Japanese Food Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Koubei Sushi
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hashibachou 1-6
    A sushi restaurant which uses seafood from the waters off of Kanazawa. The restaurant is located between the Kenrokuen and the Higashi/Kazue-machi Chaya District, making it easy to stop by after exploring the town. Inside, the restaurant has a bright, modern, and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant used seafood stocked that day for its sushi. The sushi vinegar used to make the restaurant's shari sushi rice is a special blend mixed with a stock slowly extracted from konbu kelp. The restaurant offers both omakase (chef's choice) and customer choice options, and the restaurant's chef can prepare sushi for you based on your budget and tastes.

    The sushi was delicious, and the waitresses were pleasant, but the older sushi chef was so rude that I wouldn’t recommend going here. It was the most expensive meal I’ve had in Japan, so the bad...

  • Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    107 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Ekinishishinmachi 3-20-7
    Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant in Ekinishi-Shinmachi Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular sushi-go-round restaurant where there is a queue during peak periods. Seasonal local fish are supplied twice a day from fishing ports in Kanazawa and Noto so it is extraordinarily fresh at both lunch and dinner. The most popular ingredient is black throat seaperch which is referred to as the king of white fish. The melting fatty texture is irresistible. It also has a range of unique local ingredients such as white prawn, which is a local specialty of Toyama Bay, and rare gasu shrimp. It is a shop where you feel free to enjoy authentic sushi formed by an experienced artisan, so many tourists also visit.

    This head Maimon restaurant is off the centre of the city, located just next to Hokuriku Expressway so to get there, you need to have a car or take a taxi, but it is definitely worth it if you are in...

  • Itaru Main Branch
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    4.5
    183 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 3-8
    This popular Japanese-style restaurant, located behind the Kanazawa City Hall, in Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, has been featured numerous times on television programs and in travel guides. This restaurant is so popular with the local people and tourists that they line up outside. The restaurant is proud of its generous servings of seafood from the Sea of Japan, sashimi and carefully selected junmai sake, and its Sea of Japan Sashimi Platter, bursting with the flavors of fish freshly caught that same day, is very popular. In the winter, customers can enjoy the restaurant’s yellowtail and crab meals.

    Authentic Japanese setting and fare some of which was good but some, esp what looked like sea slugs, not at all to our liking. Couldnt eat that type of food often.

  • Ikiikitei (Omi-cho Restaurant)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Aokusamachi 88 Omi-cho Ichiba-kan 1F
    "A restaurant located on the first floor of the Omi-cho Market Hall affiliated with the long-standing Kanazawa sushi shop Tamazushi. The restaurant's counter is able to seat 10 customers. The establishment is compact, but the cozy atmosphere makes it possible for customers to quickly get to know each other, ensuring that even diners coming on their own will feel comfortable coming in. The restaurant primarily serves rice bowls and nigirizushi-style sushi made with fresh seafood shipped straight from Kanazawa Port. The establishment is particularly visited by many tourists seeking to enjoy its tasty seafood rice bowls. Visitors are recommended to try the ""Tokusen Hokuriku-don,"" piled high with high quality seafood; and the ""Ikiikitei-don,"" loaded with 14 different toppings. For those who don't want to eat too much, try the ""Mini Kanazawa-don."""

    Sushi was too thin with price. Also crab was too little, so I wanted to get one more peice. But they gave very a little piece and over charged 800yen. They didnt say anything with extra money. The...

  • Omi-cho Ichibazushi Main Shop
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Shimoumichou 28-1
    A popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant located in the Omi-cho Market in Kanazawa, Ishikawa which even sees people lining up outside the door at peak times. Renowned for its authentic sushi prepared by chefs and its extravagant seafood rice bowls, Ichibazushi takes pride in the freshness of its ingredients. Getting its fresh seafood from auctions in the market, Ichibazushi uses somewhat larger cuts of fish than usual, quickly and skillfully pressing them together with local sushi rice. The restaurant’s menu spans everything from standards to seasonal items, including blackthroat seaperch, horse mackerel, tuna, Japanese amberjack, mackerel, sweet shrimp, and more. Offering both counter and table seating, even families can enjoy a relaxing meal here.

    Fresh and delicious, staff very friendly and helpful, but each plate was 100yen more than it would be in Tokyo or Osaka.

