Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Shimane Area

  • Kenjo Soba Haneya Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Imaichichou 549
    A long-standing Izumo soba restaurant founded at the end of the Edo period. This famous restaurant has served several emperors starting with Emperor Taisho. The restaurant’s legendary soba, flavorful and superb in texture, is made with local ingredients, and the buckwheat is ground with the husk using a stone mortar. The restaurant hand makes its soba noodles twice a day, ensuring diners can enjoy fresh made, fresh cooked soba whenever they visit. One of the most popular items on the menu is the warigo soba, soba noodles served with a three tier wooden warigo lunch box, a style characteristic of Izumo soba. The restaurant’s set meal options and the soba course, only offered here at the honten flagship location, are also well reviewed. The nearest station is Izumoshi Station.
  • Arakiya
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 409-2
    Continuing for over 200 years since the late Edo period, Arakiya is the Izumo soba shop with the longest history. It is located in a quiet residential area and features a folksy, relaxed interior. Carefully chosen local Izumo soba flour is placed in a stone mill, quality well water is added, and round herring dashi (soup stock) is used to create the elegant taste. While soba supplies last. Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Taisha Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway.

    This soba restaurant serves amazing handmade Japanese soba noodles. You can get them hot or cold. I ordered the 3 tiered cold soba served 3 ways. The one with the raw egg was my absolute favorite...

  • Yagumoan
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 308
    This is a well-known Izumo soba shop in Kitabori Town, north of Matsue Castle, where the charm of the castle town remains. The shop interior, remodeled from the remains of a samurai residence, is a soothing space where one can feel the four seasons and history. One can enjoy a quiet meal while looking out over the bamboo forest, carp swimming in the pond, gardens and towering old pines. Among the meal options for Izumo soba prepared daily by the shop owner, cold-quenched Wariko soba and duck broth soup Kamonanban are popular.

    Upon making the reservations for 6 for lunch for the room overlooking the gardens and pond, they asked for a Y200/person surcharge. I think it was very reasonable charge, given the beautiful...

  • Izumo Soba Kigaru
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Ishibashichou 400-1
    This long-established soba restaurant is located in Ishibashi Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture and offers authentic Izumo soba made from homemade stone-milled flour. There are two types of soba prepared from early every morning: “hiki-gurumi,” which is made from unprocessed milled buckwheat, and “maru-nuki,” which is made from buckwheat with the shells removed. “Hiki-gurumi” is great for “warigo soba” and “kamaage soba,” which Izumo is famous for, and “maru-nuki” makes for great “kamo (duck) seiro soba” and “zaru soba.” Loyal local customers regularly come here, and it feels just like the old days. There’s raised tatami seating as well for those who want to stretch their legs.
  • Fujinatei
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchoufujina 21-1
    "This Japanese restaurant is located next to Lake Shinji. Managed by the long-establish inn ""Minamikan"" in Matsue, guests can dine while looking out on Lake Shinji. The restaurant offers rice with whole steamed sea bream with a taste that is a family tradition, passed down and conceived by the first-generation chef. In addition, you can enjoy various tastes of Matsue, such as the specialty unagi-mabushi eel over rice served with condiments and dashi broth poured on top., a traditional Japanese cuisine course using seasonal ingredients, Izumo soba noodles, and sushi. Because they also other children's sets, the restaurant can be enjoyed by everyone from couples to families."

    平日のお昼にいきましたが予約なしでは順番待ちのようでした。ひつまぶし風の鯛めしは御出汁が足りなければ追加で出してもらえます。宍道湖の景色も料理もとてもよかったです。

  • Kamiyo Soba
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Matsue-shi Okudani Cho 324-5
    "A veteran Matsue shop that has been making Izumo soba noodles with flour stone-ground in-house since its establishment in 1952. Izumo soba is known as the ""original buckwheat noodles."" It has a distinct aroma and flavor as well as a dark color from the grinding of unhulled buckwheat. As times change and shops making Nihachi-soba (made with 20% wheat flour and 80% buckwheat flour) increase, they still make Juwari soba (made with 100% buckwheat flour) without any additions. The soba noodle broth uses an old-fashioned cooking sake and high grade dried bonito to deliver the traditional flavors of Matsue."
  • Kaneya
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi Four tuberos 659
    Kaneya is a soba restaurant founded in 1929 in Taisha Town, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. The restaurant is famous for donating its soba to the people at the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine festival. With its good old, simple, private house-like appearance, the store is loved by many well known people with lots of autographs decorating the walls of the restaurant. Kaneya offers authentic Izumo soba, freshly ground, freshly kneaded, and freshly boiled. Their most popular dish is the sanshoku-wariko, with three toppings on a bowl of soba noodles. The noodle’s broth with the sweet flavors of urume iwashi (sardines) and konbu seaweed coming through is particularly well liked.

