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 Delicious Summer Foods to Enjoy in Nagatoro

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Hello! I am Chaso and I will be teaching you about the sightseeing areas in Saitama.

 

Today I will be introducing Nagatoro’s highly recommended summer foods.

 

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The journey starts at Nagatoro Station.

It takes about 60 minutes using the Takasaki Line from Ueno Station to Kumagaya Station,

where you transfer to the Chichibu Railway and ride another 50 minutes to Nagatoro Station.

You can also take a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Ueno Station and get to Kumagaya Station in about 30 minutes.

 

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This elegant station building was selected as one of the Kanto region’s 100 iconic stations,

and is called “The station with wooden architecture that tells the history from the time it opened long ago”

 

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Exit the station and turn right, cross the train tracks and head towards Iwadatami Street.

 

 

 

I walked down the street a little more and found a galette (crepes made with buckwheat) shop in a stylish white building!

Nagatoro and Galette is a specialty shop that makes galettes with miso pork and has been around for three generations.

The shop uses Chichibu’s famous miso pork that is made with a sweet sauce, and buckwheat locally grown in Saitama.

 

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On the right side of the shop is the ticket machine where you can choose the type of galette you want.

They have three sizes available that made it easy to eat and walk at the same time!

You hand over the meal ticket to the shop staff and in return get a number that they call when your galette is ready.

Customers wait in front of the shop until their number is called.

 

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The galette had a chewy texture and the sausage in the middle was very juicy.

They also make galettes without buckwheat so those with buckwheat allergies can eat the galettes as well.

 

Address

Nagatorotogare, 447, Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 369-1305, Japan

CHOKOTABI

http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/spot/sp837.html

Map

Google map

 

With a full stomach, let’s go explore the tourist areas of Nagatoro.

 

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 Walk down the street in the front of Nagatoro and Galette.

 

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I then arrived at Iwadatami, one of Japan’s beautiful natural monuments.

Over time these rocks became smooth and flat like a tatami (straw) mat, and is therefore called “Iwadatami” (iwa = rock, datami = tatami).

Also, Nagatoro’s “toro” means a place where the river flows gently and has no waves,

which makes this place the origin of the name “Nagatoro” (naga = long, toro = pool)

 

Address

Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 369-1300, Japan

CHOKOTABI

http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/spot/sp827.html

Map

Google map

 

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Next is Nagashi Somen (flowing somen).

Go back to the street you came from, and turn right at the first corner.

If you walk a little more, you will see the Chosei-kan where the Nagashi Somen is located.

 

As you face the building, the Nagashi Somen information desk is to the left by the fireplace.

 

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Write your name here and wait in line.

 

 

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Since they do not take reservations, once you write your name, wait in the meeting area behind the information desk until your name is called.

 

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It is located in a very scenic and pleasant area.

After a while, your name will be called and you will be directed to a chair where the Nagashi Somen will start.

 

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Catch the somen flowing towards you and put the sauce on the noodles.

 Even if you can’t catch any, you can eat the somen caught in the bucket below.

 

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There are many condiments to choose from and combine in order to create many different flavors.

From the top left there is the ginger, green onions, wasabi, lemon, and tenkasu

(crunchy bits of deep-fried dough produced as a byproduct of cooking tempura).

 

Address

Tyouseikan, 449, Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 369-1305, Japan

CHOKOTABI

http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/spot/sp850.html

Map

Google map

 

Now let’s go eat dessert.

 

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From Chosei-kan, head towards Nogami Station.I got the cake set from the Garden Restaurant Sakura.

 

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You can choose between black tea and coffee for the set.

There is also seating on the terrace, so you can eat outside if the weather is good. Dogs are also allowed in this restaurant.

 

Address

Ga-denresutoransakura, 417-1, Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 369-1305, Japan

Map

Google map

 

There are many delicious things to eat so please go and visit Nagatoro.