Japanese Food Spots in Shiga Area

  • Omi Beef Sennaritei Kyara
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    4.5
    53 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 2-1-7 Dream Kyobashi Castle Road
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant located in 2 Chome Hon-machi, Hikone City. The restaurant serves dishes made with Omi beef raised at the establishment’s own farm, including sukiyaki, steaks, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, nigirizushi, and a la carte items, as well as “Steak Chazuke” and “Cha Shabu” made with konbu broth and green tea. For lunch, the restaurant offers lacquered steak oju boxes, Omi beef rice bowls, sukiyaki, and other gozen meals.

    Truly tasty food prepared on high quality raw materials. Well presented and balanced in tastes. A few examples from the dinner is shown below.

  • Tokuyamazushi
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Yogochoukawanami 1408
    A restaurant and inn located in Kawanami Yogo-Cho, Nagahama City. The restaurant serves course dishes created around old-fashioned narezushi pickled sushi and crafted with ingredients like lake fish, edible wild plants, and wild game. The establishment also has an outdoor bath with a sweeping view of Lake Yogo and guest rooms able to accommodate up to 10 people.

    発酵食は近江の伝統 鮒寿し 東大の発酵研究所が近くにあって そこの小泉教授と 発酵食を研究した 徳山さんが 建てた キュイジーヌ 地元の食材を 季節で創っていく。 小泉教授のアイデアで 徳山鮓 トクヤマズシ と言う命名で 京都で培った最高の技術 ここの余呉湖で生まれ育って 走り回った 環境を活かして 自ら食材も調達 ジビエは 猟師より 仕入れるが 解体は徳山さん自身 家族で 調理する。 地元の職も...

  • Restaurant Sennaritei Omi Beef Cuisine
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Togachou 120-4
    An Omi beef specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 528 in Toga-cho, Hikone City. The restaurant serves a variety of Omi beef dishes, including sukiyaki, shabushabu, steaks, gozen meals, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, and a la carte items such as roast beef. During lunchtime, the restaurant offers lacquered oju steak boxes and Hamburg steaks.

    コースを注文しました。お寿司やローストビーフ、焼肉、デザートなど、どれもとても美味しかったです。そしてボリュームもあり大変満足しました。一番安いコースでしたがとても満足のいくものでした。

  • Omi-Imazu Nishitomo Main Shop
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Imaduchousumiyoshi 2-1-20
    An eel and river fish specialty store and restaurant located in 2 Chome Sumiyoshi Imazu-cho, Takashima City. The restaurant part of the facility serves hitsumabushi, eel rice bowls, unaju rice boxes, eel steamed seiromushi style, eel rice bowl and soba noodle sets, and kaiseki course cuisine and sashimi set meals made with river fish. The adjoining shop sells products like eel chazuke—plain-grilled eel stewed with Japanese pepper.

    I purchased a lunch box with grilled eel, and had a quick bite in a cold platform. As the eel melted on the tongue, I wished I had had enough time to sit back and enjoy eel in Nishimoto Restaurant.

  • Shijimi Kamameshi Koshu
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamadera 3-2-37
    Kosho Shijimi Kamameshi is a country-style restaurant located near the main gate of Ishiyamadera Temple. The signature dish is Clam Kamameshi (similar to risotto), and when diners lift the lid of the pot, the aroma is irresistible. The restaurant uses local Omi rice from Shiga Prefecture, a rich broth, a bit of soy sauce, and shijimi clams from Lake Biwa and cooks them together. Diners can choose from four dinners, and all of them include freshly made Clam Kamameshi and red miso soup with clams, although they all include different side dishes. A large helping of Omi no Obanzai (assorted seafood and vegetables) accompanied by a moderate helping of grebe is especially popular.

    しじみ釜めしは、注文を受けてから炊くので、少し時間がかかります。私は、しじみ釜めしカレーを頼みましたが、意外にしじみとカレーはマッチしていました。最後にチーズをのせて焼きカレーにしてもらえます。

  • Sushikei
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Nagahama-shi Kinomotocho Kinomoto 988
    This longstanding traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant was established in 1912. The restaurant's signature mackerel bo sushi is both famous and widely loved. This sushi can both be enjoyed in the restaurant and purchased to take home. Lunch menu selections include the Gozen Kinomoto meal, which comes with mackerel bo sushi; and unagi mabushi (eel served bibimbap-style). At night, the restaurant serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine lovingly crafted using fresh, local seafood, meats, and vegetables; in autumn and winter, customers can also enjoy duck and pheasant hotpot dishes. In addition, an old storehouse on the restaurant's grounds has been turned into a gallery in which is displayed a painting of the Battle of Shizugatake of immense historical value.

