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  • Kyoya restaurant
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    4.5
    356 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.

    We had our lunch here at the recommendation of our guide. It is opened the whole day unlike most eateries which are closed after lunch and reopened for dinner. The Hida beef is great. The buckwheat...

  • Daikokuya Sabo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4255-1
    A long-standing local cuisine restaurant Toson Memorial Museum near the center of Magome-juku in Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. Daikokuya’s stately building, heavy with the air of tradition, houses a restaurant area, folk craft exhibition space, and gallery. Once the home of “Oyufu-san”, the first love of Toson Shimazaki and also subject of his poetry, the restaurant’s famed chestnut rice also made an appearance in Shimazaki’s novel, Before the Dawn. Here you can take your time and enjoy this culinary delight long-beloved by travelers.
  • Shinbashi-tei
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchousakuramachi 268-3
    This eatery in Hachiman-cho, Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture opened in 1937. It's near Shinbashi Bridge that spans the Yoshida River, a branch of the Nagaragawa River. Guests dine there while watching the flow of the river and listening to it rushing along. From June to mid-October they serve their seasonal Gujo Wild Sweetfish Set Meal, featuring three kinds of succulent cooked ayu sweetfish (salt grilled one, miso grilled one, and fried one). Their wintertime Kokorozashi Nabe stewed in an earthenware pot is also popular. Dishes like mountain stream caught amago red-spotted trout and hobamiso-yaki (magnolia leaves grilled with miso and onion) are available year-round.

    My girlfriend and I ate here and couldnt be happier with the food and service given. From the outside theres no sign of English support but when entering were asked of our Japanese ability and...

  • Jugemu
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi 72
    A souvenir-oriented fresh food stand located next to the Fujii Folk Museum. The stand’s signature Hida beef croquettes can be eaten fresh made and piping hot, and this is the best way to savor the unique flavor of the Hida beef used. The stand’s Hida beef kushiyaki grilled meat skewers are also very popular, and customers can choose between three varieties—sirloin, marbled, and lean. The marbled is the most popular. Meanwhile, the sirloin variety is a bit more exclusive, as it is limited to just 20 skewers a day. The stand also sell’s sets of 10 skewers slathered in sauce for taking home. Other items on offer include soft serve ice cream and alcoholic beverages, and much of what the shop makes is perfect for enjoying on the go while exploring the area. The stand is open year-round.

    有飛驒牛肉餅及串燒,來高山逛老街當然除了買當地名產外就是要吃吃當地飛驒牛的小吃,除了壽司外就是串燒及牛肉餅了

  • Hakusuien
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 354
    About a two-minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal, this restaurant built with a gassho (large thatched roof) style is located in the world heritage site called Shirakawa-go. You can enjoy simple and warm regional cuisine made with local ingredients. One recommended dish is the “oyaji wazen (Japanese hot pot with bear meat).” It has a wild animal taste that they have offered for more than 30 years, but they finish it with miso to remove the smell so that tourists not used to bear meat can eat it more easily. One of their other popular menu items is the “hoba miso wazen (Hida beef)” with a traditional flavor they have guarded since their opening. It also has a parking lot that can be used by large buses.

    A warm place to have lunch in winter. Not expensive and the tasty is good. The resturant is clean and has restroom.

  • Keichan Suginoko
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Ogawa 1311
    Keichan is a regional dish from the Hida and Gero areas of Gifu Prefecture, and Suginoko is a great place to try it. The shop is five minutes south of JR Gero Station by car via Prefectural Route 440 along the Hida River, near the Masuda Highway overpass. Their superb keichan consists of chicken thigh meat cooked with cabbage and their secret sauce in a Genghis Kan grill pan. It goes great with rice and Japanese shochu, and we recommend finishing off the meal by mixing in fried yakisoba noodles. There are also a variety of other local dishes on their menu such as Gero’s konyaku gelatin sashimi and Hida beef grilled with miso.

    下呂への旅行の時に昼食に立ち寄りました。 けいちゃん2人前と〆の焼きそばを頂きました。 ニンニクが効いたタレが鶏肉とキャベツに良くあいます。 キャベツから出た水分とタレが鍋底にたまりますが、このタレを焼きそばに吸わせるように絡めて水分が完全に無くなったら食べごろで、火を止めて頂きますが、これが美味しい! お店の位置がちょっとわかりずらいですが、お勧めです。

  • Izumisaka
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoutonomachi 177
    This restaurant that specializes in teppan griddle cuisine is about six minutes from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Gujo Hachiman Interchange, in the center of Okumino's castle town Gujo Hachiman. They're dedicated to meticulously preparing ingredients from Okumino, raised by the passion of the producers on the pure upper reaches of the Nagaragawa River, surrounded by the deep green of the mountains. You can watch them preparing your food right before your eyes from the counter seating in the 100-year-old building that was once a private home. In addition to their hobamiso-yaki made with thick cuts of Hida beef, their Gujo-yaki with lots of faintly sweet local onion is also popular.

