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Feast upon Freshly Caught Fish


Enjoy a sea-to-table experience


Imagine a piece of perfectly prepared seafood melting in your mouth. Now imagine that you have caught this very fish just a few hours before, so you know how fresh it is.
Fish and seafood fans will not want to pass up the opportunity to catch or purchase fish and learn how to have it prepared by master Japanese chefs. Any time of year is the right time to experience all that goes into creating your favorite sushi, sashimi, or other Washoku cuisine.
With their customized onshore and offshore tours of Shonai region in Yamagata Prefecture, the local staff and guides at The Hidden Japan make this once-in-a-lifetime experience available to English speakers from around the world.
Day-long tours start from purchasing freshly-caught fish at a local wholesale market auction (or taking a boat out to catch your own), and finish with sitting down to a delectable seafood meal of your fresh catch.
The first option is possible in all kinds of weather, but the second choice depends on the season and weather conditions.




For the fishing experience, which is available from July to late November, local fishermen will offer the use of their own boats and fishing equipment. Take this opportunity to experience what goes into the process of gathering the ingredients for an exquisite Washoku meal.
After acquiring the fish for your feast, master Japanese chefs will exhibit their best techniques in creating sushi or kaiseki dishes of your choice, and they will teach you about cutting and other tips to recreate your own Washoku feast back home. Alternatively, you may leave it up to them to delight your taste buds. Either way, you and your companions are sure to experience the meal of a lifetime in the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture.
The availability of certain types of seafood and fishing depends on the season, and the prices of these experiences vary, according to your desires.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Niigata Station, about 2 hours, and from Niigata Station, take the train to Sakata Station, about 2 hours and 10 minutes.




The Hidden Japan




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