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3 Lodgings Where You Can Enjoy Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

3 Lodgings Where You Can Enjoy Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

Translated by Greg

Written by Kajiyama

Hyogo 2019.12.11 Bookmark

Eating nabe (hot pot) cuisine is a Japanese winter custom you can't miss. Be sure to enjoy hot pot cuisine with fresh seafood during the best season. Learn three accommodations in different parts of Japan where you can savor high-quality crab, fugu, and anglerfish in traditional dishes.

Nabe Cuisine: Enjoy Japan's Hot Pot Winter Dishes

Nabe cuisine, in which vegetables, meat, and seafood are stewed in a hot pot, becomes popular after November when the weather gets colder.

Although a variety of hot pot dishes in Japan are all referred to as "nabe," the ingredients used and the method of preparation can result in very different dishes. There is a myriad of nabe combinations to enjoy.

Today, we feature lodgings where you can try exquisite nabe cuisine using fresh, seasonal seafood. In fact, the owners of these accommodations hand-select ingredients from the market and even assist in cooking the meals themselves. At these lodgings, no expense is spared in the arrangement of the food, from start to finish.

We've selected lodgings priced between 10,000 to 20,000 yen per night (including meals). Go on a trip with us to savor hot pot cuisine and warm up with a delicious seafood feast!

Shizuoka: Savor Fugu and Local Fish at Onsen Minshuku Otsuka

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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At Onsen Minshuku Otsuka, you can see a magnificent view of Sagami Bay of Shizuoka Prefecture. This is a minshuku (inn) that also takes pride in the food it serves.

Here, the owner personally chooses ingredients before carefully preparing dishes using fugu (pufferfish) and locally-caught fish.

When guests order the Tiger Fugu Full Course, they can indulge in fugu sashimi, deep-fried fugu, a partly-boiled salad with Chinese cabbage wrapped in fugu skin, and zosui (rice porridge). The course also includes nabe with lots of fugu.

Fugu is usually in-season from the fall equinox (September) until the spring equinox (March), but the owner gets high-quality fugu year-round through his network.

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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The guesthouse is just seven minutes on foot from JR Usami Station, located in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Room rates start from a reasonable 13,000 yen per night (fee for one guest, two guests allowed in one room), which includes two meals. In addition to a dinner of fugu, guests can reserve a private bath with water drawn directly from Usami Hot Spring.

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Hyogo: Try Crab, Beef, and Seasonal Fish Nabe at Kasumi Kadoya

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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Crab is a tasty catch from the sea that's in-season from fall to winter. Home to Kasumi Kadoya, Hyogo Prefecture's northern town of Kami is well-known for its Kasumi crabs (red snow crabs) harvest. The crabs are sweet and have firm flesh.

At Kasumi Kadoya, the lodging offers a variety of dishes using Kasumi crab. Be sure to try Jio Nabe, an eye-catching meal that uses three unique ingredients from the San'in Region (*1), served shabu-shabu hot pot style.

The dish's first two ingredients are Kasumi crab and Tajima Wagyu Beef. The third and final ingredient could be Hata-hata fish (sailfin sandfish) in the spring and fall, Shiro-ika (swordtip squid) in the summer, and Matsuba crab (Champagne crab) in winter.

Jio Nabe is the perfect dish for those looking to enjoy delicacies from both the sea and mountains!

*1 San'in Region: an area in southwest Honshu. It includes Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi, and Hyogo prefectures.

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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Visitors are recommended to savor seasonal foods of the San'in Region with family, friends, or a special someone. After a meal, you can relax in a rotemburo (open-air bath) with separate bathing areas for men and women.

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Ibaraki: Indulge in Award-Winning Cuisine at Marumitsu Ryokan

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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Marumitsu Ryokan has been devoted to the deep-sea anko (anglerfish) for the past 70 years.

This traditional inn submitted their special house nabe in the National Local Nabe Festa, a competitive event in which winners are chosen from entrants from all regions of Japan. In the end, Marumitsu Ryokan won the top prize!

Here, guests can enjoy Dobujiru, which is said to be the origin of the anglerfish hot pot. Anko fish liver provides extra flavor to the miso-based broth. Compared to a standard anglerfish nabe, there are fewer ingredients, thereby allowing guests to enjoy the unique, rich taste of the fish.

The Anko Uzukushi Plan offers a selection of anko yanagi (fish cheek sashimi), steamed anko liver, and other locally-caught fresh fish.

Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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Accommodation Guide - 3 Lodgings Where You Can Savor Delicious Crab, Fugu, And Anglerfish!

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The Anko Collagen Hot Spring, which uses collagen extracted from the anglerfish, is popular with guests wanting to keep their skin looking young.

The adjoining Anko Research Room carries out anglerfish-related product development and provides information to the general public. Marumitsu Ryokan is like an anglerfish-themed amusement park!

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