Facing the Sea of Japan, Toyama Prefecture is rich in marine products and has a number of fishing ports along Toyama Bay, including Himi Fishing Port. Located in a quiet area near the center of the prefecture’s capital, Kitokito Hagiwara is only a seven-minute walk from Marunouchi Station on the Toyama City Tram Line. The restaurant opened at a location in front of Toyama Station in 2011 and was relocated to its current location in 2019. The premises house a tea house that was relocated from a long-established traditional Japanese restaurant (Kincharyo) that opened in Sakuragi-cho, Toyama City, in 1929.
Kitokito Hagiwara is helmed by Chef Yutaka Hagiwara. Born in Toyama and raised in a family that ran a fish shop, he grew up on high-quality fresh seafood. He started his career outside the culinary field but later switched to the restaurant industry as he enjoys seeing people eating and enjoying his seafood like the customers from fish shop. Motivated by the smiles of his pleased guests, he led his restaurant to be awarded one star in the world’s leading restaurant guide.
Kitokito Hagiwara serves highly elaborate dishes to allow diners to thoroughly enjoy the seasonal ingredients of Toyama. Not only the ingredients but also the tableware and furnishings are locally sourced in Toyama. The water used for cooking is also locally sourced from a spring in Kamiichi. This soft water brings out the best flavor of kelp in the dashi stock. The first brewed dashi stock is made from bonito and tuna. The chef’s specialty is trout sushi, a local dish in Toyama that he gives a twist to by adding trout roe and tangle shavings between the trout and sushi rice. It is highly recommended. Another popular dish is a soybean milk hotpot featuring so-called Ikeda Beef from Ikeda Farm in Toyama, garnished with early onions and watercress. After their meals, guests move to the tea house on the premises where they are offered matcha tea and sweets made by Chef Hagiwara.
The beverage menu offers some 10 labels of local Japanese sake, including those from SAYS FARM in Himi, Toyama. Diners can also enjoy a marriage of food and Japanese sake sourced from Toyama, which is well supplied with snowmelt from the Tateyama Mountains throughout the year and has a number of distinguished sake breweries that draw water from selected exquisite water systems.
The interior of the restaurant, which was converted from a large mansion, has a modern design with warm wood accents. With an eight-seat counter and two private rooms, Kitokito Hagiwara is perfect for celebrating anniversaries and family events, entertaining guests from outside the prefecture, and enjoying local flavors.
The word “kitokito” included in the restaurant’s name means “fresh” in Toyama dialect and is often used to refer to fresh seafood. Please enjoy the freshest seafood of Toyama at Kitokito Hagiwara.
* The availability of this webpage does not guarantee that the restaurant presented provides services in English, unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that English services may also depend on staff availability at the restaurant.
A 7-minutes on foot from Marunouchi Station on the local train from JR Toyama Station