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Fresh Fish, Sakura Shrimp, Tea Sweets, Organic Vegetables, and More! 10 Recommendations Of Shizuoka Local Food to Enjoy

One of the most fun parts of traveling is trying local food. Shizuoka is blessed with diverse nature, and produces a wide range of high-quality food products. The region enjoys a variety of agriculture from around Mt. Fuji, and an array of seafood from Suruga Bay (Japan’s deepest).

In order for visitors to enjoy the food that Shizuoka takes pride in, we held a contest to decide which new dishes would be most likely to make travelers smile. We discovered some great dishes that use local ingredients. Here are the top-five awarded dishes and the top-five staff picked dishes which were selected from 77 applications!

Please enjoy these local dishes that are worth devouring!

Grand Prize: Shizuoka Gourmet Special 10: Sakura Shrimp and Shirasu

Shizuoka Gourmet Special 10: Sakura Shrimp and Shirasu

Irifune Sushi, Aoi Tower, Shizuoka City

The concept of this sushi platter is “fun to look at” and “delicious to eat.” It features fresh fish from ports throughout Shizuoka. It includes prefectural specialties such as sakura shrimp and shirasu (whitebait). Of course, the sushi toppings vary depending on the season and the sushi chef will choose the best ones! You can also enjoy the true flavors of Shizuoka with wasabi produced in Utogi, which is the birthplace of wasabi cultivation and Shizuoka green tea.

Price2,750 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsTuna, sea bream, shirasu, etc., (varies depending on season and availability)
HoursEvery day: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00

Runner-Up: Shizuoka Summit Bowl

Shizuoka Summit Bowl
Various fresh seafood bowls are available!

Osakanadonya Totomaru Shokudo, Numazu City

This bowl of rice is topped with a variety of seafood from Shizuoka, including fire-tail devil, deep-sea prawn, and Mt. Fuji salmon (trout). The tantalizing tower-like shrimp is reminiscent of Mt. Fuji. This restaurant is located in the food court of the Numazu SA (inbound to Tokyo) along the Shin Tomei Expressway. This is a great stop for those who are traveling by car.

Price2,000 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsFire-tail devil, deep-sea prawn, Mt. Fuji salmon (trout)
HoursEvery day: 9:00-21:00

Special Award

Hop Step Sakura Shrimp Bowl

Hop Step Sakura Shrimp Bowl
Suruga Kohaku(red and white) Bowl. The combination of red and white colors is auspicious in Japan.

Sushi Restaurant Yamashichi, Shizuoka City

This unique bowl is a combination of deep-fried sakura shrimp, which are a traditional delicacy, and newly grown hops from the local area. Hop, step, and jump to a world of flavor by tasting this power-packed new dish born in a historic post town on the Tokaido Trail!

If you are interested in handmade goods, you can find one of a kind items such as tea boxes, tumblers, mats etc., which are made from traditional obi belts. Check them out while you’re there!

Price1,500 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsSakura Shirimp, hops
Hours11:00-20:00, Closed on Tue.

Shizuoka Green Tea Tiramisu Wrapped in a Drawstring Crepe

Shizuoka Green Tea Tiramisu Wrapped in a Drawstring Crepe

Grand Hotel Hamamatsu, Hamamatsu City

This tiramisu is richly flavored with Shizuoka green tea and wrapped in a green tea crepe which looks like a drawstring bag. It’s truly a lovely dessert. The tiramisu is accented with a refreshing Mikkabi mandarin gelée. Why don’t you enjoy a unique dessert from the top ranking green tea producing prefecture?

Price1,331 yen (tax included) *Reservation required
Local IngredientsMatcha green tea, Mikkabi mandarins
Hours11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:00, Closed on Mon.

