we stayed at this minshuku - basically a Japanese version of a bed and breakfast which has both dinner and breakfast. you are basically staying in someone's house. the small b&b is located in a small port in akita prefecture near the aomori border. the sashimi and other fish dishes came directly from the fishermen living in the small town. the food was very very good!!! it is worth staying just for the dinner! only negative is no airco or fan in the room but we were given a double sized washitsu and it was comfortable.