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Roadside Station Tako Ajisai-kan

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

A gathering place to experience the highlights of Tako, Chiba Prefecture

The town of Tako is located in the northeast part of Chiba. Situated on the bank of the Kuriyama River running through the town center, Roadside Station Tako Ajisai-kan features markets of the town's specialties and restaurants serving dishes made with fresh local produce. Surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes with seasonal flowers, the roadside station is a great spot to shop and relax.

Takomai rice, delicious even when cooled

One of Tako's specialties is Takomai rice, known for its limited availability in the market due to the small production volume and acclaimed for its great taste and sticky texture. At the roadside station, you can enjoy this valuable rice in bento boxes and rice balls, in addition to fresh vegetables harvested that morning and various local sake. Be sure to check out the original products only available at the Tako roadside station.

Explore and experience Tako on rented bicycles

At the roadside station, visitors can rent electric bicycles for the day (500 yen per day) *1, perfect for exploring the town's various sites such as historic temples and buildings as well as filming locations of movies, TV shows, and commercials. Tako is also full of beautiful flowers for all seasons, so look for ajisai (hydrangea) in the early summer and cosmos in the fall as you enjoy the breeze riding through town.
*1 Valid identification is required when renting bicycles.

Enjoy fresh local produce in premium seating overlooking the Kuriyama River

Kitchen Tako, a restaurant in Roadside Station Tako, offers a wide range of dishes using fresh local produce, such as set menus using Takomai rice and Tako's Genki-buta brand pork as well as soba and udon noodles topped with grated Yamato-imo yam, for which Tako is one of the prefecture's top producers. Savor these delicious dishes from the restaurant's deck seats overlooking the Kuriyama River and the surrounding countryside adorned with seasonal flowers. In addition to set menus, there are cafe menus including light meals and sweets made with locally produced sweet potatoes and strawberries.


Name Roadside Station Tako Ajisai-kan
Web Sites (In Japanese) http://www.michinoeki-tako.com/
Address 1069-1 Tako, Tako-machi, Katori-gun, Chiba
Access Approximately 30 minutes' drive from Narita IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway
Approximately 30 minutes' bus ride from Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station
Business Hours 9:00 to 18:00 (April 1 to August 31: 9:00 to 19:00)
Closed January 1 to 2
Inquiries TEL: 0479-79-3456

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