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Local gourmet in the Tokai area that you need to try

Here we will introduce local gourmet foods from various locations in Aichi Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, and Shizuoka Prefecture that are a must-try if you visit. We will present a wide selection of foods ranging from dishes made from local specialties to creative ideas that will give you a flash of inspiration. ANA carried out a project in collaboration with “Tastes of JAPAN by ANA,” which works to discover the most charming locations all over the country, and TripAdvisor, to introduce popular shops from each location based on customer reviews.

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA -Explore the Regions-

“Tastes of JAPAN by ANA-Explore the Regions-” is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory. The Tokai and Hokuriku Shin’etsu regions are tripadvisor featured from June to November 2019. Click here for details.

Gourmet Popular in Aichi Prefecture

Miso katsu

Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture has a distinctive food culture called “Nagoyameshi”. Miso-katsu is one of the archetypal nagoyameshi dishes and consists of a deep-fried tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) topped with a sauce made from a red miso base with sugar and soup stock added. In addition to specialty stores, you can also eat it at yoshokuya (western style cafes).

Yabaton Yabacho Honten(Nagoya)

This is a Miso Katsu specialty store that has opened more than 20 stores mainly in Nagoya. Its specialty is “Teppan tonkatsu,” where they spread cabbage on a hot plate, place a sirloin tonkatsu on top and cover with a miso sauce.

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The famous red miso sauce on the fried pork cutlet may not look very appetizing to everyone. We tried it anyway because we considered it an experience. Actually, it’s not as salty and strong as we expected. We loved it. The regular pork chop is more fatty and tender. If you prefer the less fatty version, order the pork fillet, but it’s not as tender. Definitely worth a try. There are many other branches too and they offer the same menu.reviewed by jaylowe
Hitsumabushi

This is a local cuisine that has been made around Nagoya since the Meiji era, where grilled eel is finely chopped and topped on rice. It is unique for how it is eaten. First, you separate the bowl from the wooden container and eat it as it is. The second bowl is served with onions such as leeks and wasabi, and the third cup is served with tea and soup.

Atsuta Horaiken Honten(Nagoya)

This long-running store was established as a high-class Japanese-style restaurant in 1873 and is a popular restaurant that sees long lines for consecutive days. The Hitsumabushi made with eel grilled to perfection by skilled craftsmen, with its secret sauce that has been continuously perfected since the Meiji era, is an particularly delicious.

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If you love unagi, this restaurant is a must! Unagi Hitsumabushi is a famous dish in Nagoya. I felt the portions were huge, but I wanted to finish every last bite because the eel and even the rice is top quality.reviewed by 687Lisa687
Kishimen

Kishimen are flat udon noodles. There are flat udon noodles throughout the country, but it is only in Aichi Prefecture that they are called kishimen, and it has become a specialty of this region. There are a variety of ways to eat them, as with normal udon, such as kake (plain soup), cold and curry, but it is often characterized by topping with bonito flakes and agedama (crunchy bits of deep fried flour-batter).

Miyakishimen, Jingu(Nagoya)

This is a specialty store for kishimen located in the grounds of Atsuta Jingu shrine, which enshrines “Kusanagi Mitsurugi,” a legendary Japanese sword and one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan. You can taste various toppings such as tempura and tororo (grated yam).

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The restaurant was located inside Atsuta Jingu. I ordered tempura kishimen and I liked it. The noodles were springy and broth was delicious. The serving was enough to fill my hungry stomach.reviewed by Mekris2000
Ogura toast

This is toasted thick sliced bread, spread with butter or margarine, and topped with anko (red bean paste). It is standard fair in cafes in Nagoya and there are versions with the anko served separately and others which sandwich the anko inside the bread.

Lyon(Nagoya)

When one thinks of coffee shops in Nagoya, they are known for their “Morning” sets, where if you order just a drink, toast and so on are included as standard. Lyon is famous for providing morning sets throughout the whole day during opening hours, and you can also eat their ogura toast.

