Tag Archives: Travel

Japanese Gastronomy: Local Products at Makai Ranch in Fujinomiya City!

SN3O3295

Service: Very friendly and familiar
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clan. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very healthy food mainly made with local products. Dairy products. Souvenirs

Shizuoka Prefecture is a large Prefecture by Japanese standards and its peculiar shape make it feel even larger. It takes no less than three hours non-stop to cross it by normal train!
Yesterday I had the occasion to travel (by car) again to Fujinomiya City located on the western slopes of Mount Fuji, which means it is protected from the cold weather coming from the east and is a thriving agricultural area in an already very rich prefecture.

SN3O3274

You will not find this side view of Mount Fuji just in front of Makai Ranch in usual pamphlets because of its collapsed flank! It is nonetheless worth the trip!

SN3O3286

Foreigners are certainly made welcome!

SN3O3273

This is Japan, not Germany!

SN3O3275

It is not America, either! LOL

SN3O3276

The Buffet Restaurant was our destination on the way to a local farmer we were going to interview in the afternoon!

SN3O3277

Have a good look before entering as there is a lot to see and sample!

SN3O3278

This is another restaurant inside the same premises. Come early!

SN3O3282

Milk, milk, milk!

SN3O3279

Take your time to visit the many stands inside offering some great healthy food made local ingredienst and milk from the ranch: Cheese cakes!

SN3O3280

Ice cream made on site!

SN3O3281

You will have the pleasure to discover other products created by neighboring farmers such as delicious Japanese sake!

SN3O3282

Top class milk!

SN3O3283

Cheese made on the ranch and at other dairy farms!

SN3O3287

Even German craft beer by Stephan Rager in Fujinomiya City!

SN3O3284

Premium ham and sausages!

SN3O3285

We did not have the time but the ranch activities is a must for children and adults alike!

SN3O3288

The entrance to the Buffet Restaurant called Itadakimasu/Bon Appetit!

SN3O3289

Some of the food ingredients waiting for you!

SN3O3290

All self-service!

SN3O3291

Plenty to choose from and as much as you like!

SN3O3292

You will find the pictures and introductions of the main local farmers contributing vegetables, meat, fish and fruit to the restaurant above the kitchen!

SN3O3293

I have already interviewed quite a few of them!

SN3O3294

All kinds of hot soups for all tastes!

SN3O3303

The system is simple enough. You pay at the entrance where you will be given a ticket/coupon for one main dish. As for starters, salads, soups, drinks Non alcoholic), bread, rice and desserts you can take and re-take as much as as you want with no time limit between 11:00 and 15:00!

SN3O3295

My first plate of starters with corn potage!

SN3O3296

Already a meal in itself!

SN3O3297

My main dish: Local chicken in honey mustard sauce!

SN3O3298

Bring your main dish coupon there and point to the dish of your preference!

SN3O3299

As much as freshly home-baked bread as you want!

SN3O3300

The desserts!

SN3O3301

Choose and make your own tea!

SN3O3302

That was all I could eat! But I can assure that many people came again and again!
Great value for very healthy and tasty food!

MAKAI RANCH/MAKAI NO BOKUJYO/Buffet Restaurant Itadakimasu
418-0104 Fujinomiya City, Uchino, 1327
Tel: 0544-54-0342
Fax: 0544-29-1027
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Opening hours: Ranch (09:00~17:00, 08:00~18:00 from April to October)
Buffet Restaurant (11:00~15:00)
Closed either on Wednesdays or Thursdays
Free Car Park available
Ranch visit: Adults, 700 yen, Primary school and under, 500 yen. Special prices for groups (this applies for entrance fees only)
Activities are paid separately.
Pets are allowed but have to be left in a special guarded pet area for a monthly fee of 300 yen.

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

About these ads

Gastronomic Destinations: Kamakura & Enoshima (January 2013)!

SN3O3212

Just came back from a 3-day trip in Kamakura City, Kanagawa prefecture!
Here is a simple picture report on what you could find in and away from the touristic landscape of this famous city not far from Tokyo which deserves a good visit!
Note that this is the off-season now and I would advise you to visit it at such a time as crowds can be a real pain in that beautiful corner of Japan!