    高島屋や西武百貨店の催事で名物の鯖寿司を販売している滋賀県木之本町の料亭。3年前、海津大崎の桜の時期に訪れた時に食べた金目鯛の棒寿しと鯖寿しが忘れられず、やや早い紅葉の時期だが2度目の訪問。今回は大きめのサイズの金目鯛がなかなか手に入らないため販売休止中ということで、昼の膳物の中から鯖寿司が付いた『きのもと』コースを注文。郷土料理といいながら京都風の薄味で見栄えもきれい、料理人の技を感じる品々でし...

  • YOKARO
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 7-8
    This is a restaurant in Nagahama City where you can taste the home-cooked specialty of “Yakisaba Somen” (fine white noodles with grilled mackerel) which is characteristic of Kohoku. This specialty of boiled fine white noodles and meaty grilled mackerel arouses an appetite for a somewhat strong seasoning. The set menu is also substantial; there are also “O-zen” (a four-legged tray for festive food) which can be enjoyed together with grilled mackerel sushi and “Toban-yaki” (a roast on a ceramic plate) of Omi beef. The store now makes use of a merchant’s house constructed approximately 200 years ago, having in some respects an aura which feels nostalgic. It is also known as a famous shop where queues can be seen.
  • Ayu No Mise Kimura Kyobashi Shop
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Honmachi 2-1-5
    An ayu specialty restaurant located on the Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road in Hon-machi, Hikone City. Owned and operated by an aquaculture company which raises ayu, the restaurant serves gozen meals and a la carte dishes made with the company’s own ayu as well as fish from Lake Biwa. Irregularly on weekends, the restaurant also grills ayu in front of the restaurant with salt shioyaki style, which is available for purchase by passersby.

    鮒寿司を食べたことがなかったので、お土産に買って帰ろうと思っていたら、店員さんから、奥のレストランで食べられますとのことでしたので、鮒寿司と鮎寿司をいただきました。大満足でした。

  • Restaurant Fugetsu
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Onjoujichou 246
    "This Japanese restaurant is located in front of the Deva gate of Mii-dera Temple. Guests can savor shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine) arranged in a traditional yet modern style, as well as soba noodles and other items. Its most famous item is its ""soba Fugetsu,"" soba noodles which are representative of the cuisine served at Mii-dera temple. Other offerings include kaiseki cuisine, and sukiyaki made with Omi beef. The restaurant also sells souvenirs such as chikaramochi (skewered rice cakes coated in soybean powder) and manju buns shaped like temple bells."

    お土産のオモチャのサンプルを触っていたら、『買わないなら触るな、警察に通報するぞ』と言われました。すばらしい社員教育ですね。こちらが通報します。

  • Ikkyuan Saimyoji-mae Main Restaurant
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Inukamigunkourachou Ikedera 1-5
    A Japanese restaurant situated along the Oumi-Green Road in Ikedera, Kora Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves soba noodles, rice bowls, and traditional kaiseki course cuisine, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and gozen meals leveraging seasonal ingredients and tofu made in an adjoining workshop. On weekdays, the restaurant offers set meals which include dishes such as soba noodles, tofu, karaage fried chicken, and assorted fried dishes. The restaurant also holds soba noodle making classes in its adjoining “Soba Dojo.”

    一休庵本店で団体食事をしました。この店は滋賀県と京都に数件あります。料理は団体食なのでそれなりの感じがしますが、全体的に質が良く「豆腐」はとくに美味しいです。 また、京都の伏見にも一休庵「月の蔵人」はとても良い食事施設です。

  • Tonkatsu-tei Amanoya (Former Iroha)
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Omihachiman-shi Azuchicho Kamitoyoura 1012
    Just a seven-minute walk from the JR Azuchi Station, this restaurant offers Omigyu beef steaks and pork cutlets from Mochi-pork at reasonable prices. The Tokujo Tonkatsu Teishoku special grade pork cutlet set is recommended, which comes with a pork cutlet prepared to maximize the fatty flavor and tender meat, a salad, rice, and miso soup. With the Amanoya Teishoku one can enjoy a Omigyu steak and a mini roast in one dish. All vegetables are cultivated in Japan with minimal use of chemicals. The handmade dressings with no additives are sold in the store for customers to enjoy at home.

