Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Irori Sanzoku Kuga Restaurant
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    4.0
    242 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Kugamachi 1380-1

    This is kind of like a family-friendly museum-tourist-trap traditional Japanese foods. Excellent happy service, food OK, but nothing to write home about. The yakitori on a bamboo stick- take the...

  • Heikejaya Fugu and Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Mimosusogawachou 1-1
    A Japanese restaurant in Shimonoseki City. Come try Japanese cuisine that uses Shimonoseki’s specialties: puffer-fish in the winter and live squid in the summer. The puffer-fish is carefully prepared and served as sashimi with nice texture or in a puffer-fish hot-pot. The mouthfeel and sweetness of the squid is a delight to the senses and is prepared in a variety of ways including raw sashimi, shumai dumplings, and fried tempura.

    関門橋のたもと、「壇ノ浦古戦場跡」の近くの絶好のロケーション。入店待ちの時間を利用して、古戦場跡を散策できます。和モダンなおしゃれな店内には、人数に合わせて様々な部屋があり、全ての部屋から関門海峡、関門橋を臨むことができます。 フグ、アンコウ、クジラ、ウニ、特牛イカ等、全国に誇れる食材を盛り込んだブランド力のあるフルコース料理が「下関満関善席」です。料理1品につき下関産の食材を1種類以上使用すると...

  • Ganso Kawara Soba Takase
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    4.0
    150 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana 5437
    Ganso Kawara Soba Takase is a restaurant in Toyoura district, Shimonoseki City that is reputed to have been the first restaurant to serve Kawara Soba (Soba noodles served on a heated Kawara tile). Kawara Soba was originally developed by Takase Shinichi (the first-generation owner), inspired by the story that, during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, hungry solders heated Kawara tiles to cook wild grasses and meat; this dish has subsequently become very popular. The restaurant's Unameshi (steamed rice with eel), made using domestically-produced eel, is also very popular.

    川棚温泉にある瓦そばで有名なお店。日曜日だったので待つのを覚悟していたが、コロナの影響か、すぐに席が確保できた。瓦そばを注文したが、それほど美味いとも思わなかった。いわば、和風の焼きそば。もっとも、話の種に一度は食べてみてもいい。

  • Restaurant Irori Sanzoku, Nishiki Branch
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Nishikimachiono Side display 889
    "This restaurant is located along Hoji Pass (National Route 187) in Ono, Nishikimachi, Iwakuni City. Their specialties include their sanzokuyaki (""bandit-style"" char-grilled chicken legs), sanzoku musubi (""bandit-style"" rice balls), and sanzoku udon (""bandit-style"" udon noodles). Other offerings include char-grilled Sumeragi beef as well as dishes featuring river fish such as masu salmon and sweetfish. The restaurant also a cafe menu including coffee and sweets. Its building features a motif based on Yamagata Prefecture's kabutozukuri taso minka (multi-level folk homes with helmet-shaped gables). The restaurant offers a variety of seating options available including counter seating around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth, horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu), and private rooms. There is also an adjacent souvenir shop."

    We always love stopping at this Sanzoku on our way to Tsuwano. The lanterns on the ceiling are pretty and the food is always good. We also love that they have regular tables since both of my...

  • Le Ceiba
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Higashitamachi 92
    This cafe is in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Come enjoy their vegetable focused lunches in their warm wooden interior. Come get your fill of fresh seasonal flavors with their meals that are loaded with local organically farmed vegetables. Their lunch meals come with miso soup and are popular with both locals and tourists alike.

    Absolutely great night - this is a unique environment full of books and CDs and clutter, so untypical of Japan - the food is served, cooked and created by one man and it is soooo good. He spent some...

  • Meet the Dolphins (Iruka no Mieru) Restaurant
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Ikkaport 6-1 Yokohikan
    At this restaurant located inside the Kaikyokan Aquarium in Shimonoseki City, you can enjoy a meal while watching dolphins at play. A ticket to the aquarium is not required to enter the restaurant. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they offer a lunchtime menu while from 3 p.m. onwards they offer a la carte dishes including pizza and spaghetti. Feel free to take pictures of the dolphins.

    海響館の中にある、屋号通りの「イルカの見えるレストラン」。 注文は食券式。 店に入ると、奥の壁から見えるのは、イルカショーの水槽。イルカの様子を水中から見ることができる。 ●ハンバーグステーキ (160 g) サラダ添え 1330円 テーマパーク内のレストランということでそんなに期待していなかったが、ファミレス以上の質。

  • Chiyo
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Imafuruhagimachi 20-4
    A traditional multi course Japanese dinner Kaiseki restaurant in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which offers cuisine with fresh seasonal seafood caught off the cost of Hagi. Enjoy carefully selected ingredients such as tilefish, Hagi sword-tip squid and sea urchin, that are crafted into dishes to bring out their unique flavors. The menu has horse mackerel and squid sashimi as well as seasonal sea urchin seafood rice bowl full of sea urchin.

