食事お酒Izumo Food and Drink

One of the attractions for tourists is Izumo soba

You can enjoy many kinds of Japanese food such as sushi and kaisendon (raw fish on a bowl of rice). You can also enjoy drinking sake.

Izumo Soba Warigo Soba - ancient japan izumo travel guide

出雲蕎麦

Izumo Soba One of the attractions for tourists is Izumo Soba.

The most famous style for Izumo soba is warigo soba, which is served in lacquer ware made of three round boxes placed one on top of another.

Izumo Soba Warigo Soba of Arakiya - ancient japan izumo travel guide

A popular variety of soba

Buckwheat noodles are a local dish that is widely known in Izumo

Izumo Soba Warigo Soba of Haneya - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Types of Izumo Soba

There are two basic types of noodles available: kamaage soba, which is served hot, and warigo soba, served cold in a neat sort of graduated bowl-tower.

Eating Kamaage Soba in Haneya - ancient japan izumo travel guide

How to enjoy Izumo soba

Warigo-soba is usually served in a three-tier serving bowl together with a variety of toppings.

You add extra soba sauce (soba tsuyu) in the bowl when you eat kamaage soba.

Nihonshu Momen Kaido - ancient japan izumo travel guide

お酒

Sake Izumo is said to be the birthplace of sake.

Saka Shrine worships the god of sake brewery "Kusunokami" (久斯之神). According to "Izumo no Kuni Fudoki" (出雲国風土記), it is written that gods gathered here to make sake and enjoyed drinking it. That's why Izumo is said to be the birthplace of sake.

Sake is made from fermented rice - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Sake is made from fermented rice.

The foundations of making good sake are quality rice, clean water, koji mold and yeast.

These ingredients are combined and fermented in precise processes that have been refined over centuries.

Izakaya NAMI located near Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine - ancient japan izumo travel guide

How to enjoy sake

Sake can be found at most establishments serving alcohol, especially at restaurants and drinking establishments such as izakaya and bars.

Sake pairs well with almost any kind of food but compliments the delicate flavors of traditional Japanese meals particularly well.

Nihonshu Momen Kaido - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Types of sake in Izumo

Some varieties of sake are Izumo Fuji (出雲富士), Tenon (天穏), Jujiasahi (十旭日), Yamasan Masamune (ヤマサン正宗).

Shimane Winery - ancient japan izumo travel guide

島根ワイナリー

Shimane Winery Shimane Winery has a stylish atmosphere with white walls and brick-colored roof tiles that are outstanding in nature.

You can observe the manufacturing process of wine for free in Shimane Winery. If you have a favorite wine, you can buy it there. You can also eat Shimane beef.

Factory tour at Shimane Winery - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Surrounded by rich taste and fragrance

Shimane Winery is a workshop to process grapes harvested from grape field.

It is a wine production factory where you can observe wine production processes at hand such as storehouses where grape are fermented and preserved, and the bottling work area where blended wines are bottled.

You can also taste pure wine here.

Bar in Shimane Winery - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Taste Shimane wine and grape soft drinks

Try the rich taste and fragrance of Shimane wine yourself. You can try our main line of wine.

Children and car drivers can try our grape drinks.

ⓒShimane Winery

Local specialty corner - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Local specialty corner

Aside from Shimane wine, popular products such as cakes and Noyaki (a kind of local minced fish product) containing wine are available here too.

You can also shop a variety of souvenirs such as wine-related goods and local Shimane specialties.

shimane winery