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If you go to Izakaya, you can taste the gourmet throughout Japan!

If you come to Japan, we advise you to taste the gourmet that you can enjoy only in Japan. Many Mountains and rivers separate Japan’s area and distinctive gourmet is developed for each area. It cannot be said that you can taste gourmet throughout Japan by visiting only one place. We propose an idea of visiting franchize Izakaya to those who want to eat Japanese gourmet of various areas. Hearing “franchise,” it may seem that it is uninspiring, ​​but Japanese franchise Izakaya has a nationwide network and can offer special menu with its strength. Here is some examples of Japanese franchize Izakaya, Uotami, located at Uguisudani, Tokyo.

 

“Modern-Yaki”, the okonomiyaki (Japanese-style of pancake) in Hiroshima style, contains fried noodles inside. Speaking of okonomiyaki, people imagine a thin form with cabbage in Osaka style.

 

“Motsunabe” (Japanese hot pot) that makes your body healthy. This is a specialty food of Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture. Carefully selected hormones that we can enjoy its taste of flavor and texture are boiled with a rich Tonkotsu (pork-bone) soup. The soup that the taste of meat and vegetables seeped out is used for Tonkotsu Ramen afterwards.

 

A combination of “Mekabu” (seaweed), produced in Sanriku area, Tohoku region, and “Tofu” is outstanding. We eat it with a superb soy sauce on a tofu with a freshly scented Mekabu. This menu is recommended for people who want to eat refreshing dish.

 

Uotami at Uguisudani offers gourmet, which cannot be eaten unless you go to the local area. You can order foods with the tablet called wavisavinavi, which supports multiple languages.

      

Japanese Sake, which Is Only Be Served At Local Izakaya

Due to the worldwide boom of Japanese sake in recent years, the circulation of Japanese sake in the world has far exceeded than before. However, depending on the size and policies of the sake brewery, there is also a Japanese sake that has a taste everyone admires, but is distributed only in Japan. It is one of the pleasures of traveling to Japan that you meet Japanese sake you can taste only in Japan. However, even if you come to Japan, you cannot drink Japanese sake throughout Japan. Most of the Japanese sake breweries are small and medium-sized enterprises. As a result, there are only a few Japanese sake that are commonly distributed throughout Japan. Even if you go to Tokyo or Osaka, you cannot taste Japanese sake nationwide. If you visit the countryside in Japan, you are lucky because there is a possibility to find Japanese sake that can only be drunk there. Do not hesitate to go to an Izakaya if you are interested in enjoying a variety of Japanese sake. It is common that Izakaya boasts a selection of Japanese sake. For example, in Konekko-ya in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, which is also introduced at wavisavinavi, there is a Japanese sake named Ouroku that can only be drunk in Matsue city. It can only be served at a limited restaurants in Matsue city because of limited production item. Enjoy its refreshing flavor that fits seafood very well.

      

If you go to Izakaya, you can enjoy Japanese country food.

When you come to Japan, it is one of the choices to enjoy sophisticated specialty dishes at a high-class restaurant. In such restaurants, you can enjoy the tradition that Japanese high-class people have sharpened. However, people who want to enjoy traveling like the inhabitants may feel that there are too many decorations. Izakaya is recommended for those who want to enjoy more rustic Japanese country food. Izakaya is exactly the space of relaxation for adults of common people. For easy-to-enjoy fun, Izakaya serves familiar cuisine using materials available on a daily basis. For example, Raijin in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, who is also introduced at wavisasavinavi, has a country food as its strength. Steaming freshwater calm with Japanese sake, the specialty seafood of Shimane Prefecture, is served in a small pot, and the fragrance of Japanese sake at the moment of opening the lid inspires the appetite. Salt-grilled Nodogro (Rosy Seabass), which is often caught in Shimane Prefecture, is also rustic and attractive taste. In addition, Raijin offers a lot of rural dishes of Shimane Prefecture. Why don’t you find by yourself a rural cuisine that deepens the image of Japan rather than the rural cuisine that everyone has eaten?

