They add no sugar to their sweets, which are all flavored naturally. The owner at Shimakawa Ame displays her handmade cough sweets Mizuame – One of the locals all time favorites at Shimakawa Ame ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 10. July. 2019
30 of the Best Things to Do in Kanazawa
- Kanazawa is an elegant and artistic city filled with cultural heritage and this guide will give you insider tips for getting around and getting the most out of your trip. Because it’s not just about what you see but how you experience all Kanazawa has to offer. Here’s a rundown of the 30 best things to do while you’re in town.Get the camera out and set off down the city’s pretty, historical streets to explore one of the most photogenic cities of Japan. What to Do around Kanazawa Station Kanazawa Station 1. Get around with a bus card or bike share All-day pass While most major sights in the city are technically within walking distance, it’s not exactly time-efficient or easy on the feet to spend half an hour huffing it to another location. And while your first thought may be to take the train, Kanazawa isn’t very well connected within the city limits. That’s where buses come in. The bus stops and stations are well-marked in English and relatively easy to understand, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. Plus, an all-day pass is only 500 yen. Cycling But if cycling is more your style, then the Machi-Nori share bikes are also available. With 21 locations around the city and the option to pay with both IC cards and credit cards, these bikes are super convenient. Return the bikes to another port within 30 minutes and it’ll only cost you 200 yen for quick rides all day. 2. Take in the beauty of Kanazawa Station Kanazawa Station Chosen as one of the most beautiful stations in the world, Kanazawa Station is very pretty. One of its most striking features is the Tsuzumi-mon. This unique structure takes cues from the red torii gates you find at temples but the latticework pillars are actually inspired by a traditional drum used in Noh theater - the tsuzumi. Then there’s the Motenashi Dome, an imposing metal and glass structure over the station plaza. A nighttime visit when both are illuminated is well worth it. Kanazawa Station 3. Raining? Head to the Kanazawa Tourism Center Kanazawa Tourism Center Kanazawa gets a lot of precipitation. But don’t worry if you forgot to bring an umbrella. There are 13 umbrella baskets across the city’s main tourism spots and in Kanazawa Station where you can borrow umbrellas for free. If the weather is really bad, then you can even borrow rain boots from the tourism center inside the station. Kanazawa Tourism Center Kanazawa Tourism Center 4. Complement your trip with a Rental Kimono Rental Kimono The old-world atmosphere of Kanazawa is perfect for a kimono or yukata. Walk among its Edo-era districts in an outfit befitting of the scenery with a rental kimono from Kokoyui (心結). Just a five-minute walk from Kanazawa Station, this kimono rental shop has full lineups of traditional and modern styles for both men and women, as well as professionals who will help you dress in your Edo best.URL：Kanazawa KOKOYUI KIMONO Rental Rental Kimono What to do in Omicho Market Omicho Market 5. Enjoy some quality sushi in Omicho Market Ikiiki Tei Affectionately known as Kanazawa’s Kitchen, the Omicho Market is packed with tasty sushi bars. You can take your time deciding as you wander through the covered market. But if you get there early, you might beat the crowds to a delicious kaisen-don or a bowl of sashimi over sushi rice. Ikiiki Tei is open from 7am and serves up a fresh bowl of kaisen-don, so you can get a great start before a full day of sightseeing. 6. Walk and Eat in Omicho Market Walk and Eat in Omicho Market With all of the fresh seafood around, you owe it to yourself to get stuffed silly. And we mean fresh, too. Several shops offer dishes where the seafood is still wriggling on your plate. Have a nibble at one place and then move on to the next, and the next, and the next, all while absorbing the vibrant sights and sounds of the Omicho Market. Walk and Eat in Omicho Market What to do in the Higashi Chaya District Higashi Chaya District 7. Sample the Teahouse Culture Ochaya Shima The Higashi Chaya District is known for its wooden teahouses or chaya, which have been standing since Japan’s Edo period. For a traditional experience, visit Ochaya Shima (志摩), a preserved geisha house from the 19th century. Selected as a National Cultural Asset, Shima offers a look into the lifestyles and entertainment of times gone by. Kaikaro Teahouse is also preserved in its original form and traditional geisha performances can be seen here occasionally, albeit with a hefty price tag. Ochaya Shima ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 10. May. 2019
