Eastern Hokkaido is surrounded by 2 large bodies of water, each with a wide variety of seafood and delicacies. One is the Sea of Okhotsk, which lies between Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, and the Kamchatka Peninsula and has an abundance of phytoplankton because of the drift ice and cold air. In January and February, it is a challenging season for humans in this region, but it is an ideal time for sea life to thrive. The other one is the Pacific Ocean, the biggest ocean in the world, which in itself is a strait connecting the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean. It is a place where the Kuroshio Current meets the Oyashio Current. A large number of nutritious fish gather there from around the world.
Any fishery next to these 2 oceans have the perfect conditions to raise fish, like saury, salmon, and Alaska pollock, and farm shellfish like crabs and scallops. In Nemuro, near the Sea of Okhotsk, saury are caught as they begin their journey south to lay eggs, so they are ripe and fatty. And because they are caught during the day, high freshness can be maintained. You will love the taste of fresh saury sashimi and its nutritious boost.
With the 2 oceans next to Hokkaido, rich seafood is aplenty. Mature salmon, which come back to their birthplace every autumn, also offer delicious salmon roe. Other seafood, including the light tasting Alaska pollock with white fillets, the blue king crab with rich taste, and the North Pacific giant octopus with crisp texture, are often found in local fish markets and restaurants.
Also in Nemuro, they nurture baby scallops for a year after birth and then transfer them to the bottom of the sea for 4 to 5 years. These scallops, overseen by humans and raised by the ocean, are thick, flavorful, and has a nice texture. Scallop farming plays a large part of the sea food industry in Hokkaido. They are not only sold within Japan, but also overseas to markets like China. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, scallops are the leading export in Hokkaido.
Gourmet Forest • Mountain • River
In the mountains of Eastern Hokkaido, there is a special feeling from the fresh air compared to in the city. You can feel the fallen leaves on the ground as well as hear the rustling leaves overhead. There is a gentle realization of the vitality and life here. The sun nurtures the delicate ecosystem between the trees, wild vegetables, and forest animals. Fresh-water fish live in the clear streams fed with nutrients from the mountain. The circle of life is an unending cycle here.
Gourmet Cattle Farm
Bales of dried grass are compressed into cylindrical shapes called “Roll Bales”. It may be a rare object to see for the first time, but it is a really important resource for cattle to survive in the winter. Roll Bales dotting the fields are also a superb view for tourists in Hokkaido from early summer to autumn. The high quality grass which is grown on the vast plains in the cool weather can support about 400,000 beef cattle and 720,000 dairy cattle in Eastern Hokkaido. Each blade of grass is very small, but is the necessary ingredient to produce top grade beef, milk, cheeses, butter, and ice cream for all […]
When you go to Eastern Hokkaido, you can see the magnificent scenery, as the fields continue off into the distant horizon. Large-scale agricultural projects is not only about improving production efficiency, but also to show a very Hokkaido perspective. The food self-sufficiency rate of Hokkaido is 207%, with Eastern Hokkaido consisting of about half of the prefecture’s agricultural land. Combined with rich volcanic earth and soil, the extreme temperature differences from day to night can bring a wide variety of crops.