      

Japanese Delicious Seafood In Winter! Enjoy It At Reasonable Price At Izakaya

One of the pleasures of traveling is to eat gourmet unique to that land. Japan, which is an island country extending north-south, faces the ocean with its distinctive areas and has regional marine products. Not to mention “Sashimi” (sliced raw fish) and Sushi, there are also rare eating methods unique to each area. However, we are naturally concerned with the price when eating seafood gourmet in Japan. If you go to a sushi restaurant or a Japanese-style restaurant, you need to be prepared to use up all of your money. If you go to Izakaya, on the contrary, you don’t worry about using much money. The price of a food is set that ordinary people can visit like weekly. Just because Izakaya serves a food at low price, you cannot dismiss it. How to eat seafood in Izakaya is based on the trends and more freedom than in a Sushi shop or a Japanese-style restaurant. For example, Uoking coba in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, which is also introduced at wavisavinavi, has strength on seafood dishes, and cooks seafood of the Sea of ​​Japan in Italian style. There is a difference of the strength in each Izakaya. How about visiting Izakaya after checking whether you can eat what you want.

      

Dating spot in Tokyo: Tenku no niwa hoshi no naru ki

Proposal is the most important and memorable moment in the life. How about proposing while you travel? It should be great, right? Here is a few of the many restaurants you should go to make you and your bae’s life change;

 

  • Tenku no niwa hoshi no naru ki

This is the Japanese restaurant on the 59F of Sunshine 60 Building in Ikebukuro. It is 220 meters high from ground. From the window you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo. Also the restaurant is decollated by one of the famous landscape artist in the world. He decollated this restaurant by using many plants in Japanese old style. He made “The Green Gate”, where you can feel the greatness of the nature in the restaurant. Oh, this should be a adequate place to make a move.

Not only the view and the atmosphere of the restaurant is great. Meal is also really good. They gathered good foods from all parts of Japan, and cook them carefully. You can enjoy meal with your five sensory organs.

 

 

      

What to do in Odaiba?―You should go to Aqua city.

Aqua City Odaiba is a large scale shopping complex located next to Fuji Television Network and Tokyo Bay.

 

30 minutes train ride by Tokyo station, you can enjoy shopping, gourmet and museums, making it a great hangout spot for kids as well.

 

Some restaurants offer fine dining experience with outside seating. If you’re in the mood for grilled meat cuisine known as yakiniku, you don’t want to miss Heijoen Aqua City Odaiba. You can enjoy the world famous Matsuzaka and Kobe Beef.

 

For shopping, you can browse through over 80 shops from popular apparel brands, sportswear, small appliances to souvenir shops. For your  convenience, there are Information Center and money exchange machines on the 3rd floor.

 

They also hold events for kids and have a museum to visit. At SONY ExploraScience, you can explore light, sound and entertainment along with the AR(augmented reality) and face recognition technologies. Once you step outside the mall, take a stroll around the replica of the Stature of Liberty and Odaiba Kaihin Park with a beach and a trail.

 

When the sun goes down, the lit up Rainbow Bridge attracts couples and families for the beautiful night view.

      

After a visit to Izumo Shrine, what to do in Izumo?

Izumo is not just a city with Izumo Shrine.

 

Here are some of the places you have to visit when you’re out in Izumo.

 

First, you must try Izumo Soba(buckwheat noodles.) Izumo soba is made of unhusked grains making the color darker and the aroma stronger. Check out SOBA TANAKA-YA on wavisavinavi.

 

A brackish lake in Shimane Prefecture called Lake Shinji is characterized by the abundance of aquatic life, and you can visit Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius to observe its unique underwater world.

 

Why not take a break from your busy schedule, relax and learn how life cycles unfold. Shimane is also known for its traditional crafts . You can take a walk inside Shussai-gama Pottery where Bernerd Leach came to give technical training. Interested in how its trademark deep blue color glaze, “Shussai Blue” is born? The firing process occurs only a few times a year so you’ll be lucky if you witness it.

