Japanese Food Spots in Gifu Area

  • 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...

  • 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..

  • Itadori River Horado Kanko Yana
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Horadokosaka 1712
    Located about a 20-minute drive from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Mino Interchange, this restaurant boasts its exquisite dishes using sweetfish raised in the clear streams of the Itadori River. You can taste courses or dishes of fresh sweetfish caught with the traditional fishing method of “yana,” where sweetfish from upstream are caught with slatted wood in the river. With a multitude of cooking methods from salt-grilled to boiled, miso-broiled, rice porridge, fried and sashimi, you can even cook it yourself. Trap fishing is allowed usually from August 1st, and tourists can experience it as long as there are no dangers such as floods. You can also enjoy fishing in the fishing pond and playing in the river.

    この辺りはヤナが点在していますのでらどこでも同じような感じですが、ここが一番大きくて、駐車場も広いです。 建物も綺麗ですし、シーズンはアルバイトの人も多くて、料理が出てくるのも早いです。 モネの池へ行く途中にありますので、この辺りへ行ったら、是非、鮎を食べてみても良いのでは?

  • 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!

  • Oryori Yanagiya
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    5.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Mizunamishi Suechou Mashidume 573-27
    This restaurant of local cuisine is located in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture after getting off the bus at the Sueasahi-machi bus stop from Mizunami Station. Their menu only has courses of random dishes selected by the restaurant, so you can enjoy amazing local dishes surrounded by a sunken fireplace heated by charcoal. They made various dishes such as river fish including sweetfish grilled in the fireplace, mountain bounty such as mountain vegetables and matsutake mushrooms, duck hot pots and venison fillets depending on the season and timing. They offer everything from Japanese sake to champagne and red wine that matches your meal. There is a free shuttle bus from the station that can be reserved depending on the number of people in your group.

    This was a new food experience for our group of 10, invited by a regular at the restaurant. Its game food meets Argentina-like grilling, except its a special firewood stack. And we were served bee...

  • 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。

  • 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)

  • Maruhachi Shokudo
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mimayano 139
    This restaurant sells “Keichan”, a local specialty of Gifu Prefecture. It is located close to National Route 257 heading for Butai Pass. Keichan is seasoned chicken grilled with cabbage and other vegetables, and is said to have originated from Jingisukan (grilled mutton) cuisine. Their most popular menu item is the “Keichan set” that has a traditional taste going back more than 50 years. Cooking it yourself is what makes it distinctive, and there is also a detailed manual for first-timers. The rich chicken flavor goes well with rice and also great as a snack with sake. The store is very popular with locals as well as tourists.

    下呂温泉からは少し離れてるけどまた戻りました とても美味しかったです 服に匂いがつくかも 焼肉屋と同じ感じでおしゃれしていかないほうが良いです マイエプロン持参か 沢山お客さんが来てました

  • Kushikatsu Tamaya
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    3.5
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Kaizu-shi Hiratacho Sango 1997
    "This kushikatsu restaurant known by the nickname ""Ochobosan"" is located along the road leading to the Chiyoho Inari Shrine. The restaurant is unique for having their interior colored in gold, starting from the tatami room and tables, ranging to the walls, doors, and even the executive office. The menu includes kushikatsu, udon, doteni, donburi styled meals and much more, which can all be enjoyed at reasonable prices. You can choose between original and miso sauce for the kushikatsu, and offers both a sit in restaurant as well as a stand-up style food bar. The restaurant has been featured on local TV, and is so popular to the locals that nobody from the area would not know of it."

    おちょぼ稲荷で人気の串カツ屋さんです。 店内で食べることも出来ますが おすすめは店頭での立ち食いですね!

  • Hakusuien
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    3.5
    27 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.

    Went in for lunch. There is an array of set lunches. However, we were short of time, so we only ordered ramen. Very quickly, we were served the ramen. Awesome ramen.

  • Ankiya
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu 768-36
    A Japanese diner located right next to the Hirayu Spa Snow Area ski resort. Operating out of an old Japanese home moved to this location, the restaurant is notable for its spacious and airy dining area. In winter, the restaurant is open from 8:00 a.m. Particularly recommended are the restaurant’s vaunted Hida beef teppanyaki and hoba miso-yaki Hida beef, Welsh onions, and miso grilled over a magnolia leaf. The restaurant’s jingisukan barbecue meal, made with Okuhida lamb, is offered until supplies for the day run out, so be quick. The restaurant also serves shochu and beer and is used by many customers like a Japanese izakaya pub in the evening. The restaurant is only open until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, but the restaurant only closes for full days 10 times a year for maintenance.

    Visited there in late July 2018. We had soba and tempura as lunch. No other visitors here when we had lunch. They still served us very well.

