Culinary Delights in Abundance

Mie – Japan’s Gourmet Capital


Japan – A Global Culinary Hot Spot

When it comes to culinary acclaim, France and Italy often spring to mind, but Japan is now taking its rightful place as a gastronomic destination on a global scale. Japanese cuisine is commonly known for its fresh seasonal ingredients, its immaculate presentation and culinary delights such as sushi, sashimi and tempura. It is, however, a lot more than sushi, tempura, or ramen.

Japan boasts one of the most interesting and diverse food cultures in the world, with a myriad of unique delicacies and traditional dishes specific to each region. Flavor balance, skill and a desire for perfection has set the Japanese cuisine apart. It’s not surprising that it has been distinguished with a UNESCO cultural heritage award.

Japanese cuisine can be found throughout the country. In addition, many prefectures and regions have their own distinct variations and unique dishes influenced by everything from traditions, customs and locality.

Gastronomic Delights in Japan´s Gourmet Capital

There’s no better way of exploring the nation’s amazing cuisine than by enjoying the gastronomic delights in Mie Prefecture in Kansai region, often touted as the food capital of the country. When eating in Mie, expect to be served some of the best seafood in the world and beef that melts like butter in your mouth.

Welcome to the Kingdom of Gourmet Feasting!

Mie is indelibly tied to the seasons, the people and the land and the region´s abundant natural resources make this prefecture in particular a food heaven. Mie comprises a creative procession of dishes made of the freshest local produce, representing various cooking methods and presented on a multitude of exquisite plates and bowls.

Given the diversity of Mie, it’s hard to know where to start when describing the dishes of this region, which range from the tasty Ise spiny lobster right from Ise Bay to the melt-in-the-mouth sensation Matsusaka beef from the fertile mountains in Northern Mie.  Or venture to the famous Oyster shacks to enjoy fresh catches hauled in with time-honored techniques. Distinct flavor profiles of delicious premium local Sake such as “Zaku”, “Uneme”, “Sakaya Hachibei” jibe well with Mie´s authentic high-profile cuisine – a match made in heaven.

What are you waiting for?

Immerse yourself in the full landscape of Mie’s gourmet culture and discover a world of wonders beyond what you see on your plate. Soak up the atmosphere of traditional Japanese-style pubs called izakaya, savor regional delicacies in fine dining restaurants, in exclusive golf clubs or in the authentic huts of Japan´s renowned Ama Divers (“women of the sea”) – all perfectly combined with your ultimate Japanese golf experience.

Bon Appétit, or Itadakimasu as we say here in Mie.


Gourmet Specialties You Do Not Want to miss in Mie