The Naha fish market is located not too far from Kokusai Dori. At the market, many vendors display freshly caught seafood from Okinawa’s tropical waters. Colorful fish, shrimps and lobsters are on display. Not so practical to bring a fresh catch to your hotel room? One can buy the fish and it is prepared in the form of sashimi to be consumed on site. The market’s second floor hosts several affordable restaurants that serve Okinawa’s traditional food.
The Harunire terrace, located in Naka-Karuizawa, boasts a great selection of restaurants and specialty shops in a natural setting. Whether you are looking for a delicious coffee or locally-made ice-cream, you’ll enjoy a relaxing time on the river-side terrace.
The city of Beppu is known as one of the best hot spring cities of Japan. As part of the cultural heritage of the hot spring culture, cooking in the steam coming out of the springs is still practiced nowadays. Visitors may try hot spring cooking at the Jigokumushi Kobo Steam Cooking Center in the vicinity of the hot springs of the Kannawa hot spring district.
Various vegetables including potatoes, corn and mushroom, meats and a variety of seafood can be purchased on site. A volunteer instructor will supervise you throughout the cooking process and make sure that each ingredient is cooked the right amount of time. The center has an indoor eating area and a terrace for its visitors.
Yatai are small food stalls selling a variety of delicious Japanese street food including Ramen, Oden and Yakitori. They were once popular throughout Japan but are nowadays more prevalent in the city of Fukuoka. One of the most popular places to eat Yatai food is along the Naka river where the photos shown here were taken. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Yatai is to move from one cart to the other for a chance to sample a diversity of Japanese delicacies.
Japanese are masters at the art of preparing dishes made of raw fish. Sushi, the most popular of those dishes, is prepared and served with utmost care at this small but comfortable sushi restaurant of Kanazawa. Kanazawa-tamazushi (玉寿司総本店) is located to the south-west of Kanazawa castle and Kenroku-en garden in an area featuring many hotels and restaurants. It is not necessarily foreigner-friendly as the entrance nor the menu make use of English so I would recommend this place to the more adventurous looking for the true Japanese sushi experience.
The Kaikaro Teahouse is located in Kanazawa’s Higashi Chaya (East Teahouse) district. Japanese teahouses are traditional establishments where guests may be entertained by Geishas. While most of those establishments are exclusive, the Kaikaro Teahouse is open to the public. The teahouse features many lavishly decorated rooms on the second floor. The visit includes tea and a traditional Japanese desert (Kuzukiri) where noodles made of Kuzu starch are dipped in a sweet syrup covered by a thin gold leaf.
Japan is known for its deliciously fresh fish and seafood. The city of Kanazawa, being a coastal town of the Sea of Japan, is no exception. The Omicho market features hundreds of booths selling fresh and diverse seafood. Many restaurants are also located in the market and feature raw fish dishes such as the Kaisen-don, assortments of raw seafood on a bowl of rice.