Autumn

Relish the Sea of Japan’s Salmon

This area has cultivated a salmon-based food culture thanks to its clean and healthy rivers full of migrating fish. When the fish return to their home river in autumn, the very area comes alive with many events and festivities. When visiting Uetsu, expect to experience the very best in salmon cuisine.

Sekikawa Village

In the center of Sekikawa run the clear streams of the Arakawa River, voted best water quality in Japan three years in a row, and selected as one of the Heisei era’s top 100 waters. Because many salmon migrate upstream here, it’s also known as a great mountain fishing spot. Many traditional local cuisine, such as “sake no kawani”, salmon simmered in miso, are also served here.

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Sekikawa, Niigata Prefecture

Murakami City

Murakami is home to the Miomote River, known for the fragrant salmon that reside and migrate upstream there. The salmon, called “iyoboya”, who have blessed the land with their abundance since ancient times, have taken on a special existence in the area and are included in countless local dishes. When winter comes around, you can enjoy the charming sight of salted salmon hanging from the front of houses in the area.

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Murakami, Niigata Prefecture
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Murakami, Niigata Prefecture
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Murakami, Niigata Prefecture
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Murakami, Niigata Prefecture

Yuza Town

Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai area is home to many clear and beautiful rivers, including Ushiwatarigawa, which receives its water source from the welling waters of Mt. Chokai. Salmon fishing and farming in Ushiwatarigawa started in the Meiji period in the upper class fishing districts. Even now, the salmon here are widely used ingredients in foods such as Shonai’s winter staple “dongarashiru”, as well as kasutsuke (pickled salmon) and konbumaki (salmon wrapped in konbu seaweed).

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Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture
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Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture
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Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture
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Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture

Nikaho City

Nikaho is where Kawabukuro River, the river where the most migrating salmon in Akita Prefecture are found. The salmon found here have long been treasured as ingredients in home cooking and event cuisine. The peak of autumn is the starting point for salmon net fishing in this area. In Kisakata, located within Nikaho city, you can even find the Salmon Memorial Tower, a stone monument paying tribute to salmon showing just how important and grateful people are for salmon in the area.

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Nikaho, Akita Prefecture

Sekikawa Village

In the center of Sekikawa run the clear streams of the Arakawa River, voted best water quality in Japan three years in a row, and selected as one of the Heisei era’s top 100 waters. Because many salmon migrate upstream here, it’s also known as a great mountain fishing spot. Many traditional local cuisine, such as “sake no kawani”, salmon simmered in miso, are also served here.

Murakami City

Murakami is home to the Miomote River, known for the fragrant salmon that reside and migrate upstream there. The salmon, called “iyoboya”, who have blessed the land with their abundance since ancient times, have taken on a special existence in the area and are included in countless local dishes. When winter comes around, you can enjoy the charming sight of salted salmon hanging from the front of houses in the area.

Yuza Town

Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai area is home to many clear and beautiful rivers, including Ushiwatarigawa, which receives its water source from the welling waters of Mt. Chokai. Salmon fishing and farming in Ushiwatarigawa started in the Meiji period in the upper class fishing districts. Even now, the salmon here are widely used ingredients in foods such as Shonai’s winter staple “dongarashiru”, as well as kasutsuke (pickled salmon) and konbumaki (salmon wrapped in konbu seaweed).

Nikaho City

Nikaho is where Kawabukuro River, the river where the most migrating salmon in Akita Prefecture are found. The salmon found here have long been treasured as ingredients in home cooking and event cuisine. The peak of autumn is the starting point for salmon net fishing in this area. In Kisakata, located within Nikaho city, you can even find the Salmon Memorial Tower, a stone monument paying tribute to salmon showing just how important and grateful people are for salmon in the area.

Nikaho

Akita

Tsuruoka

Yamagata

Sakata

Yamagata

Murakami

Niigata

Awashimaura

Niigata