Food & Sake

Enjoy a wealth of new culinary experiences with the fine sake brewed in the region

  1. Yoshino River Highway Oasis

    The Yoshino River Highway Oasis overlooking the scenic spot of Minoda-no-Fuchi is one of the few highway oases in Japan located next to a major river. You can enjoy restaurants and shops while experiencing the dramatic natural beauty.

  2. Iya soba / soba rice porridge

    As it is described in the "The Milling Song of Iya," the women of Iya milled buckwheat on the millstone in the olden days. Since those days, the Iya Soba noodles have been characterized by their thickness and shortness. Their rustic flavor is genuinely warming.
    Soba rice refers to hulled buckwheat berries. Regional dishes using soba rice that originate in Iya include porridge and dumplings, which legend goes that the people of the Heike clan living in exile ate in remembrance of their lives in Kyoto.

    【Where to find】
    Wanoyado Hotel Iya Onsen
    Restaurant Obokekyo Mannaka (Japanese Only)
    Iya Soba Momiji-tei
    Sari-an

  3. River fish cuisine/Hirarayaki

    River fishing for sweetfish and satsukimasu salmon is popular on Shikoku's largest river Yoshino, the clearest river Anabuki, and Iya River in the remote gorge.
    Hirara-yaki is an old regional dish of the Iya region, and it involves cooking food on a flat stone called "Hirara."
    You prepare a mound of miso to which you add fish, tofu, and vegetables to cook. It's a great dish to enjoy while camping.

    【Where to find】
    Kyodo Ryori Meidai Amego-tei
    Okuiya Memmejuku

  4. Handmade somen noodles of Handa

    The noodles are thick and firm. They are famous winter somen noodles and as they keep their shape, they can be cooked in stews and hotpots.

  5. Dried sweet potatoes and persimmons

    The culture of drying food for preservation has been passed down in Nishi-Awa, a region certified as having Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Taste the superb natural sweetness of the preserved food prepared using centuries-old methods without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

    【Where to find】
    Limited Liability Company Hoichi's Dried Sweet Potatoes
    Various farmers markets in Nishi-Awa

  6. Dekomawashi

    Dengaku involves grilling potato, tofu or konjac on a bamboo stick smeared with miso sauce over a charcoal fire. The dish was given its name for the way it is grilled by rotating the stick resembled the Deko doll. The miso tastes mild, and the dish is evocative of old Japan.

    【Where to find】
    Ryokans and minshukus of "Iya Dekomawashi-kai"

  7. Omikinabe

    The hotpot involves eight elements; a dashi of a local sake nurtured by Nishi-Awa's climate and water and local miso, five locally sourced ingredients of Oboke and Iya (Awa pork, fresh shiitake, Iya's Ishi-tofu, Iya's konjac, and bite-size soybean curd pouches containing rice,) and three types of root vegetables (carrots, daikon, and burdock.) It is served in lodging facilities every year in time for the Shikoku Sake Festival in February.

    【Where to find】
    Ryokans and hotels of Oboke "Iya Ittemirukai

  8. Foods involving orchids

    The orchid exhibition halls and museum house several hundred pots of orchids that bloom riotously all year, including the cymbidium which won first prize in the world's most magnificent gardening exhibition. As well as selling orchids, about 40 products are available for purchase, including hair tonics, cosmetics, wines, juices, and teas that contain the essence of orchid.

    【Where to find】
    Anmitsu Hall (Japanese Only)

  9. Regional sake

    Nishi-Awa is the production region of the best sake-brewing rice, the Awa Yamadanishiki, produced by the severe winter and the water of Yoshino River. The area is famous for its local brews as the climate is perfect for sake-making. The Shikoku Sake Festival held every February attracts many connoisseurs. There are many sake breweries in Mima and Miyoshi cities, and visitors can tour them in Awa Ikeda as stated below. (Booking is essential.)

    【Where to find】
    Tsukasagiku Sake Brewery(English)
    Miyoshikiku Brewery Hosui Brewery

  10. Nature's gifts: fruits and vegetables

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at various farms for tourists, farmers markets, community-supported markets, and roadside stations. They include the "Atago Persimmons" with a crispy texture and mild sweetness, organically grown blueberries from eco-farms, and Mizunomaru strawberries grown 1,000 meters above sea level. Visitors can also try strawberry picking.

    【Where to find】
    Nishi Awa Sanchokuichi Strawberry picking - Ichigo House, E-mon Ichiba.

  11. Souvenirs

    Visitors can buy seasonal produce and locally-made products from community-supported markets and food stores.

    【Where to find】
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato Boke Mart Yoshinogawa Highway Oasis Bussan Center Roadside Station Sadamitsu Yuyukan Bussan Center Mimakara: The seasoning/condiment is made with locally produced green chili peppers and tastes very spicy yet flavorsome.

    【Where to find】
    Aigura (Japanese Only)
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato (Japanese Only)
    Awa Uiro: The uiro is one of the three greatest confectionaries of Japan, and the one from Awa is a local delicacy that goes back 400 years.

    【Where to find】
    Hinode Honten (Japanese Only)
    Honey: The honey harvested only once a year has a creamy sweetness and flavor.

