Shirakawa-go is a world heritage site in Gifu, near Takayama, known for its wooden buildings with thatched roofs. It’s not easy to get to as trains don’t run here directly, so a bus is necessary. It’s a romantic village and pretty in winter, I would love to come back in summer.
World Heritage Site
Grabbing lunch in the village we went to Nomura, a teuchi handmade soba shop. All seventeen seats overlook the open kitchen. I usually go for seiro soba, cold noodles, but it was freezing and I needed to warm up. The set lunch comes with takikomi-gohan, rice cooked with vegetables.
If you get the chance, I hope you can make it to Shirakawa-go.
Teuchi Soba Dokoro Nomura 手打ちそば処乃むら
Gifu-ken, Ōno-gun, Shirakawa-mura, Ogimachi 779
Kyoto's Murakami Senmaizuke
It is that time of year again, my all-time favorite gourmet food fair at Nihonbashi Takashimaya. It is also very popular with the customers so I suggest coming early in the day as the event gets very crowded.
Takashimaya brings in the top restaurants and food purveyors from around the country twice a year for an amazing gourmet food fair, Aji Hyakusen, on the 8th floor of the Nihonbashi flagship store. It is at the event that I have been introduced to delicious mirin aged three years from Gifu, nutty sesame oil from Kyoto, and sublime pickles from Kyoto’s Murakami shop (see photo above).
The event runs from Wednesday, October 26th to Tuesday, November 1st. The last day the event closes at 6 p.m.
Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-4-1
closest station: Nihonbashi, or about 10 minutes’ walk from Tokyo station’s Yaesu exit