Le Risa

A new restaurant whose dishes are so delicious they should be in grandma's recipe book. It has a local coffee-shop vibe with a wide selection of coffee drinks, smoothies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, mouth-watering dishes, and some of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. The chef's tomato basil pasta was (from an American perspective)... Continue Reading →

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Marukawa Blueberry Farm

Marukawa Farm 丸川農園 Marukawa Farm is run by Kawana-san (pictured) and contains 15 types of blueberries and over 800 bushes. She uses organic fertilizer, no pesticides, and received the "Chiba Eco Agricultural Produce" certification. While she doesn't speak English, she is very kind and clearly cares about her farm. I can attest that her blueberries... Continue Reading →

Hasshuuken Ramen

Hasshuuken (Ramen Restaurant) 八洲軒 A small but delicious Chinese restaurant with a variety of ramen, yakisoba, and other set dishes. I got the chaashuu ramen (comes with roasted pork) as shown in the picture. The pork melted in my mouth and overall it was delicious! It's also very accessible by car, train, or bus. It's... Continue Reading →

Taste of Minamiboso

What food makes Minamiboso unique? This list runs through the most well-known dishes in the city. Keep in mind that some items are seasonal and may not be available all year round. FRIED EDIBLE FLOWERS Available only in the spring, Minamiboso offers the rare opportunity to eat tempura-battered flowers! Known here as "edible flowers," they're... Continue Reading →

Satomi Chaya

Satomi Chaya 里見茶屋 "Delicious tea and dango shop"   Dango 団子 Usually dango is just balls of saucy mochi (glutinous rice cake) on a stick, but this shop takes it to a whole new level. Get your dango slathered with your favorite flavor, ranging from red bean paste, white bean, green soybean, peanut butter, sweet... Continue Reading →

5 Rare & Tasty Treats

Five delicious and local treats you won't find often elsewhere! 1. Biwa Ice Cream True to its name, Tomiura Biwa Club sells everything biwa (loquat), and the most famous of these is biwa ice cream. It comes hard-serve, soft-serve, or as sherbet. You can get it in a cup or cone. The premium soft serve... Continue Reading →

Nansouan (Soba restaurant)

Nansouan 南総庵 This small, two-story noodle restaurant has a mysterious way of making you feel like you're in ancient Japan. The tables are made of real wood that still retain their uneven texture, and the stools are tree stumps with a cushion. (You think they're fake until you try to move one!) Beside the windows... Continue Reading →

Kameya Nagusa

Kameya Nagusa 亀や和草 A Japanese sweets shop with a variety of senbei (rice crackers), cookies, candy, and more. They are known for their tomato daifuku, a sweet mochi rice cake with a whole tomato inside. It seems to be rare even within Japan, but it's very good! It comes in a regular and small size.... Continue Reading →

Kimura Peanuts

Kimura Peanuts 木村ピーナッツ   Peanut fans are in for a treat at this small store with over 20 different kinds of peanuts and surprisingly good peanut soft-serve ice cream.  According to the Kimura Peanuts website, they have been planting, harvesting, and selling their products for 45 years. Supposedly, they are also the only place in... Continue Reading →

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