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Updated:September 17, 2014

Rich and Varied Food in Chiba

Chiba Prefecture is blessed with rich nature including various beautiful shorelines and green hills, and the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries have long been active. There are a lot of products from the sea and riches of soil and many traditional ways of cooking of them. Chiba proposes its original dishes or many ways of cooking and eating.


Chiba Prefecture is located on the Boso Peninsula, which faces the Pacific Ocean. Varieties of fish are caught in great quantities in the prefecture, home to some of Japan’s major fishing grounds like Choshi Port, and its harvests of Japanese sardine, anchovy and sea bass are one of the top in Japan. In addition, it is also famous for abalone, Japanese spiny lobster, alfonsino and other types of seafood.

Vegetables and Fruits

Blessed with warm and fertile soils, Chiba Prefecture has a vibrant agriculture industry. In particular, it boasts of one of the top national yields of vegetables including onions, daikon, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots, and fruits including pears, watermelons and loquats. Production of its specialty peanuts and flowers are also bustling.

Meat and Dairy Products

Since historical times, the livestock industry and dairy farming in Chiba Prefecture have been vibrant sectors. Besides producing various fine quality meats and dairy products, including milk and cheeses, the prefecture is also one of the leading producers of eggs in the entire country. The ranches that offer a taste of dairy farming are popular.

Local Dishes of Chiba

Boso Peninsula has many local dishes born out of cultural and lifestyle wisdom. In particular, the futomaki festival sushi, one of the types of sushi that is also popular overseas, can be enjoyed visually as much as for the taste because the enormous portions are molded into many designs including butterflies and flowers. Enjoy cuisine that can only be found here in Chiba Prefecture.


The Japanese condiment of soy sauce, made from fermenting soybeans, has had a vibrant industry in Chiba Prefecture since ancient times because of the conditions provided by the region and climate. The leading soy sauce manufacturers of Japan have factories in Choshi and Noda City. In addition, there are also many breweries making sake and many local brews to choose from.