Fukushima is one of the most important historical sites in Japan, located in the northern Tohoku region. Out of 47 prefectures, it is the third-largest prefecture in Japan. To reach Fukushima is only an hour’s drive from Tokyo. There are a lot of places to explore, from volcanic mountains to the beautiful lakes that provide you with a beautiful view of nature. The view here provides you with a feeling of happiness and relaxation.
There are a lot of things for fun in Fukushima. For example, if you visit in winter, you must visit the ski resort there. You will not only enjoy skiing but the beautiful look of the snowy mountains will also get your attention. There are many lush green mountains like Mount Aizu-Komagatake, Mount Shinobu, Mt. Otakine, Mikunidake, and many more where people go hiking, especially in summer. You can also go fishing in Fukushima.
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Discussing the best places to visit, food is something that we cannot ignore. In fact, this is the main focus of our article. Fukushima has a variety of delicious local foods and flavors made with seasonal ingredients. Whether it is fish food, soup, dishes made with vegetables, or soba, Fukushima is a place where the local food will blow your mind with the delicious spicy taste. Fukushima is also known as the Home of Soba.
Below are the dishes that are very famous in Fukushima and that are being loved by the Japanese to eat.
Aizu Soba is one of the most famous dishes in Fukushima. Here, the meaning of soba is Japanese Buckwheat Noodles. Aizu is a famous place in Fukushima. The soil of this region is very rich, it produces a good quality of buckwheat which is a core ingredient in Aizu Soba.
In fact, in the whole of Japan, the cultivation of high-quality buckwheat is very high as compared to other places. The season of high-quality buckwheat starts at the end of September and ends at the start of January. The noodles made from buckwheat for soba are sweat and chewy.
There are a lot of things with which Japanese eat sobas such as boiled potatoes, yogurt, green chilis, butter, and onions. Besides this, there are many other things in vegetables and species that you can add to get a delicious taste. It is assumed to be one of the healthiest diets in Aizu.
Kozuyu is a traditional soup dish in Fukushima and is very popular in this area. Like the previous one, it also belongs to the region of Aizu. It is the recipe that has been transferred from generation to generation. There are several discussion forums on the internet where people said that words cannot describe how delicious it is.
There are many restaurants in Aizu where you can easily find this delicious dish. This soup dish is a combination of carrot, capsicum, potatoes, green onions, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, noodles, salt, and some traditional spices. These are the core ingredients that the Japanese do not ignore if they cook Kozuyu.
This dish is usually served on special occasions like the new year, birthday parties, religious festivals, or ceremonial gatherings, etc.
Negi Soba (also known as Takato Soba) is one of the most famous dishes in Fukushima in the area of Ouchijuku, in the town of Shimogō in Minamiaizu District. The best of negi soba is that the Japanese use a leek (also known as long spring onion) to pick the soba noodles instead of chopsticks. A leek not just makes it unique, but also enhances the taste of negi soba.
Moreover, a leek also provides a crispy feel when chewing it. Like our previous choices, negi soba is also a traditional dish that is transferred from generation to generation. If you haven’t tasted it yet, you must try it whenever you visit Japan.
The noodles that are used in negi soba are made by buckwheat, as in Aizu Soba. Food lovers can easily find it in many restaurants in the Fukushima prefecture.
Kitakata ramen is very famous ramen in Fukushima, originating from the city of Kitakata. The core ingredients that the Japanese include in kitakata ramen include leek, bamboo shoots, cured fish cake, and sliced pork, and all of these things severed in a refreshing soy sauce soup along with the noodles.
Moreover, sometimes chicken and vegetables are also used in kitakata ramen Actually, it all depends on the taste of different regions in Fukushima. You can easily find it in local restaurants in Fukushima. Or else, this dish is also available in other prefectures of Japan as well.
Nishin No Sansho Zuke
In Japan, Nishin is the name of a fish that is called Herring in English. In fact, it is one of the favorite fish in Japan. Like previous others, Nishin No Sansho Zuke is also a traditional dish, and the procedure of cooking is transferred from generation to generation.
There is a unique method that which Japanese use in Fukushima to cook it. After gut and cleaning, the Japanese leave the herring under sunlight to dry. When it gets dried properly, the Japanese layered the herring with Japanese pepper (also known as sansho pepper). Then, the Japanese pickled the herring in a liquor that is made with a combination of soy sauce, sake, sugar, and vinegar. They leave the herring in the liquor for at least 3 to 4 hours and no doubt it enhances the flavor and the taste of it.
You can easily find out it in nearby restaurants in Fukushima. The season in which the Japanese use to eat herring starts from mid of March and ends at the end of June.