Where to Find Your 400 Vegetables Per Day


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The Shinmachi-dori district of Gojo is reputed for the conservation of its period charm thanks to the small wooden houses known as machiya, yet it is chef Nakatani Akihito who has played an important role in the economic revitalisation of the city. At the head of Gojo Genbei he serves vegetarian dishes that pay homage to the history, culture and agricultural economy of the region.

The name Genbei refers to Nakaya Genbi, the name given to city chiefs during the Edo period. The building originally belonged to a tobacco merchant and was passed down the generations until the family line disappeared. The building was due to be demolished, but Tanaka Shūji who founded Gojo’s Kakinoha Sushi Honpo Tanaka bought the space in order to preserve the local urban history, and decided to create a restaurant. For him, choosing Akihito came naturally.

The chef’s philosophy is based on the use of local products and a cuisine that is unique in Japan. One of the many benefits is the abundant vegetables that can be found. Akihito cooks up around thirty different vegetables per day allowing him to offer a 100% vegetarian menu, surrounded by numerous farms allowing him the choice of over 400 different types of vegetable.


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Gojo Genbei

2 Chome-5-17 Honmachi, Gojo, Nara Prefecture 637-0041, Japan

+81 747-23-5566