Tobira Restaurant

SN3O3186

Tobira
Kamakura City, Komachi, 1-6-20, Tobira Building, 2F
Tel.: 0467-25-0505
Opening hours: 10:30~19:00
Closed on Mondays or on Tuesdays if Monday is a National Holiday

You will find Tobira on the left just outside kamakura City JR Station.

SN3O3178

The boxed lunch as served!

SN3O3184

The boxed lunch opened!

SN3O3183

Plentiful and yummy!

SN3O3181

They also serve a great omuraisu/rice omelet!

SN3O3182

A lunch fit for a Westerner’s appetite!

SN3O3185

that omelet is a real delicacy, fluffy and light!

SN3O3187

You will find this sign in the main street of Kamakura City atop a famous cake shop. See below:

SN3O3188

Kamakura is famous all over Japan for its biscuits, especially “Rabbit Half Moon#!

SN3O3189

Once you start you’ll never stop eating them!

SN3O3190

They also make some exquisite wagashi for vegans!

SN3O3194

You will find plenty of shops selling Shonan Craft Beer!

SN3O3193

No, you cannot eat clothes sold upstairs, keep to ground level!

SN3O3192

All local beers and japanese sake!

SN3O3195

Kamakura City is also famous for its sembei/rice crackers!

SN3O3196

Hot work, even with temperatures below zero outside!

O Sakana Tei Japanese Restaurant

248-0025 Kamakura City, Shichirigahama, 3-1-9
Tel: 0467-31-9890
Opening Hours: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Thursdays
Cards OK

SN3O3197

Kamakura Craft Beer

O Sakana Tei is an old but very traditional Japanese Restaurant serving great sushi at very reasonable prices.
The specialize in local sardine cuisine!

SN3O3198

Great craft beer indeed!

SN3O3199

The specialty of the house: Deep-fried sardine sandwiched in shiso/perilla leaves!

SN3O3200

Sushi plate!

SN3O3201Another sushi plate!

SN3O3203

Delicious Japanese soup with sardine surimi balls!

SN3O3202

Kamakura sake?

SN3O3204

Only in name as it is brewed in Gunma Prefecture for a private label!

Tobicho Japanese Restaurant

251-0036 Fujisawa City, Enoshima, 1-6-7
Tel.: 0466-23-0041
Opened from 11:00 a.m. till evening
Reserve!

SN3O3205

This time we managed to have lunch at Tobicho, a place where you will have to join endless queues on week-ends or in peak seasons!

SN3O3206

Have a good look at the seafood they also sell outside including local shirasu/sardine whiting!

SN3O3207

Like in most Japanese restaurants you can also have a look at a plastic model of the dish you are looking for displayed outside!

SN3O3208

A great way to allure customers inside, isn’t it?

SN3O3209

Very simple and explicit menus, too!

SN3O3210

This is the limited seasonal menu that the Missus chose!

SN3O3211

Simple, but beautiful and yummy!

SN3O3212

Salmon, octopus and albacore secured on thin slanted slices of cucumber!

SN3O3213

My order!

SN3O3214

Japanese style crab omelet on a bowl of rice topped with shirasu!

SN3O3216

During our visit to a temple in Enoshima Island we found this food store atop the mountain…

SN3O3215

What is he cooking?

SN3O3217

Paper-thin senbei/crackers made with real fresh octopus!

SN3O3218

A very rare treat!

SN3O3219

If you have the time do try and visit the natural grottoes at the back of Enoshima Island which have been used by humans since AD 552.
You will even find a dragon hidden inside!

SN3O3220

Atop Enoshima you will find a small diner (Japanese-style) with a terrace overlooking the sea called Uomitei/魚見亭.
A great place to enjoy craft beer.

SN3O3221

This one is called Shonan Enoshima Beer!

SN3O3222

Unfortunately it is brewed in Niigata Prefecture as a private label!

SN3O3223

Back in Kamakura City we couldn’t escape from the beautiful sembei/rice crackers!

Ocean Harvest COCOMO Italian and Oyster Bar
248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura City, Hase, 2-8-8
Tel./fax: 0467-33-4584
12:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
■Lunch Time
12:00-15:30(Last Order-15:00)
■Cafe Time
15:30-17:00(Last Order-16:30)
■Dinner Time
17:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE
Credit Cards OK

SN3O3224

Along the Shonan Beach there are some restaurants of note and our favourite is Cocomo, an Italian oyster bar!

