Good manju are delicious, down to the bun itself. The perfect balance between bun and sweet bean filling are critical.
Enjoy authentic kokuto manju, made from high quality sweet red beans and brown sugar.
Once you’ve taken your first bite, and experience the soft, warm, brown sugar taste, you’ll be quick to devour the rest.
Kokuto manjuare also a popular souvenir.
Yamato Town, a town located to the west, is famous for its town revitalization efforts and buckwheat soba noodles. Yamaoto soba is made primarily from first-ground, white soba flour and includes no filler flour, creating noodles with a fresh taste.
Hinoemata Villageis also famous for its 100% buckwheat flour soba. The soba is slightly dark in color, and has a fragrant aroma.
The noodles served at shops in Shimogo Town mix standard flour into their soba recipe, and the noodles are eaten with a walnut sauce.
If the water and rice are delicious,the sake and misowill be delicious, too.
There are plenty of different kinds of miso-based cuisine, and when people think rustic cuisine, they think of dengaku.
Dengaku includes tofu, fried fish, taro root, and mochi on skewers which are basted in dengaku miso, and cooked over a hearth. Famous dengaku shops in Aizu includeYarogamae`sOhidejaya, a well-established tea and miso shoplocated at the entrance to Highishiyama Onsen in Aizu, and Mitsutaya, a shop with a history leading back to the Tenpo era.
The Aizu region is surrounded on all sides by small and large mountains alike, and the area is blessed with rivers that flow from the steep mountains to the valleys below. Aizu is especially famous for its delicious rice, and the cold climate is perfect for producing fine sake.
It is said thatAizu sake began with the first lord of the Aizu clan, Masayuki Hoshina, who promoted the production of sake in the area using surplus rice.
In 1792, sake brewing records indicate the Aizu clan designated official sake brewers, and built sake storehouses along Zaimoku-machi.
Many Aizu brand sakes have received top prizes in countrywide sake competitions.
The Okawa River is popular with fishers whomust wait patiently for fishing season, which begins every year on July 1st.
During fishing season, you may notice many of the visitors in Ashinomaki Onsen carrying fishing rods.
Fresh river fish cuisine is often served at the localryokan and hotels.Fishers and tourist alike can enjoy the taste of freshly caught ayu fish. The “Tonosama-yanaba” fishing weir is a popular spot for ayu fishing is on the Okawa River.
You can enjoy the fish you catch right on the spot, skewed and cooked over a charcoal fire. The area is a popular spot for a variety of hobbies.