Food&Drink in Shimane
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Top Desserts in Japan
- When asked about famous Japanese foods most recall savory dishes such as sushi or ramen. However, Japan has a serious sweet tooth and has been cultivating desserts since the Edo period. Japanese desserts are more mild than their Western counterparts and focus on natural ingredients like fruits or creams rather than technicolor frosting. Each of these desserts represents some of the most popular sweets currently in style. From elaborate soft cream to carefully plated parfaits, there is a dessert for every palate and every age. Gold Ice Cream in Kanazawa Gold Ice Cream in Kanazawa Most well known for its gold production, Kanazawa is not just the stop to find gold jewelry but to also ingest the metal itself. The ice cream is made from creamy vanilla soft serve with a thin gold sheet wrapped around the ice cream. A popular place to try the decadent dessert is in the preserved Higashi chaya district. Stroll around in a yukata and survive Western Japan’s blistering summer with a shiny ice cream cone, only found in Kanazawa. Not to worry, the gold is edible! Dango in Kyoto Dango in Kyoto Feeling more sweet and savory? Kyoto is known for dango, small glutinous rice balls roasted over a fire and drizzled with teriyaki sauce. They are served on a wooden stick, making it a good portable snack. The dango is best served piping hot from a stand found outside of most shrines and temples. Each dango is specially prepared by their owner and can vary in recipes. Be sure to try them all! Fuji Apples in Aomori Fuji Apples in Aomori Up at the tip of Northern Honshu is Aomori and its famous apple farms. Aomori produces about half of Japan’s apple production and visitors cannot leave without a taste of the local Fuji apples, which were originally crossbred there. One of the best apple desserts is at the Oirase Keiryu Hotel in the Oirase Gorge, a nature retreat a little outside Aomori city. The mille feuille has thinly sliced Fuji apples layered with fresh vanilla cream between buttery, flaky pastry. The mille feuille is a French twist on the Japanese produce and can only be found in the Keiryu Hotel. Mt. Fuji Jelly in Yamanashi Mt. Fuji Jelly in Yamanashi The Fuefukigawa Fruit Park is a recreational arena where visitors can learn about the history of fruit in Yamanashi. The park is not only kid friendly and educational, it offers some of the best fruity desserts featuring the best of Yamanashi’s produce. Restaurant Gaia has a Fuji Fruit Jelly plate featuring the best of Yamanashi’s current seasonal offerings. The dessert changes in the seasons but consistently features jelly resembling the iconic shape of Mt. Fuji and its snow capped peak. Peach Parfait in Yamanshi Peach Parfait in Yamanshi Opening in 1878, Fujiya Hotel was the first resort hotel in Japan. To this day, Fujiya Hotel provides the best in accommodation and service alongside an elegant hotel serving fresh Yamanashi fruits and vegetables. The peach parfait is Fujiya Hotel’s specialty and has been drawing fruit lovers in with their succulent peaches and velvety cream. This decadent dessert represents the best in Yamanashi summer fruits and is the best way to cool down after a long day at the Fuefukigawa Fruit Park. Genji Maki in Shimane Genji Maki in Shimane Tsuwano, a small town in Shimane, is relatively unknown but is gaining popularity due to its quaint atmosphere. Their most popular dessert, genji maki, is a fusion of European and Japanese desserts, made from castella, or sponge cake, and filled with red bean paste. This dessert is only known in Tsuwano so be sure to pick it up while it is still fresh. The local bakeries make each genji maki one at a time and visitors can even try their own hand at rolling the azuki into the cake. Yamamoto Fuumido is one of the most popular shops because visitors can watch their genji maki handmade by the chefs. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 21. June. 2018
What to Eat Around Shimane Prefecture
- The unique cuisine of Shimane Prefecture is delicious and varied. With traditional streets a common sight in Shimane’s cities, there are plenty of stalls and small shops to pick up delicious snacks to eat on the go which is perfect for a busy day of sightseeing. And when you’re ready for a sit down, make for the local restaurants for simple Shimane gastronomy at its best. Yaki manju Yaki manju Most commonly found in its steamed form, manju is a rice bun filled with azuki bean paste. The Shimane special is the fried manju, or yaki manju, which promises a warm and comforting spin on the standard manju. Fugetsudo Manju Confectionary Shop in the Kyomise district of Matsue City is a favourite among locals for picking up a flavour-filled yaki manju. Get to the shop early to avoid disappointment as the yaki manju sell out fast, as well as the castella cakes filled with tsubuan azuki bean paste. Shimane imoni Shimane imoni Imoni is a dish often associated with the Tohoku region of Japan, but restaurants around Shimane also whip up a mean imoni broth eaten primarily in autumn when the temperature starts to cool. The main ingredient is taro, a glutinous potato with a soft flavour, mixed in with the Japanese citrus fruit yuzu and a couple of herbs. This subtle dish works as a palate cleanser and is best sipped between fish dishes such as white squid at Aoki Sushi in Tsuwano. Izumo soba Izumo soba A staple food in Izumo, soba noodle shops aren’t hard to come by on a walk around Izumo’s old streets. This local soba dish is uniquely prepared into three lacquer bowls with toppings served separately so you can add as much extra flavour as you wish. If you can’t make it to Izumo, Matsue City’s Kigaru restaurant pays homage to the special soba dish in a traditional, unpretentious establishment a 10-minute walk from Matsue Castle. Inari zushi Inari zushi A sushi little known outside of Japan and very much untraditional when compared to the iconic fish-topped sashimi and maki rolls, inari zushi comes served as a triangle of rice wrapped in a layer of sweet fried tofu. While this wholesome snack is common enough to be found in the local 7-Eleven a freshly cooked batch has a taste of its own. After a visit to Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano, head straight to Mimatsu Shokudo to refuel on this sweet and savoury treat. Genji maki Genji maki Genji maki is an otherworldly dessert created from a fusion of the best of French and Japanese sweets. Sweet crepes are embellished with a generous filling of red bean paste then rolled up and sliced into mouth-size bites once done. This delicious snack can be picked up in Tsuwano from Yamamoto Fumido, a charming, traditional Japanese sweet shop in the Kanoashi District. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 22. January. 2018
- Izumo Soba Kizuki
- Soba / Udon
- Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 387-1
Not a fancy restaurant, therefore a great atmosphere and good soba. 賑やかな道よりすこし離れています、とても落ち着いた店内で、シンプルなメニューでゆっくり食事のできる良いお店です。
- Tsuruga Hazumiya
- Soba / Udon
- Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachouokinosu 1630
This is traditional well known restaurant which specialises in local buckwheat noodles. It is an old house made form old beams taken from local noble houses. It has quite a waiting list as it is...
- Waraku Matsue Japanese Cuisine
- Kaiseki/Kappo Traditional Japanese Cuisine
- Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Otesembachou 565
Close to JR Matsue, seven fish from Shinzo Lake seven, very fresh, must try in Matsue. Reasonable price at 2500 Yen.
- Izumo Sunaya Soba Restaurant
- Soba / Udon
- Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 772 Izumo Kikiya 2F
I dislike Soba. But Izuno Soba is famous so I tried it. It was so delicious that I was surprised. I would like to eat Soba here again. Because it was crowded, the waiting time was over 30 minutes...
- Soba / Udon
- Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 308
Not a lot of English spoken, but had no trouble ordering. Great pictures on the menu. Service was very good, just like the food.
Shimane Main Areas
What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.
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