Nishigata imo (taro)

This taro variety is cultivated in the Ogo area of Nakatsugawa City. This area used to be divided into the “eastern side (higashi-gata)” and “western side (nishi-gata).” A woman who married into a house on the western side about 80 years ago kept growing the taro which had been cultivated for generations in her family, which is cultivated even today. Highly sticky and storable, it is used for a local food called “imo-mochi” (or taro cake) or as an ingredient of shochu (distilled clear liquor).
○ Main cultivation area
Nakatsugawa City (former Kashimo Village)
○ Harvest period
October to December
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Road Station Kashimo
Kashimo, Nakatsugawa City

Address3900-29 Kashimo, Nakatsugawa City[Map
Phone Number0573-79-3319
Opening Hour8:30~17:00
HolidayNo holidays
Parking Capacity38 cars
Access Approx. 50 minutes by car from Chuo Expressway "Nakatsugawa IC"
"Nishigata imo curry" - a skillful arrangement of foods.
We created a curry dish with the desire to popularize "Nishigata imo" among different generations. Our curry is not too spicy or sweet with taro used in sizable pieces to make them characterize the curry. They have gained high popularity for their uniqueness and the taste of taro.
Service periodAll year round
Please call us to confirm.
<Messages from the Staff> We keep improving our menu to entertain and captivate our customers.

Gujo-Hachiman Hotel Sekisuien
Hachiman-cho, Gujo City

Address511-2 Ichinohira, Hachimancho-Yanagimachi, Gujo City[Map
Phone Number0575-65-3101
Opening Hour10:00~17:00
HolidayNo holidays
Parking Capacity24 cars
Access Approx. 10 minutes by car from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway "Gujo-Hachiman IC"
Approx. 10 minutes by car from Nagaragawa Railway "Gujo-Hachiman Station"
"Imo soup meal with chicken and Nishigata taro" that warms your heart and body.
"Imo soup meal with chicken and Nishigata taro" is a new choice of our hotel restaurant from 2016, which the head chef himself "would like to eat". The seasoning is simple and home-like with ginger in it. This countryside dish has a lot of ingredients and warms up the heart.
Service periodFrom early November to late March
Please make a reservation at least 4 days in advance.
<Messages from the Staff> That simple, countryside taste with an abundance of local vegetables from Gujo.