 

If you’re into fine wine, Shimane Winery is the place to go. It’s a very popular spot for tourists, with over a million visitors every year. You can take a winery tour and taste their 10 kinds of wines made from Delaware grapes.

 

Izumo offers a wide range of experience in many aspects of spirituality, nature and traditions. Do not miss out!

      

What to do in Tokyo? Let’s go to IZAKAYA!

An Izakaya is the most popular type of drinking establishment in Japan that usually offers casual and reasonable tapas style of food in traditional settings. A large selection of sake is also what attracts many of its customers.

 

We stopped by at one of the beloved izakaya, Uotami Uguisudani to give you some useful tips to maximize your visit to izakaya.

 

 

To order like locals, order drinks first.

The wavisavinavi feature on the tablet at Uotami Uguisudani comes in handy upon ordering. English menu and details are available and you can create your own order list on the tablet as well.

 

 

How about ordering a draught beer first? Uotami Uguisudani has an all-malt brew “Kirin Ichiban” on tap.

 

 

Next, you pick food while you wait for your drinks.

 

 

It’s always nice to have something to snack on when you’re drinking, so try their “quick appetizer” menu to tame your hunger while you choose other delicious dishes.

 

 

Here are a few examples of quick appetizers.

Edamame. Need I say more? The best buddy for your beer.

 

 

This is Uotami’s original dish with mekabu seaweed from Sanriku area and tofu.

Creamy tofu and aromatic mekabu with distinctive sticky texture go perfectly well.

 

 

Feel free to ask your server for the recommendations.

They’ll be happy to help you pick out the perfect dish for the night.

 

 

We ordered one of their recommendations, yellowtail sashimi.

 

 

Uotami offers a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes which you don’t want to miss while you’re in Japan.

 

 

After a few brews, locals tend to switch to sake. You’re a beginner and don’t know what sake to order? No problem! With wavisavinavi feature on the tablet has all the information you need.

 

 

With just a few taps, you can easily add to your order list.

 

 

Drink sake with masu cup. The masu cup is a wooden drinking vessels with a glass placed inside. Pouring sake until it overflows is considered a show of appreciation from the host.

 

 

Carefully sip from the glass so you won’t spill.

 

 

Then lift the glass to drink sake in the masu.

 

 

Uotami Uguisudani has a wide range of sake in stock for you to try.

 

 

They also offer main dishes as well as tapas-style small dishes.

This is “Modern Yaki,” an Okonomiyaki(Japanese style pancake) with yakisoba noodles inside.

 

 

When it’s cold outside, try motsu nabe, Japanese offal hot pot. It instantly warms you up.

 

 

You add noodles into the soup at the end.

 

 

Private rooms at Uotami come with karaoke machines.

 

 

Enjoy singing your favorite songs with good sound quality.

 

 

How about some sweet treats at the end of your night?

 

 

They offer authentic desserts you wouldn’t expect from a regular drinking establishment.

 

The casual and friendly yet professional atmosphere of izakaya is the reason why it’s so popular among locals.

 

Enjoy the fun izakaya experience while you’re in Japan.

You can easily order in English with wavisavinavi at Uotami Uguisudani.

      

Shabu-shabu for vegans?

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat cooked in steaming hot broth. It is a popular dish for visitors but it may not sound appealing to vegetarians.

At MACHIYA SEISUIAN, which has a page on Wavisavinavi,  offers mochi shabu, that you dip rice cake instead of meat. This establishment is run by a shop specialized in mochi for over 100 years. You can try a varity of mochi with different natural flavors such as tochi mochi (mochi with nuts) and yomogi mochi(mochi with mugwort herbs.)

      

Town with Edo feel

Shirakabe Storehouses(White Wall District) in Kurayoshi city, Tottori prefecture retain the ambience of their origin in the Edo period, and it is a very popular spot for visitors.

The area has been designated one of the most important traditional architectures preservation districts in Japan.  There are many other sightseeing spots that have the “Edo feel”  across Japan, but this is located in the least populated prefecture Tottori, so you can enjoy seeing the sights without worrying about crowds.  Some storehouses have been renovated for shops and businesses so you can go in and check inside.