    日本語は最後です。 To enter this famous soba noodle restaurant, you might have to wait in line for a while, but dont worry. Your turn will come soon. I have ordered three plates Soba. For plates and five...

  • SHOAN
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchouhayashi 223-3
    SHOAN is a healing space where time moves slowly and where you can sip coffee close to nature. It has features like a terrace overlooking Lake Shinji and a seasonal flowerbed, and you’ll be pleased with the hearty portions of their breakfasts and the set menu. Be sure to enjoy a delicious coffee with your meal. It is five minutes by car from JR Tamatsukuri Onsen Station.

    This little cafe is located on the side of a main road, and has beautiful views of the adjacent lake. It is a great spot to take a scenic break from a long drive, or just meet up for a midday...

  • Camborough Professional Pork Restaurant
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Hamada Kurokawacho 4191
    This restaurant is a three-minute walk from Hamada Station on the San-in Main Line. The shop interior is filled with the warmth of wood-grain, and is perfect for enjoying their select top grade Fuyo pork. Hygiene-managed Camborough pigs are fed blended feed and raised by experienced professionals to create balanced, flavorful, aromatic Fuyo pork. This shop buys direct from the farmers, rather than going through wholesalers or shops, for the freshest possible, pork. Since this shop is always busy, no matter the time or the day, we highly recommend getting reservations.

    Perfect crispy tonkatsu -They do great multi-course lunch specials here as well. I went for a lunch party with a group of co-workers and got the Ladies Set of the day which came with a small...

  • Okuni Chaya
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 731
    Izumo is said to be the birthplace Zenzai (a Japanese sweet), and this is a popular tea house providing carefully made sweet red bean desert. They offer a delicious zenzai that is not too sweet with soft rice cake that is made from local Shimane Prefecture Nita rice and large sized red beans from Hokkaido. Many people drop in on the way back from worshipping at Izumo Taisha Shrine for not only the sweets but also meals such as Izumo soba noodles and Enmusubi (lover's) udon.

    It is the restaurant the is most close to the Izumo Taisha Shrine. We encountered some trouble reading the Japanese menu and communicating with the staff here. Fortunately, the staffs are nice and...

  • Izumo Soba Kizuki
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 387-1
    Enjoy Izumo soba dishes in the relaxed atmosphere of the refurbished Japanese-style room of a private house which opened in 2014 on the shrine path to the west of Izumo Taisha Shrine. The high quality domestically grown stone milled buckwheat flour is made into soba noodles carefully by hand every morning. The soba is rich in flavor and very popular. Recommended dishes include the tororo grated yam soba and soba with duck and seasonal vegetables.

    Not a fancy restaurant, therefore a great atmosphere and good soba. 賑やかな道よりすこし離れています、とても落ち着いた店内で、シンプルなメニューでゆっくり食事のできる良いお店です。

  • Lunch House Conseil
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Mita 2152-1
    In this restaurant visitors can enjoy a lunch that changes daily, set meals, noodle dishes, bowls of rice with various toppings and even karaoke in the evening. You can also enjoy turban shell on rice and turban shell curry in the bright and open-air restaurant. Reservations are necessary at night due to irregular closing, so please confirm in advance.

    I was told to try sazae-don (turban shell on rice) by the locals, so I visited this restaurant for lunch. I am not a huge fan of shellfish, but this dish was very tasty. My friends chose other...

  • Marine Thalasso Izumo
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    4.5
    79 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Takichoutaki 859-1
    At this facility, visitors can enjoy a swimming pool overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Japan with 14 types of attractions. There are facilities for seaweed mud treatments, aerosol spa therapy as well as restaurants and visitors can also stay overnight. Rental swimmers, face towels, bath towels and sandals are available, however, it is advised to bring goggles and swimming caps when swimming in the pool.

