The port of Fukui teems with a boundless array of seafood from deep-water shrimp that turns cherry red, to Echizen crab with their brilliant shells, and even Wakasa blowfish. Every winter, Fukui’s restaurants overflow with Echizen crab, or the “kings of winter.” This snow crab is famous for its firm flesh and intense flavor and has been served to successive emperors since the Meiji era, so you know it’s going to be good. Wakasa fugu—a blowfish caught in the turbulent Sea of Japan—is another winter delicacy. Be sure to try the perfectly seasoned Echizen buckwheat noodles with grated daikon radish and Wakasaji Gozen, a special lunch served in the western part of the prefecture that combines ingredients gathered from mountains and sea.
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Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, Japan