Japan is a nation famous for its food. Yet, while most visitors know to expect dishes like sushi and ramen, few have the opportunity to experience the unique local flavors that are at the heart of Japanese gourmet. If you’re interested in experiencing the distinctive regional flavors of Japan, you should pay a visit to the town of Kawazu in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Located along the Pacific Coast of Japan’s Izu Peninsula, Kawazu has a variety of special flavors to enjoy. As you might expect, being a coastal town, Kawazu has its fair share of delicious seafood. One great place to enjoy tastes of the Pacific is Funado No Banya – a Japanese-style seafood barbeque restaurant. Guests can cook seafood on a grill outside of the restaurant while enjoying the ocean views, or sit comfortably inside with a Japanese teishoku (set meal). Either way, you’ll enjoy the freshly prepared food and atmosphere that can only be found in Kawazu.
If you like spicy food, head into the nearby mountains towards the famous Seven Waterfalls of Kawazu. Near the entrance to the waterfall trail, you’ll find a small restaurant called Kadoya. Don’t let its size fool you – it may be small in size, but it’s big in flavor! Kadoya specializes in dishes built around Japanese wasabi grown in the area. Additionally, restaurant guests get to grind their own wasabi for their meal. So not only will this dish be sure to wake you up, but will also create a culinary memory few visitors have the chance to experience.
These are just a couple of interesting options in the Kawazu area, but of course there is much more to explore. No matter what you choose, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the incredible flavors and views of Kawazu!
Access (from Izu-Imaihama Tokyu Hotel)
10 minutes on foot to Funado No Banya
20 minutes by car to Kadoya