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Crab

If someone were to ask you where to go in Japan for the most succulent crab meat, surely the first location that would come to mind is Hokkaido. From more widely available crab to rarer varieties only found locally, the selection on offer is really quite amazing. For the best experience, we recommend comparing the tastes of a variety of different crab meat. Available only from November to March, snow crab from the sea of Japan really shouldn’t be missed due to its sweet, delicate taste. Traditionally eaten with a rich miso sauce, it makes for a mouth-watering treat!

For regions located along the Japanese Sea, crab meal plans are only available during the winter period. Crab meal plans for November 2017 and later are due to go on sale from September.

HOKKAIDO

Famous regional crab
King crab, kegani crab and snow crab

A place of untouched natural beauty, ancient forests and spectacular rivers and oceans, Hokkaido is the perfect location to enjoy a combination of fresh seafood, nature and outdoor activities.

HYOGO

Famous regional crab
Matsuba crab

Hyogo is a place that boasts plentiful resources and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle which oozes both history and culture. When in Hyogo we recommend checking out nature spots such as Mt. Rokko or the prosperous Arima, Kinosaki, and Yumura hot springs. Hyogo is also rich in cuisine such as Kobe beef and Izushi soba as well as snow crab and delicious sake.

KYOTO

Famous regional crab
Taiza crab

The northern region of Kyoto is famous for Amanohashidate, one of Japan's three scenic views( a thin strip of land connecting two opposing sides of Miyazu Bay).

ISHIKAWA

Famous regional crab
Snow crab

Ishikawa Prefecture lies on the west coast of Japan's main island. It is best-known for Kanazawa, an old castle town rich in history and natural beauty and surprisingly compact in size. Kanazawa offers a range of sightseeing destinations and cultural experiences. Ishikawa is also home to Kaga Onsen (among others) which consists of four smaller hot spring towns including Awazu, Yamashiro, Yamanaka, and Katayamazu.

TOYAMA

Famous regional crab
Matsuba crab

Toyama is a gateway to skiing, snowboarding and hiking in the Japan Alps and boasts scenic, cultural and artistic areas that make it a recommended tourist destination.

FUKUI

Famous regional crab
Snow crab

Fukui Prefecture is not only rich in history but also has many culturally important sites. The Ichijodani Asakura Ruins stem back to the Sengoku Period over 500 years ago and visitors can also look forward to the oldest remaining castle in Japan, Maruoka Castle.The region's food shouldn't be overlooked either. Snow crab and mackerel can be enjoyed here as well as delicious Japanese rice wine.

TOTTORI

Famous regional crab
Matsuba crab

Tottori is famous for its sand dunes which cover over 30 square kilometers of coast to the north of the city center. It is home to castle ruins, a variety of museums and Kannon-in Temple which was constructed in the Edo Period < (1603-1867).

SHIMANE

Famous regional crab
Matsuba crab

Situated on the western tip of Honshu Island (the main island of Japan), and facing towards the Korean Peninsula over the Sea of Japan, Shimane has many must-see areas such as the Daisen-Oki National Park, and cultural monuments such as the Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine.Famous foods include Izumo Soba, Shijimi Jiru and Taimeshi.