Organic Vegetable Lunch: Taste From the Hometown of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Beloved “Oai-no-Kata”

Organic Vegetable Lunch: Taste From the Hometown of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Beloved “Oai-no-Kata”
The cafe welcomes you with cozy atmosphere

irie cafe, Kakegawa City

Wouldn’t you like to dine on organic vegetables grown in the open air, without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers? These vegetables are grown on the land where “Oai-no-kata” was born and raised. She is said to be the most beloved of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s consorts. The vegetables are steamed individually in a small pot so that you can enjoy the taste of the ingredients without any seasoning. We hope you enjoy them!

Price1,870 yen (tax included) *Reservation required
Local Ingredients6-10 organic vegetables
Hours11:00-17:00, Closed on Tue. & Wed.

Staff Recommendation

Soup Curry with Wild-Caught Eel from Lake Hamana and Local Ingredients

Soup Curry with Wild-Caught Eel from Lake Hamana and Local Ingredients
Unique exterior and cozy atmosphere inside the cafe with furniture made of local wood

Fond Cafe, Hamamatsu City

This soup curry allows you to enjoy a variety of ingredients in one dish. This dish is packed with local specialties. Enjoy the natural blessings such as eel and seaweed from Lake Hamana, as well as organic Mikkabi mandarins grown completely without pesticides.

Price2,640 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsEels, seaweed, Mikkabi mandarins, etc.
Hours11:00-18:00, Closed every Mon. and the second Tue. of each month

Seafood from Lake Hamana Steamed in an Earthenware Teapot with Mikkabi Mandarin Aroma

Seafood from Lake Hamana Steamed in an Earthenware Teapot with Mikkabi Mandarin Aroma
Unaju (grilled eel over rice) with special sauce passed by the predecessor

Unagi no Kagawa, Hamamatsu City

Enjoy the aroma, flavor, good fat, and richness of Lake Hamana’s seafood in an earthenware teapot! You can enjoy the fresh aroma of local Mikkabi mandarins. As your main dish, how about unaju (grilled eel over rice)?

Price1,210 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsEel, aonori (dried seaweed), clam, Mikkabi mandarin
HoursEvery day 11:30-15:00, 17:00-21:00

Mugiwara-boshi: Makinohara Local Makiton Prok Over Rice

Makinohara Local Makiton Prok Over Rice
B&B located by the sea

B&B Mugiwara-boshi, Makinohara City

It is recommended to try this dish in two ways. For the first time, enjoy the bowl as it is: a bowl of rice topped with pork. For the second time, add your favorite condiments and hojicha tea (roasted green tea) into the dish! This combination of rice with tea is called ochazuke. Enjoy the delicious harmony of hojicha and the grilled pork. The grilled vegetables are served with local Sagara salt, which brings out the natural flavor of the vegetables. Take-away is also available.

Price1,650 yen (tax included) *Reservation required
Local IngredientsPork, Sagara salt, hojicha (roasted green tea), pickled wasabi, okra, etc.
HoursNon-scheduled holiday

Mendako Pudding à la Mode

Mendako Pudding à la Mode

Shirakansu Café, Numazu City

The lovely form of the mendako (flapjack octopus), which live in Suruga Bay, is formed with pudding made from Tanna milk and Benihoppe strawberries produced in Nirayama. The ear-like fins are made to imitate the shape of a swimming mendako. It includes four kinds of fruit, sea-inspired blue jello, and pancakes made with Tanna milk and Asagiri Highland eggs.

Price900 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsNirayama Benihoppe strawberry, Tanna milk, Asagiri Highland egg
HoursWeekdays: 11:00-16:00, Weekends & Holidays: 11:00-17:00

Trout Burger Meal

Trout Burger Meal

National Park Resort Kyukamura Fuji, Fujinomiya City

This is a burger meal made with homemade basil sauce and deep fried rainbow trout from the Fuji Trout Farm. It comes in a cute basket with the soup of the day, salad, and your choice of drink.

You can take it outside and have a picnic with a view of Lake Tanuki and Mt. Fuji (weather permitting).

Price1,000 yen (tax included)
Local IngredientsRainbow trout

*The information is current as of December, 2022

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