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Day Trips From Kyoto: Enjoying Fresh Seafood at a Historical Restaurant in the Tango Peninsula!

Day Trips From Kyoto: Enjoying Fresh Seafood at a Historical Restaurant in the Tango Peninsula!

Date published: 21 September 2019
Last updated: 20 October 2020

Especially in winter, plan a day trip from Kyoto City up to the quiet northern part of the prefecture. The town of Taiza lies in at the edge of the Tango Peninsula, which is said to be the historical place where Prince Shotoku's mother, Princess Hashihito, moved to in the Asuka Period in the 7th century.

Tourists from near and far come here for the same thing: the special dish of winter, taizagani (snow crab) and kanburi (Japanese amberjack). With Buri-Shabu, you can fully enjoy the delicious charm of this special Sea of Japan treasure that stands strong, even against regular crab dishes!

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  1. Taiza Onsen Sumihei: Taiza Cooking Lodge Known for Snow Crab
  2. After the hot springs and the delicious seafood...

Taiza Onsen Sumihei: Taiza Cooking Lodge Known for Snow Crab

Taiza, the fishing town, was named after the Taiza snow crab by its people. Just a short distance west from there is a spot high above the ground that overlooks the Sea of Japan.

The Taiza Onsen Sumihei ryokan inn located here, founded in 1868, is a popular accommodation known for its crab. Here, you can even add buri-shabu to your main course as a special seasonal dish. From the Hokuriku to Tango Region, there are several fishing spots where winter amberjack can be caught.

The Sea of Japan lies just off the coast of the Tango Peninsula; it is here where warm and cold currents collide, making it also a place where amberjack seasonally migrate to and eat abundantly, making them very plump, fatty fish.

If you want to taste amberjack from different parts of the Tango Region (which we definitely suggest), this buri-shabu is the best way to do so.

It was renewed in 2014, with the addition of a unique room. Each of the rooms has always had splendid ocean views, and the Tango (Taiza) onsen hot springs are also famous. It is so popular that many people visit to taste the seasonal seafood dishes, so it is sometimes difficult to even make reservations on weekends.

▲The special room on the first floor, "Mizu no Aya," is a modern space with old fittings such as sliding partitions.
▲The guest bath of the special room "Mizu no Aya" has a very spacious feel with the open windows. Beyond the garden lies the Sea of Japan.
▲The quality of the Tango (Taiza) hot springs is comfortably hot. "Sora-no-Shizuku" (pictured) and "Kaze-no-Shizuku" alternate between men and women's usage during the day and in the evening.
▲This is "Sora-no-Shizuku," the outdoor stone bath

The deliciousness of the buri from various parts of the Tango Peninsula has been widely recognized, even as far as Kansai.

To taste the best and fattiest buri from the cold, cold Sea of Japan, one could surely try the sashimi. However, the best dish by far has got to be the buri-shabu.

Just a quick, seconds-long pass through the shabu-shabu pot will leave it glazed in color. If you leave it with the inside just a little rare, and with a dash of ponzu sauce, you will enjoy the chewiness and richness of the flavor, the fragrance of the cooked section, and the way the fat simply melts.

The flavor is not too strong, so it is just right. The buri from off the coast of the Tango Peninsula has a beautiful, rich taste that is undoubtedly a product of the fair, natural ocean environment in which they are raised.

▲This was the limited-time option, Buri Shabu (3240 yen for 1 serving). Pictured is a 4 person serving.
▲The point is not to cook it for too long in the pot. While the water is slowly boiling, just dip it in a few times.

After the hot springs and the delicious seafood...

There is a beverage area in the lobby with a great view of the sea. One large glass of fruit sake is 100 yen (you can taste a bit for free), and a glass of single malt or draft beer is 500 yen. It is a lovely spot to relax while enjoying the winter view of the Sea of Japan. You can also buy many local goods from the Tango Region.

▲The drink stand in the lobby. There are many varieties of fruit sake including pear, pomegranate, jujube, and karin.
▲Kotohiki no shio, sea salt from the Sea of Japan, is 550 yen. Kotohiki, a beach to the west of Taiza, is the most beautiful beach in Tango. You can take a stroll there when the weather is nice!

To fully enjoy this seasonally available delicious winter buri and a visit to the hot springs, along with the fantastic landscape of the Sea of Japan, you will want to visit Taiza this winter!

  • Taiza Onsen Sumihei
    間人温泉 炭平
    • Address 3718 Tangocho Taiza, Kyotango, Kyoto
    • Phone Number 0120-42-0680
    • Price: Tango crab and carefully selected meal plan with two meals per night, from 34840 yen (for 2 people per room/bath & tax included)
      Check-in: 3:00PM~7:00PM
      Check-out: 10:00AM (separate rooms and special rooms, 11:00AM)

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
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