Starting today, March 21st to Tuesday, March 27th at Shinjuku Odakyu on the 11th floor is the Shikoku Food Fair. Highlights include seafood, fresh fruit, and of course udon noodles. There are a few eat-in counters including katsuo tataki donburi (see photo above), ramen, and udon.
Note that the event closes at 5 p.m. on the final day.
Nihonkai no Sachi Donburi
Now through Monday, January 9th at Shinjuku Odakyu on the 11th floor is the Akita-ken to Michinoku Bussanten food fair of products from Akita and Tohoku.
Highlights include the Nihonkai no Sachi donburi posted above from Aomori, seafood on the rice bowl include salmon, ikura, uni, and hotate. Also look for bouzushi or presed sushi of saba from Hachinohe port in Aomori.
Kumakichi Tsuyu Yakisoba
From Aomori you’ll also find this Tsuyu Yakisoba from Kumakichi Ramen at the eat-in section.
I also like the nama wakame (fresh wakame) from Sanriku in Iwate. From Akita do look out for the jizake.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except for on Monday when it closes at 7:00 p.m.
Shinjuku Odakyu is located at Shinjuku station at the Nishi-Guchi. See my list of Tokyo’s top ten depachika here.
Hanamaru Market is a morning television variety program. While it is not a food program, it introduces the favorite food of each day’s guest. I have found this program a great way to be introduced to products I would not necessarily come across. Food items include regional items from guests’ hometowns to some local favorites in Tokyo.
The Omeza Fair at Shinjuku Odakyu is a food fair that introduces some of these popular foods. Some of my favorites include Azabu Juban’s osembei shop, Mamegen’s shio okaki. These deep-fried rice crackers are simply seasoned with salt. These are addictive so watch out. From Kyoto, Gion Kinana’s kinako ice cream, an ice cream flavored with toasted soybean powder, and Izumiya chirimenjako, small sardines and sansho peppers, perfect for topping over a bowl of rice. As well as pickles, mentaiko, umeboshi, gyoza, shumai, pork buns from Nagasaki, and much, much more.
If you are in Shinjuku stop by as it is near the station. The event runs from today until Tuesday, October 4th. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on the last day the event closes at 5 p.m.
Shinjuku Odakyu 11th floor.