Gourmet Foods of Ise-Shima

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December 13, 2016

As if Ise-Shima’s long history, cultural importance, and picturesque landscapes were not enough reason to visit, the area also boasts an array of culinary delights that are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of food connoisseurs. Below is a list of five foods that can be found throughout the area.


Udon noodles are made from wheat, and they can be found throughout Japan, but Ise is home to a particular style that is thicker than average. The noodles can be cooked in soy sauce and eaten directly or be put into a broth to make a soup.


This type of sushi has been eaten in Ise-Shima for centuries. Fishermen mixed freshly caught bonito into soy sauce by hand before placing them atop vinegar flavored rice.


Oysters are so common throughout Ise-Shima that their discarded shells are gathered together in nets and used to make hedges. Oysters are typically grilled and served in their shells with a dash of soy sauce.

Abalone are rarer than oysters, but they offer a decadent treat. They are generally served with either soy sauce or butter.



Ebi means shrimp in Japanese, but Ise-ebi are actually lobsters. They are served throughout the area, but are by far the priciest item listed here. Still, for those willing to spend, they are a delicious investment.


For those looking to indulge their sweet tooth, Akafuku mochi is a must try. Akafuku mochi is pounded rice mixed with sweet red beans. The fresh mochi pairs wonderfully with aromatic hojicha (roasted green tea), and these can be enjoyed together in their shop.

The foods listed above do not begin to cover everything Ise-Shima has to offer. Visitors to this area will no doubt find something to match their tastes and leave them wanting to come back for more.

Christopher Gearhardt

Christopher lives and works in Mie Prefecture. He enjoys traveling and photography and is interested in Japanese history and religion.

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