No trip to Japan is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Plenty of little restaurants in the Iwami region have plastic food outside that you can point to, and lots of menus have pictures, too. If you're confronted with a menu covered in kanji, use these magic words "osusume wa nan desuka?" (What do you recommend?")
Furusato (ふる里) is traditional Japanese restaurant in Tsuwano, serving traditional local food. You can enjoy fresh wild vegetables, soba, and so on. One famous dish is Uzumemeshi (Look forうずめ飯 on the menu). Wasabi and dried laver seaweed are placed on rice and soup. It looks like Ochazuke, a plain rice dish, but when you mix up the rice, tofu, fish sausage and dried mushrooms are hidden underneath! Peasants used to eat it because it looked as though they were eating very frugal meals.
This restaurant has long history and there are tatami mats to sit on, so you can enjoy the authentic atmosphere of old Japan.
Uzumemeshi set (うずめ飯定食) 1,200yen (Uzumemeshi and some side dishes)
Tsuwabuki set (つわぶき定食) 1,000yen (sansei rice, miso soup, soba and some side dish)
Sansai set (山菜定食) 1,300yen (rice and some side dishes)
Furusato set (ふる里定食 )1,500yen (rice, miso soup, soba and some side dishes)
Warigo soba (割子そば) 600yen
Wasabi soba (わさびそば) 600yen
Meat soba (肉そば) 600yen
Address: 277-6 Ushirodaro, Tsuwano-cho, Ashika-gun, Shimane
Tel: 0856-72-0403 (in Japanese only)
Holiday: Always open
It only takes 10 minutes from Tsuwano station on foot.