The shopping streets in Atami City are quite old-fashioned. You almost seem to slipped back 30 years when you stroll along them browsing old-fashioned shops of every kind.
Once out of Atami JR station you will find two parallel streets going down sharply on the right. There you will find the epitome of land and sea products of the region.
Will you follow me?
Atami is located at the northern tip of Izu Peninsula, which means an access to an incredible number of fish. Can you believe that Shizuoka produces 50% of all dried and semi-dried fish in Japan?
And of a great quality!
These dried fish are shirasu/白子/sardine whiting. Rare of that size (and not cheap!)!
The himono/干物/dried fish on the left are not cheap either: globefish/fugu/河豚!
One Japanese confectionery typical of Atami is Onsen Manju!
Onsen manju/温泉万寿/means hot spring steamed sweetmeat cake. Many shops are competing with each other!
A great array of fresh fish paste cakes you eat either as they are, or as oden! Very tasty!
A giant Japanese brochette! The sugn says to be carful and not to push the dispaly with your hands (appe\arently some did with a disastrous result!)!
One great thing about Japan is that most (Japanese-style) restaurants display their cuisine as plastic models in their shop windows! At least you have a good idea of what is available!
More seafood left out to dry to become tasty himono! Traceabilty garanteed!
More, including rare tuna himono (bottom right)!
Now, the beautiful kinmedai/金目鯛 (Top righ) is expensive (but not by Tokyo standrds!)!
Izu Peninsula and Atami City are also famous for all kinds of citruses!
Golden oranges/貴金柑 (front) are beautiful and expensive!
They tend to come up with a new variety every year in that region!
Now, if you want to eat sushi, you will know that the seafood is fresh!
Although this is a sushi chain of the cheaper kind, they have the merit to explain clearly the varieties and the prices (very reasonable!)!
Now, what are these?
Karasumi/カラスミ/Botarga, or mullet roe! You can find anything more traceable. This is a truly expensive gastronomic marvel, even in Shizuoka!
A last long look at the shops and then we’ll go to another toursit attraction!
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