【Plan1】Seasonal Seaweed Gourmet Plan
Choose your ingredients, wrap them with a sushi mat, and. . . finished! Take home your finished creation.
Three fun and tasty hours discovering the taste of seaweed!
Get to the Heart of the Delights of Seaweed!
Introducing a Seasonal Seaweed Plan
Introducing a plan that showcases the hidden delights of nori (dried seaweed), a common ingredient in Japan. Start with a display of traditional tools for seaweed-making, followed by the history of seaweed in Chiba told by a professional. Then try making your own roasted nori and taste-test between different kinds, before making futomaki sushi (large sushi rolls) and enjoying a buffet lunch filled with seaweed. You’ll also learn how to choose the right kinds of nori to enjoy at home and get information on cooking tips and recipes! Enjoy three hours full of seaweed!
Roasting half with an electric burner makes it change from black to green! Hear an explanation of why the colors change and feel the depth of seaweed whose taste and smell changes!
Dried seaweed is black & Roasted seaweed is green.
The taste and fragrance change completely!
“We have prepared three types of seaweed, ranked by price into high-, medium-, and low-quality. Come taste seaweed from Chiba, said to be the best in Japan!”
(Mr. Iizuka, Chiba Prefecture Seaweed Wholesale Cooperative)
Seaweed Taste Test
“It was the same seaweed but it tastes and smells totally different!” (Ms. Kokame)
“Even the ‘low-quality’ seaweed was tasty, but the ‘high-quality’ one was really fragrant and delicious!” (Ms. Kinoshita)
An array of dishes recommended by seaweed wholesalers and those with experience harvesting seaweed!
Get your fill of delicious seaweed.
Seaweed pasta / seaweed dip / seaweed soba noodles / seaweed topped with rice and toppings / Chiba seaweed rolls / fried meat rolls / seaweed salad / miso soup on rice / fried natto (fermented soybeans) wraps …etc.
*Contents may change based on purchasing conditions
*Picture is an example only
Itinerary (3 hours total)
① Check-in, exhibit of materials (10 minutes)
② Talk by a seaweed professional
“The History of Seaweed in Chiba” (20 minutes)
“The Ocean Scent and Firm Texture of Pre-Edo Period Seaweed” Learn about the past and present of Chiba seaweed!
③ Seaweed taste test (20 minutes)
The same seaweed can taste totally different based on its location, harvest time, and processing! Taste and compare the differences!
④ Futomaki sushi making (30 minutes)
Take home a hand-made futomaki sushi roll, made under the direction of the hotel chef!
⑤ Seaweed buffet (100 minutes)
Over 9 types! Eat your fill of seaweed recipes that represent a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisine!
Chiba City was #1 in Japan for seaweed consumption for three years, until last year it dropped to #2. Here’s to taking back our #1 spot as “Chiba, the seaweed city!”
I’ll teach you how to make our special futomaki sushi, which is popular at our hotel’s parties!
I hope you will also enjoy the seaweed buffet!
(Maple Inn Makuhari Restaurant, Maple Mr. Masaya Yoshioka)
(Sat.) 1/9, (Sat.) 1/16, (Sat.) 1/23, (Sat.) 1/30, (Sat.) 2/13, (Sat.) 2/27
11:00 – 14:00
17:00, four days in advance
2,500 yen for adults (junior high school students and above) / 1,500 yen for elementary school students / 1,000 for children ages 4-6
*Includes futomaki sushi rolls, buffet, and a drink
25 (in order of registration)
■Things to bring
Front desk of Maple Inn Makuhari (1F)
Available (free) *Bring your parking ticket to the front desk. Spaces are limited.
3-minute walk from Makuhari-Hongo Station (JR Sobu Line, Keisei Railway)
In case of cancellation, you will be notified by 17:00 three days in advance. Elementary school students and younger should be accompanied by a guardian, and you should include their name(s) and age(s) when registering. If you would like to cancel your registration, please contact us by 12:00 the day before. Cancellations made after that time may be subject to a cancellation fee
MJCO Group Inc. (Makusta, a community site for Makuhari information)
Meeting spot：1-12-1 Makuhari-hongo, Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba-shi
MJCO Group Inc. (Makuhari information blog: Makusuta)
On the day of your reservation, please go to the designated meeting spot 15 minutes before your reservation.
Please pay the fees in Japanese yen when you arrive on the day of your reservation.
Q: Can I make a reservation when a plan is already full?
A: Yes, you can. If someone cancels, your reservation will then already be in place.
Q: Are there any cancelation fees?
A: No, there aren’t.However, canceling can greatly inconvenience the other participants, so please refrain from doing so unless it’s really necessary.
Q: Do I get something if I make a reservation?
A: No, we don’t use tickets or anything like that.
Q: Can I pay in advance?
A: No, I’m afraid not. All plans must be paid in cash on site.
*There is a possibility that each plan may be photographed.
*Please be aware that you may end up being photographed as well.