  • Sushikuine Kenchomae Branch
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Seito 1-51
    Sushikuine Kenchomae Branch in Seito, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a sushi go-round restaurant. Fresh seafood landed at Kanazawa Port and Himi Port in Toyama is directly delivered to the restaurant. Each piece of sushi it offers is formed with an artisan’s skill. It is fully equipped with counter seating as well as table and small tatami seating areas. It is possible to order easily using a touch panel.

    受付を打ち切るお店が多い中、こちらは年始19時過ぎでも受け付けてくれました。それだけで良心的だと思いました。とても美味しかったです。ちょっとだけ高めかな?だけど価格相応に美味しいです。

  • Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine at the Sojiji Soin Temple
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Monzenmachi Monzen 1-18-1
    This historic Buddhist temple, situated along National Route 249 in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, was founded in 1321 as the head temple of Soto Buddhism. The Soto head temple was moved to Yokohama City's Tsurumi in 1910 after a large fire, but this temple was later rebuilt, regaining its position as a fundamental center for training and study. Today, the temple offers zazen meditation activities and, with an advance reservation, visitors can also try the temple's shojin ryoryi traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisine. The menu consists of only two choices: either just a honzen main course meal or a honzen meal plus side dishes. This authentic shojin ryori cuisine is made with seasonal vegetables and fruits with a focus on ingredients picked by ascetic monks in undeveloped woodlands, and the food is served on Wajima lacquerware.

    In May 2018 there was still a big project going on here to renovate some of the main parts of the temple. Notwithstanding that, it is a beautiful spot, with graceful buildings and attractive...

  • Omi-Cho Market Kanazawa Oden Ippukuya
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kamioumichou 50
    "A standing oden stew restaurant located in Omi-cho Market, known as the ""kitchen of Kanazawa."" The restaurant's Kanazawa-style oden is made with distinctive Kanazawa ingredients such as dashi-soaked kurumabu wheat gluten wheels, whelk, and northern shrimp tempura. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of nerimono paste foods, like vibrantly red swirled akamaki kamaboko, steamed fukashi kamaboko, and bakudan soft boiled eggs wrapped in minced fish. The restaurant's unique ""Kanimen"" crab meat-stuffed crab shell comes in two versions-minced shrimp and minced blackthroat seapearch."

    Very clean market with minimal smell. Bustling with people and so many different stalls to check out. So many things to see and buy. Also has a few restaurants tucked inside. Great place to go for a...

  • Sushikuine (Komatsuoki Restaurant)
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Okimachi 8-7
    "The Komatsu Okimachi location of this conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain which operates in the prefectures of Ishikawa and Toyama. The restaurant's seafood is shipped straight from Kanazawa Port and Himi Port. Aiming to serve authentic, high quality sushi, the restaurant uses select seafood and the composition of the sushi rice is changed depending on the season and weather. Besides standard sushi favorites, many of the selections on the menu are seasonal, such as midwinter Japanese amberjack, spear squid, and female snow crab, and one of the biggest appeals of the restaurant is that you can enjoy these truly seasonal and ephemeral tastes here. The menu primarily consists of sets of popular sushi such as the ""Kanazawa-zukushi"" and the ""Himi-zukushi."" There's also a fish tank in the kitchen to ensure the restaurant can serve truly fresh sushi varieties."

    Really amazing suchi, I am not a fanatic of sushi but I have to admit this was really great. We speak absoluty no word of Japanesse and eventhough it was really easy to order. First you need to get...

  • Shibazushi (Kanazawa Hyakubangai Restaurant)
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1
    "The Kanazawa Hyakubangai location of Shibazushi, a sushi restaurant established in 1958. Created by founder Tadashi Kajitani, the restaurant's namesake shibazushi has an elegant flavor; inheriting the traditions of Kanazawa-style oshizushi pressed sushi, shibazushi consists of sushi rice made with select rice and water topped with fresh seafood which is then wrapped in a bamboo grass leaf. The restaurant's staple menu selection is its simply flavored horse mackerel shibazushi, which is made with fatty domestic horse mackerel over minced ginger. The restaurant also makes use of seasonal fish like sea bream and horse mackerel. In addition, the restaurant offers a monthly changing selection of bento box lunches as well as the ""Zeitaku Noto-gyu to Noto-buta Bento,"" a bento box which comes with both Noto beef and Noto pork."

    When you come to Kanazawa, please visit this store. You will be greeted by kind shop staff and a great selection of sushi and bento menu. Oshizushi wrapped by bamboo leaf is a delicacy. With abundant...

