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Okazaki-City Maruya Hatcho Miso

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  • Maruya Hatcho Miso
  • Maruya Hatcho Miso

Experience Japan’s Soul Food at a Miso Storehouse Where Time Flows Slowly

The establishment of Maruya Hatcho Miso dates back to 1337! (The production of Hatcho Miso, a type of fermented soybean paste, started in the Edo period.)

Maruya Hatcho Miso

Here periodic factory tours are held and a friendly guide will show you around the inside of the manufacturing facilities. The best part is the sight of rows of miso tubs that have stood the test of time. Skilled craftsmanship is required to pile as much as three tons of stone weights in a stable cone shape on top of each tub, and to become one of these stone craftsmen takes many years.
At the end of the tour, samples of skewered konjac called konnyaku dengaku are served with Hatcho Miso’s notable “miso dare” sauce. The gradual flow of time in the factory and the aromatic scent of miso evoke a sense of Japanese nostalgia.

Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori)

A road where miso storehouses stand in a row, and the charm of the olden days remains

Maruya Hatcho Miso

The name Hatcho Village (modern day Hatcho district) came from its location 8-cho (pronounced “hatcho,” or approximately 870 meters) from Okazaki Castle. Hatcho Miso, which derived its name from this place of production, differs from other types of miso in that it is made with only soybeans, water, and salt and doesn't use rice bran. For that reason, Hatcho Miso is treasured because it can be kept for a long time without a loss of flavor. This miso also became the starting point for famous, representative dishes of Nagoya and the Mikawa region such as miso-nikomi udon noodles, miso-katsu pork culets, and miso oden hot pot.

Miso manufacturers Maruya Hatcho Miso and Kakukyu Hatcho Miso continue to maintain the time-honored production methods to this day. The appearance of old Japan remains in the warehouses that line the narrow alleyways with their characteristic contrast of black wooden boards and white earthen walls coated in plaster. Furthermore, this neighborhood was the location of NHK’s morning drama serial Junjo Kirari, which was broadcast in 2006. Along the road are stone monuments with the signature and handprint of the heroine, played by Miyazaki Aoi.


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Location : 〒444-0923
52 Oukan-dori Hatcho-cho, Okazaki-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Free of charge
days / hours
: [Tour reception time]
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 4:20 PM
Parking : Available, free of charge (cap. 10 passenger cars, 6 buses)
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : December 31 to January 3
Phone number : 0564-22-0222
(Maruya Hatcho Miso Co., Ltd.)
■Facility tours: 0564-22-0678

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitestu Nagoya Main Line. Alight at Okazaki Koen Mae station and walk 1 minute.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    15 minutes from Okazaki I.C. of the Tomei Expressway.

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