Sanjo Spice Kenkyujo


You can savor spiced dishes that embrace the rich local culinary culture within the cozy confines of a charming wooden interior.

Housed within Sanjo City's vibrant community space "Stage Engawa" is Sanjo Spice Kenkyujo, a culinary gem born from the creative minds of a Tokyo-based spice chef and local artisans.
The story begins when our chef, on a quest for spices unique to the region, crossed paths with Mr. Yamazaki, an 87-year-old local farmer. Mr. Yamazaki's remarkable journey of trial and error spanned over 25 years as he worked tirelessly to cultivate turmeric in the chilly embrace of Niigata, where the cold is no friend to this golden spice.
At the heart of the restaurant is Mr. Yamazaki's legacy, where the chef continues to grow and harvest fresh turmeric according to Mr. Yamazaki's time-honored methods. Here, you can savor spiced curry made from freshly plucked raw turmeric, paired harmoniously with locally sourced, crisp vegetables.
As you step inside, you'll find yourself embraced by the warmth of wood, creating an inviting atmosphere that welcomes visitors of all ages.

General Information

Directions1 minute walk from Kitasanjo Station on JR Yahiko Line
Car ParkThe parking lot of the nearby Machiyama complex can be used (123 cars)
Opening TimesRegular Days: 9:30 am - 10:00 pm (Last order at 9:00 pm)
Special Days: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm (On the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, and 27th of the month)
NotesOpening hours are changed on days that fall on 2 and 7 (2,7,12,17,22,27) to accommodate the morning market held nearby. Regular closing days also vary.


NameSanjo Spice Kenkyujo
Telephone Number0256-47-0086