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Bean paste for bread? All day long, breakfast set? I was very surprised.But it was good.We arrived at 8:00.Several people had lined up.That was good timing for us.We can go into and get the seats.Saltiness. Sweetness of Bean paste. Crispness of the baked bread. They were really delicious.reviewed by ferretMAMA

Gourmet Popular in Mie Prefecture

Ise Udon

This is a kind of udon consisting of thick noodles with black rich soup made with tamari soy sauce and soup stock. The noodles are boiled for more than 25 minutes, so they have a unique soft texture. It is a local dish of Ise city, which is very near Ise Shrine, and has been served to sankeisha (pilgrims) visiting Ise since the Edo period.

Fukusuke(Ise)

This is an Ise udon specialty store located in “Okage Yokocho”, the town in front of Ise Jingu’s naiku (inner shrine), Kotaijingu. In addition to the simple “Ise udon” topped with green onion, you can eat Ise udon with eggs, tororo, tempura and so on.

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My friend was teach me that this shop.It is locating OKAGE-YOKOCHO in fromt of ISE JINGU.Taste is good!! It is light meal. Good for branch. Basically, Udon noodle. And soup is little bit.Taste is soy paste(miso).I like it. My recommendation food of one in here.Additional informatin, 4 time in the day, you can to see WADAIKO(Japanese drum) team performance in front of this shop. Please check it !!reviewed by youkai1
Matsusaka ushi (beef)

Matsusaka ushi is a brand of beef that is often referred to as “the art of meat.” Only cattle that have cleared certain conditions such as being raised in a specific area centered around Matsusaka City and being a heifer (a cow that has not borne a calf) are recognized as Matsusaka cattle. The smell of the meat is sweet and refined, and it has a mellow, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Wadakin(Matsusaka)

Ever since the Meiji era, this restaurant has been committed to high quality meat and is known as being a place where you can eat the highest quality Matsusaka beef. As well as specialty sukiyaki, you can also enjoy Matsusaka beef cooked as mesh grilled cuts, steaks, and so on.

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We took the hour plus train ride from Nagoya just to eat at this restaurant, and was not disappointed. We came for the Sukiyak, and it was the best we have ever had. Our waitress was equally great even with our language differences we managed to convey our requests to her.Try the Sake sampler.Would willingly make the trip again for this fantastic beef and service.reviewed by marlew76205さん
Tonteki

This is a thick cut of pork, sautéed with garlic and a thick sauce, accompanied by shredded cabbage. After the war, it is said that it was born at a Chinese restaurant in Yokkaichi city, and now it has become a staple menu in western style cafes, restaurants and izakaya (Japanese pubs) in the areas centered around Yokkaichi city.

Matsumoto no Rairaiken(Yokkaichi)

This is a popular restaurant opened by a master who perfected his skills while working for over 10 years at the restaurant that was the birthplace of Tonteki. It is famous for its “Otonteki”, which is made by roasting 250g of pork shoulder loin and garnished with garlic and sauce.

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Come visit this restaurant to eat its tonteki, the specialty of Yokkaichi. Hearty portions at a reasonable price, the sauce wraps the pork perfectly, and the sweet and spicy taste goes down well with beer in a way that will hook you.reviewed by Journey810841
Specialty mochi (rice cakes)

During the Edo period, the sankeisha who visited Ise Jingu shrine from various places around Japan were said to like mochi because they could be eaten quickly along the way and were relatively filling. For this reason, the Sangu Kaido (Sangu Highway), which runs from Haruna in Mie Prefecture to Ise, is also called the “Mochi Kaido”, and even now, the towns along the highway still sell specialties such as akafuku mochi and yasunaga mochi.

Akafuku Honten(Ise)

Founded in 1707, this store is located in the town in front of Ise Jingu Naiku and is open every day at 5 o’clock to treat visitors. Here you can taste the freshly made akafuku mochi in the store.

