Chichibu area in Saitama prefecture consists mainly of two towns. Chichibu and Nagatoro. It is located about 1.5 – 2 hours north-west of Tokyo. It is known for its beverages, including wine, Japanese sake and whisky as well as its rich nature, shrines and anime.
It is convenient to get to either by train or car from Tokyo, with the “Lavie – Red Arrow Limited Express Train” offering breathtaking views and a unique travel experience.
When you arrive in Chichibu, you will find that it is quite a small town with many restaurants and bars located close to the station, but other attractions being spread a little further out such as the breweries, mountains and parks.
Chichibu is also known for being the location for two popular anime “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” and “The Anthem of the Heart”and you will see the characters spread around town, with many anime fans making a pilgrimage to see them.
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With over 60 soba restaurants in Chichibu, this is certainly the dish the area is mostly known for. With every restaurant making fresh buckwheat noodles on site , no two soba taste the same as each restaurant also has secret dipping sauce to perfectly balance the noodles as a dish.
There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Chichibu serving a variety of Japanese dishes. However, most popular is soba, which is also paired with local wine is one of them. As well as a pork restaurant, serving juicy slices of perfectly marinated pork on top of a bed of rice that locals cannot get enough of.
There are a few western style restaurants in Chichibu to choose from with many featuring some of the locally produced wine. Anything from small tapas style dishes to full food and wine pairing menus can be found, a great place for foodies and wine lovers alike.
A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.
Chichibu and Nagatoro in the Chichibu area offer many Japanese style onsen ryokans. From Budget to Upscale to meet most peoples need. (Many of the rooms have western beds as well as Japanese futon)
There are not that many Western style hotels in Chichibu area. Guest can opt in for a western style room in a Onsen Ryokan (Japanese style hotel) or a Holiday rental (airbnb).
There are a few nice holiday homes and airbnbs available in the area.
Find the full list of airbnb’s available at airbnb here.
There is a popular guesthouse in the center of the city. As well as bunkbeds there are some Japanese tatami rooms suitable for a group of 2-3people on a budget.
Type: Western Style Business Hotel
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochig Station. (located in city center)
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochigi station. (located by the river in city center)
Type: Holiday rental
Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station
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