Let us introduce the delicious food spots of Sawara in one go! 【Sawara Special 4】

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Sawara is popular for its townscape which preserved the traces of the Edo Period, the time when there were Samurai in Japan. This article is the fourth in a series of 4 articles in which the charms of Sawara are introduced in detail.

The fun of travelling is not complete without gourmet experiences. Sawara offers many gourmet experiences from Japanese and Italian cuisine to the sweet tastes of soy sauce gelato and sweet potato jelly-cake with a focus on using local ingredients from Katori City. Trying out gourmet highlights which can only be eaten in Sawara is something you will like to experience when coming to Japan. This time, we would like to introduce some recommended delicious food spots in Sawara.

①RISTORANTE Casa Alberata

This restaurant serves delicious Italian meals using fresh local produce and other ingredients carefully selected by the chef. The restaurant is in a traditional Japanese house that has been renovated with a modern touch.

Assortment of appetizers using local ingredients, and the popular potato gnocchi.

Address:1727, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:00), 18:00-22:00 (L.O.20:30)
Closed:Mon. (and some Tue.)
Price:Lunch: Course meals from ¥3,780 / Dinner: Course meals only from ¥4,298
Credit cards accepted:American Express / Diners / JCB / MasterCard / Visa /UnionPay
※Other: Wi-Fi available

②吉庭(Kittei)

Dine in style at this elegant restaurant where you can savor creative dishes while looking out at an extensive Japanese garden that stretches more than half an acre. The course meals made from select seasonal vegetables and fresh fish are highly recommended.

Creative dishes based on French cuisine.

Address:789-2, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:30-14:00, 17:30-21:00
Closed:Mon. (If Mon. is a holiday, closed on the following day instead)
Price:Lunch: From ¥1,950 / Dinner: Course meals only from ¥3,300
Credit cards accepted:American Express / Diners / JCB / MasterCard / Visa /UnionPay
※Other: Wi-Fi available

③前割烹 真亜房 (Itamae Kappo Maabo)

The place to go for a traditional Japanese meal.

Address:3412-1, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:30-15:00 (L.O.14:30), 18:00-21:00 (L.O.20:30)
Closed:Thu.
Price:Lunch: Average price ¥1,620 / Dinner: Course meals from ¥3,240 (Course meals require reservations in advance.) *Menu changes seasonally.
Credit cards accepted:American Express / Diners / JCB / MasterCard / Visa /UnionPay
※Other: Wi-Fi available

④うなぎ 長谷川 (Unagi Hasegawa)

The great taste comes from the secret sauce, which has been made since the restaurant’s founding by adding to its original base, combined with the use of locally produced rice and spring water from the site. The eel, with just the right amount of fattiness, offers a truly delectable experience.

Address:584, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:00-19:30
Closed:Wed. (If Wed. is a holiday, closed on the following day instead)
Price:Unaju (eel on rice) from ¥2,490
※Other: Wi-Fi available

⑤小堀屋本店 (Koboriya Honten)

This restaurant is famous for its Kurokiri-soba made with Hidaka Kombu kelp. After finishing the noodles, the traditional way to fully enjoy this dish is to drink the dipping sauce by diluting it with the hot water that was used to boil the noodles.

Address:505, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:00-16:00
Closed:Wed. (If Wed. is a holiday, closed on the following day instead), Jan. 1 & 2
Price:Kurokiri-soba ¥1,050

⑥忠敬茶屋 (Chukei Chaya)

Chukei Chaya is located about midway between the Inoh Tadataka Museum and the Suigo Sawara Dashi Kaikan (Float Museum). Here, you can enjoy casual Japanese food during your tour around SAWARA.

Address:1903, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:11:00-18:00
Closed:Mon. (If Mon. is a holiday, closed on the following day instead)
Price:Mini Tendon (tempura on rice) Set ¥880
※Other: English Menu available

⑦いなえ(Inae)

This sweet parlor is famous for its shaved ice. You can also enjoy the shop’s courtyard, which was renovated under the concept of memory, as well as a gallery and a shop.

Address:511, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:10:30-17:00
Closed:Wed., year-end and New Year holidays
Price:Wasanbon & Sudachi Gori (shaved ice with brown sugar and citrus) ¥650, Ujikintoki (shaved ice with green tea syrup and sweet beans) ¥650 [Both available during the summer only]

⑧虎屋菓子舗 (Toraya Kashiten)

This Japanese sweets shop is famous for its rich-tasting sweet potato jelly-cake made from locally grown sweet potatoes. It is packaged with a traditional wrapping that makes it the perfect item for a gift.

Address:1717-2, I, Sawara, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
Business hours:8:30-18:00
Closed:Wed.
Price:Imoyokan (sweet potato jelly-cake) ¥720

In addition to the charming townscape, Sawara offers an abundance of delicious food spots, so you can thoroughly enjoy yourself even by just going from one restaurant to another. By all means go and visit this town!