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Enjoyed the Japanese rice cake(mochi) with red beans!! The mochi was very soft and the red beans wasn’t sweet than I expected. I bought the 2 mocha box for gifts. You can buy a bigger box but I liked the smallest one. Good to give to friends at work. You think you can’t eat it but you when know we’re finish! The tea is great too!! Eat it there and take it back home too!!reviewed by Hart-sims

Gourmet Popular in Gifu Prefecture

Takayama Ramen

This is a local ramen that has long been loved in Takayama City, located in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture. Its basic form combines thin, curly noodles with a light soy sauce soup made with a chicken bone base. In Takayama, it is so popular that if you say “soba” it is assumed you are referring to Takayama ramen.

Jingoro Ramen(Takayama)

This is one of the most popular shops with many local regular customers that maintains its commitment to its traditional taste. It also sells home-use ramen to enjoy authentic Takayama ramen at home.

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Must visit if you are in Takayama. We stopped in on the way back from visiting the folk village. The Jingoro ramen were awesome! Filled with locals on their lunch break, we luckily got a table pretty quickly. Well priced and will be recommending!reviewed by KuduKiwi
Kei chan

Kei chan is a local cuisine in the area around Gero City and Gujo City. Chicken meat is marinated in a miso and soy sauce-based sauce and is sautéed with vegetables such as cabbage and onion. The ingredients and seasonings differ depending on the area and shop, and you can enjoy the numerous variations.

Taian Shokudo(Gero)

This is an old-fashioned public dining area with restaurants located along a national road that passes north to south through Gifu Prefecture. Here you can not only eat keichan but dishes using meat other than chicken, such as pork and beef, which are also popular.

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I ordered the kei chan set meal as well as the yakisoba (fried noodles) topping for an extra 100 yen and waited 10 minutes. Finally, my long awaited kei chan with yakisoba topping arrived. The rice refills are free. The miso taste kei chan wets the appetite, and I ate rice to my hearts content!Seaside810513さんの口コミ
Hida beef (Hobamisoyaki – hoba miso grill)

Hobamisoyaki is a local dish that has been passed down in the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. It is made by placing miso and green onion on a dried honoki (Japanese bigleaf magnolia) leaf, which are numerous and native to the Hida region, and heating the leaf from the bottom. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a regional cuisine plus it is popularly eaten using Hida brand beef.

Suzuya restaurant(Takayama)

This restaurant is built in the traditional architectural style of Takayama and serves regional cuisine. With the hobamiso steak set meal you can choose from between 65g or 135g of Hida beef. There are many foreign tourists and a vegetarian menu is also available.

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Must visit if you are in Takayama. We stopped in on the way back from visiting the folk village. The Jingoro ramen were awesome! Filled with locals on their lunch break, we luckily got a table pretty quickly. Well priced and will be recommending!reviewed by KuduKiwi
Goheimochi

This is a traditional dish that has spread widely to mountain areas from Gifu Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture. Rice is pounded to a point where some grains remain, pierced with thin flat sticks or skewers, covered in a sauce and grilled. It is molded into waraji (straw sandal) shapes, dumplings, etc. and the sauce also has a number of variations such as miso, soy sauce and walnut flavor.

Ofukuro(Nakatsugawa)

Nakatsugawa’s gohei mochi usually consists of three bite-sized dumpling pierced with skewers. This store’s gohei mochi is grilled with sesame or walnuts, plenty of peanuts, and a soy sauce and sugar-flavored sauce.

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We just stumbled across this little restaurant and it serves wonderful food. The chef stands in front of the shopping street window preparing the dishes. They have an English menu, written out in a little notebook. If you are around, certainly a place to visit.reviewed by Paul_V_Alkmaar

Gourmet Popular in Shizuoka Prefecture

Hamamatsu Gyoza

Hamamatsu locals are known as vying for the position as the top gyoza lovers in Japan. Hamamatsu gyoza are defined as “gyoza made for more than 3 years in Hamamatsu”, and the standard are a light flavored gyoza made with plenty of cabbage. Hamamatsu has a large number of gyoza specialty stores, and many people buy them as take-out, along with eating in them in the store.

