5 BBQ areas in Kanto
What about enjoying BBQ in Japan? JP Guide has selected 5 places in Kantoregion where you can grill meats. All of them stand out for offering first-rate services and being close to wonderful natural landscapes. Check it out!
Tsuchiura Shi Kasumigaura Sougou Koen in Ibaraki (浦 市 霞 ケ 浦 総 合 公園 公園)
Tsuchiura Shi Kasumigaura Sougou Koen is one of the largest parks in the Ibaraki Prefecture with its area is equivalent to 460 square kilometers. It islocated between the eastern of Tsuchiura town and the Lake Kasumigaura. Over there, visitors can check out a rich nature, history of the place and of course the various facilities for those who want to have a good barbecue.
Within the area of the park there are floodplains that, seasonally, are flooded with floods of the lake. During the rainy season in Japan, the landscape of the place changes radically. Submersion helps in the purification of lake waters, creating a beautiful botanical garden.
The lake Kasumigaurahas an interesting history, which involves its environmental conservation. It is the second largest lake in Japan. In 1963, with the intention of reducing the level of salt of the waters due to the tides, floodgates were constructed and marine life was reduced. The fishery production also decreased to a critical level.
However, the nature reacted. Currently, several species of fish, shrimps and eelshave adapted to the new habitat and the practice of sport fishing still attracting fans from all over Japan. The famous hobikisen(引 き 船 船, from the free translation, sailboat), sailed again with all the might. These traditional boats were used in small-scale fishing. Today, they share space with modern speedboats, jet-skis and even yachts. Leisure has helped to draw public attention to the conservation of the place. Moreover, around the lake, about 45% of the natural area is protected by law.
The park has several attractions. The Dutch Mill is the symbol of the place. It is possible to climb up to the last scaffolding of the typically European building and admire a panoramic viewof the surroundings. In addition to being able to run freely along tulip-lined paths, children can enjoy themselves on a 45-meter-wide special spacecraft. Nearby, there is the Nature Center (イ チ ャ セ セ タ タ ー in Japanese), a observatory for lovers of plants, flowers, birds and fish in the area.
Rest House Suigou, provides everything for those who want to have barbecue, but do not have time to prepare the meat or don’t have the material for it. 6 kiosks were set up, where people sit around them to taste various types of meats and vegetables. Besides this place, there are other options. You can have a picnic under the trees or have lunch and snack in Tsuchiura Shi Kasumigaura Sougou Koen’s restaurant.
The address of the park is Ibaraki Ken Tsuchiura Shi Oiwada 1051 (県 土 浦 市 大 岩田 岩田 1051) More information about the attractions of the park can be obtained by calling 029-823-4811/029-824-9403 or at http://www.city.tsuchiura.lg.jp/page/page001068.html
Ranzan Keikou Barbecue in Saitama(渓 谷 バ バ ー キ ュ ュ ー 場)
According to specialized websites, the Ranzan Keikou Barbecue is one of the best places to barbecue in the Kanto region. As well as grilling meats in front of a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountains, visitors can enjoy the river!
Ranzan remained isolated from political and economic changes, especially during the medieval Japanese period (1195 to 1600), which plagued Japan in wars between the sheriffs. Until, in 1889, with the signing of decrees aiming at an administrative reorganization in the provinces, the locality became a village. In 1928, Ranzan was given the name he currently adopts, taken from the famous city of Kyoto, which has the same natural beauty. The population reaches about 20 thousand, which increases by more than 15% during the weekends.
Ranzan is a valley region located between the cities of Higashi Matsuyama and Chichibu, in the province of Saitama.Due to its geographical position, the Tsuki River cut the place exposing a incredible natural scenery enjoyed by visitors, especially in the Spring and Summer. In one of Tsuki’s waterways, it was set up a
first-rate structure are for barbecue with restrooms, showers, rest areas and ample parking. The location is only 8 kilometers from two exits of the express Kanetsu highway and 15 minutes from the highway 254, which runs through Saitama in the east-west direction.
The most interesting of all is that you can taste a delicious barbecue without having to carry all those things. You can request, in advance, the meat to the coal, the barbecue and even the drinks. The address is Saitama Ken Hiki Gun Ranzan Cho Oaza Kamagata 2857 (Japanese, 玉 県 比 企 町 大字 鎌 形 形 2857). Prices, access, reservations, opening hours and more information can be obtained by calling 0493-62-4152 and 0493-62-8844 or by accessing the website: http://www.ranzan-kanko.jp/bbq.html
Hoshino Furumori in Gunma(星 の る 森 森)
It is not only the structure from which you can grill meat that ends up counting in favor in choosing this place. In this case, Hoshino Furumori, which is in Gunmaprovince, is among many tourist attractions, which makes it an exceptional place to go. One of these “points”, located around the region, is also one of the symbols that attract many hikers to the region: the Fukiwa waterfall (割 割 の 滝).
Located only 30 minutes from the center of Numata and also from the Numata exit of Kanetsu highway, Hoshino Furumori has an enviable structure for those who enjoy nature. Better than that, you can enjoy several natural attractions. Among them, the most famous is the Fukiwa waterfall, considered the Niagara of the East in reference to large waterfall on the border of the United States with Canada from the east of North America.
