Grilled “yakitori” chicken skewers are a local delicacy in Nagato, whose remarkable number of yakitori restaurants has been recognized as top class within Japan. The oceans are bountiful as well, as Nagato boasts one of the highest swordtip squid harvests in Japan for its Senzaki squid. The dishes here are made with the freshest of both land and sea.
Nagato boasts the top title in Japan for the greatest number of yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) restaurants per ten thousand residents. With original recipes and local seasonings, Nagato is truly, "the Yakitori Town."
Slender, and sweet in flavor, the Senzaki squid of Nagato is known as the "Queen of Squid."
Nagato's kamaboko, or fish cakes, are famous for their quality and particular production method. The flavor of Nagato kamaboko is much more complex, and the texture much firmer than that of typical kamaboko, which is often steamed instead of baked.
This particular breed of chicken is native to Yamaguchi Prefecture, and produces a meat that is tender, soft, and more flavorful with each bite. Preparation styles are varied, and include everything from a simple charcoal-grilling, to hot pot (nabe), to slightly more complex dishes. How will you enjoy yours?
Choshu Nagato Wa-gyu is a kind of Japanese beef. The calves are brought up year-round in a warm environment, which contributes to the quality of the meat. This kind of beef is particularly well-rated in the Kansai region, to which it is mainly sold.
Seafood goods that utilize the utmost freshness of Nagato's local catch are among Nagato's most special products. Enjoy a variety of flavors produced through many local techniques; including dishes like blowfish rice porridge, smoked, and dried fishes.
The yuzukichi is a citrus fruit native to Yamaguchi Prefecture, and is related to similar tangy Japanese citrus fruits, such as kabosu and sudachi, Nagato yuzukichi is typically picked between early August and late October. The fruit has a fresh, sour flavor, and is a wonderful compliment to soy sauce.
Nagato has many unique sweets tied to the city's nature and history, including hen's egg rice crackers, monkey manju (a boiled sweet filled with sweet bean paste), onsen manju, and more.