takayama SAKANA

Fine dining of selected seasonal ingredients and the highest quality of Hida beef can be enjoyed in a peaceful location.

Sakana Restaurant in Takayama serves seasonal cuisine. Most of dishes are made from local products such as highly acclaimed Hida-Beef, also we go into the mountains by ourselves to get wild ingredients. In this diary, I'd like to make some notes of seasonal food and scenes of Hida area.

Summer scene

Fish bone sake (Kotsuzake)

The fish bone sake made with a native Iwana (char) is stronger in flavor and taste. We use freshly caught Iwana that are carefully baked in a distant fire for almost 1 hour, so there is no unpleasant smell. It's really delicious because wh…

Tempura of daylily buds

Daylily is very common flower in summer. The flower buds become nice tempura. It has unuique texture, crispy and sticky at the same time. by Kay

Over night dried Ayu

We Japanese love sun-dried fish which has full of 'UMAMI'. Open up and clean super fresh Ayu. Soak the Ayu in our original saumur. Ready to grill! by Kay

Ayu fishing has started.

Live decoy fishing for Ayu has started from end of June. These photos were taken about 10 days ago. Now we are ready to serve SAKANA's Summer menu! by Kay

Wild watercress

I was surprise to see those wild watercress which is native to the hidden swamp. We stopped by this quiet hidden place, when we went to Iwana-fishing. Wild watercress have stronger bitterness. Clean water supplies fresh and delicious natur…

Summer began!

Neatly planted rice in the paddy field. Iwas relieved that the rainy season this year was not severe this area. by Kay

Binged on Ayu

The owner chef and his friend went on fishing Ayu and they had a good catch! Aren't they beautiful? We prepared the fish on the skewers and grilled on charcoal fire slowly..... Slowly...... And we celebrated for the large catch of Ayu unti…

Eating Ayu

The most popular way to eat Ayu is grill with salt and it's one of the most popular dish of our Seasonal Omakase (tasting) Course. To the customers who love Ayu, we may offer over-night dried or deep fried Ayu additionally. As Ayu is calle…

Ayu fishing!

I accompanied the owner chef for decoy-fishing of Ayu (sweet fish). Takahara River is one of the cleanest stream in Hida and poplular for fresh water fishing. Lively fish fought for his territory with decoy and then was caught up. We've go…

Mid Summer in Shirakawa Village

After the long heavy rain, extremely hot weather came to Hida. Roof grass is completely dried up. But the shade of hydrangea is still looking cool. If you come to Hida in this season, you better prepare well for the sunshine and dehydratio…

River fish season has come

The owner chef went fishing for wild Ayu (sweetfish) with live decoys as the closed season ended. A group of Ayu. The territory keeper. Today's catch! From June to September is the season of the river fish. Salted grilled Ayu is the most p…

Shirakawa village is in Green

Now Shirakawa village presents the views of early summer. Young rice had neatly planted in the rice field. by Kay