Pair delicious hearty food with beautiful autumn scenery during the fall months in Japan. Just like fall brings pumpkin flavored everything in the U.S., it brings limited edition harvest flavored goods out in Japan too. Here's the skinny on just a few of the best places to try unique local dishes only found in the autumn months.
Akita's New Rice
Akita in the Tohoku region of Japan is a region of beautiful fall colors and farmland. The region is well known for delicious rice. This includes what is called ‘new rice' or rice just harvested and full of flavor. Daisen Town is in the heart of Japan's farmland and long known for a bounty of rice production. Visitors shouldn't miss the stunning Ikeda-Shi Garden, only opened to the public during the fall. Ward off the chill of autumn nights around a piping hot pot called kiritanpo nabe. The side ingredients of this dish vary from town to town, but the main ingredient is roasted skewers of newly harvested rice.
Yamagata's Giant Potato Stew
After visiting stunning mountains dotted with temples and providing a riot of stunning autumn colors. Why not join a local autumn tradition in Yamagata by taking part in an Imoni Festival! This festival celebrates the fall harvest by cooking the local harvest dish, Imoni, a type of potato stew, in massive pots. The biggest pot, 6m in radius, is so large it has to be stirred using back hoes! After a full day of enjoying a festival travelers should take the chance to relax at any of the local hot springs.
Shimane's Mythical Bounty
Shimane is the cradle of life in Japan, home to the storied Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine and the creation myths of Japanese civilization. This quiet region on the Sea of Japan coast is also a great place to try out some delicious autumn food staples. Travelers can't miss freshly caught snow crab served in a variety of ways from ramen to elaborate hotpots. Or how about a snack of dried persimmons enjoyed after an afternoon of viewing the top Japanese Garden at the Adachi Museum of Art.
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