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Visit Nagato Yamaguchi Japan

Visit Nagato Yamaguchi Japan



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.

Japan's Yakitori Destination

As Japan's "Yakitori Town," Nagato lays its claim to fame in its remarkable number of yakitori-serving restaurants: the greatest number per ten thousand residents!
Serving a plate of grilled chicken skewers with cabbage without a word is standard in many of these restaurants.
The yakitori is often served not with the more typical scallions, but with onions instead.

What makes Nagato's yakitori so delicious?

When making the traditional dish of kamaboko, a kind of fish cake, Nagato's craftsmen would give the resulting leftover bits of fish to their chickens as feed, because it was both plentiful and inexpensive.
This particularly nutrient rich type of feed eventually gave rise, it is said, to Nagato's particuar poultry farming practices and products. Today, Nagato's Fukawa Poultry Farming Cooperative boasts Western Japan's largest production of broiler chickens, including the local breeds Choshu-jidori and Choshu-kuro-kashiwa, which are both highly praised for their juiciness and flavor.

Nagato-Style Yakitori

Each restaurant provides garlic powder, cayenne pepper powder, and other other spices and powders for guests to use to their particular taste.

Yakitori isn't all we serve!

Many of Nagato's yakitori restaurants also serve delicious, fresh sashimi and other dishes, too.



The oldest yakitori shop in Nagato. Preserving traditional methods and flavors, Koumori serves the best that Nagato yakitori has to offer.

911 Higashi Fukawa Eki-mae, Nagato
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

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Well-known for horumon (offal) skewers. Taste the shogun's favorite yakitori at this retro-style counter.

994-6 Higashi Fukawa, Nagato
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays


One hundred years of history in our walls... Nishiki-ya is built within a rennovated Taisho Era (1912-1926) building, and is ideal for small parties and evening drinks.

1300-1 Senzaki Nishiki-machi, Nagato
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays


You can’t talk about Nagato without mentioning it : Nagato, the Yakitori Town