    We stayed here for one night. The room had a nice ocean view and veranda. You cant swim at the beach here, but a public beach is a less than 10 minute walk away. The onsen is basically a big...

  • Uosensuisan Izumo-eki Minamiguchi-ten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Ekiminamimachi 1-2-61F
    This shop offers fresh vegetables purchased from contract farmers and the best fish gathered from around the whole country, providing the best taste possible. There are semi-private rooms with table and floor seats as well as two family rooms catering for up to 15 guests equipped with a television and toys. The rooms are popular for parents with children.
  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 509-1
    "This is a beer hall where you can enjoy a Matsue local beer called ""Beer Hearn"". Also, at the beer restaurant visitors can eat Shimane Wagyu Beef and Shinjiko Shicchin, seven types of seafoods that can be found in the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy five types of local beers at the beer counter overlooking the souvenir corner and the beer factory. It is a convenient facility that is walking distance from the Matsue Castle and Shiomi Nawate tourist site lined with traditional Japanese houses. "

    5 minutes walking from the castle, a nice place where you can drink excellent draft beer, tables outside. a free shuttle drives you back in the city center

  • Sentoraru-tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Okigunamachou Fukui 1365-5 Cinnamonha Center 2F
    "At this restaurant, located in the ""Jokyukaido Kinnyamonya Center"", a place for locals to gather and spread information of the town, guests can enjoy various local dishes from the town of Ama. You can try dishes such as ""White squid sashimi"", ""Rock Oysters Haruka"", ""Oki Soba"", and ""Sazae Curry"". ""Cold Shimame marinade on rice bowl"" (marinated squid), was popular nationally in the rice bowl competition, is also available. The unique island style menu is also available at ""Shan yama"" within the center."
  • Tsuruga Hazumiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachouokinosu 1630
    "This restaurant serves Okayama style udon noodles which are soft on the inside and slippery on the outside, and Izumo soba noodles made from buckwheat ground in a stone mill. The restaurant has been providing ""Kioke Soy Sauce"", ""Izumo Local Sake"" and handmade additive-free udon and soba for generations. The menu also offers rice bowls with various toppings and a meal set. The rice cooked with vegetables that comes with the set is also popular."
  • Waraku Matsue Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Otesembachou 565
    At this restaurant guests can enjoy Japanese seasonal cuisine made using produce in season collected from various parts of the Sanin region as well as fresh fish from one of the three tanks in the center of the restaurant. The cuisine of genuine taste and high quality, served in a relaxed atmosphere, is highly satisfying. Private rooms are also available on the top floor and are perfect for special gatherings such as a family ceremonies or welcome parties etc. During the season of crab fishing, the menu includes a course of Matsuba crab and snow crab.

    I came to Matsue WARAKU with my family. There was a new menu, so I got it. The sashimi is gorgeous and surprised! Oysters(Iwagaki) are big, and sashimi of spiny lobster is rare! It was very...

  • Izumo Sunaya Soba Restaurant
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 772 Izumo Kikiya 2F
    This is a buckwheat soba restaurant that specializes in making noodles with 100 percent milled buckwheat without any binding agent. At this specialty restaurant, you can enjoy the flavor of the Izumo soba. Although the restaurant does have set opening hours, it closes as soon as the soba is sold out, so it is recommended to visit earlier in the day.

    I dislike Soba. But Izuno Soba is famous so I tried it. It was so delicious that I was surprised. I would like to eat Soba here again. Because it was crowded, the waiting time was over 30 minutes...

  • Pinorosso
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda B 284
    This is an Italian sweets restaurant located three minutes on foot from JR Yamaguchi Line Tsuwano Station offering pasta, pizza, homemade bread, and cakes full of local ingredients. There are counter and table seats, with an attractive open kitchen atmosphere. There are four varieties of lunch set, with the pasta lunch being most popular. The chef is actively involved in food education activities, such as taking charge of taste lessons at local elementary and junior high schools.

    The highlight of my 5-day visit to Japan was a days excursion on SL Yamaguchi. After the nostalgic 2-hr journey up to Tsuwano, I had almost almost 3-hrs to kill in this quiet rural town before...

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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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