I will be travelling around the Northern Honshu and Hokkaido areas and am wondering where you would send me for food along the way. I am hoping to find some recommendations for (but not solely):
1. Sake breweries or bottles to look for (likely in Niigata).
2. Kani or seafood in general in Hokkaido.
3. Any ekiben I should look for.
4. Temples at which to try some really nice shojin ryouri.
All food thoughts are really welcome regarding these regions. I know this is a very broad area, but we will likely take each day as it comes, and all of your recommendations will be taken into account along the way. I really do look forward to your responses.
Thank you very much in advance.