Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Gifu Area

  • Center4 Hamburgers
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    4.5
    635 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 94
    A conspicuous Hamburger specialty restaurant located in Takayama City in an area where much atmospheric, old architecture remains. The restaurant’s long and narrow “space for eating Hamburgers” stretches away from the entrance, and the establishment’s eye-catching décor will make you forget you’re in Japan’s Hida-Takayama region. The restaurant’s signature menu selection is its Hida beef burger—made with ingredients from Hida and limited to just a few customers each day, this original recipe Hamburger is also popular with visiting international tourists. The restaurant’s large menu also includes the unshakably popular bacon cheeseburger as well as the avocado burger, particularly popular with women. The restaurant also carries beers from around the world and a wide selection of other drinks.

    Yummy burgers, lovely little place! The service was friendly and polite, and respectful of our privacy. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy the Hida beef burger!

  • Suzuya Restaurant
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    4.5
    633 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hanakawamachi 24
    This restaurant inside a kominka (old house) was established in 1966, and is located between JR Takayama Station and the old townscape. They offer dishes centered on local ingredients such as a hoba miso steak set with Hida beef grilled on magnolia leaves with miso, and a mountain vegetable set using Hida-grown vegetables and trout stewed in soy sauce and sugar. There are also ceramic plate-grilled dishes with chicken giblets and leeks cooked in a secret soy sauce-based tare (dipping sauce), a broiled dish called “suzuya-nabe” (sliced beef, vegetables, tofu and noodles boiled with sweet soy sauce) using Hida miso, and hot pot dishes. In addition, they offer a vegetarian menu with dishes that allow you to sufficiently enjoy the taste of Hida.

    We were recommended this restaurant from staff from J-Hoppers and it did not disappoint. Staff were super attentive to our allergy needs (sesame and cashews/pistachios) which made for a relaxing...

  • Coffee Don
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    4.5
    420 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 2-52
    This long-standing coffee shop was founded in 1951.The shop's interior is well maintained and has a homey, old fashioned atmosphere. They carefully brew their drip coffee cup-by-cup as they always have, in the style of their founder. Most of the sweets available to go with their coffee are homemade, including custard, hojicha pudding, and cream puffs. Their cheesecake has been popular since they first opened.

    Enjoyed my time at Coffee Don! Staff were very friendly and they served great coffee and cheesecake. Loved the interiors as well - its a small cafe with soft jazz music playing in the...

  • Kyoya restaurant
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    4.5
    395 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-77
    Kyoya is a restaurant in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that offers delicious local cuisine made using Hida beef and other local ingredients, as well as seasonal delicacies. Kyoya is located in a traditional house that was specially relocated to the site from the Echigo (Niigata) region, giving it a fascinating retro-style ambience; as diners pass through the entrance curtain, they are greeted with the sight of huge beams that create a friendly, welcoming space. Seated around Irori (hearths constructed in the floor), diners can enjoy steak or sukiyaki made from high-quality Hida beef, Shabu-shabu hotpot, a wide range of other top-notch dishes, and local Sake brands. Kyoya is also a convenient place to drop in for lunch, with a lunch menu featuring a wide range of set meals such as “Hida Takayama Go-zen (Gourmet) Meal” and “Hida Beef Yakishabu (thinly-sliced beef marinated in a delicious sauce) Set Meal.” Kyoya is situated around 15 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station on the JR Takayama Line.

    charming to eat in a historical house where the timber have been there over 100 years holding the place up..

  • Jakson
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Takayama-shi Tenmanmachi 5-5
    "A curry shop with a modern facade three minutes on foot from Takayama Station. The shop has a counter and raised tatami floor seating with low tables. The curry features lots of onions and a blend of 28 spices. The store's motto is ""Curry is Alive."" It takes about eight days to make their curry roux, and another day on top of that to make their own curry sauce. Hida pork curry is their signature dish. It's lighter than it looks and goes great with a richer curry. It's a popular shop with foreign tourists visiting Takayama."

    The curry was really delicious. But when we asked for salt they just answered that we should eat it as such. Regardless of how they think we should eat it, you dont refuse such request from a...