    【Where to find】
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato (Japanese Only)

  1. Yoshino River Highway Oasis

    The Yoshino River Highway Oasis overlooking the scenic spot of Minoda-no-Fuchi is one of the few highway oases in Japan located next to a major river. You can enjoy restaurants and shops while experiencing the dramatic natural beauty.

  2. Iya soba / soba rice porridge

    As it is described in the "The Milling Song of Iya," the women of Iya milled buckwheat on the millstone in the olden days. Since those days, the Iya Soba noodles have been characterized by their thickness and shortness. Their rustic flavor is genuinely warming.
    Soba rice refers to hulled buckwheat berries. Regional dishes using soba rice that originate in Iya include porridge and dumplings, which legend goes that the people of the Heike clan living in exile ate in remembrance of their lives in Kyoto.

    【Where to find】
    Wanoyado Hotel Iya Onsen
    Restaurant Obokekyo Mannaka (Japanese Only)
    Iya Soba Momiji-tei
    Sari-an

  3. River fish cuisine/Hirarayaki

    River fishing for sweetfish and satsukimasu salmon is popular on Shikoku's largest river Yoshino, the clearest river Anabuki, and Iya River in the remote gorge.
    Hirara-yaki is an old regional dish of the Iya region, and it involves cooking food on a flat stone called "Hirara."
    You prepare a mound of miso to which you add fish, tofu, and vegetables to cook. It's a great dish to enjoy while camping.

    【Where to find】
    Kyodo Ryori Meidai Amego-tei
    Okuiya Memmejuku

  4. Handmade somen noodles of Handa

    The noodles are thick and firm. They are famous winter somen noodles and as they keep their shape, they can be cooked in stews and hotpots.

  5. Dried sweet potatoes and persimmons

    The culture of drying food for preservation has been passed down in Nishi-Awa, a region certified as having Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Taste the superb natural sweetness of the preserved food prepared using centuries-old methods without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

    【Where to find】
    Limited Liability Company Hoichi's Dried Sweet Potatoes
    Various farmers markets in Nishi-Awa

  6. Dekomawashi

    Dengaku involves grilling potato, tofu or konjac on a bamboo stick smeared with miso sauce over a charcoal fire. The dish was given its name for the way it is grilled by rotating the stick resembled the Deko doll. The miso tastes mild, and the dish is evocative of old Japan.

    【Where to find】
    Ryokans and minshukus of "Iya Dekomawashi-kai"

  7. Omikinabe

    The hotpot involves eight elements; a dashi of a local sake nurtured by Nishi-Awa's climate and water and local miso, five locally sourced ingredients of Oboke and Iya (Awa pork, fresh shiitake, Iya's Ishi-tofu, Iya's konjac, and bite-size soybean curd pouches containing rice,) and three types of root vegetables (carrots, daikon, and burdock.) It is served in lodging facilities every year in time for the Shikoku Sake Festival in February.

    【Where to find】
    Ryokans and hotels of Oboke "Iya Ittemirukai

  8. Foods involving orchids

    The orchid exhibition halls and museum house several hundred pots of orchids that bloom riotously all year, including the cymbidium which won first prize in the world's most magnificent gardening exhibition. As well as selling orchids, about 40 products are available for purchase, including hair tonics, cosmetics, wines, juices, and teas that contain the essence of orchid.

    【Where to find】
    Anmitsu Hall (Japanese Only)

  9. Regional sake

    Nishi-Awa is the production region of the best sake-brewing rice, the Awa Yamadanishiki, produced by the severe winter and the water of Yoshino River. The area is famous for its local brews as the climate is perfect for sake-making. The Shikoku Sake Festival held every February attracts many connoisseurs. There are many sake breweries in Mima and Miyoshi cities, and visitors can tour them in Awa Ikeda as stated below. (Booking is essential.)

    【Where to find】
    Tsukasagiku Sake Brewery(English)
    Miyoshikiku Brewery Hosui Brewery

  10. Nature's gifts: fruits and vegetables

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase at various farms for tourists, farmers markets, community-supported markets, and roadside stations. They include the "Atago Persimmons" with a crispy texture and mild sweetness, organically grown blueberries from eco-farms, and Mizunomaru strawberries grown 1,000 meters above sea level. Visitors can also try strawberry picking.

    【Where to find】
    Nishi Awa Sanchokuichi Strawberry picking - Ichigo House, E-mon Ichiba.

  11. Souvenirs

    Visitors can buy seasonal produce and locally-made products from community-supported markets and food stores.

    【Where to find】
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato Boke Mart Yoshinogawa Highway Oasis Bussan Center Roadside Station Sadamitsu Yuyukan Bussan Center Mimakara: The seasoning/condiment is made with locally produced green chili peppers and tastes very spicy yet flavorsome.

    【Where to find】
    Aigura (Japanese Only)
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato (Japanese Only)
    Awa Uiro: The uiro is one of the three greatest confectionaries of Japan, and the one from Awa is a local delicacy that goes back 400 years.

    【Where to find】
    Hinode Honten (Japanese Only)
    Honey: The honey harvested only once a year has a creamy sweetness and flavor.

    【Where to find】
    Roadside Station Mima-no-Sato (Japanese Only)