    8800円の甘鯛コースをいただきました。 食べたことのなかった甘鯛づくし。甘みがあり柔らかくてとても美味しかったです!特にお刺身と一夜干し、唐揚げが美味でした。 個室でゆっくりと堪能でき満足でした。対応もとても良かったです。

  • Fukunoseki (Kamonwharf Branch)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Karatochou 6-11F
    A puffer-fish restaurant in Shimonoseki City is located inside a mall, Kamonwharf, which is next to Karato Marketplace and Shimonoseki Aquarium, Kaikyokan. Try fresh Japanese produce focusing on puffer-fish and whale. Enjoy a variety of Shimonoseki flavors in sashimi, rice bowl and tempura dishes.
  • Fuku no Kawaku (Karato Restaurant)
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Karatochou 5-1
    This puffer-fish restaurant is in Shimonoseki. Their signature dish, the Puffer-fish Rice bowl, a bowl of rice with raw puffer-fish and slices of puffer-fish outer skin and green onion, is popular not just with tourists but with the locals as well. Based around the motto of Cheap and Delicious, they also serve dishes such as puffer-fish tempura over udon noodles or Donburi (a bowl of rice with ingredients on top) and fried chicken.

    Restaurants in the neighbouring Kamon Wharf should be for tourists and the pricing there seems somehwat expensive. This Kawaku does not look pretty and guests had to buy tickets at the vending...

  • Hagitsubaki
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1068-3
    "This Japanese-style confectionery shop, located about a 15-minute walk from Higashi Hagi Station on the JR Sanin Line, offers a variety of traditionally made sweets. The roll cake ""Akamai Maki"", made using local produce, and the ""Hagi Komichi"" baked goods, are popular. There is also a cafe space in the shop with a Japanese atmosphere, and many people visit from afar."

    松陰神社の近くにある菓子舗です。キャッチは「日本人がつくるお菓子だもん、みんな和菓子なんだよ」。先日久留米からの観光客として初来店し、当日夜宿泊先のホテルで食べる焼き菓子を2つ(萩小路、東洋美人)テイクアウトしました。結果は普通に美味。東洋美人の方は日本酒入りでした。我が家の評価は「萩市民の普段使い」。 その他の情報です。店内には「カエル」が多数、というより無数。店主の趣味? それとも縁起物...

  • Coffee Kura
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Minamikatakawamachi 56
    "This cafe, located in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is famous for its ""Bakumatsu Bread"" and visitors can taste bread made using recipes of the Tokugawa Shogunate. As well as handmade cake and bread, there is also a restaurant with a homely feel, where you can enjoy refreshments such as omelet and rice or curry. Many people visit while sightseeing to enjoy a leisurely meal."

    萩の町並みに見とれて歩いていたら結構疲れてしまいました。博物館からの帰りに見つけたのがこのお店です。外観は蔵風のカフェで、内装は洋風のかわいい感じ。奥様たちが歓談していました。観光客向けの店なのかどうか分りませんでしたが、とりあえずコーヒーを注文。丁寧に落したコーヒーは疲れた体を癒してくれる至福の一杯です。カップも綺麗で、美味いコーヒーでした。

  • Cafe Shduki-Saryou
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 1-12
    This is a cafe in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where you can enjoy original coffee blended and roasted in the cafe, using carefully selected beans. The cafe is also a perfect blend of Japanese and Western style. The terrace overlooks Mt. Shizuki and the nature of Hagi. In the cafe events are held such as jazz concerts and a gallery of Hagiyaki pottery.

    萩の城下町を散策した際、萩城の少し手前にあるこちらのお店に立ち寄りました。落ち着いた雰囲気のお店で、ここをすぎると観光バス乗り場近くのレストランしかないので、貴重な存在だと思います。ただ、味については競争がないのか可もなく不可もなく。

  • Shiokazenosato Tsunoshima
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoutsunoshima 853-4
    This restaurant is in Shimonoseki City. Along with meals made from locally caught seafood and harvested mountain plants, they also sell local products and vegetables. Along with its open build which allows you to look out over the Sea of Japan from the restaurant, the shop is characterized by its exposed wood beam ceiling. The restrooms are open all 24 hours.
  • Garden Cafe Hotoritei
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Minamikatakawamachi 62
    Hotoritei is a cafe where visitors can drink tea or enjoy a meal surrounded by a beautiful traditional Japanese rock garden. The cafe is situated in an old mansion within extensive grounds (covering approximately 2,640 square meters), creating an atmosphere that is not only luxurious and elegant but also calm and relaxing. The superb food served at Hotoritei makes extensive use of fresh local ingredients from Yamaguchi Prefecture, including fish caught nearby off the coast of Hagi.