  • Hida Takayama Ateya
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Asahimachi 9-3
    This Japanese-style pub located a six-minute walk from JR Takayama Station offers a wide variety of attractive cuisine featuring Hida beef at reasonable prices. The restaurant’s flagship item is its Hidagyu ishiyaki steak, which features tender Hida beef grilled with far infrared heat provided by a stone plate. Their hoba miso with Hida beef, a variation on a regional dish, exquisitely combines the flavors of Hida beef with their original miso paste. Their Hida beef gyoza (pot stickers), which are made exclusively with Hida beef and feature its inherent savoriness and sweetness, are available for takeout. On weekends and holidays, they offer Hida beef even during lunch service. They also carry a large selection of local Hida Takayama sake and shochu that pair well with food.

    Easily the best bit of beef we had in japan. This restaurant is a cook yourself place but the owner explains everything quite well. It was very quiet the night we went so we had the whole place to...

  • Train Bleu
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nishinoisshikimachi 1-73-5
    The Train Bleu bakery, which attaches great importance to ensuring that ordinary bread is made as delicious as possible every day, is very popular with local residents. On weekends and public holidays, Train Bleu can get so crowded that it has to issue numbered tickets to customers. Besides basic, everyday breads, Train Bleu also sells first-class Viennoiserie (pastries); one especially popular product features seasonal fruit with cream on a delicate croissant base. The bakery closes when it is sold out for the day, so it’s best to get there early. Train Bleu is located around 20-minute drive from the Takayama Interchange of the Chubu Jukan Expressway.

    SO GOOD! We waited outside for 15 minutes to get in but worth the wait! So flaky and delicious. Everything is about 300 yen or more. Make sure to get the strawberry tart with fresh cream!

  • Irori restaurant
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 374-1
    Irori is a restaurant in a traditional thatched-roof house located in Shirakawa-go village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Gifu Prefecture. Diners can enjoy traditional local dishes made using mountain herbs and vegetables etc. picked locally in Hida, the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama district, while seated round an Irori (a hearth constructed in a depression in the floor). Popular menu items include the “Hida Beef Cooked on a Ceramic Board–Set Meal” for which diners can specify how well-cooked they want the premium Hida beef to be, the “Grilled Tofu Set Meal” made with the unique local Shirakawa-ko Tofu, and the “Hoba Miso Set Meal” made using Hoba Miso, a famous Hida-Takayama region specialty.

    I was searching Google for place to eat and it said a must go! The food is good! The price is reasonable ! I will go again next time!

  • Sakaguchiya
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi 90
    This casual Japanese restaurant offers Gifu’s famous Hida beef. It was a successful inn during the mid-Meiji period (1668-1912) when it was founded, and the building remains as it was then. The traditional hearth gives it a real feel of old Japan. Their main dish is a Hida beef topped rice bowl. They also serve steak and aburi rolled beef that lets the flavor of the A5 grade Hida beef shine. Other dishes include special Hida beef curry on rice and soba noodles with meat. Their Hida beef nigiri zushi is great to eat on the go, making Sakaguchiya a perfect spot to drop in while seeing the town. There’s a collection of marionettes in the storehouse at the back.

    Super rude worker. I was putting my name down to wait for a table and she came out, crossed it off and pointed across the road and said ‘next’. Very abrupt and rude. I was by myself but if they don’t...

  • Suya Main Shop
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Shinmachi 2-40
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop facing the Nakasendo Road 4.3 kilometers from the Nakatsugawa interchange on the Chuo Expressway. Nakatsugawa is believed to be the birthplace of kuri kinton mashed sweet potatoes and candied chestnuts and each year in September Japanese confectionary shop across the city sell kuri kinton, the flavor of which differs from shop to shop. Suya's kuri kinton is made with choice chestnuts and sugar and has an unaffected, simple flavor. The shop's kuri kinton is only available when in season, but customers can purchase the similarly flavored kuri kinton yokan jelly throughout the year. From late November to August, the shop also sells buckwheat flour confections like soba man buns.

    中津川の銘菓栗きんとんのお店。今は季節外れなので、そばのお菓子「そばせん」をいただいた。なんという上品さだろうか。さっくさくに仕上げられた薄いせんべいに、そばの香りが満点で、とっても美味しい。

  • Kinchouen Sohonke (Ogaki Station Front Main Shop)
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Takayachou 1-17
    This long-established Japanese sweets shop has been operated for over 200 years. Their famous item is “Kinchouen Manju,” steamed buns of sweetened bean paste rinsed with Ogaki’s famous water and wrapped in Japanese sake yeast buns. They faithfully continue to make the confectionery using a 150 year-old recipe. Another one is mizu-manju (sweetened bean paste stuffed in kudzu starch jelly), made using plenty of Ogaki’s famous water. The shop displays them not in a glass showcase but in water, selling them in a cool atmosphere. You can also eat the sweets in the cafe area inside the store.

