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... 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 →

Sakana Club

Sakana Club さかな倶楽部 Highly recommended! This is a seafood restaurant that gets its fish straight from the bay in front of the building, with reasonably-priced lunch sets that are delicious and guaranteed to fill your belly. Menu items include sashimi, whole-boiled fish sets, fried-fish sets, and more. Some items are limited to one dish per... Continue Reading →

Hana Souhonten

Hana Souhonten 波奈 総本店 HIGHLIGHT: This sushi and Japanese seafood restaurant offers many dishes made from items caught locally. In addition to extremely fresh nigiri, you can also get specialties that are more local, like namero (spanish mackerel tartare flavored with miso) and whale sashimi (served with garlic or ginger paste.) RECOMMENDED: Sit at the... Continue Reading →

Takabe Shrine

Takabe Shrine 高家神社 DO: It is appropriate that the only shrine in Japan dedicated to the god of cooking is located in Minamiboso, a treasure trove of fresh ingredients and delicious food. Many soy sauce makers, sake brewers and chefs come to pray for improvement in their skills, while fishermen pray for a good catch. Old... Continue Reading →


Fukkian 福喜庵 HIGHLIGHT: This restaurant attached to a small Japanese-style inn specializes in fresh local fish that it gets straight from the nearby fishing ports around Minamiboso. Of course, they also cook local traditional dishes, such as namero minced raw fish and whale meat cooked with ginger. Though selection may vary based on the catch,... Continue Reading →

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