Popular Dishes and Regional Foods to Try in Yamanashi
Yamanashi prefecture, some 120 km from Tokyo, is known for its traditional foods, fruit picking, and wineries. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji while eating delicious, high-quality foods year-long. With the convenience of trains, it’s easy to take a short trip out to Yamanashi to relax and enjoy fresh produce.
Houtou, made by stewing flat udon noodles and vegetables in miso soup, is a regional specialty. Unlike usual udon dishes, the dough of the udon resembles dumplings more than noodles. It is served in a pot while piping hot. Classic variations of udon are also popular in Yamanashi. At Udon no Eki, the udon packs a bite; the noodles have a chewiness to them that is more satisfactory than the usual soft noodles that are slurped effortlessly.
Foods of Yamanashi are said to be rather plain, yet the freshness of the ingredients makes local dishes appetizing and satisfying.
Yamanashi is also celebrated for its fruit picking. Depending on the season, fresh fruit can be gathered from farms and greenhouses. Yamanashi is most noted for its peaches, pears, and grapes. Other fruits that can be picked during the appropriate season are strawberries, cherries, apples, and blueberries.
Soft-serve ice cream is also a popular treat throughout Japan. In Yamanashi, grape flavored soft-serve is particularly tasty. Grape being a popular flavor only makes sense in a prefecture that is home to many wineries. If the local dishes don’t sound appealing, the sweet, cool wines available are sure to strike a chord with visitors.
Yamanashi, with its beautiful landscape and fresh produce, is a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy regional cuisine. Be sure to try everything at least once!