Japan recommendations, please - Northern Honshu and Hokkaido
I will be travelling around the Northern Honshu and Hokkaido areas and am wondering where you would send me for food along the way. I am hoping to find some recommendations for (but not solely):
1. Sake breweries or bottles to look for (likely in Niigata).
2. Kani or seafood in general in Hokkaido.
3. Any ekiben I should look for.
4. Temples at which to try some really nice shojin ryouri.
All food thoughts are really welcome regarding these regions. I know this is a very broad area, but we will likely take each day as it comes, and all of your recommendations will be taken into account along the way. I really do look forward to your responses.
Thank you very much in advance.
Be sure to check out John Gauntner`s website. Google his name and it will come up. He has great recommendations for Niigata sake.
I just went through Niigata station and had a great ekiben of "yakitarako".
Ayu is in season now, a delicate white river fish that is best prepared skewered, lightly salted and grilled over a fire.
Thank you for the suggestion. I just had a look at his website and was excited to find a Hokkaido sake suggested that I will look for over there. And your yakitarako ekiben sounds interesting. I haven't had yaki tarako before.. was it served inside onigiri? I'll have a look for it.
I planned to try ayu while in Kyoto as I know of a couple places that serve it there. If you have any suggestions of where to look for it up north, please let me know.
Thank you again.
I enjoyed Kurumiya restaurant in Niigata City - (http://www.bento.com/rev/2316.html). They have sake tasting sets and a great food menu. They're also right across from the station, so even if you're just passing through Niigata it's worth a stop.