The Joy of Nikuman

 

In hamlets and villages across Japan, life revolves around a routine of tilling the soil, gathering the crops, preparing food and eating it.
To escape the monotony of this endless repetition, people gradually change the foods they eat and the ways they cook them along with the shifting seasons.
At its very heart, the monotonous repetition of tilling the soil, gathering the crops and eating is life itself.

 

“The Best Treats Are Those That Nature Gives Us”

 

This is a phrase my mother was fond of saying when she ran Ikoi Shokudo, her shop in the remote countryside of Kagoshima Prefecture. When spring came, she began preparing for winter; before winter arrived, she was already preparing for spring. Her life revolved around the changing of the seasons.
This is the spirit behind the phrase that now inspires us at Kagurazaka Gojuban: “The most precious thing to a person is food.” This is the reason why Kagurazaka Gojuban continues to thrive to this day. Today, as part of the Sixth Industrialization Plan (which is in part a rural revitalization plan), Kagurazaka Gojuban is partnering with a company that handles pork quality control, throughout the entire value chain from livestock rearing to food processing, resulting in products with greater transparency. Through this partnership, we mainly use ingredients whose producers and places or origin are known.

To implement rigorous quality control in our handmade Nikuman, we are planning a new Food Processing Center in Tokyo.
As a global company, Kagurazaka Gojuban is moving forward with preparations to meet international standards, including equipment certification under HACCP and quality-control certification under ISO22000.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will soon captivate the attention of the world. We are working hard to make Kagurazaka Gojuban Nikuman, a storied brand in Edo-style Chinese food, a part of the “JAPAN” brand, with the same delicious taste our customers have enjoyed for decades.

To live is to eat. As a company, we will continue to champion this idea, as we invite the world to enjoy the irresistible flavors of Japan.

Ryusaku NAKAJIMA
President and Representative Director
Kagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd.

Company Profile

The Chinese steamed buns and dim sum of Kagurazaka Gojuban are prepared lovingly by hand, one by one, from fresh, carefully selected, Japan-farmed ingredients in season, using traditional skills passed on from the generation that founded our company in 1957. For a shop of excellent quality and trustworthiness, whose wares you can enjoy with complete confidence, look no further than Kagurazaka Gojuban.
Kagurazaka Gojuban operates five permanent shops in central Tokyo: Daimaru Tokyo Store, connected directly to Tokyo Station; Matsuya Ginza Store, linked directly to Ginza Station; Tobu Ikebukuro Store, directly connected to Ikebukuro Station; Ikebukuro Shopping Park (ISP) Store; and Shinjuku Odakyu Ace Store, directly linked to Shinjuku Station. Today, Kagurazaka Gojuban has a sixth location: the Kagurazaka Gojuban Flagship Store, built on the site of our predecessor’s shop in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka district.
Kagurazaka Gojuban also sells its trademark Chinese steamed buns, dim sum and other treats at special events throughout Japan. Today, we continue to preserve the traditional techniques handed down to us from our predecessor, never forgetting the original spirit of our founders.

Originally operated by our predecessor, “Gojuban Kagurazaka Honten” is managed by a separate company. “Kagurazaka Gojuban” is our sole trademark (Trademark Registration No. 4527956). Moreover, “Meguro Gojuban” is also a separate company, established through the assistance of our predecessor.

Company nameKagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd.
Representative directorRyusaku Nakajima, President
Location
Headquarters7F, Mikami Bldg., 6-66-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Tel: 03-6280-8588 / Fax:03-5228-8455
Kagurazaka Flagship Store1F, Oumiya Bldg., 4-3 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Tel / Fax: 03-5228-8450
Daimaru Tokyo ShopB1F, Hoppe Town, 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6701
Tel / Fax:03-3211-1523
Matsuya Ginza ShopB1F, Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1, Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Tel / Fax:03-3535-5450
Tobu Ikebukuro ShopB2F, Deli Market Tobu Ikebukuro Honte, 1-1-25, Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8512
Tel / Fax:03-3981-0533
Odakyu Ace Shoppingmall ShopNorth Building East., Odakyu Ace Shoppingmall, 1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023
Tel : 03-5989-0570 / Fax : 03-5989-0571
Ikebukuro Shopping Park ShopB2F, South Bldg., 1-29-1, Minamiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8532
Tel / Fax:03-6709-0991
Oyama Plant32-5 Oyamakanaicho Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-0024
Tel: 03-3554-0650 / Fax: 03-3554-0665
Contactinfo@50ban.jp
Date establishedMay 8, 2015
Description of operationsProduction and sales of prepared Chinese foods
Capital50 million yen (as of June 24, 2017)
Number of employees50
Main trade partnerDaimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co., Ltd.
Matsuzakaya Co.,Ltd.
Tobu Department Store Co.,Ltd.
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Ikebukuro Shopping Park Co.,Ltd.
Correspondent bankResona Bank, Limited Shinjuku Branch

 

History

February 1, 1957The company’s predecessor establishes Yugengaisha Gojuban.
August 2, 1983To open a location within a department store, Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban is founded.
October 21, 1997The company takes over the Kagurazaka Honda Yokocho factory from its predecessor, and begins spin-off sales operations as Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban.
May 21, 2001Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban moves its plant to the current plant site.
August 22 2012A retail store at Daimaru Tokyo department store opens.
December 1, 2012A retail store at Tobu Ikebukuro department store reopens after a major refurbishment.
May 8, 2015Kagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd. is established.
August 1, 2015The company takes over department store sales operations.
September 15, 2015A retail store at Matsuya Ginza department store reopens after a major refurbishment.
October 1, 2015The company increases its capital from ¥10 million to ¥30 million.
December 1, 2015The company takes over production operations at Oyama Plant.
May 16, 2016A retail store at Emio Musashi-Sakai opens.
June 30, 2016A retail store at Shinjuku Odakyu Ace opens.
March 25, 2017A retail store at Ikebukuro Shopping Park opens.
June 24, 2017The company increases its capital from ¥30 million to ¥50 million.
November 30 2017The company terminates operations at Emio Musashi-Sakai.
December 10, 2017The company opens its flagship store at Kagurazaka in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, the area where the company was established.

 

Directions to Corporate Headquarters

3 min. walk from the Kagurazaka No. 1 exit at Kagurazaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
4 min. walk from exit A3 of Ushigome-kagurazaka Station on the Toei Oedo Line
9 min. walk from Iidabashi Station on the JR East Chuo-Sobu Line