Travel Blogs from Nanao
... train to Kyoto I was reviewing my notes and found my original e-mail to Shiho. Nancy and I looked it over and we both nodded to each other and said "She nailed it". In Japanese, Satoyama is a word that describes Japan's unspoiled farming landscape co-existing with local life and nature, and satoumi represents coastal areas in which the sea has a strong connection with people's livelihoods. For the past 8 days we were allowed a peek into that part of Japan and it ...
... Flats restaurant — set on a fantastic seaside site, overlooking a beautiful bay. The restaurant is now run by a fantastic Austrialian chef named Ben, and his wife Chikaku, who took it over from Chikaku’s parents one year ago. The food was really wonderful in every way!
Chikaku’s father was a master chef, and he was recognized several times as one of the top chefs in the country. He is particularly famous for his “ishiri” ...
... including homemade soba noodles and delicate tofu.
Our post-lunch ride took us past Nametaki Falls, and up a steep incline to another beautiful lookout, and more spectacular time riding along the narrow coast road. Our final destination, before arriving at our ryokan, was a traditional washi paper making facility, owned by the Toomi family, now in the fourth generation of family business. We all got to try our turns ...
... which is the headquarters of the Jodo-Shinsu sect of buddhism, founded in the 17th century by a monk named Shindon, whose statue sits near the entrance to the temple.
Mrs. Iiyama greeted us as we entered the Fukushoji Temple, and welcomed us to a traditional vegetarian lunch, presented in a beautifully decorated private room. She is reputed to be the best chef in the area, and frequently prepares meals for ...
So started the morning with a great local mountain region breakfast. So far I've eaten more entire fried fish than I have in my entire life. Since I'm the only one at the hotel I got the best room and am getting waited on hand and foot! It makes for a tough meal time though, I need to try everything so that the cook isn't offended, and the food is actually all great. The main problem is that they just keep bringing it out! ...
Other places to stay in Nanao
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $128
31-1 Moto Fuchumachi Ha, Nanao | 3 star hotelfrom $87
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $137
1 Shinmei-cho, Nanao | Hotelfrom $70
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $81
2 Misogicho , Nanao | Hotelfrom $40