“Crab dishes” can only be enjoyed for about five months out of a year!
Crab fishing in the Sea of Japan is only allowed from November 6th to March 20th the following year for the conservation of marine resources. The law permits the fishing of male crabs (matsubagani – snow crab) from November 6th to March 20th, and female crabs (sekogani or koppegani) from November 6th to January 10th the following year.
Boarding houses of Amino-cho near crab fishing ports serve creatively prepared dishes so that many day visitors and guests visiting from afar can enjoy crab which is only available for a limited period
Feast on crab dishes prepared with love!
Popular crab dishes enjoyed at inns and guesthouses in Amino-cho include sashimi, grilled, boiled, tempura, roasted in the shell, suki (hot pot, shabu-shabu) and rice porridge.
The best thing about a winter holiday for feasting on crab is that you can smack your lips to piping-hot crab dishes expertly prepared by the chefs of the boarding houses.
Matsubagani – snow crab
Snow crab caught in Tango is tagged according to fishing ports. The labels are color-coded, with green for Taiza/Amino, Kyoto, blue for Tsuiyama, Hyogo, and pink for Shibayama, Hyogo.