Rokunohe is known as 'Vegeta-Land' for the large amount of vegetables produced.
Some 43% of Rokunohe land area is dedicated to rice or vegetable growing,
including garlic, nagaimo, burdock, Japanese radish, carrots, cabbage,
onions and potatoes. The bulk of the crop is sent off to the Tokyo and
other metropolitan markets, however there is still an abundant supply available
for local consumption. These can be purchased at the Maple Community Centre
The Maple Community Centre has a number of roles. Since November 2007,
the centre was officially designated as a Roadside Station by the Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. As such, access to restrooms
and parking spaces is provided 24 hours. During business hours, road and
traffic conditions may be checked inside.
As a community centre, it offers a place to sit and use the internet, find out more information on sightseeing and the local area, or simply relax and enjoy a good meal at the restaurant. Souvenirs, handmade goods and local produce are all available in plentiful supply. If you are quick, you might even make it in time for some of the free taste testing before they all disappear!
Here are just a couple of the items available:
Rokunohe "Big Garlic"
As the name suggests, the garlic in Rokunohe is BIG! Aomori accounts for
well over half the domestic garlic production in Japan, and while Rokunohe
is only the seventh largest producer in the prefecture, we have won numerous
competitions for the largest garlic. To be classified as "Big Garlic",
garlic must be over 7cm in diameter, and 130grams in weight.
Shamo-rock is a breed of fowl originally developed and bred in Rokunohe,
and now famous throughout Aomori. It is derived from the "Shamo
" breed of game fowl, and the broiler chicken "Plymouth Rock",
hence its name "Shamo-rock". It is renowned for its taste, especially
in soups and hot pots, and healthy low fat content. All birds are strictly
The Rokunohe Shamo-rock Producer's Association is one of the main breeders in Aomori.
These unique, healthy yet tasty snacks are made with 100% locally grown
vegetables. They are low in sugar and contain absolutely no additives.
Nagaimo, pumpkin and spinach varieties are available, making them not only
highly nutritious, but especially recommended for children who dislike
eating their veggies!
Shochu is a Japanese clear distilled liquor that is typically anywhere
from 20% to 40% in alcohol content. Throughout Japan, there are many different
base ingredients, often differing between regions, although the most common
are derived from sweet potato, barley, or rice. In Rokunohe, three special
varieties of shochu are distilled making use of the local produce. These
are garlic, burdock, and nagaimo. Each of these is available in either
720mL (25%) or 1.8L (20%) bottles with all water sourced strictly from
the Oirase River. In the 2008 Monde Selection awards, the Nagaimo Shochu
received a Gold award, while the Garlic and Burdock both received Bronze
awards (all in 720mL).
Note: Alcohol is not sold at the Community Centre. Rokunohe Shochu is available at A-Co-op Rokunohe Supermarket (Phone: 0176 55 3030) and Main Mart Liquor House (Phone: 0176 55 2194)
Last updated 2013.04.01