    This place is amazing! Keisan, the chef was friendly, took the time to explain about their beef. Came for dinner and had the steak 定食、back the next day for okonomiyaki. Must go! Dorothy

  • Enzo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 971-39
    A restaurant located in front of Gero City Hall which offers a variety of dishes made with Hida beef. In addition to standard teishoku set meals, the restaurant also serves steaks, sukiyaki, misoyaki, Hida beef teishoku set meals, and much more. You can also enjoy the restaurant’s own take on the tomato-don, a local Gero dish, which consists of Hida beef served over rice with tomatoes and egg on top; as well as a pork tomato rice bowl which combines tomatoes and rice with clean-tasting Hida Nattoku pork. In addition, the restaurant serves keichan chicken stir fry, another local Gero dish. One more nice thing about this establishment; it’s open until 23:00.
  • Japanese Cuisine Daiei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Sannoudori 2-2-20
    This long-established Japanese restaurant opened in 1971, and is located on Sanno-dori Street in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture. This store is famous for playing a large role in introducing fresh seafood dishes to the mountainous prefecture of Gifu. The interior is a quiet, purely Japanese-style fine space, and it has private rooms, counter seating and a large hall where weddings can be held, making it a place where everyone of all ages can visit. Enjoy the exquisite traditional Japanese cuisine, using select ingredients from throughout Japan such as wild fish, which cherishes the Japanese aesthetics of acceptance of transience, imperfection and the food ingredients themselves, together with rare Japanese sake and shochu (Japanese liquor).
  • Tanimatsu (Main Shop)
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 53
    This shop on Hida Takayama's Bunnemonzaka Shopping Street specializes in the local Takayama sweet known as kokusen. They've maintained the handcrafted tradition of their flagship item since they opened in 1892. These sweets with a single twist are made with charcoal fire roasted sesame seeds held together with mizuame syrup, then stretched and cut into bit-sized pieces. Being handmade, they have just the right texture, with an exquisite sweetness and the fine flavor of their carefully selected ingredients. Kids like the shop's soft genkotsu sweets made with a blend of kinako soy flour and brown sugar.
  • Wanakura Tsubakiya
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hanasatomachi 4-48
    Located near JR Takayama Station in Gifu Prefecture, Wanakura Tsubakiya serves Kaiseki cuisine and other Japanese food. All guests, aside from those who choose to sit at the counter, are in individual rooms, so the atmosphere is one in which people can relax and take their time eating. Customers can enjoy large servings of Sashimi made with seasonal fish and vegetables, Tempura, Hida beef liver roasted on skewers, broiled sushi, and other dishes made with carefully selected ingredients. Lunchtime offers the Shokado Bento (served in a box with four compartments) or a mini Kaiseki meal. The restaurant also provides hors d’oeuvres and delivers boxed meals that can be enjoyed during meetings or banquets or for other situations.

    We have visited Takayama in April 2018 and Tsubaki-ya (the restaurant, not the café) was recommended to us by the hotel staff. We reserved a table in a private room through our hotel, but there were...

  • Hisadaya
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi 12
    Hisada-ya is a tavern housed in a renovated old-style Hidatownhouse that was originally built in the middle of the 19th century. The tavern is centered on an open hearth that radiates its own unique warmth. The menu is built around Hida beef and other country-style cuisine based on local ingredients. Hobayaki, in which Hida beef is laid on top of a dried magnolia leaf, topped with miso, and roasted, and prix fixe meals based on healthy, country-style stews are favorite options. Other menu items are based on smoothly going down green tea soba noodles.

    昔の旅籠を使ったお蕎麦屋さんです。 雰囲気がよくとても良かったです。 飛騨牛のお茶漬け付きのお蕎麦をいただきましたが、お茶漬けがかなり美味しかったです。

  • Sushicho
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 1-34 Honjin Hirano Yahana Hanamian 1F
    A sushi restaurant located on the first floor of the Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan hot spring inn. The restaurant is open to non-guests, and one of the best things about this establishment is the authentic sushi it serves made with unsparing effort using select ingredients. The “Hida-gyu Nigiri” is a one of a kind nigiri zushi variety made with Hida beef and salt handmade by the head chef. In addition to a full array of standard sushi, the restaurant offers many sushi toppings rarely seen at other restaurants such as rock tripe lichen, shiitake mushrooms, and akakabu red turnips. During lunchtime, the restaurant offers a sushi lunch special which comes with your choice of nigiri zushi, steamed zushi, or chirashi zushi.

    This sushi place is nearby the Miyagawa morning market, at the Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan, a ryokan in Takayama. The sushi is quite good, fresh and have the right size in the cut, and the beef sushi is...

