A Taste of Japan
The cultural richness of this area is best explored by Tualatin Valley’s culinary offerings. As the second most populous county and the most culturally diverse county in Oregon, Japanese influences can be found at myriad culinary destinations throughout the region.
Cedartree Hotel Brings Japanese Hospitality to Tualatin Valley
Cedartree Hotel, now open, Cedartree Hotel brings a Japanese-style experience to travelers to Tualatin Valley. Designed with a Japanese ambiance, amenities will include a swimsuit-optional indoor bath (separated by gender) and a co-ed outdoor Onsen (soaking pool; bathing suit required). Additional features include an on-site restaurant and saké bar, which will serve the finest saké from Japan, as well as additional imported alcohol.
Japanese Bakeries Fill a Need for Tasty Treats
Nearly eight years ago, Oyatsupan Bakers opened its doors, fulfilling a desire to bring traditional Japanese baking to Beaverton. At the time, it was the only one and today they collaborate with other local businesses and continue to share their “love for Japanese delicacies.” In addition to getting their savories baked goods at their flagship Beaverton store, their treats are also available at the Japanese Gardens in Portland.
Ramen Shops Are Ubiquitous in Tualatin Valley
Ramen is a popular dish in Tualatin Valley with dozens of ramen shops dotting the region. Many of these spots are mom-and-pop casual restaurants, such as Mugen Noodle Bar, which has a dozen ramen dishes, Ninja Ramen, with two locations in Tualatin Valley, and Fuddoyama Ramen, which is billed as “the best ramen in Oregon.” Portland mainstay, Boxer Ramen, opened its newest location in Tualatin Valley. Chain ramen shops from Japan, such as Afuri Izakaya and Kukai Ramen (also known as Kizuki Ramen) also have opened in recent years.
Japanese Grocery Store Sells More Than Food
The Pacific Northwest’s beloved Asian grocery Uwajimaya sells more than food, it specializes in kitchen and home goods. Health and beauty and other wares from Japan. Located in Beaverton, it also houses Kinokuniya Bookstore featuring stationery and gift items and large selection of anime, manga, graphic novels, cookbooks and language books. Food lovers will enjoy cream puffs from Beard Papa’s and ramen from Ramen Ryoma.
Tualatin Valley is Home to the First American-Owned Sake Brewery
In the city of Forest Grove, many Japanese traditions of crafting premium sake can be tasted at SakeOne, the first American owned-and-operated sake brewery. For more than 25 years, SakeOne, has been producing traditional and not-so traditional sake at its full brewing facility that mills the rice, sourced from California, steams, ferments and bottles the different varieties, from cask strength, to organic, raw and flavored-infused sake. Their sake can be found in stores in nearly all U.S. states, and can be tasted at their Forest Grove tasting room. Tours of the kura (brewing facility) are available on weekends.
Explore the cultural richness of Tualatin Valley’s culturally diverse community.