One Hour from Tokyo! Five Select Seafood Restaurants in Shizuoka by the Rich Sea
Shizuoka is about one hour from Tokyo on the shinkansen bullet train. It faces Suruga Bay, where a wide variety of fish is caught, as well as the Sea of Enshu, where bonito and other fish are caught, and has an abundance of tasty seafood. Here are five highly recommended seafood restaurants.
1. Shizuoka Kora Honten
This is a restaurant specializing in crab dishes, where you'll be greeted by live crab in a large tank when you pass through the entrance. The appeal of this restaurant is that you can enjoy red king crab, snow crab and hair crab cooked in a variety of different ways. The recommended dish is its specialty Crab Shabu-shabu (3,456 JPY (incl. tax) pp). The sweet flavors of the high quality crab are enhanced by dipping in the dashi stock in the pot for a few seconds. There are also other ways of enjoying the crab, such as sashimi, charbroiled, or as steak, and if you order one whole live crab, you can have it cooked as you like. Experience the crab that can be enjoyed in different ways depending on how they are cooked.
2. Nirokumaru Shizuoka Gofuku-cho Branch
This is an izakaya restaurant that serves fresh fish procured in the morning from local fishing ports at reasonable prices. The thick and substantial sashimi is best ordered as a combination plate of a variety of different types. The recommended dish is the specialty Kaisen Hamayaki. You are given fresh seafood to grill yourself on a tabletop grill so that you can enjoy it as soon as it is ready. Because it is a simple cooking method, it is dependent on the freshness and flavors of the ingredients. The popular ingredient is the Oasari (648 JPY (incl. tax) large Manila clam. When you cook it yourself, the aroma of the sea whets the appetite and it cooks up plump with a concentration of flavors. It goes great with sake.
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy super fresh seafood procured personally every morning by the owner at the market. Enjoy the seafood in the Omakase Chef's Selection of Five Types of Sashimi (1,280 JPY), which is a great deal, together with carefully selected local Shizuoka sake. The restaurant also has a wide selection of creative Japanese dishes, including the homemade tofu, Ashiya's Tofu Goku (400 JPY) that is lovingly made everyday. The restaurant has semi-private boxed seating so you can relax and enjoy a meal even if you are with children.
4. Oira no Uchimade
This is a sushi izakaya restaurant where you can enjoy seasonal food at reasonable prices. That the prices are reasonable does not mean that they are not committed to the quality of the ingredients. The dishes represent the owner's desire to have people enjoy good food at reasonable prices. Here, you can have a wide variety of dishes from karaage to tempura, kushiage, and spaghetti. The restaurant always has about 100 types of alcoholic beverages, including shochu, sake, and cocktails. It is open at lunchtime too, and is popular for the lunch with great cost performance made with fresh ingredients.
5. Kankansakaba Main Store
This is an izakaya restaurant where you can enjoy fresh seafood procured from local Shizuoka fishing ports. They decide which fish to recommend based on what they see in the market every day, so be sure to check Today's Recommended Seafood Menu. The wasabi served here is the wasabi plant that you grate yourself (when you order sashimi.) The bright spiciness of freshly grated wasabi is spectacular. The carefully chargrilled seafood and meat is also very good. You can also have Shizuoka-style oden hot pots. It is in a great location just three minutes on foot from Shizuoka Station.
Shizuoka, which has 49 fishing ports, including the famous Yui Port and Yaizu Port, is a treasure trove of the bounty of the sea. It is also easy to get to from Tokyo, so go and enjoy some fabulous seafood.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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