KURA, which has a page on Wavisavinavi, is one of them.  Precisely it is an old house with a relaxing atmosphere. KURA’s coffee are stone-milled, and you can mill the beans yourself if you’d like. They offer traditional sweets “azuki” red beans to sweeten your coffee instead of sugar.  Please drop by and unwind after a long day of sightseeing

      

Craft beer in Japan

Craft beer scene in Japan has been booming in recent years, and you can enjoy a variety of hand-crafted beer across Japan.  If you’d like class-A beer, we recommend Daisen G Beer, craft beer from Tottori that uses all malt and no hops(though they brew hop-heavy beer as well).

Daisen G Weizen, a 5% German style hefeweizen won gold at the World Beer Awards in 2011. Also, their pilsner won another gold at International Beer Cup in 2016.  Since this is a micro brewery, scale of beer production is small and you have to find certain bars/shops to drink their beer.

UOKING COBA in Sakaiminato city, Tottori prefecture which has a page on Wavisavinavi also serves Daisen G Beer, as well as locally brewed sake and others.  They serve the freshest seafood from Sakaiminato, one of the famous fishing ports in Japan,  in both Japanese and Western styles.

      

Fugu – Deadly blowfish and chef’s technique

Did you know Fugu(blowfish) is considered a delicacy even though it is lethally poisonous?

Fugu’s toxin is in certain parts so if it’s carefully prepared, you can enjoy the fish. The flavor of the fillet is very light but the unique texture is what attracts many fans.

We recommend sashimi for the first timers, although  deep fried or nabe(hot pot) is also great. Thinly sliced sashimi is almost translucent and beautifully presented. You can eat sashimi slice by slice, or you can go wild and eat a bunch at a time.

If you’re looking for a great place to try fugu, check out the listing on Wavisavinavi for “Donya” in Sakaiminato city, Tottori prefecture.  Fugu they serve is all wild, making the texture firmer and tastier.  There’s just no comparison to farmed fugu. It’s that good.

 

      

HEIJOUEN Honkan Asakusa Kaminarimon (Original location) – How about some delicious Yakiniku after sight-seeing Asakusa?

HEIJOUEN Honkan Asakusa Kaminarimon is located 3 minute walk from the landmark of Asakusa, Kaminarimon. HEIJOUEN was established in 1970 in Asakusa, and now it has a number of  locations across Tokyo area.

What makes HEIJOUEN special is that they purchase whole Wagyu and domestically produced cows. Here at Asakusa location, they offer plates of assorted different cuts of meat, so guests can enjoy the beef thoroughly.  Buying by the whole makes the price reasonable as well. Try their lunch course  at a remarkably reasonable price.

HEIJOUEN is dedicated to bring out the best of the aged beef with charcoal grill, and also special beef nigiri sushi on the menu.

Table seats on the ground floor has partitions to reserve privacy. The second and the third floor offer Japanese Horigotatsu-style seating with a table over a sunken floor, perfect for a little cultural experience.

How about noshing on delicious yakiniku at HEIJOUEN after sightseeing Asakusa to maximize your visit to Japan?

      

Yakiniku Bar HEIJOUEN Ginza – Aged beef yakiniku in the heart of stylish district Ginza

Only 2 minute walk from Metro Higashi-Ginza station, guests can enjoy the top quality beef in a relaxed atmosphere.

To get hold of the premium quality beef, they visit renowned beef ranches across Japan and purchase a whole cow.  The famous Kobe beef is also bought by the whole, making it possible to serve all kinds of different cuts of quality meat.

The beef is perfectly aged with pleasant aroma and juicy texture, and then cooked to perfection.

Recommended side dish is Kimchi, spicy pickled vegetables. Heijouen has a specialized staff just for kimchi, and the outcome is superb kimchi with perfectly balanced spiciness and sweetness.

Drinks to pair with Yakiniku? Wine.  From daily bottles to premium wine, a large selection of wine is on the list. Guests from overseas may as well try Japanese wines  for a little Jaapnese experience.