  • Unatei
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhitoegane 723
    An eel cuisine restaurant located in the Shinhirayu Onsen hot spring district. The restaurant’s renowned “Una-don” rice bowl is topped with tender, clean-tasting eel raised in the clean waters of Okuhida broiled and slathered with a secret recipe sauce. The restaurant offers a variety of rice bowls with differing eel portion sizes to suit a variety of budgets. Customers can also order more or less rice and sauce, so even those who are watching their health need not worry. The restaurant’s “Unagi Musubi” eel rice balls have even been featured on television; they taste great even cold, and thus they are a popular item to bring home and share with friends and family.

    The bus will stop at Shin-Hirayu if you are going to Shin-Hotaka Ropeway. Patronize mainly by locals. Counter and table seating available. Meat is soft, no fishy taste and amount of sauce is just...

  • Kawaramachi Izumiya
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Motohamachou 20
    This restaurant in the historic district of Kawaramachi is on a bank of the Nagaragawa River, famous for cormorant fishing. It specializes in ayu sweetfish cuisine. Their salt grilled ayu carefully cooked over Kishu binchotan charcoal is so soft you can eat it from head to tail, including the bones. Their Ayu Ramen topped with sun-dried and flaked sweetfish is a local favorite. If you put rice in the last of the broth, you can enjoy it even further as “ayu-zosui. Their salt grilled ayu and bamboo leaf rolled sushi are available for takeout and good for bringing with you on the boat to view cormorant fishing. Evening reservations are required during cormorant fishing season.

    Cosy restaurant where you can enjoy the “ayu” (sweet fish) made in different ways. The home made hojicha icecream is very delicious too.

  • Bandai Kado-mise
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Takayama-shi Hanakawa Machi 50
    Bandai is a traditional Japanese restaurant with an 80-year history, and this is its sister store. Occupying 33 square meters of the main shop, it's a casual place to dine on Gifu's nationally renowned Hida beef. Favored by the locals and serving reasonably priced regional cuisine, you can try meal sets featuring charcoal grilled Hida beef, Hida beef and miso cooked on magnolia leaves, or seasonal wild vegetables. The restaurant features a local house miso with carrot, shiitake mushroom, and beef extracts that draw out the flavors of their meat. The shop draws lots of tourists who have heard how great it is.

    Simple Japanese fare that highlights Takayama cuisine. My husband and I each ordered the fish selection for dinner. It came with a number of side dishes including miso soup, pickled vegetables, and...

  • Jugemu
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    3.5
    22 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.

    ... Jugemu :หนึ่งในร้านยอดนิยมของนักท่องเที่ยว เนื้อฮิดะนุ่มๆ ย่างไฟร้อนๆ แค่มองแวะมองก็กระตุ้นความอยาก ชิมลิ้มลิงรสชาติ หรือจะชิมครอกเก้ กรอบนอก ด้านในนุ่มชุ่มฉ่ำละมุมลิ้น. * การสั่งอาหาร...

  • Nagase Shokudo
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhitoegane 868-3
    This restaurant is located near the “Shin-Hirayu Onsen” bus stop. Their “tecchan nabe” and “tocchan nabe” that use Hida beef offal are highly recommended. The amazing taste of cabbage and offal seasoned with their secret miso and soup is popular for making you want more. In addition, they also offer ramen and udon noodles, and it is said to be delicious even when udon is added to the hot pot. At night, the store can be used with the feeling of an izakaya (Japanese-style pub). Enjoy meals here with friends and family, and even relaxing dinners by yourself. This famous store has been covered by television programs and is visited by celebrities.

    近くの岐山さんに宿泊していましたので徒歩にて伺いました 久しぶりに訪れたので何を注文するのか迷ってしまいましたが 美味しい地酒と漬物と蕎麦を選びました 女将さんとのトークを楽しみながらいい時間が過ごせました また伺いたいと思います

  • Amakara
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Ena-shi Oicho 295-12
    This shop specializing in gohei-mochi rice cakes is over 50 years old. The regional Tono treat has been enjoyed from the days of old, and they sell them individually. The local favorite features pounded mochi rice formed into a patty and skewered, covered in a salty-sweet sauce made of walnuts, sesame, sugar, and soy sauce, and then grilled. They not only taste great, they're also good for you with lots of protein, iron, calcium, and Vitamin B. They also have a gohei-mochi meal set with six skewers of gohei-mochi, miso soup, pickled and wild vegetables, and fruit. The shop is right in front of Ena Station.

    Tiny restaurant with friendly owner, speaks Japanese only. Given the limited menu, ginpey mochi, language is not much of an issue. Ginpei or gochimi mochI are grilled glutinous rice balls dipped in...

  • Izumisaka
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    4.0
    14 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

  • Shinbashi-tei
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    4.0
    12 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...

  • Sushicho
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    4.0
    12 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.

    As a coeliac, it can be tricky to eat in Japan. Soy sauce seems to be in everything, and there is very little understanding of both coeliac disease and cross contamination. This can be very tricky...

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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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