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The 5 Best Burgers in the Tokai Area

| Burgers , Tokai Region

The Tokai Area, the central part of Japan between Tokyo and Osaka consisting of Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Mie Prefectures, is famous for its natural beauty, traditional culture and mouthwatering food. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five best burgers in the Tokai Area!

5. Steppin Café — Shizuoka Maguro Burger (Shizuoka)

The Shizuoka Maguro Burger from Steppin Café in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is a light-tasting burger that packs a punch. It features a specially made maguro (tuna) patty from Suruga Bay on the east coast of Honshu near Mount Fuji. The burger also contains shiso leaf (also known as Perilla, an herb in the mint family), pickles, lettuce, tomato sauce, tartar sauce, and mustard sauce all on a whole-grain bun, and will set you back ¥630.

- www.steppin.jp (Japanese)

4. Tea House Herb Blend — Yamagata Genkidama Burger (Gifu)

The Yamagata Genkidama Burger from Tea House Herb Blend is a gourmet burger from Yamagata City in Gifu Prefecture. It features deep-fried pork marinated in garlic soy sauce, and is topped with a locally produced black garlic paste. The burger also contains fresh tomato and lettuce—all for just ¥410.

- g.lets-gifu.com (Japanese)

3. Okitsune Honpo — Okitsune Burger (Aichi)

The Okitsune Burger from Okitsune Honpo in Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture, features abura-age (deep-fried tofu) buns and contains a juicy deep-fried pork cutlet with crispy lettuce, onion and a special sauce. It won a B-grade gourmet food award in 2011 for being cheap and tasty and will only cost you ¥280.

- okitsune.net (Japanese)

2. Loco-Burger — Chicken Miso Katsu Burger (Aichi)

The Chicken Miso Katsu Burger from Loco-Burger in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, features a deep-fried chicken cutlet dipped in sweet, thick miso sauce. Miso Katsu is a specialty of the Nagoya area and is a local delicacy. The handmade burger also contains cabbage, onion and egg, and will set you back ¥580.

- locoburger.web.fc2.com (Japanese)

1. Centre4 Hamburgers — Hida Beef Burger (Gifu)

The Hida Beef Burger from Centre4 Hamburgers in Hida Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, features a beef patty made of 100 percent Hida Beef (one of Japan's highly prized classes of beef cattle). The burger also boasts crunchy lettuce and tomatoes, and comes at a premium price of ¥2,650 due to the softness, intricate marbling, and rich taste of the Hida Beef patty. This shop in Takayama’s historic district is a popular stop for tourists and, in addition to being featured in Lonely Planet, is ranked the second-best restaurant in Takayama by TripAdvisor users.