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Commerce and industry flourish in Kashiwazaki, but its vegetables, fruits, seafood and snacks are all delicious too!

Tai-chazuke

Kashiwazaki has long enjoyed a large catch of tai (sea bream), and has an abundance of cuisines that use tai.
In particular, tai-chazuke is a popular menu item where fried tai and toppings are placed on top of rice that has been cooked together with slices of tai, called “tai-meshi,” (tai rice) and tai soup stock is poured on top.
Kashiwazaki is a city on the sea with about 42km of coastline, and its deeply indented coastline of complex stretches of rock is known for being a good fishing spot.
The Kashiwazaki sea has one of the largest catches of tai in Niigata prefecture, and there have long been many restaurants that serve tai cuisine.
In order to use this tai cuisine to make Kashiwazaki prosper, the entire region has united in continuously researching “tai-meshi” and “tai-chazuke.”
In 2013, Kashiwazaki’s tai-chazuke won the Gran Prix in the “local donburi nationwide championship,” and became a famous gourmet item.
Today, many people are visiting Kashiwazaki to try tai-chazuke.

Japanese sake

Kashiwazaki’s water is clean, and because this allows us to harvest delicious rice, Japanese sake manufacturing has flourished here since long ago.
There are 4 sake breweries in the city, each one of which make and sells its own sake.

Hara Shuzo / representative brand “Gin no Tsubasa” (silver wings)

“Gin no tsubasa” is only sold in the Kashiwazaki and Kariwa areas. It has a dry and refreshing flavor and aroma and is very easy to drink.
*Tasting is also possible. With an advance reservation, you can tour the brewery. They have an English brochure available.

Ishizuka Shuzo / representative brand “Kameguchi”

A raw unprocessed sake (alcohol content: 19.5%) that adds glutinous rice to 5 million koku (900 million liters) of brewers’ rice for a rich and refreshing taste.
Days closed: Sunday

Abe Shuzo / representative brand “Koshi no Otokoyama”

Using manufacturing methods unchanged since long ago, sake is made with the utmost care by taking time and effort to hang sake rice in bags and squeeze out the sake that naturally flows downward.

Hayashi Shuzo / representative brand “Hachikoku”

An old and small sake shop established in 1910 that you might pass by without noticing, located at the foot of the peaceful Hachikoku Mountains, which its representative brand is also named after.
Hachikoku is written in Chinese characters meaning “eight rocks.” It goes incredibly well with meat dishes!

Saba sando (Mackerel Sandwich)

The mackerel sandwich (“saba sando”) is a popular gourmet item that uses specially baked breading and fried mackerel, lots of sliced onions and Korean lettuce.
The lemon and black pepper flavoring is simple and delicious.

Nihonkai Fisherman’s Cape Food Court
Address 133-1 Omigawa, Kashiwazaki City
Days closed January 1

Kasashima mozuku seaweed

Thin and long seaweed. Its lumpy texture is its characteristic.

Shindo persimmon

“Okesa persimmons” are Niigata Prefecture’s special brand of persimmon. They are sweet and delicious, and are fruits that represent Kashiwazaki in the autumn.

Edamame

Eat these together with beer. The characteristic of Kashiwazaki produced edamame (salted fresh soybeans) is their sweet and rich flavor.

Ajiro-yaki

Rice crackers in the shape of fish. It is liked by each generation for more than 100 years.
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Address: 1-5-14 Ekimae, Kashiwazaki City
Days closed: Sundays

Sasa dango

A Niigata specialty. Yomogi (mugwort) rice cakes with red bean paste inserted in it and wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Enga torte

A torte with nuts in it. It is famous in Japan and has been introduced on television programs.
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Address: 2-6-27 Yotsuya, Kashiwazaki City
Days closed: Sundays