A visit to Lake Towada won’t be complete without a taste of one delicacy that stands out above the rest—the freshly caught sockeye salmon locally known as himemasu. However, there are also other delicacies around the area that locals also recommend with so much pride such as barayaki and soba-mochi.
Sockeye salmon has indeed become the flagship dish that makes people come back to Lake Towada in addition to the scenic spots and recreational activities offered by the Aomori tourism center. Souvenir shops and restaurants are lining up along the shores of the lake selling himeyasu in different forms and Towada Shokudo is the best place to go if you want to sample himeyasu. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes to include himeyasu tempura and marinated himeyasu rice bowl. The sockeye salmon is also grilled but one of the best ways to enjoy the fish is to eat it as raw sashimi.
At the center of Lake Towada hot spring district stands Kamikochi Shokudo which serves the best barayaki in the lake. Barayaki is a simple dish that originated in Misawa city during the 1950s. The dish mainly consists of beef flanks and onions broiled together in a pan. Kamikochi Shokudo has been serving barayaki since its opening in 1972 and its barayaki has won food competitions. Also on the restaurant’s menu are their wild mountain vegetables and mushrooms that taste like heaven.
Just a few blocks from the heart of Towada City, is the new Shichinohe Towada Shinkansen station. Located in front of the Michi no Eki Shichinohe information center is a shop that serves keiran. Keiran is an egg-shaped mochi dumpling generously filled with bean paste and served in a soup. The shop also offers konbu seaweed and shiitake mushroom broth to complement the sweetness of the mochi. Other specialties also include soba-mochi.
If you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss any of these special dishes!