Ogakiku first opened about 200 years ago in 1807, in the second half of the Edo period. We have experienced the changing times through Edo, Meiji, Taisho, Showa and now the Heisei era. The family owned business is now run by the seventh generation. He continues to uphold the tradition, grilling each and every unagi (freshwater eel) with care and passion.
The building of the restaurant was built in the early Taisho period (mid 1910s). In those days, 3-storey buildings were very rare and it is designated as the “Structure of Landscape Importance” by the city of Kawagoe.
Up until the war, prominent writers, calligraphers and wealthy gentlemen gathered on the third floor to enjoy activities such as Shogi, Igo and haiku-reading whilst they waited for their eels to be served. Cooking kabayaki (grilled eels) takes a long time and it seems that the custom had already been established to spend that time with friends nibbling on starters and sipping a drink.
For people in Saitama prefecture, situated far from the sea, fish from the river was the main source of protein. Kawagoe was lucky to have an abundance of eels. Eels are low in calories, rich in vitamins and DHA and have various health benefits. Also when consumed with osuimono (clear soup made from fish stock) and oshinko (pickled vegetables), often served as a set, it becomes a balanced meal. Also, sansho (Japanese pepper), sprinkled on the grilled eel at the table, helps digestion. In such ways, traditional Japanese meals are well thought through and full of wisdom!
At Ogakiku, we have a secret heirloom sauce that has been passed on for generations since the opening of the restaurant. This sauce enhances the flavour of eels. We also pledge to continue to strive to serve our customers only the best.
We hope you enjoy the traditional meal in Kawagoe.
3-22, Nakacho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-0065, Japan
We are open 11:00am～14:00pm/16:30pm～19:30pm(L.O.19:00)
It sold out as soon as closed
The store will be closed when materials run out
Closed every Thursday
(except national holidays)regular holiday : not fixed