Iburi-gakko (smoked pickles)
Iburi-gakko is a type of takuan (pickled daikon radish) that is unique to Akita, unlike the rest of Japan these pickles are smoked before they are pickled.
Tsukemono (Pickled vegetables) are served with almost every meal, In Akita, “tsukemono” are known as “gakko”. Iburi-gakko literally means “smoked and pickled things”. This distinctive technique of preserving vegetables comes from Akita’s winter climate and is known for its crispy texture and smoky savoury taste. You can try “Gakko Kaiseki” at Dining room Inaho in Kakunodate Senboku-city.