Mutsugiku(Hamamatsu)

This store is located 3-minutes walk from JR Hamamatsu Station, and customers come from inside and outside of Shizuoka Prefecture. The slightly thin-skinned gyoza are arranged in a circle on a plate, and the center is garnished with boiled moyashi (mung bean sprouts).

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The gyoza has a light texture filling that consist mainly of cabbage. It is light on garlic and seasoning. Definitely your typical Hamamatsu gyoza. The browning on the outside has been fried to perfection. The skin is thin, with a small and light filling so you can eat plenty of them.reviewed by Nomane_City
Shizuoka oden

Shizuoka Oden simmers ingredients in a jet-black soup made from adding soy sauce etc. to a dashi soup stock created by boiling beef tendon. It is also characterized by the fact that all ingredients are served on bamboo skewers, and it is served with aonori (green laver) and dashiko (dried sardine shavings). Besides izakaya, it is also sold at candy stores and is a staple as a children’s snack.

Umibozu(Shizuoka)

This Izakaya is known for its Shizuoka Oden, which is simmered in large pots installed at the entrance of the store. I recommend the black hanpen (pounded fish cakes) and soft boiled eggs.

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i went there with my family at around 7pm, and we have to queue up for around 20 minutes for the table. the food is full of shizuoka style (i think so) and not very expensive. and my children likes it too. the staff cannot speak in english but its not a big deal, you will have some menu with photosreviewed by aidenroy
Fujinomiya Yakisoba

These are fried noodles that have been eaten since ancient times in Fujinomiya City, and were also a driving force for the “local gourmet” boom that began around the year 2000. The most characteristic feature is the use of al dente noodles, and the meal is completed after frying them in lard with meat shards and topping with mackerel or sardine shavings.

Mumesan(Fujinomiya)

This is a casual restaurant located near the sightseeing spot, the “Shiraito Falls” in Fujinomiya City. In addition to hearty Fujinomiya yakisoba, the okonomiyaki made with a large amount of cabbage is also popular.

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We drove to Muesan for lunch before visiting Shiraito Falls. There is a small parking area besides the store, and English menus are available for foreign visitors. The okonomiyaki is cooked right before you at the counter, while the yakisoba are cooked to order in the kitchen. We got to choose different toppings and the food was delicious and relatively cheap. It was also frequented by a lot of locals when we were there.reviewed by alfredfang
Matcha sweets

Shizuoka Prefecture is Japan’s No. 1 producer of tea, and there are more than 20 production areas in the prefecture. Depending on the natural environment of each area, sencha (medium grade green tea), fukamushicha (deep steamed green tea), or gyokuro (highest quality green tea) are grown. There are many sweets using matcha (powdered green tea), and you can taste them at cafes run by tea companies and stores selling sweets as souvenirs.

Nanaya Aobadori(Shizuoka)

This store is run by a tea factory with over 100 years of history, and its specialty is matcha gelato. In this store, seven types of matcha gelato are prepared according to the concentration of matcha, and the No.7 is said to be the world’s strongest matcha gelato..7は世界一濃い抹茶ジェラートといわれています。

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You can have a strong green tea ice cream, in other word, Matcha ice cream.Shizuoka prefecture is very famous with green tea, and so powdered green tea (Matcha) is also a speciality food.If you try Matcha ice cream, I recommend to go this shop!reviewed by Mizuhazumi

The Tokai area has a wide variety of dishes, ranging from traditional dishes that have been around since the Edo period to sweets that have recently attracted attention. How about going out on a trip to eat these local gourmet foods that are full of surprises?

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA -Explore the Regions-

“Tastes of JAPAN by ANA-Explore the Regions-” is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory. The Tokai and Hokuriku Shin’etsu regions are tripadvisor featured from June to November 2019. Click here for details.

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