Hebo (wasps) dishes

"Hebo" refers to wasps. In mountainous areas far away from the seas, hebo has been consumed as a precious supply of protein by sweetening and boiling it in soy sauce or cooking it with rice. In the Kushihara area of Ena city, locals try to grow wasps' nests bigger in their private properties, and they even hold a competition in November every year over the weight of the nests.

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Kushiharatei, Kushihara Onsen Sasayurinoyu
Kushihara, Ena City

Address3135-2 Kushihara, Ena City[Map
Phone Number0573-52-3131
Opening Hour11:00~20:00(LO.19:30)
Parking Capacity150 cars
Access Approx. 45 minutes by car from Tokai-Kanjo Expressway "Toyota-Kanpachi IC"
Approx. 45 minutes by car from Chuo Expressway "Ena IC" or "Mizunami IC"
Approx. 20 minutes by bus from Akechi Railway "Akechi Station"
The surprisingly tasty "Hebo pot rice set meal", looks can be deceiving!
Pot-cooked mixed rice with wasp larvae "Hebo" and adult wasps offers a "familiar, delicious" taste once it is in your mouth, despite its intimidating look. The savory, sweet flavor matches very well with the local tasty rice.
Service periodAll year round
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Hebo-meshi (Boiled rice mixed with cooked hebo (species of yellow jacket)) recipe
Ingredients :

(serves 4)
・400g polished rice
・100g bee larvae
・5g sugar
・8g soy sauce
・5g sake
・5g mirin
・1g oil


①Stir-fry the bee larvae with oil until the water runs out.

②Boil sugar and soy sauce in a pot.

③Put the stir-fried bee larvae into the boiled seasoning and mix them.

④Mix them with boiled rice.

The recipe source:Gifu Prefecture School Dietician Association

※Recipes vary by region and family.