Since 1936, Fukiwa is a natural heritage of Japan. The waters of the Katashina River plummet from a height of seven meters into a sort of 30-meter-wide nature water basin. The ground of the tourist attraction and its walls are of granite. The mineral cracked when it was still in formation about millions of years ago. According to experts in geology, the rock was one-sided before the erosion apparently caused by earthquakes. Granite resulted from the solidification of magma (residue expelled by volcanoes) at great depths. It has a granular texture and consists basically of 3 types of crystals.
After knowing the main sights, nothing better than enjoying a good barbecue. For this, bungalows, longhouses (United States colonial style house) and camping areas are available. Shoppers have the option of ordering grills, meats and other materials.
Moreover, Hoshino Furumori maintains partnerships with radical sports. Still, the place has a large area with playgrounds, and children can also feed sheep, goats and rabbits. If you have dogs, they can run in a space dedicated to them. At night, everyone can enjoy a beautiful campfire.
The address is Gunma Ken Numata Shi Kamihochi Cho 2543 (Japanese, 馬 県 沼 田 発 知 町 町 2543). Prices, access, reservations, opening hours and more information can be obtained by calling 0278-23-7213/fax: 0278-23-7211 or at http://www.star-forest.com/html/etc.html#bbq
Kinugawa Onsen Auto Camping in Tochigi(温泉 オ オ ー ャ ャ ン プ 場 場)
Instead of meat, how about a typical Asian grilled fish as an option? The Kinugawa Onsen Auto Camping offers this delightful possibility and much more along the banks of the Kinu River, which has interesting history to be known, beginning with its importance.
The Kinu River orKinugawais one of the major waterways of Honshu Island. It runs in the north-south direction. It begins in a marshy region, located in the town of Nikkoin Tochigi, which crosses most of the Kanto region, as well as other important localities, joining the Toneor TonegawaRiver, which debouches into the eastern side of the ocean Pacific.
The river was an important way of disposing merchandise that came from the villages along the way. The ships carried silk, one of the most requested products manufactured by the Japanese in the nineteenth century, which arrived in the markets of Europe and the United States by that time. Therefore, at the beginning of the 20th century, the river gained new importance. With the increase of the urban flow, its waters began to supply thousands of residences and also served for the irrigation. This same urbanization caused changes in several points of the local. The river has undergone works of narrowing its banks, also with the aim of controlling its floods. Concerned with its preservation, the Kinugawa has now regained its natural beauty.
Many environmental conservation projects were carried out in Kinugawa. The campsite areas, which appeared along its shore, served to raise awareness of the problem through greater contact to the nature. Kinugawa Onsen Auto Camping provides comfort, visitors can rent bungalows or choose to use their own tents or, as the place’s own name says, come with trailersor motorhomes.
Unlike other areas that allow barbecues, the Kinugawa Onsen Auto Camping provides, in particular, for people to enjoy grilled fish. There are several species that inhabit the Kinu River. From salmonto carp, and even eels. The most appreciated is ayu, found only in Asia. After being grilled and receiving generous portions of salt, it maintains a mild sweet taste.
The place also offers the traditional onsens (hot springs typical of Japan). The address is Tochigi ken Nikko Shi Kinugawa Onsen Taki 1053 (Japanese 木 県 県 日市 鬼怒川 温泉 滝 滝 1053). Prices,
access, reservations, opening hours and more information can be obtained by calling 0288-77-2334/ fax: 0288-77-2336 or at http://www.kinugawa-camp.jp/index.html
Nojima Park barbecue area in Kanagawa(島 公園 バ ベ ー キ ュ ュ ー 場)
Good part of an island is dedicated to the barbecue. It seems unbelievable. But it is real. Located in Nojima Park in Kanagawa, hosts families and groups of friends can come every weekend for grilling meats.
The area where Nojima Park is located is an island connected by three access roads, between the bays of Hirakata and Tokyo. Looking northeast you can see Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, one of the most famous aquariums in Japan. Factories surround the place and even a test track of the Nissan auto company are part of the landscape enjoyed by visitors. The island concentrates hundreds of residences and the park’s green area covers just over a third of the space.
In the middle of the pines and cherry trees, just across Tokyo Bay, thirty brick grills were set up, where grilles were set up from about one meter to two meters long.Each barbecue can serve up to 20 people!You can “burn” the meat sitting on the wooden benches placed around the grills.
The barbecue area of Nojima parkis well known by foreigners who live in the region. Latin Americans, especially Argentines and Peruvians, in addition to other nationalities, are the ones that most frequent the place.
The address of the venue is Kanagawa Ken Yokohama Shi Kanazawa Ku Nojima Cho 24 (Japanese, 県 横 浜 市 金 区 野 島 町 町 24). Reservation of seats, opening hours, access and more information can be obtained by calling 045-787-4173/ 045-781-8146 or at http://www2.nojima-park.org/facilities/
By Eder Hashizume