In a spur of the moment decision, I decided to head to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture for a couple of days.
I'm a big fan of unagi, Japanese eel, and Hamamatsu is known for it. A lot of the shops in the city even sell unagi-flavored confectionary treats as well. The city itself isn't as big as the more well known places in Japan, but there are many expats living there for work.
As with most places I travel to, I try to make it a high point in the city to get a view overlooking the area. I headed to Act Tower, which is a quick walk from Hamamatsu station. The view from the tower is in the slideshow above.
My only real goal was to head to an unagi shop that was recommended to me. Here's where I went and where I really recommend:
It's quite far from the central area and very inconvenient (here's the location), but I will say that it is the best unagi that I've had. Ever. The chef cuts, grills and prepares the unagi right in front of you. It's extremely fresh, moist and tasty.
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