  • Kaitenzushi Okura
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Shimotsutsumichou 38 Omi-machi Market
    A sushi restaurant located in the Omi-cho Market a 15 minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station. In the highly competitive conveyor belt sushi market that is Kanagawa, this long-standing restaurant has been a local favorite for over 40 years. The restaurant's sushi is carefully crafted by skilled chefs while preserving the freshness and natural flavor of local, Hokuriku seafood personally chosen by the owner. The restaurant's konbujime, an old fashioned sushi variety created in Kanazawa, has a unique flavor and texture created by securing Jonh Dory, Pacific cod, and red sea bream in wild konbu kelp. In addition to dining in, the restaurant also accepts takeout orders starting from just a single plate.

    We didnt have to wait at all when we came here for lunch. They had sushi sets that were good value and fresh. Their sushi train was good but a little pricey.

  • Kozushi Honten
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Aioichou 30-1
    A restaurant which uses almost exclusively local ingredients where you can enjoy the uniquely fresh sushi of the sushi wonderland that is Nanao. The restaurant takes pride in its nigirizushi made with toppings prepared to maximize their flavor and served over a bed of sushi rice somewhat smaller than usual. In the counter seating area, customers can watch the restaurant's chefs prepare their sushi right in front of them. The restaurant also has tatami mat and raised tatami mat seating and can accept reservations for private parties from six to 20 people. Particularly recommended is the omakase (chef's choice) menu, made with a seasonally varying selection of mostly local seafood. In addition, the restaurant has a side menu which includes sashimi, grilled fish, stewed fish, and other delicacies, and also carries a variety of alcoholic beverages.

    Visited the restaurant on route to our ryokan at 99 bends. It was an absolutely wonderful meal, leaving lasting memories even 2 weeks after our trip. We ordered the omakase set of 10 pcs of sushi at...

  • Jugatsuya
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-26-16
    A restaurant produced by Zeniya, one of Kanazawa’s top Japanese restaurants, located in the “Higashi Chaya District” in Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Situated inside a remodeled former tea house built in the Edo period, this subdued and relaxing establishment has a sunken hearth-style counter and beautiful inner garden. Jugatsuya also has private rooms perfect for banquets and entertaining clients. One of the most popular items on the daytime menu is the bento lunch served in a bamboo basket, which comes with seasonal Japanese dishes and jibuni duck meat stew, a local delicacy. During the afternoon, Jugatsuya offers cake sets; at night, customers can enjoy reservation-only kaiseki course cuisine.

    We stumbled across this place just as we needed a coffee. We were delighted to be in the old style house with a long counter with space underneath for our legs. The coffee was delicious and the...

  • Wajima Sushi Restaurant Shinpuku
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    4.5
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 5-41-23
    Wajima Sushi Restaurant Shinpuku in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular sushi restaurant not only for tourists but also for locals. The owner who worked as a fisherman is a true connoisseur and uses only natural ingredients caught from the local sea. It is famous for Noto asaichidon, a rice bowl topped with fresh seafood landed at the port in Noto. The nigiri set meal using local ingredients and Noto local cuisine are also popular. You can feel free to have lunch and also enjoy sushi and a la carte dishes with local sake in the evening.

    Good choice for sushi in Wajima. Not all the sushi was good, some were too chewy, but the good pieces were really really good and we doubled down on those. The restaurant is a little out of the main...

  • Daimyo Jaya
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Konohanamachi 7-5-1
    A renowned Kaga kaiseki course cuisine restaurant located a three minute walk from Kanazawa Station. Featuring an elegant Japanese atmosphere including private tatami rooms, a Japanese garden, and reception room, here you can enjoy seasonal meals weaving together the traditions of Kaga and the skills of a Kyoto-trained chef. The restaurant’s well-reviewed kaiseki course cuisine primarily focuses on seafood dishes made with seasonal items like blackthroat seaperch, crab, midwinter Japanese amberjack, sweet shrimp, firefly squid, and daggertooth pike conger, in addition to jibuni duck meat stew, a local Kanazawa dish. The restaurant’s “ogon” (golden) crab, so rare only one is caught every one or two thousand hauls, is also quite popular.

    My husband and ate at this restaurant tonight. There is a menu in English and we chose a prix fixe meal, a small assortment of sashimi and the crab risotto. The bill, including a beer and 375Ml of...

