Winter events & gourmet 2022-2023 special feature

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Winter events & gourmet 2022-2023 special feature


  1. Koiwai Winter Lights Galaxy Farm Night
  2. Recommended winter events
  3. Recommended gourmet food for winter

Koiwai Winter Lights Galaxy Farm Night

Koiwai Farm’s illumination event “Koiwai Winter Lights Galaxy Farm Night” will be held again this year. In addition to the annual popular “Tunnel of Light”, “Galaxy Express SL”, and 20m-tall “Giant Christmas Tree”, the “Canvas Illumination” depicting a rainbow over Koiwai Farm with Mt. Iwate in the background will be revived. Also, from January 1st to January 3rd, the New Year’s fireworks display will be held from 7:30 pm. Enjoy the illuminations filled with light.
Furthermore, Koiwai Farm is committed to environmental conservation, sustainability, and circulation.

*The video is from 2013.


We are working on a circular business operation,
This time, the venue will be partially powered by electricity generated using “used tempura oil” as fuel.
→ Sobocchi went to winter illumination! (2019.11.26)

tunnel of light

(Left) Galaxy Express SL (Right) Canvas illumination

(Left) Giant Christmas tree (Right) Milk carton lantern

Koiwai beef yakiniku dinner, vegetable beef stew, Koiwai beef salt butter hot noodles, Koiwai beef spicy cheese hot noodles

Koiwai beef cheese meat bun, Koiwai butter bun, 3 types of soup

Recommended winter events

Recommended gourmet food for winter

Japanese sake

Iwate is a sake brewing region that has nurtured Japan’s three major brewers, the Nanbu Breweries.
“Junmai Daiginjo Yuinoka” uses the sake rice “Yui no Ka” that was born in Iwate Prefecture, is brewed at a sake brewery in the prefecture, and will be sold in limited quantities.

Iwate Prefecture Sake Brewers Association

● Location: 4-19 Babacho, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture

● Inquiries: 019–623–6121

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Mamebujiru (Mamebujiru)

Mamebu is a sweet and salty local dish from Yamagata-cho, Kuji City, made by kneading flour with a little salt and water, wrapping it with walnuts and brown sugar, and simmering it with vegetables in soy sauce. It is often made during New Year’s Day and other celebrations, as it contains the wish for a diligent, healthy, and successful life.

Local ingredients restaurant Sankairi

● Location: 2-5-6 Nakamachi, Kuji City, inside the roadside station lottery “Yamase Dofukan”

● Access: Approximately 40 minutes by car from Kuji IC on the Hachinohe Expressway / Approximately 6 minutes by car from Kuji IC on the Sanriku Coastal Road

● Business hours: 11:00-17:00 Last order 30 minutes before closing.

● Inquiries: 0194-66-9111

● Closed: 12/31, 1/1

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Cod (speckled)

“Miyako cod” is one of the most caught fish in the country. It is known for its freshness because it is iced and boxed immediately on board the ship after being caught. Cod is a fish that loses its freshness quickly, but locally it can be eaten as sashimi.
Events include the “Miyako Cod Gourmet Fair,” where each restaurant serves its signature cod dishes using cooking methods that take advantage of the freshness unique to the production area, and the Miyako Cod Festival, which is a lively event where fresh cod and processed products are sold. is held.

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Iwate Prefecture Coastal Regional Development Bureau Fisheries Department Miyako Fisheries Promotion Center
● Location: Restaurant in Miyako/Shimohei jurisdiction
● Inquiries: 0193-64-2216
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Miyako Cod Festival Executive Committee Secretariat (Miyako City Fisheries Division)
● Location: Miyako City Fish Market Special Venue, 2-1 Rinkodori, Miyako City
● Inquiries: 0193-62-2111


Hairy crab (injury)

The hair crab fishing season off the coast of Sanriku, Iwate Prefecture is from December to March. You can enjoy the winter taste of hairy crab at restaurants and accommodations around Miyako City, which boasts the largest catch in Iwate Prefecture.
The Miyako Hair Crab Festival is held from February to early March every year at a special venue in the Miyako City Fish Market, where hair crabs are sold at low prices, crab soup made with hair crabs, pole-and-line fishing for hair crabs, stage shows, and other activities are held. An event will be held.
In addition, accommodation packages in the city are available for a limited time only. You can stay at a great price. (schedule)

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(One company) Miyako Tourism and Cultural Exchange Association
● Location: Miyako City
● Contact: 0193-62-3534
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Oyster farming shelves spread along the coast from Miyako City to Rikuzentakata City. The peak season is from November to February, and the oysters in season are large and have a plump texture.
“Oyster huts,” which serve steamed grilled food during this most delicious period, have become popular as a winter tradition in Sanriku. You can enjoy oysters full of minerals to your heart’s content.

Sanriku Yamada Oyster Hut

● Location: 9-270 Funakoshi, Yamada-cho, Shimohei-gun

● Access: Approximately 5 minutes by car from Sanriku Coastal Road Yamada Minami IC / Approximately 25 minutes’ walk from Sanriku Railway Rias Line Iwate-Funakoshi Station

● Inquiries: 0193-65-7901 (Yamada Town Tourism Association)

● Steamed oyster offer period: October 29, 2022 (Saturday) to May 30, 2023 (Tuesday)

● Closed: Wednesdays, Thursdays (open on holidays), year-end and New Year holidays (12/26-1/5)

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Seafood behavior center

● Location: 3-6 Sasazaki, Ofunato-cho, Ofunato City

● Access: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Ichinoseki IC on the Tohoku Expressway / Approximately 6 minutes by car from Ofunato Goishikaigan IC on the Sanriku Coastal Road

● Inquiries: 0192-22-8310

● Business period: All year round *Depends on the oyster situation, so please inquire before going out.

● Business hours: All-you-can-eat 11:00-14:00 (last order 13:30) (*Other meals 10:00-19:00)

● Closed: Wednesday

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Oyster Hut Hirota Bay

● Location: 304-13 Babamae, Takadacho, Rikuzentakata City

● Access: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Tohoku Expressway Ichinoseki IC / Approximately 5 minutes by car from Sanriku Coastal Road Rikuzentakata IC

● Inquiries: 090-8784-2114 (for reservations only)

● Business period: All year round

● Business hours: 11:00-14:00 (last order 13:30), also open on Saturdays and Sundays 17:00-19:00 (last order 18:30) *Please inquire before going out.

● Closed: Tuesday ● View homepage

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