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.
|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.