Shibui-san who appears in this video makes pyrrole rice.
“Pyrrole rice” is a high mineral rice containing a lot of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, etc, pesticide are hardly used making it very good for your health.
Besides “pyrrole rice”, there is a rice called “Koshihikari Honoka” earned highest rating for the Rice Taste Ranking. Tochigi is a good place to cultivate rice, blessed with a big difference in temperature between day and night.
Speaking of Tochigi…
Shrine and Temples of Nikko is the World Heritage Site. After sightseeing the history of Nikko, let’s go to a hot spring in Nasu and eat delicious food. It is only 1 hour away from Tokyo by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and takes about 2 hours by regular trains. just a short distance from Tokyo, Tochigi offers plenty of nature and fresh air. Let me introduce some foods locally produced in the prefecture.
Other than rice, Tochigi has many delicious crops.
Tochigi is the largest producer of Ichigo (strawberry) in Japan. A new breed of strawberry, “Skyberry” is produced in the prefecture, perfect in flavor and size, it even looks delicious. You can enjoy strawberry picking across the prefecture starting from December to the beginning of May.
Tochigi also produces more than 90% of Kanpyo (Dried Gourd Shavings) in Japan. Kanpyo are prepared dried shavings of Yugao ( Calabash) used as an ingredient in Sushi.
Souvenir to buy!
Many tourists from outside the prefecture visit “Utsunomiya Gyoza” restaurant. One of the best places to eat “Gyoza” is “Utsunomiya Minmin Restaurant”. They have been in business since 1954 and always have customers wait in line for a table. The city has many “Gyoza” (dumpling) restaurants. Why don’t you find your favorite gyoza and don’t forget to takeout for a souvenier.
There is a milk called “lemon milk”, not many people from outside of the prefecture know about it. This milk has no lemon in it, regardless of its name “lemon milk”. The taste of this milk is sweet and brings back memories of good old days, and you can find many sweets using the lemon milk.
If you are looking for a drink, Coco Farm and Winery has the perfect wine for souvenirs from Japan as they have an eye-catching labels design, calligraphy “Ima koko” (The here and now) written by Aida Mitsuo famous poet in Japan.
Why not plan a trip to Tochigi?
- Issaki Hoto Festival, the biggest lantern float festival in the Noto Peninsula – Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture
- The City that makes us feel like travelling back in time to the Edo Period – Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture