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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Matsue Area

  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    48 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. "

    Had a very good Japanese lunch as part of a tour group. Hot plate between 4 people with choices of meats and fish to place and cook. Good local beer 540 yen each. Took the canal boat cruise from the...

  • Waraku Matsue Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    44 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 ate “Matsuba Gani(snow crab)” in the “WARAKU”of Matsue! It was very delicious!! It was a surprising series! First of all, the clerk brought “Matsuba Gani“ before cooking. I was surprised at...

  • Naniwa-honten Restaurant
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 21
    "This long-established restaurant, with a traditional atmosphere, is located on the shore of Lake Shinji. Visitors can enjoy beautiful dishes made with the best seasonal ingredients and taste Lake Shinji's seven delicacies including, ""sea bass, greasy-back prawn, eel, cattle egret, ice fish, carp, and clams."""

    I came to this restaurant with my partner and friends we’d met on our group tour of Japan. We went down the steps to this well appointed riverside restaurant in Matsue. Had the set menu...

  • Yagumoan
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    4.5
    93 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...

  • Chugoku-Sanchi Soba Kobo Funatsu
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sotonakabarachou 117-6
    This is a famous Izumo soba restaurant in Sotonakabara-cho, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, bustling with tourists and local regulars alike. The specialty Juwari soba is made from buckwheat cultivated in Okuizumo-cho, home-milled and rolled by hand. The three types of soba made with local spring water are each matched with four specially-prepared flavors of dipping sauce. The luxury soba course and local sake options are popular.

    ガイドブックで良く見る蕎麦屋さんです。蕎麦の実を味わうような、粗いそばで、太い麺が特長です。出雲そばが800円台なので、お手頃だと思います。松江市バスのバス停前なので、車でなくても行きやすかったです。

  • Teien Saryo Minami
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    4.5
    109 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 14 Miomi Museum 1F
    A restaurant located on the first floor of the long-standing Minamikan ryokan inn on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. A white sand and pine garden, backed by Lake Shinji, stretches out beyond the restaurant’s windows, and the restaurant has both tables and private dining rooms with views of this beautiful scenery. The restaurant’s vaunted regional cuisine makes abundant use of the seasonal culinary blessings provided by the San’in, such as fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and seasonal vegetables from the countryside. Minami’s taimeshi minced sea bream with rice is made according to a traditional family recipe based on the shirukakegohan and sobagu loved by Matsudaira Fumai, the seventh lord of the ancient Matsue Domain.

    The atmosphere is nice and the service is top end for what you expect in Japan from a mid range restaurant. The food was ok and the experience was nice. Nothing spectacular, but you wont be...

  • Toki no Kaze Kura
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashihonmachi 1-64
    A restaurant directly operated by a rice shop in Higashihommachi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. Kura is renowned for its donburi, bowls of rice grown with the pure waters of Izumo topped with an abundance of delicacies from the sea and land of Shimane. The restaurant’s signature menu item is the shijimidon, which is piled high with shelled Lake Shinji basket clams flavored with dashi stock. This superb local treat gives meals the chance to enjoy rich, flavorful, plump and large sized basket clams. Other popular menu options include the sazanamidon topped with steamed shirasu whitebait, and the karubidon topped with Japanese wagyu beef.

    新鮮な魚介類やお肉、とれたて野菜をふんだんに使った季節ごとの旬の料理が美味しいです。おすすめは、メインに味噌汁や小鉢が付いた定食です。

  • Ichirikido Kyomise Main Shop
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 53
    A long-established Japanese confectionery store founded in the Horeki period between 1751 and 1764, and located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. Since the time of Matsudaira Fumai, the seventh lord of the Matsue Domain, Ichirikido has served as confectioner to the feudal domain. Their specialty sweet is himekosode, a so called otomegashi (limited edition sweet) because it was forbidden to make the sweet unless ordered to do so by the lord of Matsue. It is a delicate flavored sweet made from the finest peeled bean jam and specially made wasanbon sugar (fine-grained Japanese sugar). The store also sells many other sweets including the Matsue specialty, wakakusa, and nishikiogura, made with yokan (adzuki-bean jelly) sandwiched between castella sponge.