Private rooms are also available for your maximum dining comfort.

      

Jinseki – Enjoy steak grilled in front of you with a striking city view

Jinseki is a steak house with an intimate, cosy atmosphere with 14 seats in a sophisticated setting located within Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. At Jinseki, skilled chefs cook top quality beef and fresh seafood right in front of you. Satisfy all your five senses with the sizzling sound, aroma and of course the delicious food. All ingredients are carefully selected by chefs and the beef are all domestically produced beef and wagyu.

Your chef will plan and prepare food at your pace and serve you the perfectly done steak at the perfect timing.

Guests can enjoy the amazing food with a panoramic view from your counter seats.

Course menu includes delicious dessert, and you can fully enjoy the sweet treat on a comfortable sofa in the back.

Please drop by and treat yourself an amazing food experience with incredible city views of Hiroshima.

      

L&R Restaurant & lounge with panoramic city view of Hiroshima

L&R is situated on the 21st floor of Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. Conveniently connected to Hiroshima station, L&R offers a panoramic view of Hiroshima at the height of 80 meters(252 ft) above the ground. During lunch time, you can enjoy fine cuisine in a relaxed, bright atmosphere. For dinner, guests can enjoy the most luxurious setting with a breathtaking night view. The menu changes each season to feature the finest ingredients from every season. Course menus carefully selected by chef and the general manager are also available, making it a special hotel dinner experience.

At the bar located in the center of the lounge offers original cocktails made with fesh local produce and liquor.  A long list of wine with over 1,000 bottles is also available with a wine sommelier ready to help you pick out the perfect wine. Unwind and enjoy the night with your favorite drinks in nice relaxed settings.

Sofa seats and a private room are also available, and you can reserve window seats.  This lounge is perfect to celebrate any special occasions from an anniversary to parties.

      

WaviSaviNavi® won OMOTENASHI Selection Award

In August 2017, our mobile app “WaviSaviNavi®” has garnered high acclaim from foreign evaluators and won OMOTENASHI Selection Award.

 

OMOTENASHI Selection is a collection of products that represent the Japanese concept of “omotenashi.”

 

Japanese food’s excellence lies in its attention to detail, though you may not fully enjoy the food unless you understand the context of culture. We sincerely believe all guests should enjoy Japan thoroughly

 

Our app provides information on each restaurant’s strong focus and Japanese food culture in English. With our app, any guests who don’t know much about the country or the language can get to know the deep  history of Japanese culture.

 

For example, when the question is “how do Japanese eat this dish,” we go into not only how but also why.  Or, when a Japanese word/phrase comes up that is mostly unfamiliar to non-residents, we explain the word with a background and history.

 

We strive to continuously improve our app and enrich the contents to help visitors experience stress free travel.

      

Do you know Izumo soba(buckwheat noodles) served at Tanakaya?

Izumo is an ancient name for Shimane Prefecture where Tanakaya hails from. Also a place where one of the most prestigious and famous shrines, Izumo Taisha is located. Let us explain what soba is before we introduce Izumo soba. Soba’s main ingredient, buckwheat has been around and eaten since 5th century. However, it is said that the buckwheat noodles appeared during 17th century or later.  There are two forms of buckwheat flour, light and dark. The light one is made with hulled buckwheat; the darker flour is made from unhulled and has dark flecks from the hull.

Izumo soba are made from buckwheat seed harvested in local Izumo area.  The color is dark as it is ground unhulled.  We serve our soba in two different ways, one is warigo and the other is kamaage. You pour some of the garnish of your choice and soba sauce over chilled soba in lacquer dish.  On the other hand, Kamaage soba is served warm with poured warm soba sauce. Warigo and Kamaage are both Izumo styles of eating soba! Have unique and delicious soba experience here at Tanakaya!

      

Information related to Kinjoro, a high class, Japanese-style restaurant in Kanazawa

Let’s talk about Japanese-style restaurant, namely, Ryotei.