  • Shunsaiwashoku Kofuku
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Aokusamachi 88 Omi-cho Ichiba-kan 2F
    This is a restaurant on the second floor of the “Omi-machi Ichiban-kan” complex at the “Omi-machi Market,” a famous sightseeing spot in Kanazawa. The owner, who was chosen as “Ishikawa Prefecture Craftsman,” has confidence in the freshness and taste of the seasonal seafood he carefully selects. Prefecture grown produce such as Kaga and Noto vegetables are used abundantly and Kaga cuisine, delicious in taste and beautiful to look at, is also offered. In the evening visitors can enjoy local sake with course meals or a la carte crab and nodoguro, and amberjack dishes. Lunch is popular serving luxurious seafood, and sea urchin soy sauce, and three flavors of soup poured on rice “Seafood Hitsumabushi.” The nearest is station is Kanazawa Station.

    We dined here and found the staff to be very helpful, there is an English menu and they also provided good advice on what to order, we opted for tempura crab and tempura vegetables, both were...

  • Kenrokuen Miyoshian
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-11
    "A traditional ryotei Japanese restaurant located close to Hasuike Pond Gate in the Kenrokuen Garden. The restaurant was established in 1875. In this long standing establishment, you can enjoy a meal while taking in the seasonal scenery of the preeminent Japanese garden in the Kaga area. Many famous people, including members of the Imperial family, have dined at this restaurant. Today, the restaurant consists of two buildings-the Honkan main building on the shore of Hisago Pond, the original landscape feature which inspired the creation of the Kenrokuen; and the Suitei pavilion jutting out over the pond's waters. The Suitei is particularly popular because diners can enjoy the sound of the Midoritaki waterfall and the sight of the garden's scenery reflected off the surface of the pond sprawling just beyond the pavilion's windows. The restaurant serves matcha powdered green tea with seasonal namagashi fresh Japanese style sweets as well as reasonably priced kaiseki bento lunches. The ""Hisago Bento"" is particularly recommended and comes with a variety of traditional Kaga dishes."

    A charming place. Nice staff, appreciated by local clientele and few foreigners. And so relaxing, viewing the pound and hearing the waterfall...

  • Jimonotei
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kamioumichou 27-1 Omi-machi Market
    "A seafood restaurant located in the Omi-cho Market, known as the ""kitchen of Kanazawa."" The restaurant serves seafood rice bowls and other dishes made with fresh seafood from the waters off Kanazawa. The restaurant's seafood rice bowls are stuffed to overflowing with tasty ingredients like northern shrimp, sea urchin, and tuna. In addition to rice and miso soup, the tuna sukiyaki set meal comes with a butchered tuna spine, allowing diners to scoop out the tasty bits of meat between the bones with a spoon."

    I had lunch with my wife. We were determined to try Nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch), which we hear often, before we leave Kanazawa. We had a Nodoguro Set Meal, a Seafood Bowl, and a Noto Beef...

  • Hibi Sakanazuki Toboku
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Konohanamachi 1-6
    At this Japanese cuisine restaurant, you can indulge in “Kanazawa-esque Seafood and Sake,” made by the owner who trained in Kyoto and Tokyo. Focusing on local ingredients, the owner’s proud seafood features only fresh items from local ports or from morning auctions at the market. Combining these in a unique way with in-season ingredients or traditional Kaga vegetables results in course meals with a great sense of the season. The lunch set is popular featuring several sides like rice, miso soup, grilled fish, or sashimi. The nearest station is Kanazawa Station. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

    We were lucky to get the last two places in this small restaurant - it has one table and a counter so best to reserve if you want to get in. We had an outstanding evening. The traditional Japanese...

  • Kanazawa Gyokusen-tei
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Koshoumachi 8-3
    Kanawaza Gyokusen-tei located in Kosho Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a garden restaurant overlooking Gyokusen-en which is a chisenkaiyu-style (strolling around a pond and a fountain) garden with a history some 120 years longer than Kenroku-en Garden (one of the three famous gardens in Japan). The restaurant adding a modern essence on a house built in the late Edo period (1615-1865) is enhanced with an elegant atmosphere from table seating with a fusion of Japanese and European style to a private room which duplicates Kan’untei, a Kyoto Urasenke style tea room. You can enjoy delicious kaiseki ryori (a sophisticated Japanese multi-course meal), meticulously cooked seafood from the Japan Sea, and seasonal Kaga vegetables.

    A pity it was all dark when we arrived for dinner. Otherwise the view of the garden would have enhanced the experience even more. Service was impeccable. But the staff had some difficulty...

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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