The Kyo-Tanba and The Local Culture

Kansai Tour Gourmet 2019.11.09
A few weeks after our trip to Nagano, we went down to the Tanba region in Kyoto in search of the local cuisines and more. This is not Kyoto the way you know it.

The Tanba region

This was a special trip that we went on this time, it included an introduction to the local Gibier, or wild game meat as we know it.
The trip started off at the Kyoto station and went on with a drive into the deeper regions of Kyoto, especially the Tanba region.

We would like to introduce you to some of our experiences that we had there and some of the local cuisines we've tried.
  • We arrived at Kyoto station to start the trip, but we went on with a car rental to go further down towards the coast of the sea of Japan towards Miyazu.
    On our way there, we stopped by at Fukuchiyama, to try the Onisoba, a traditional soba restaurant that's been there for almost 200 years.

The Gibier and the local life

On our trip, we were able to try some of the local specialty cuisines of gibier, the wild game meats.
Tamba is famous for their black beans and other nuts and grains. The local animals eat those grains and that's why the meat of those animals also tastes better.

We were able to talk to miser Nakajima, a local game meat supplier to hear more about the culture and history of hunting and game meat consumption.
  • Mr. Nakajima right after the interview.
Then on with our trip down to Fukuchiyama, where we interviewed Mr. Nakajima, a supplier of game meat for the local restaurants and shops.

We will talk about this in detail in our main article, that's yet to come.
Our trip then went onto a stay at this glamping spot at Miyazu one of our main destinations of this trip.
We started off early to see a few of the famous tourist spots, then went to Yosano, an old town where they still make traditional silk crepe fabrics.
We then made our way to Ine, a town where people live right by the sea.
We went on a cruise that took us around the whole town and it was just beautiful with the sun setting towards the shores and the calm bay.
This was a very beautiful place to go to.
Discover the history and beauty here on their official town website.
Our dinner that night was another local specialty, boar meat hot pot.
Another game meat cuisine.
Our last day ended with a visit to Miyama in Nantan city, a local village where people live in one of the older traditional Japanese housings with Kayabuki 【茅葺き:かやぶき】roofs, the thatched roofs.
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