Ryotei is a type of luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant. There’s no clear criteria for Ryotei, but it is considered it should be community-rooted, serve traditional Japanese food, and feature Geisha entertainment. It is important to keep the high social status, therefore traditionally, they only accept new customers by referral.  Many ryotei in Kyoto still apply this rule, so some people think ryotei is unapproachable. Ryotei are typically a place where high-level business or political meetings can take place discreetly.  Although, in modern times, ryotei have changed to have a more casual atmosphere to accept the everyday customers. You can feel the tradition and have a luxurious experience by visiting a ryotei like Kinjourou. Please drop by when you’re in Kanazawa!

      

Do you know the meaning of “Akasaka Fukinuki,” the highly reputed Unagi(eel) restaurant?

Akasaka is a name of a place. Fukinuki in Kanji is written as “富貴貫.”  The first letter “富”means rich and full. The second letter “貴”means noble, and the third “貫”means sticking to one’s faith. With all three letters combined, it has a message that it is an establishment in Akasaka that commits to nobility.

Akasaka Fukinuki was established in 1923, a few years after the World War I ended. Since then, we use the same sauce by adding ingredients little by little over the years.  The sauce has been with us for almost 100 years.

By adding ingredients instead of making new sauce, we can deliver the same taste as it was back in 1923.  Imagine that you’re enjoying the Unagi dipped in the same sauce that your Grandfather or Grandmother, or the deceased greats have enjoyed.  You cannot find such unique experience elsewhere. Some may worry about the hygiene but do not worry, the unagi dipped in the sauce are fresh off the grill and have a high temperature, it kills the germs if any.  Feel and taste the tradition at Akasaka Fukinuki when you’re in town.

      

The wonder of wasabi

Did you know the amount of wasabi applied to squid and fatty tuna different?
1. Wasabi loses its distinct flavor when paired with fatty fish, so you will not taste the spiciness as much.
Example: Red Snapper, Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon

2. A small amount of wasabi is enough to taste the flavor with less fatty fish such as squid, octopus and shellfish.

When you mix wasabi with soy sauce, the equal amount of wasabi will be applied to all of your sushi upon dipping. If you need extra wasabi, add a small chunk of wasabi on top of the fish.
Fatty fish such as tuna and salmon leaves fat in your mouth so you wouldn’t feel the flavor and aroma of wasabi as much when you eat them before squid and other less fatty fish.
We recommend that you start with a white fish or squid, then move onto silver fish, then onto fish with a heavier flavor.

      

Try kimono in Tokyo!!

At Itamae Sushi Edo in Akasaka-Mitsuke, you can try kimono for free. You can put it on over your clothes, so no hassle, no fuss. Choose kimono of your taste: simple, gorgeous, beautiful, or elegant.  

Sitting at the counter in kimono will surely catch eyes and chefs will also be wowed.
We’ll take pictures in the Edo-themed atmosphere, and we have free wi-fi so feel free to share on SNS.

There’s a little surprise at the counter as well, sushi will be served with a long paddle. It’s also fun to look at fresh sushi ingredients right in front of you. It’s almost like an encyclopedia, even locals don’t usually get to see them.

An unusual experience like eating sushi in kimono will be something you’ll remember forever. It’s a luxury even for Japanese people to wear kimono, also eating sushi. How about treating yourself some cultural indulgence?

ITAMAESUSHI EDO
http://itamae-edo.com/english

      

Opening a Ceremonial Sake Barrel

Japan has an event named “Kagami-Biraki” or “Opening a Ceremonial Sake Barrel by breaking the wooden lid with a mallet”. It means opening the lid leads to “open the door to the happiness in the future”. The events are mainly performed on ceremonial occasions such as wedding ceremonies or office parties.
In breaking the lid, people call out “Se-No Yoisho” and vigorously bang down the mallet. Then every participant enjoys Japanese sake in the barrel. An izakaya or Japanese-style bar in Tokyo provides a realistic experience of the ceremony.

      

Soba-brownish noodles-

Soba are brownish noodles made from buckwheat flour.
Pick up some noodles and dip them in the dipping sauce.
Japanese people eat soba on New Year’s Eve!

      

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