    がっつり食べたくて、ランチタイムにお邪魔しました。とんかつ定食を注文。分厚いお肉はカラッと揚がっていて、食べ応えがあります。白いご飯がすすみました。

  • Uosen
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Koka-shi Shigarakicho Nagano 1334-2
    A seven-minute walk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Station. This longstanding traditional ryotei restaurant was established in 1913 and serves Japanese cuisine made with fish from Lake Biwa, locally-grown vegetables, and other ingredients from Shiga. The restaurant's delicacies, hailing from the area's seas, mountains, lakes, and countryside, are also beautifully arranged on elegant Shigaraki ware tableware. The restaurant's signature Shinobi Sushi, the invention of an owner two generations removed from the current one, is a type of mackerel oshizushi (pressed sushi) accented with shiso seeds and gourd pickled in rich tamari soy sauce. Designated a recommended souvenir product by Shiga Prefecture, the Shinobi Sushi also makes a popular souvenir and gift. The restaurant's delightful seasonal tenshin (dim sum) is also recommended.

    Had a set menu lunch here. The kaiseki style food was excellent, and the service charming. Sake kasu pudding was delicious and unusual.

  • Shiruman Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Yasukiyochou 12-14
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture. Customers can enjoy their homemade udon dishes made with lavish amounts of bonito flakes and delicious soup stock at this restaurant which is directly managed by Ryotei Ryokan Yasui. The menu incorporated locally harvested ingredients such as Kinuhikari rice produced in Shiga Prefecture. Its mackerel sushi is also very popular.

    「彦根お散歩まっぷ」に掲載されていたので行ってみました。駐車場も広くて停めやすいです。店内も広いです。 料亭旅館の直営ということですが、オススメはなぜか「天ぷらカレーうどん」となってました。素直にそちらを頂きました。けっこう辛くて、大人の味です。お揚げがたくさん入っていました。 「明太かきたまうどん」もおいしそうでした。 ただ一つ気になったのは、子供用のいすが音の鳴るタイプでした。すぐ隣で鳴らされ...

  • Shosui
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Otsu-shi Kita Komatsu 996-2
    This sweetfish cuisine restaurant is located a 10-minute walk from JR Kita-Komatsu Station. Comprised of a north building and a south building, the north building has sunken kotatsu seating and can only be used from April to October. In either building, customers can enjoy a view of Lake Biwa along with their meal. Menu highlights include a sweetfish assortment with your choice of three or five fish, a Koi carp course meal, and Omi-style kushiyaki grilled bamboo skewers made with delicious Omi beef and local chicken varieties. From 5 p.m. onward, the restaurant is reservation-only and only open to groups of 10 or more. Groups of two or more who make an advance reservation can make use of a free shuttlebus service from the station and back.

    盆あたりに恋人と行きました。 小学生の時から家族で夏、秋に利用させていただいており琵琶湖に遊びに行く時の定番のお店になりました。 今回は恋人と行きましたが客層は家族連れが多くお盆でしたがお店が広いため特に混雑さを感じることもありませんでした。店内は6畳くらいを1つにとっているため4人家族で1テーブルでも余裕を持って座れると思います。 料理を待っている間は養殖場?で鯉釣りや鮎の手づかみを楽しめすぐ前...

  • Kushikatsu Musashi
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Koka-shi Shigarakicho Nagano 1180-1
    A five-minute walk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Station. This kushikatsu (fried food skewer) restaurant operates out of a one-story bungalow next to a 7-Eleven which can be reached by taking a left on National Route 307 traveling from Shigaraki Station. Many of the restaurant's patrons are repeat customers from across the prefecture and beyond, and at night the establishment bustles with potters, ceramic artists, and other local regulars. The restaurant's menu consists of 27 varieties of kushikatsu, including shrimp wrapped in shiso leaves, and shiitake mushrooms stuffed with minced shrimp. The Kushi Omakase (chef's choice) course is particularly popular - delicious skewered foods are prepared and deep-fried right in front of your eyes, one at a time, until you say to stop. The non-skewer katsudon pork cutlet rice bowl, drenched in a vaunted homemade tangy sauce, is also recommended.