    They started business more than 200 years ago, had delivered the sweets to Lord Matsudaira. A second I stepped in, the lady helped me, offered me green tea and samples. I wanted to purchase...

  • Saneido
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Teramachi 47
    Located in Teramachi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, this Japanese confectionery store makes and sells a wide range of Japanese sweets including the three famous sweets of Matsue, natanenosato, yamakawa, and wakakusa, which were originally named by the seventh lord of the Matsue Domain, Matsudaira Fumai. Of these sweets, the natanenosato, decorated with white roasted rice on the hard candy colored by the yellow of cape jasmine flowers, is famous. Saneido’s delicately crafted sweets, made using traditional skills since the days of the feudal government, enjoy a fine reputation. The store sells its original hinodemae sweet made with layers of peeled bean jam and other seasonal Japanese confections.

    松平不昧公の命名したお菓子をつくる老舗のお店で、菜種の里という押し菓子はここのみ。近くの彩雲堂、風流堂の本店と比べるとかなりこじんまりし、和室やお庭などもありませんでした。

  • Yamaichi
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashihonmachi 4-1
    Yamaichi is a restaurant located on the banks of the Ohashi River approximately 12 minutes on foot from Matsue Station, run by a family with a very cozy atmosphere. On the counter guests can find the day’s obanzai, a traditional style of Japanese cuisine native to Kyoto. Yamaichi mainly serves dishes using seafood from Lake Shinji and Matsue specialty dishes. Their miso soup made with large clams from lake Shinji with their meaty, rich flavor is particularly popular. The restaurant also serves a whole range of local dishes which go well with a cup of sake such as their deep-fried moroge shrimp (one of the seven varieties of seafood usually found in Lake Shinji), or udon, as well as their pickled mackerel made with mackerel caught off the Shimane Peninsula.

    We loved our dinner here. They don’t have an English menu but looking at Tabelog I knew they served oden and we wanted to try that. So we ordered oden, sashimi & eel (we heard someone else order it...

  • Sakuragawa
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 468-4
    Sakuragawa is a Japanese restaurant directly managed by a fish shop located in Kuroda Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, where guests can taste the fresh seafood of San’in all at reasonable prices. This restaurant is housed within a home-like building lending the place a relaxed atmosphere and inside there is plenty of seating in semi-private rooms so guests can relax and enjoy the food. Sakuragawa has a wide range of set meals on offer including the Shimane sashimi set meal with seasonal sashimi lavishly presented on a boat-platter, the San’in nodoguro-meshi with grilled rockfish on a bed of rice, and the takitate-kamameshi set meal with five different kinds of kamameshi (rice, meat, and vegetables boiled together in a small pot) to choose from. For lunch, their hearty ryoshi-don (fisherman’s bowl) is popular.

    普通の居酒屋さんですが、ランチもやっていてノドグロ丼を食べました。甘くってとても美味しかったです!おすすめです!

  • Izumo Soba Kigaru
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    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.

    The izumo soba was delicious, and the restaurant was perfectly willing to cook eggs for the oyako soba longer than usual for my parents, who like their eggs very thoroughly cooked. There were also a...

  • Ristorante Vecchio Rosso
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5 In Shimane prefectural art museum
    This Italian restaurant is located on the first floor of the Shimane Art Museum, which is on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. You can see the sprawling lake through the glass windows, and it looks spectacular when the water surface is dyed red by the sunset. There is authentic Italian cuisine made with local seafood and vegetables procured from contracted farmers, as well as wine. You can enjoy everything from casual lunch sets to dinner courses fitting for a celebratory occasion, all while relishing the flavors of Shimane. Many couples like to come at dinnertime to enjoy the gorgeous night view.

    I jumped off the town tourist loop bus to start exploring on foot and walked into the Shimane Art Museum. I saw the restaurant and had a great lunch. Nice view in a nice dining setting.