  • Ajidokoro Sansha
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimoichinomachi 54
    This Japanese restaurant is located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture a short distance after crossing the Miya River from Takayama Station. Inside offers a small and calm atmosphere, with counter seating stretching into the back and a small tatami room. Including seafood dishes such as homemade “shimesaba” (salt and rice vinegar-cured mackerel) and natural sweetfish, you can taste traditional Japanese cuisine such as “komo dofu,” made by wrapping tofu with a straw mat and boiling it in soup stock. In addition, the homemade pizzas kneaded from the dough are also recommended. Including Hida no Juntsuyu, Sansha’s special pure rice sake, they offer many sake from Harada Sake Brewery.

    酒屋さんで、色々なお酒や、お土産が売ってるお店でした。寒いのもあったし、カップ一杯の甘酒買って飲ましてもらったけど、なんか甘すぎました。

  • Suzuya Restaurant
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    4.5
    504 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.

    This is one restaurant that provides an English menu. The staff are friendly and would patiently demo to show us how to cook the food and what sauces to eat the food with. Best to make reservation...

  • Heisei Fukuro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Shimonoho 2524-1
    This eatery is located right next to Roadside Station Heisei in the Kaminoho area of Seki City, Gifu Prefecture. Their signature dishes are the “shiitake katsudon” using specially-raised shiitake mushrooms from Shimonoho, the voluminous “shiitake croquette set” of deep-fried minced chicken, and the “kuro kara-age set” finished so appearing black with shiitake mushrooms and hijiki seaweed powder. The shiitake mushrooms are raised with traditional timber cultivation, and have thick meat and are very fragrant, boasting a particularly loved flavor even among the many specialty products. The popular shop has been featured on television shows, and there is always a constant stream of customers.
  • Sukeharu (Takayama Shop)
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    4.5
    32 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.

    Not sure if it’s really croquette as I can’t taste the potato. But the beef taste was oh so good. It was deeply fried yet so juicy. However it is also quite oily. Heard from the patrons that the cook...

  • Nakasa
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 918-47
    This soba noodle restaurant is located a seven-minute walk from Gero Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. The restaurant exclusively uses small-seeded buckwheat grown by producers in Okuhida and Nagano Prefecture it has worked with for more than three decades. This buckwheat is then ground by hand with a stone mortar and used to make their fragrant and notably sweet soba noodles. In addition to their chilled hand-ground zaru soba (soba served on a bamboo sieve), their menu features a full range of items that allow you to fully enjoy the flavor of the ingredients. These include kake soba (soba in hot broth), tempura soba (soba served with tempura), and soba manju buns. It also includes their sweet and richly flavorful sobagaki (buckwheat dumplings), which are limited to just 10 servings per day.

    昨日は御岳山の東側の麓に宿泊。昼食の場所をネットで探すと、下呂温泉に仲佐というお蕎麦屋さんがありました。2時間のドライブでお店に着いたのは正午の少し前。 カウンター席に座って見回すといろいろ目に入ります。席の右手は坪庭。正面右には小さな花が活けてあります。カウンターの向こうにある棚には古い蕎麦猪口。蕎麦屋というより小料理屋に見えます。その印象は料理が出ても変わりませんでした。 注文は蕎麦三昧と...

  • Yontori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Higashitogawachou 1-15
    This Japanese restaurant located near Ogaki Castle is approximately seven minutes on foot from JR Ogaki Station. Founded in 1929, the veteran shop uses Okumino-kojidori chicken, a local Gifu brand. Plain boiled or steamed the traditional flavor of the chicken shows through. In addition to enjoying cuisine such as their Taste of Gifu multi-course meal with carefully selected local ingredients, they sell an Okumino-kojidori bento lunch box with chicken and ground meat on rice, as well as a seasonal bento lunch box. You need reservations during the day. In the evening they offer hot-pot dishes and kaiseki banquet cuisine you can enjoy with rare wines.
  • Dochu Oyaki
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4294-02
    Dochu Oyaki, located in Magome-juku in the city of Nakatsugawa in Gifu Prefecture, is a shop that sells Oyaki dumplings and Nikuman (steamed buns stuffed with pork), all of which the owner of the shop forms by hand and steams one by one. Customers can buy either savory or sweet Oyaki, including Japanese mustard leaves, eggplant, shimeji mushrooms, sliced and dried daikon radish, walnut paste, or mugwort-bean paste, all of which are popular for their simple flavors and their suitability as snacks to eat while walking around. Customers can also rest inside the shop while drinking tea or eating pickled vegetables. Eating the Oyaki on the spot lets customers enjoy their soft, fluffy texture, but customers who buy them to take home and toast them later will enjoy the appetizing fragrance that they produce.

    This little shopfront serves warm steamed buns with savory and sweet fillings. Perfect fuel for exploring the charming town of Magome!

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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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