What to Eat in Toyama
- With Toyama cuisine one of the cornerstones of the region’s culture, there is no shortage of delicious grub on offer. Its proximity to the ocean makes the seafood dishes unmissable, while the cold weather has aided the perfection of heart-warming soups and sweets. Black ramen Black ramen The award-winning Toyama black ramen never fails to impress its consumers thanks to the rich flavor and unique appearance. Acquiring its name from the dark broth the noodles are served in, the saltiness of the black soy sauce base is offset with a light broth that renders the soup a satisfying dish with perfectly balanced flavors. Nishi-cho Taiki is a restaurant in the south of Toyama City that offers bar seating and serves up generous portions of soup whose noodles are topped with delicious slices of chashu pork, spring onions and bamboo shoots. Masuzushi Circular Sushi Masuzushi Circular Sushi Toyama’s answer to a soggy sandwich to munch on the train is unsurprisingly somewhat more sophisticated with the circular masuzushi pressed into a bamboo leaf before being packaged. Topped with salt-pickled trout, expect something quite different to the standard fresh sashimi found in sushi shops. Masuzushi makes for a wholesome snack that is served up in some restaurants around Toyama Prefecture but is most commonly bought on the train or at the train station. The Masu no Sushi Toyama chain is found at two addresses in Takaoka and one in Uozu and offers variations on the standard sushi snack with prices starting at 1,400 yen. White Shrimp White Shrimp White shrimp, or shiro ebi as they’re known in Japanese, are exclusive to Toyama Prefecture with the skinny pale shrimp found nowhere else in the world but Toyama Bay. Referred to as the jewel of Toyama Bay, shiro ebi are one of the most pricey fish in the area due to the small amount of fish caught every year but they are an easy dish to get your hands on if you’re in the region between April and November. For all things shiro ebi, head to the Shiroebi-tei restaurant. A favorite among locals of Toyama City, the long thin shrimp can be eaten raw over rice from 2,480 yen or as tempura for a more affordable about 1,260 yen. Green ramen Green ramen There is something about green cuisine that makes us subconsciously believe it’s healthy. Toyama’s green ramen stays true to the myth with a healthy dose of spinach used to give the ramen its characteristic green glow. The noodle soup is stewed for hours in a tasty tonkotsu pork broth and topped with melt in your mouth pork seasoned with yuzu pepper, spring onions, more spinach and optional red salty miso sauce on the side.While hunting down green ramen can be a bit of a mission, we recommend making a beeline for Manyo no Sato, a five-minute drive from Nishi-Takaoka Station. The green ramen can be bought for a reasonable 800 yen from the building’s food hall. Kankontan Custard-filled Cakes Kankontan Custard-filled Cakes To complete the Toyama gastronomical experience, a box of Kankontan is the icing on the cake. While this cake is icing-free, it offers a trifecta of textures with a creamy custard inside enveloped in a spongy cake which is crisp on the outside. Specializing in Toyama sweets, Lis Blanc found in Toyama City is one of the best spots to guarantee the fluffiest cakes with the creamiest interiors whether the Kankontan are a gift or an afternoon snack for yourself. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 7. September. 2017
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Toyama is one of the three prefectures that house the Japanese Alps, with its southern and eastern borders comprising one long stretch of mountains, out of which the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is forged. While traditional crafts fill the northern coastal cities of Toyama and Takaoka, thatched roof houses offer unrivalled views against a backdrop of fantastic scenery at Gokayama in the mountainous area in the south of the prefecture.
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