    Kinchoen is a famous confiserie in Ogaki, and it has already more than 150 years’ history. The historical building of this house is quite remarkable. I went to buy Mizu-Manju, but they said it was...

  • Mametengu Main Store
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hachikenmachi 2-62
    This ramen shop is located a 10-minute walk from Takayama Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. Originally founded in 1948, the shop’s Japanese-style building was renovated in 2004. Its natural wood counter and a table equipped with a traditional-style sunken hearth create a retro atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa period. The shop’s two most popular items are their chuka soba (ramen noodles), popular for its secret soy sauce-based broth, and their thick-cut homemade tsukemen (dipping noodles), which are paired with a rich seafood-derived sauce. Each can be ordered with extra noodles or extra slices of roast pork. Come enjoy old-fashioned flavors in the shop’s Takayama-style interior, which is decorated with items such as sarubobo (human-shaped amulets) and ema (votive images horses).

    We ate very nice ramen for lunch. No waiting time at all, friendly staff, clean place. Would love to come back soon! Thanks for this meal.

  • Enakawa Kamiya Enakyo Store
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Ena-shi Oicho 2632-105
    "This is a Japanese and Western sweets store that makes and sells kurikinton (pureed sweet chestnuts), a fall time treat that has long been loved by all kinds of cultured people such as travelers, waka poets and haiku poets visiting the Nakasendo post town. They use a brand chestnut ""Choicest Ena Chestnuts"" grown by local contract farmers, and have been making sweets that adapt to the trends and needs of the age. To make their most popular sweet ""Kurikinton,"" a prided masterpiece, carefully selected chestnuts are steamed with a little bit of sugar, and are then squeezed out carefully one by one. It is a local confectionery with a fun simple texture that will warm you from the inside. ""Four Season Kurikinton"" that reflect the colors of the four seasons, and ""Yamamatayama,"" a grilled manju (steamed cake) with chunky azuki bean paste inside are also popular."

    下呂の帰りに偶然見つけて寄らせていただきました。お客様が多く駐車場がいっぱいですので気をつけましょう。イートインは超混みです。また、栗きんとんの時期ではないので羊羹やロールケーキなどをお持ち帰りしました。

  • Kawakamiya (Main Shop)
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Honmachi 3-1-8
    This veteran Japanese confectionery has been making sweets with a nod to the seasons in Nakatsugawa since 1864. Their confections with domestic chestnut are especially famous, and their chestnut and mashed sweet potato kurikinton sold from autumn to winter is recommended. Carefully cooked chestnuts are added to the chunky sweet potatoes along with sugar, and then squeezed through a tea cloth. This leaves its natural pale-yellow color and the rich aroma of chestnuts that people love. Year-round sellers are also popular, including their “Ureshi-no-Kuri, made with large chestnuts prepared their own special way that maintains their fragrance and flavor.

    中津川の栗きんとんを3種食べ比べしました。川上屋・すや・松葉をいただきましたがどれも300円未満とお手軽な価格なので食べ比べお勧めです。 川上屋の栗きんとんは一番ねっとりとした和菓子の栗きんとんです。舌の上でじっくりほどけるのですが甘みは栗本来の甘みで後味が強く残ります。 おせちに入っているような甘い栗きんとんとは違うので時間をかけて食べてほしい一品です。

  • Jinenjo Chacha Jinen no Mura (Hida Takayama Store)
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouboukata 1064-1
    This mountain yam restaurant is rare even for Japan, and is located approximately a 15-minute drive from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway and Chubu-Jukan Expressway Takayama Interchange or JR Takayama Station. Situated inside the kominka (old house) called “Gassho no Yakata,” reconstructing the gassho (large thatched roof) style of “Jinen no Mura,” you can taste local cuisine using local ingredients in a space filled with nostalgia and the warmth of wood. Their most popular menu item is the “tororo-meshi,” which has the flavor of yams seasoned with dashi (Japanese soup stock) and local Hida-grown koshihikari rice that taste excellent together. Seasonal flavors such as their Hida beef hoba-miso (miso grilled on magnolia leaf) course are also recommended.

