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Food Adventures and Gourmet Delights in Chiba

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2024/01/09

Tokyo’s eastern neighbor Chiba is rich in both agriculture and fishing, providing the food that feeds much of the metro area. It’s also just a quick train trip around–or car ride across–Tokyo Bay, giving visitors access to a variety of dining experiences. While you can get nearly anything you want in Tokyo, it’s much more fun to come to the source of the food, and experience it outside of a typical urban restaurant. In this article, we’ll show you some unique ways to indulge in authentic cuisine that are local, artistic, and even historic.


Choshi City is home to one of Japan’s most fruitful fishing ports, and naturally you can expect each morning’s catches to make their way to the nearby restaurants. Shichibe (pronounced Shichi-bay), is a longtime popular eatery known for its classic yet delightfully unconventional style. It’s famous for having some of the best kaisendon (bowl of sushi rice topped with various sashimi) all year round.

The mackerel sushi rolls in the winter months and namero, a dish with chopped horse mackerel, onions and ginger, keep visitors from all over returning again and again.

Inubosaki Hotel

Cape Inubosaki is the furthest eastern tip of the Kanto Region, giving it the “first” sunrise of the region. The hotel here sits high on a seaside cliff, making it the perfect place to both experience a stunning sunrise over the sea, and enjoy the best seafood in Choshi, prepared in a most ornate way. Kaiseki is the Japanese style of course cooking, in which a variety of small dishes are artistically prepared to give an overview of local flavors.

While sashimi is a staple in the course meals here, you’ll also enjoy tempura, braised fish, as well as mollusks like abalone and clams.

Granted, if you don’t need the full course, there are simpler set meal options to enjoy during your overnight or dinner stay.


An oasis in the great outdoors, KURKKU FIELDS lets you get up close and personal with the magic that goes into the foods we enjoy. Freshly baked breads and cakes, milk, meat, charcuterie, and vegetables right from the source make for a “down on the range,” local gourmet experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Aside from the cafes, food workshops that include pizza making and restaurants, a day at KURKKU FIELDS is also a day of exploring some of Chiba’s best inland nature. Around the park are various outdoor art installations, nature preserves, and examples of how KURKKU FIELDS thrives as a sustainable hub of organic food and fun.

Yayoi Kusama, GUIDEPOST TO THE NEW WORLD, 2016, paints and cast-aluminum, variable size, 11-piece set, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, ©Yayoi Kusama 

NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel Restaurant LE UN

Sawara was a center of trade in northern Chiba, with much of the classic townscape remaining even today. NIPPONIA has transformed some of the old wooden buildings into guesthouses, giving visitors the feeling of staying as a “resident of the town,” rather than just tourists who are passing through. At the center of this operation is the “LE UN” restaurant, refurbished from a traditional Japanese storehouse, and headed by a renowned Japanese chef with many accolades earned in Europe.

Here, you’ll be treated to a unique fusion of Japanese and French cuisine that makes use of Sawara’s historically famous products like miso, mirin, and soy sauce.

Sightseeing Spots

Donburiya Shichibe

Choshi Fishing Port is one of Japan's most productive fishing ports, bringing in a huge amount of fish every morning. Local shops here get the first pick of the fresh catch, and Shichibe (pronounced shichi-"bay") has established itself as one of the tastiest places around. The rice bowls topped with fresh sashimi are its namesake, but they also have dishes that change with the seasons: mackerel and sardines are quite famous here, and while a bit too fishy for some, the true fish lovers flock here year after year for the creative and delicious menu.

1-26 Iinuma-cho, Choshi City

(About 5 minutes on foot from Kannon Station on the Choshi Electric Railway)


Inubosaki Hotel

Located on the easternmost point of the Kanto region, Inubosaki Hotel boasts one of the earliest sunrises in all of Japan (except for mountaintops and remote islands), and some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Choshi City's premium seafood with dinner and breakfast, and relax in the natural hot spring overlooking the sea.

9574-1 Inubohsaki, Choshi City

(From JR Choshi Station, take the Choshi Dentetsu Line to Inubo Station. The hotel is a 7-minute walk from there.)



  • Handicap toilet


KURKKU FIELDS takes you to the artistic outdoors for a sustainable gourmet experience, right in the beautiful hills of Chiba. Here, the various cafes and food stands use freshly harvested vegetables and ingredients, bringing you Chiba's tastiest treats like cakes, ice cream, and of course full course meals. The charcuterie made here is also a fan favorite. All around the premises are art installations to encourage a walking adventure, where you can also see the efforts made here to be a sustainable destination of natural food and fun.

Image: Yayoi Kusama, GUIDEPOST TO THE NEW WORLD, 2016, paints and cast-aluminum, variable size, 11-piece set, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, ©Yayoi Kusama 

2503 Yana, Kisarazu City

(30 minutes by bus from JR Kisarazu Station. Get off at the KURKKU FIELDS Iriguchi (entrance) bus stop. The park is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop. There is also a highway bus that departs from the Yaesu bus terminal at Tokyo Station, and is about a 90-minute ride.)



  • Handicap parking
  • Wheelchair rentals
  • Breast-feeding room
  • Service dogs permitted

NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel Restaurant LE UN

Situated in the historic district of Sawara, NIPPONIA LE UN has transformed a classic Japanese storehouse building into a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The chic wooden interior takes you back in this bustling trade town's history, but you'll be served dishes by their renowned chef and his team that could only be created in the modern day. A fusion of French and Japanese cuisine, the meat and fish dishes are subtly flavored with locally produced mirin and soy sauce, which were the traditional staples of Sawara's economy.

1708-2 Sawara-i, Katori City

(About a 10-minute walk from JR Sawara Station)



  • Handicap toilet
  • Wheelchair rentals
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Service dogs permitted

*Only one wheelchair is available for rent. An ostomate restroom is available at a drugstore 10 minutes away by car. Written communication is supported by an application.

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