Last month, I spent a two-week vacation at my boyfriend’s hometown in Hamamatsu, Japan. Hamamatsu is a city located in the western side of the Shizuoka Prefecture – where Mt. Fuji lies beautifully. On the south of Hamamatsu is the Pacific Ocean – which explains why the city is known for its freshest seafood finds! Unfortunately though, this geographic location makes it almost unbearable to live off during winter. Hahaha! I can still remember how I struggle walking to the supermarket [supaa] for every day of December and January. Lols. Anyway. Hamamatsu is a fun city to visit especially if you are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
If you happen to add this on your itinerary, here are some food recos you’ll surely wouldn’t want to miss:
If you are not a seafood-person (like me), then Sawayaka is perfect for your taste buds! With its fist-sized burger and crazy juices, one dish wouldn’t be enough! Not only that, since Sawayaka food chains can only be found within Shizuoka prefecture, locals from all over Japan flock here just to have a taste of this majestic burger steak! Ahhh…I can still hear it sizzle.
THEY.HAVE.THE.BEST.RAMEN.EVER. I have tried a number of ramen in Japan but nothing beats Konshinya’s tonkotsu ramen. This ramenya originated from Yokohama but is popular among the locals in Hamamatsu. In fact, Konshinya translates in English as “spiritual” for its rich broth definitely brings out a refreshing spirit. And the eggs!! It’s just the best.
Second to unagi, gyoza is the pride and glory of Hamamatsu. As a matter of fact, Hamamatsu is known as the “gyoza capital” of Japan. If you want to know why, better dine in Gomehachi as it serves generous amount of gyoza for every meal. Since it’s summer, we had tsukemen to beat the heat. For dessert, I highly recommend Cremia.
4. Local Food Chains
5. Convenience Stores
I have always been fascinated about fast food chains and how they adjust their menu and ingredients in different cities and/or countries they are in. In Japan, Sukiya, Coco Ichibanya, and Marugame Udon are my favorite food chains…so far. While they may have expanded abroad already, having a taste of it in Japan is similar to having a home-cooked meal served by your obaachan.
Well this is not a fact limited to Hamamatsu. Japan is famous for its convenience-store finds and I could not agree more! In Japan, their convenience stores literally brings “convenience” to the maximum level – everything from underwears, magazines, ATMs to different flavors of snacks, complete meals and delicious desserts, you don’t need to go far to satisfy your cravings.
That’s it! Short but sweet! Well there are more in Hamamatsu than what meets the mouth. If you ever decided to come here, feel free to visit this link for travel guide.