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Three-Stars Road Food Trail

Three-Stars Road Food Trail

Three-Stars Road Food Trail

The world-renowned Michelin Green Guide awarded 6 sight-seeing areas in Japan with a top grade of 3 stars. One of those sites, located in the northern island of Hokkaido, is the Eastern Hokkaido Three-Stars Road, which connects the beautiful Lake Akan, Lake Mashuu, and Shiretoko National Park. Tourists can enjoy a superb view over local cuisines around this area. The scenic scenes alone are worth visiting, but the delicious food only adds to the unique experience.

Highlight Spot 1: The Lake Akan Area


Lake Akan is famous for the round green alga, the special natural treasure that grows in the area. Also, the Akan area in winter is popular for photo lovers, where photographers can capture the majestic Japanese red-crowned cranes on film.

Popular special foods of this area include Hokkaido deer, smelt from Lake Akan, and lobsters.

Highlight Spot 2: The Lake Mashuu Area


Lake Mashuu is a mysterious lake that boasts one of the clearest waters in the world. The lake is located in Teshikaga town, where the climate is relatively cool. Mashuu buckwheat noodle takes advantage of this climate.

One unique restaurant, the Orchard Grass, is in a station building and has a nostalgic ambience.

And do not forget about the delicious sweets, such as soft ice cream! You are in dairy farmland after all.

Highlight Spot 3: The Shiretoko Area


Finally, you will get to the Shiretoko area through Lake Akan and Lake Mashuu. Shiretoko is a World Natural Heritage Site. It is not only a place of magnificent nature, but also a place of food production.

One of Japan’s main producers of salmon and salmon-related food products is Shiretoko. Shari town, located at the foot of the Shiretoko Peninsula, is home to vast potato farms and wheat fields.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes which use these fresh ingredients there.