    雰囲気は申し分なし。 ランチが物足りなかったので、デザートを求めてお茶しに来ました。 かき氷を食べましたが、なかなかの食べ応え。 周りで食されているランチもなかなか美味しそうでしたので、次はランチで来たいと思いました。

  • Hagi Shinkai
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hijiwara 370-71
    Hagi Shinkai is a restaurant next to Hagi Bridge specializing in Fugu (Pufferfish) and fresh fish from the restaurant’s own fish-tanks; the restaurant building, which resembles a white lighthouse, is very distinctive. Inside, the restaurant has the finest fish-tanks in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with squid, stonefish, flounder and other local fish species swimming around vigorously. Hagi Shinkai is famous for its squid dishes (made using squid from the restaurant’s own tanks), which have an exquisite flavor that permeates every mouthful; for these dishes, the squid is ultra-fresh, not being taken out of the tank until immediately before the dish is prepared. The Fugu (Pufferfish) set meal, which is available in the winter months, and the flounder set meal available in the summer months, need to be booked in advance.

    Fair warning the staff does not speak English nor do they have an English menu. It does help to know some Japanese phrases or at least be quick with google translate. The staff is fantastic and...

  • Nagayamon Coffee (Café Tikal)
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hijiwara 298-1
    Nagayamon Coffee (Café Tikal) is a café located around 10 minutes’ walk from Higashi-Hagi Station. The café is situated inside the Kogawa-ke Nagayamon, a Tangible Cultural Property (a “nagayamon” is a long building with a gate through it). The café roasts its own coffee beans, and usually has more than 20 different varieties of bean to choose from; coffee is made to order using the drip process with painstaking attention to detail, ensuring a superb fragrance and taste. This secluded Western-style café is very popular with both local regulars and tourists.

    A traditional Japanese style cafe in Hagi. The route of going to there from the train station already let you view the local houses and roads, yay, those traditional Japanese ones which we saw in...

  • Zosui Junmi
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Atoushinome 701
    "This restaurant specializing in zosui (rice in thick broth) is located an approximately 12-minute walk from Shinome Station on the JR Yamaguchi Line. You can taste a variety of zosui from classics such as meat, fish, curry and kimchi, to items you rarely see elsewhere. Made a serving at a time in an iron pot, it is very filling. Their ""yokubari zosui,"" which contains plenty of seafood such as crab, scallops and shrimps, is one of the restaurant's popular menu items. In addition, you can also choose toppings such as mochi rice cake, kimchi and raw egg."

    ときどき利用しています。ときどきメニューが更新される楽しみですが、お気に入りのメニューがなくなった時はちょっとがっかりします。駐車場は広くなく、お昼時に行くとスペースがありません。道幅に余裕がないので、道路わきに停めるわけにもいきません。早めに行くかお昼時を外していくのがお勧めです。

  • Hirasei
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Iwakuni 1-2-3
    A long-standing Japanese restaurant said to have been established in 1858 standing at the foot of the Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Situated in a location with an excellent view of the bridge, this popular restaurant becomes swamped with reservations particularly during the cherry blossom season. Hirasei serves highly seasonal gozen meals and kaiseki course cuisine with a focus on local dishes such as colorful Iwakuni sushi and ohira (vegetables in a clear broth). The restaurant’s courses made with seasonal limited ingredients such as ayu, matsutake mushrooms, and fugu.

    Exquisitely prepared Kaiseki fare almost too beautiful to eat. However, the bursts of flavors kept us eating through eat dish. The view of the Kintaikyo bridge and the bonfires reflected in the...

  • Kotokoto
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 2-32
    Kotokoto is a cafe and gallery located in Gofuku Town, Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and run from an historic old town house. Inside is a relaxing space decorated in an old fashioned Japanese style with Nordic chairs. Guests can enjoy a cafe menu such as marmalade toast with lots of homemade marmalade while gazing over the serene inner garden. For lunch, the curry made with vegetables from Hagi is also popular. The gallery sells Hagi-yaki pottery, towels and accessories among other things.

    You can have a coffee at this cafe and look at the small zen garden - very relaxing. Also the store is full of fabulous items - amazing carpets from Turkey, a great clothing range, cosy slippers...

  • Gankoan
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Emukai 587
    Gankoan is a soba noodles restaurant located just north of Hagi City Chuo Park in the Emukai district of Hagi City. It serves hand-made soba noodles, which are made by grinding domestically-produced buckwheat flour in a stone mortar. The noodles are served in Hagi-yaki potteries; Kogoro Soba, which is served in a selection of different Hagi-yaki bowls, is especially popular.

    明倫学舎から城下町に向かっている道中に発見し、店名にそそられて入ってみました 宮澤りえさん他、釣りバカの面々も来られたようです 二八もありましたが十割が食べたかったので、名物の黒かしわのざるそばにしました 最初は塩で食べてくださいと言われましたが、言われなくても、まずは香りを嗅いで、そばつゆだけを味見して、そばだけで食べて、塩で食べて、わさ美だけつけて食べて、最後にそばつゆで食べるという、一...

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Heading west along Japan's largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you'll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we're not talking just the usual fish dishes - the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.

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