    三重県の茶々に行っていたので、ここの自然薯のこだわりはよく知っています。 高速から高山、奥飛騨温泉へ抜ける158線沿いにも出来て、よるようになりました。 飛騨地方の郷土料理のほう葉焼き(きのこや肉をネギをたっぷりのせた味噌で焼く)やきのこの天ぷらなど、季節に合わせて岐阜らしさを出してると思います。

  • Ichinomachi café
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachouichinomachi 1-12
    Ichinomachi café is located in a historic merchant’s house in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture. The fascinating interior décor and mellow jazz background music combine to create a relaxed ambience, making this a great place to drop in for a break while you are wandering around the town. Besides the special coffees which are changed every week, other popular items on the menu include rich curries featuring Hida beef and locally-grown vegetables, and freshly-baked melon bread.

    We went here this afternoon for a coffee break and were so pleased! Matcha Latte was delicious and so were the homemade cherryblossom cheesecake, scones & melon pan. The cafe is very cute and staff...

  • Sukeharu (Takayama Shop)
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 19
    This eatery is approximately 15 minutes by car from Takayama Interchange. Located right near the historic district, Hida beef is the main item on the menu. Their sign declares that they have the “Best menchikatsu deep fried meat patties in Japan, and the Japan Federation of Gifts and Souvenirs have recognized their Hida beef menchikatsu as a “Premium Souvenir. They're dedicated to using not only quality meat from a veteran butcher shop, but top-grade coating and frying oil, too. The moment you bite into the crispy coating, you get a burst of juicy beef. Apart from menchikatsu, they also have kushikatsu meat sticks and croquettes. Many people take their items to go, but you can eat at the shop as well.

    Excellent waitress, better hida meat and very good price. Must for Takayamas lunch. Both eat in and take away available (I recommend eat in)

  • Sumikyu
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Uramachi 45
    This soba buckwheat noodle shop to the west of Yanagibashi Bridge was founded in 1933. They still make their noodles the old-fashioned way with Hida raised buckwheat, stone-ground and formed by hand every day. Because of that the amount they can make is limited, and although they’re open until 20:00, they close once they’re sold out. Their wild vegetable soba is a local favorite, and their soba-gaki also comes recommended. They have plenty of both hot and chilled options, as well as toppings like soft boiled eggs and grated daikon radish with ume plum. Their Soba Kaiseki banquet cuisine served in the evening requires a reservation.

    As a die hard Soba noodles fan, every time I travel to Japan I would find good places to fulfill my desire. I saw some good recommendations of Sumikyu and decided to come for a bite. Upon my arrival...

  • Sobasho Matsui
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoukajiyamachi 774-2
    This soba shop about a one-minute walk from Gujo-Hachiman Castle Town Plaza makes its noodles by hand. With a motto of freshly ground, freshly made, and freshly cooked, its soba is as fresh as it gets. Even in winter they only serve chilled zaru soba to emphasize the noodle's buckwheat flavor and feeling going down. You can also order a set garnished with karami daikon radish. One of their specialties is The Ultimate Soba Shop Tempura with different tempura fillings wrapped in soba noodles. Their Soba Kaiseki set comes with chilled zaru soba noodles, tempura, and pickled vegetables. It's only available for two groups at lunch and one in the evening.

    The best place in Gujo to try real soba noddles. We try cold soba noddles and assorted tempura. Before to finish your soba the give you a hot pot of soba water, you must mix with the sauce where you...

  • If Coffee Shop
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hanasatomachi 5-18
    A café located right next to Takayama Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. The coffee shop was also famously operated by the family of Japanese celebrity Michiko Shimizu and today, the café is managed by her younger brother. The café is filled with antique furniture and timepieces, and here customers can enjoy a relaxing meal enwrapped in the establishment’s old-fashioned atmosphere and the jazz flowing over the stereo. The café is open from 7:30 a.m. and serves toast and sandwich breakfast set meals. The seasonal fresh fruit juices and cakes created by Michiko (who worked as a pastry chef) are also recommended.

    We stopped here for a snack after arriving in Takayama by train. It is a friendly and comfortable place a few yards from the station. We had bagels and chiffon cake (light sponge cake) with tea...

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan's greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture's traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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