Yes, it’s that time of the year again when foodie tourist from all over the place descends on the small village of Hinase on the coast of Okayama Prefecture to eat oysters and I would not miss this for nothing. On this latest venture into oyster okonomiyaki heaven we decided to try a new place, Hori.
When I parked at Tamachan more than a whole hour before the opening, I knew right away that is was not your average hole in a wall okonomiyaki spot. According to my wife, Tamachan is currently the king of oyster okonomiyaki in Hinase and it ranks number 1 on numerous websites.
When it’s -1°C inside your house, it might be difficult to appreciate the Japanese winter, but I am always looking forward the coldest months of the year to go eat oysters in Hinase, a small harbor town in Okayama Prefecture.
Hiroshima is famous for okonomiyaki and in the town of okonomiyaki, Mitchan is my restaurant of choice. I’ve been to Mitchan at least twice a year for the last 3 years and they have been serving great food every time.
I don’t know why, but Tsuyama in Northern Okayama Prefecture is the capital of horumon fried udon. It’s quite common for Japanese cities to build their reputation on a particular specialty, but it takes some gusto to build this fame cooking offals or as some might call it the “discarded bits”.
Before I came to Japan, I had never eaten a okonomiyaki. This all changed on my first visit to Hiroshima city and since then I’ve been trying to find great okonomiyaki places.
Hironoya is one of them and according to my co-workers, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Hironoya is located in Fuchu city, just outside of Fukuyama. Fuchu is not a big place, but there is a small country road that pretty much goes from my village in the mountains all the way to this okonomiyaki shop. The route 417 is one tight scary road barely larger than my miniature Japanese car.