SN3O3227

Local vegetables Banya Cauda!

SN3O3229

Succulent grilled oysters!

SN3O3231

Their fries is a must!

SN3O3233

They also eminently enjoyable pasta!

KOSUZU Soba/Buckwheat Noodles Restaurant
Kamakura City, Komachi, 2-83-4
Tel,: 0467-25-6210
Opening hours: 11:30~18:30
Closed on Mondays

SN3O3244

Back in kamakura City, away from the touristic center and along the way to the Tsuruoka Hayata Jingu Shrine stands a very good soba/buckwheat noodles shop we regularly visit, namely KOSUZU!

SN3O3238

This is the hot soba the Missus ordered!

SN3O3239

For a closer view of a real healthy meal!

SN3O3240

For my part I ordered cold soba with all kinds of toppings!

SN3O3241

For a closer view!

SN3O3242

A pot full of soba soup will be served to accompany the leftovers inside your bowl! Yummy!

SN3O3243

Vegans and all must try the exquisite warabi mochi (soft rice cakes)!

SN3O3245

Finally along the same street keep ypur eyes open for venerable shops such as this Japanese liquor shop!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Tourism: Shizuoka Fujisan Airport in Shimada City!

At long last I was able to make use of the aiprort they built in 2008 in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture under the name of Shizuoka Fujisan Airport, that is the airport that welcomes you to Shizuoka, the home of Mont Fuji!
Why did I use it?
Because I paid a short visit to Taiwan.
I traveled from Shizuoka City, and you will discover how easy and practical it has become to travel from and to Shizuoka Prefecture!

The above map will you give you an idea of our location!
Now just follow me!

You can always board the bus from Shizuoka JR Station, platform 4, but even more practical for people who live in Shizuoka Cty is the bus station at Cenova Department Store where you are protected from all nature elements.
First go to Gate 6!

Gate 6!

The route!

The schedule: far right column!

You can’t miss the bus!

Shizutetsu Company Limousine type bus!

You can pay cash or use a Shizutesu Line Prepaid Card.
Fee: 1000 yen per person for a 52-minute trip.

The airport in day time.
Note that drivers can leave their car at the airport for free as long as they want in the 1000-car parking lot!

The entrance at night.

Past the entrance.

Just look around you in the lobby and you will know why the Airport is called “Fujisan/ Mount Fuji”!

A modern rendition of the sacred mountain!

Internet service available (not free, though)!

Plenty of drinks vending machines available.
Incidentally, the washrooms are spotless clean!

Plenty of local souvenirs in wait for you!

Plenty of miniature models! Shizuoka is the world capital of miniature models!

Kokko/Chick cakes!

Green tea, of course!
Shizuoka produces more than 45% of all tea in Japan!

Introduction of Shimada City with a personal greeting to Taiwanese visitors!

Introduction of the nature habitat surrounding Mount Fuji!

An original size painting of Mount Fuji! (not for sale!)

Lots of shopping to do, and basically all local products!

Shizuoka Tea!

Shizuoka sake!
Some of the best and rarest in Japan!

More of them and even rarer Shizuoka shochu!

The perfect gift!

Chibi Marukop, the TV manga character which made Shizuoka and Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, famous all over Japan and beyond!

Kameya (Mishima City) Company’s wasabi products!
Shizuoka produces 80% of all premium wasabi in Japan!

Tamaruya (Shizuoka City) Company’s wasabi products!

Miniature models of FDA/Fuji Dream Airlines (Shizuoka-based) airplanes!

If you are hungry. a restaurant is waiting for you upstairs, notably featuring local sushi!

Most of the fish comes directly from nearby Yaizu Harbor!

More food including local unagi/eel!

Plenty of drinks also available!

Practical system!
Select your food or drink, pay and hand the ticket over to the staff!

There is also an observation deck!
Pity it was night by then!

Note that the airport is located in the middle of nature away from cities!

Christmas is drawing near!

Inside view from the observation deck.

And then, it is the next step through the Customs!
Can you see the official trying to tell me not to take pictures? LOL

Another souvenir shop inside the waiting lobby.
I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the articles on sale, though…..

Plenty of snacks and drinks for those who can wait until they are inside the plane!

Waiting patiently inside the spotless clean little waiting lobby.

Good-bye!
See you in Taiwan!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City