Shizuoka Specialities: 7 Must-Try Delicacies in Town

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Shizuoka Specialities: 7 Must-Try Delicacies in Town

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What do you think of when you talk about Shizuoka Prefecture? Many may answer the iconic Mount Fuji; however, Shizuoka has more than that. Here is a list of 5 delicacies that you don’t want to miss out when visiting this area.

  1. Green tea

Shizuoka boasts endless fields of green tea which is the prefecture’s largest crop export and source of pride. Many people know Kyoto is the country’s matcha capital, yet just a few know over 40% of the entire country’s green tea is grown and produced in Shizuoka. This prefecture, with its tea-friendly topography, climate and spring water, is home to a variety of quality green tea. If you are interested in getting a total tea experience smelling and tasting the tea from leaf to cup, there are various tea tours for you to choose from.

  1. Unagi (Eel)

Hamamatsu, one of the biggest cities in Shizuoka, is the country’s top producer of eels. The freshwater eels coming from Lake Hamana-ko is a true delicacy that visitors from all over the world are willing to travel distance to savor. The dish is usually served over a bed of rice with a set of many other small dishes alongside.

And if you want to bring home some souvenirs or snacks, check out on Unagi Pie. It is a sweet and flaky butter cookie topped with eel powder that promises to surprise your tongue from the very first bite.

  1. Sakura shrimp

This kind of rare shrimp can only be found in Yui Harbor and Oigawa Harbor in Shizuoka in entire Japan. These tiny critters are famous for their delicate sweetness. After caught, they are sun-dried to preserve the unique taste.e

Arriving Shizuoka during spring or fall, visitors can enjoy fresh Sakura shrimps cooked in many different styles: boiled, pickled, battered and fried, cooked in soup, or sashimi. Every year on May 3, there is an annual sakura shrimp festival held in Yui.

  1. Oden

Another food representative from Shizuoka city is oden – which is skewers of various ingredients marinated in the dashi broth. The ingredients range from Konjac to Japanese radish, potato, and hard-boiled egg, etc. Shizuoka oden is well-known for its unique dashi broth made of beef tendon stock, strong soy sauce and toppings like aonori seaweed, Japanese mustard, and dried fish powder.

One of the best places to enjoy Shizuoka oden is at the Aoba Koen Oden Alley where small oden shops open next to each other along the alleyway. They are bar-style counters with a cozy, homely atmosphere and can offer 5-10 diners at a time. Every day the Alley opens up from 16:30 till night. As the sun goes down, visitors will be amazed by the illuminated scene brought about by red lanterns decorated by the shops.

  1. Gyoza

Gyoza – The Japanese dumplings were first introduced to Japan from China during World War II and since then, Japanese people are in love with this pan-fried pot-stickers. And not any other places but Hamamatsu is Japan’s gyoza capital. These dumplings can be found anywhere in the city. Since gyoza being such a highlight for the town, many tourist information centers here even provide visitors with Hamamatsu Gyoza Map!

In Hamamatsu, the gyoza stuffing is made from minced pork, leek, and cabbage. When cooked, they are arranged in a circle, pan-fried, and topped with a bundle of crunchy bean sprouts.

  1. Sawayaka Hamburg Steak

Sawayaka is Shizuoka prefecture’s famous chain of hamburg steak restaurants. A great number of visitors travel from far and wide just to try this tender, juicy hamburg.

Genkotsu hamburg is the best-seller item on the menu. The large, round hamburg with sizzling juices is already cut for you when served to you. Your job is to hold a paper mat to protect yourself from the sauce dancing on the hot plate. Even if you don’t mind getting splattered, holding the mat is a Sawayaka tradition!

  1. Wasabi

The list would be incomplete without wasabi. Utogi to the north of Shizuoka city is the birthplace of wasabi cultivation and still produces the majority of wasabi for the country and export. Mount Fuji offers the water source for premium sawa wasabi (wasabi grown in water).

If you want to try the best and freshest wasabi in Japan, head to Utogi or the Izu Peninsula. Forget the stuff you get in sushi stores; once you try the freshly ground wasabi, you will understand. Also, don’t forget to taste the exotic yet delightful wasabi ice-cream in Shuzenji town.

 

Sources:

5 Famous Foods You’ll Find In Shizuoka https://travel.gaijinpot.com/5-famous-foods-in-shizuoka-japan/ Accessed July 11th, 2019

Five must try Shizuoka specialities! http://voyapon.com/5-shizuoka-specialities/ Accessed July 11th, 2019

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