    お昼の営業 11時~14時 夜の営業 18時~LO...

  • Takeheirou
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Echigunaishouchou Echigawa 1608
    A long-standing Japanese restaurant located in Echigawa, Aisho Town, Echi County, Shiga Prefecture. The restaurant serves Omi beef shabushabu, traditional kaiseki course cuisine, nabe hotpot dishes, eel, and bento box lunches, as well as a signature ameni crucian carp boiled in syrup whose recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. The restaurant also offers seasonal dishes like daggertooth pike conger shabushabu in summer and fugu course meals in winter. The restaurant’s reception room and its Imperial chamber, built for the visit of Emperor Meiji, are designated Tangible Cultural Properties.

    食事に伺いました。明治天皇のお入りになったお部屋が当時のまま保存されてたり小さくも素敵なお庭であったりと200年以上の歴史を感じさせてくださいます。料理も◎

  • Marutake Omi Nishikawa
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi Suwaichou Naka 17
    An Omi beef specialty shop and restaurant located in Naka Suwai-cho, Omihachiman City. Everything from raising the cattle at the establishment’s own farm to the processing and sale of the meat is handled directly by the establishment. The establishment’s butcher shop sells Omi beef cuts and foods like Omi beef misozuke and side dishes. The adjoining restaurant serves sukiyaki, shabushabu, teppanyaki, steaks, beef stew, Hamburg steaks, and Omi beef bento box lunches.

    近江牛を味わえるレストランも併設された精肉店。レストランは、休日の食事時は満席で、外で皆さん並んでいました 精肉店では、お肉のほかにコロッケやメンチカツなども売っていて、店舗横のベンチに座って頂けます。こちらは並んでいません。 コロッケは普通のタイプと甘口のすき焼きコロッケがありました。どちらも揚げたて、衣がサクサクで美味しかったです。

  • Samegairo
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Maibarashi Kaminyu Yuii grooming plant Kaeru Ararudo 2054
    A mountain river fish cuisine specialty restaurant situated along Prefectural Route 17 in Samegai, Maibara City. The restaurant serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine, gozen meals for groups, and trout and other rice bowls made using mountain river fish such as Biwa trout, a species endemic to Lake Biwa. The restaurant also offers a traditional Japanese Buddhist vegetarian course meal (reservation required). In addition, visitors can try trout fishing in the river in front of the restaurant or bring in fish caught at the nearby Samegai Trout Farm’s fish ponds to have the restaurant cook them.

    この醒井楼は醒ヶ井のちょっと山奥っぽいところにあって、JR醒ヶ井駅から、ハイキングしていくのにはちょうどいい距離でいた。鱒釣りもできて、おいしい鱒料理を食べることができて良かったです。

  • Shamotei Hieizan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yamanakachou 107-4
    Hieizan Shamotei is a famous restaurant specializing in Shamo chicken that has often been featured in media such as gourmet magazines. The owners are extremely fussy about the quality of the meat, all of which comes from chickens that they have raised themselves by hand. The resulting meat has a rich savory flavor, a delicious taste that one can enjoy nowhere else. One reason for the restaurant's popularity is that diner's can choose how to have their chicken prepared, whether in a stew or even raw. Popular options include grilled chicken and Shamo chicken sukiyaki, which are loved by a wide range of generations, from children to adults.
  • Ayuya no Sato Ayugamotei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Yasushi Yoshikawa 4187
    Ayugamotei is a restaurant located a 15-minute drive from the north exist of Yasu Station on the JR Biwako Line. Diners can look at Lake Biwa through the restaurant windows as they enjoy the flavors of the Omi region. In the winter, the focus is on duck stew and other stews, while in the summer, sweetfish features prominently in the menu. But the lake is not the only source for the restaurant's food. Country cuisine that incorporates the flavors of the meadows and the flavors of the mountains is of the highest quality. A popular option is the multi-course Lake Biwa Sweetfish Dinner that features sweetfish in several forms: roasted in a salt crush, raw, deep fried, and so on. The restaurant is large and can seat up to 280 people.

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Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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