What’s in Season? Calendar Guide

Japan is all about eating fresh and in season. Produce and other food items in grocery stores change depending on the time of year. Want nabe (hot pot) in summer? Good luck finding broth in the store.

While inconvenient if you’re used to having all types of food all year round, eating in season is better for the environment and supports local farmers. Plus, you get to eat fresher food for cheaper!

This post is your guide for when and where to eat the tastiest fruit, vegetables, and seafood in Chiba Prefecture. See the PDF for a color chart.

PDF: Chiba Seasonal Calendar pdf

ITEM SEASON MAIN AREAS
(Bold=Boso Area)
Tuna (maguro) May – Aug. Choshi, Katsuura
Bonito (katsuo) March – June, mid Sept. – mid Oct. Choshi, Onjuku, Katsuura, Kamogawa
Splendid Alfonsino (kinmedai) Nov. – June Choshi, Katsuura, Kamogawa, Kyonan, Onjuku
Spiny lobster (ise-ebi) April – May, Aug. – Dec.

*Fishing prohibited in June and July

Isumi, Onjuku, Katsuura, Kamogawa, Minamiboso
Japanese anchovy (katakuchi iwashi) Dec. – March Isumi, Asahi, Sosa, Kujukuri
Mackerel pike (samma) Sept. – early Dec. Choshi
Japanese sardine (maiwashi) May – July, Nov. – Dec. Choshi, Asahi, Sosa
Abalone (awabi) May – mid Sept.

*Fishing prohibited from mid Sept. through March

Katsuura, Kamogawa, Minamiboso, Onjuku
Common Orient Clam (hamaguri) March – mid Aug. Kujukuri, Tokyo Bay
Manila Clam (asari) April – Oct. Tokyo Bay Coastline
Pear (nashi) Aug. – Oct. Shiroi, Ichikawa, Kamagaya, Funabashi, Ichihara, Matsudo, Yachiyo
Loquat (biwa) May – June Minamiboso, Tateyama, Kyonan
Rapeseed (nabana) Dec. – March Kyonan, Tateyama, Minamiboso, Isumi
Strawberry (ichigo) late Dec. – May Sammu, Tateyama, Kimitsu, Chiba, Tonosho, Asahi, Narita, Kujukuri, Futtsu, Sodegaura, Ichihara, Shiroi, Togane, Ichinomiya, Kisarazu, Choshi, Sosa, Mutsuzawa, Nagara, Otaki, Minamiboso, Kyonan, Kamagaya, Mobara, Funabashi
Green onion (negi) Dec. – May Matsudo, Choshi, Sammu, Mobara, Yokoshibahikari, Sosa
Carrot (ninjin) Dec. – March,

late May – early July

Funabashi, Kamagaya, Futtsu, Sammu, Yachimata, Shibayama
Mandarin orange (mikan) Oct. – Dec. Minamiboso, Kamogawa, Ichihara
Tomato Jan. – Feb.,

May – early July,

Sept. – mid Nov.

Abiko, Yachimata, Shirako, Ichinomiya, Asahi, Sammu
Sweet potato (satsumaimo) late Aug. – April Katori, Narita, Yachimata, Tako
Peanut (rakkasei) Sept. – Oct. Chiba, Yachimata
Onion (tamanegi) May – early June Shirako
Watermelon (suika) mid May – July Futtsu, Yachimata, Sammu, Shibayama
Melon June – mid Aug. Choshi, Asahi, Ichinomiya
Daffodil (suisen) Dec. – late Feb. Ezuki Daffodil Road (Kyonan), Tomiyama Daffodil Walkway  (Minamiboso)
Rapeseed Blossoms (nanohana) Jan. – March Flower Park region (Minamiboso), Nanabatake Road (Kamogawa), Mother Farm (Futtsu)
Poppy, Stock, Snapdragon (poppii, stokku, kingyosou) mid Nov. – early May Poppy Village Tateyama Family Park (Tateyama), Shiramazu/Nanaura Region (Minamiboso)
Iris (ayame) mid May – June Suigou Sawara Iris Park (Katori),  Sodegaura Park (Sodegaura)

*List translated and reformatted from “Chiba Kankou Mappu” by the Chiba Prefectural Tourism & Local Products Association.

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Main areas indicate where the item is caught, grown, sourced, etc. and usually not the only place where the item is sold in Japan.

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