  • Shiomi Chaya
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 319
    Shiomi Chaya is a tea-house located on Prefectural Route 37 to the north of Matsue Castle in Kitahori Town, Matsue City. Shiomi Chaya serves Botebote Tea—which is made by adding grains, pickles etc. to coarse green tea that has been whipped into a froth using a tea-whisk, and which is said to have been a favorite snack eaten by Matsudaira Harusato, the lord of the Matsue domain, while out hunting with falcons—as well as green tea, coffee, soba noodles, etc. Visitors can enjoy eating or drinking while relaxing on the terrace, which faces the moat of Matsue Castle. Shiomi Chaya also has a souvenir gifts corner where visitors can purchase famous local tea, confectionery and sake products, etc.

    松江城址のガイドツアーとお堀巡りの際に、喫茶で利用し休憩。松江は茶道が盛んで有名な和菓子が多くて羨ましい。

  • Seishoan Tachibana
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 11-1
    At the Seishoan Tachibana, you can find new tastes as well as sweets town Matsue’s traditional tastes. At the popular casual tea seats, you can enjoy tea and sweets while gazing over the beautiful view of Lake Shinji. It provides a delicate, beautiful, and elegant taste in all of its products—high-grade confections, saomono, manju, and western sweets.

    宍道湖沿いの嫁が島の辺り、 美味しそうなものが沢山並んだ和菓子屋さん。ギフトの詰め合わせも沢山ありました。 喫茶室からお茶をのみながら宍道湖が眺められます。 綺麗に盛り付けられたあんみつやぜんざい、お抹茶のセットなどがいただけます。 お茶室もあり、2人からお抹茶懐石などいただけるみたいです。 私は夕日に間に合わず、7時の閉店時間になってしまったので、翌日袖師窯さんを訪ねた後に休憩に来ました...

  • Salone del Cafe Hattori
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Gakuen 1-12-5
    Salone del Cafe Hattori is critically-acclaimed for its exotic interior, and features a popular menu, featuring coffee and black tea with charcoal-purified water, dairy products without additives or control agents, and other safe healthy ingredients like natural salt. This is certainly a uniquely focused café, with 500 kilograms of charcoal spread underneath the floorboards of the comfortable interior. Approximately 13 minutes by car from Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station on the Ichibata Electric Railways Kitamatsue Line.

    煎茶をいただきました。 入れかたがよくわからなかったので、説明して欲しかったです。 煎茶のお菓子は松江の和菓子が良かったかなー

  • CAFFE VITA
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Gakuen 2-5-3
    The 2008 national award winning CAFFE VITA uses freshly roasted coffee beans. When they take your order, they grind the beans in a manner that prevents oxidation, and painstakingly prepare the dripped coffee with a paper filter. The owner of this popular shop is a barista and patissier. Snacks including their popular Panini are also very delicious. Eight minutes by car from JR Matsue Station.

    We messed-up our schedule last time we were in these parts, this time we checked the opening times properly. Sunday brunch was a lovely mix of bagels, toast, salad and coffees, all made to a...

  • 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...

  • Patisserie Cuire
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kataharachou 107
    The sweet smelling second-floor salon of Patisserie Cuire offers a café menu and light fare, in addition to cakes. Their most popular cakes are the chef’s specialty and their tarts, which both use seasonal ingredients. The strawberry tart made with their own dough, combined with raspberry sauce and topped with plenty of Amao strawberries, is sweet and tart in perfect balance. It is eight minutes by car from JR Matsue Station.

    松江で人気のケーキ屋さんです。京橋川沿いに有りますが駐車場が狭いです。二階には喫茶も有りケーキと珈琲などを店で味わう事出来ます。

  • Gallery Kokufu and Cafe Dori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashimbechou 1514
    Gallery Kokufu and Cafe Dori are located in a refurbished traditional thatched roof house built over 160 years ago. In the old-fashioned atmosphere, you can try café experience and the other activities like pottery, cooking, and dyeing. They also hold various exhibits and other events using part of the thatched building and the storehouse. It is closed from January to February every year.

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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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