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Japanese Food Spots in Kochi Area

  • Shimantoya
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Yamachi 2494-1
    This souvenir shop is on the bank of the Shimanto River in Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture and contains a restaurant on the second floor. It opened in 1967. The first floor sells processed goods such as natural eel, shrimp, sweetfish, and seaweed from the Shimanto River, which is said to be Japan’s last remaining limpid river. The chef, who is also a river fisherman, offers dishes such as grilled eel and rice, natural salt-grilled sweetfish, fried river shrimp, and other local cuisine. Depending on the season, you may be able to sit outside on the terrace and gaze at the river while you eat.

    Luckily I could have limited available chacoal grilled “Tennen” eel (not farmed eel) which is cooked as Kansai style, however, a bit over cooked but still very tasty. Restaurant located on 2F with...

  • Tosa Cuisine Sawachi Cuisine Hon-ikezawa
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Honmachi 2-1-19
    This is a local cuisine restaurant opened in 1925 by a well-established fish shop, located in Honmachi, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. As well as fresh seafood from Kochi Central Wholesale Market, the restaurant boasts cuisine using ingredients from the mountains and the seas of Tosa. The main specialty is a Tosa dish “katsuo tataki-seared bonito,” It is a traditional dish where the raw bonito is seared over strong heat served with plenty of condiments with the delicious flavor of days gone. Sawachi ryouri, assorted local seasonal cuisine served on a large plate is also popular.

    大橋通りとおびさんロードが合流する角にあります。 新鮮なカツオが調理された状態で販売されており、観光客はもちろん、ついつい今晩のおかずとして購入する地元の人も多いです。

  • Warayaki Tataki Myojinmaru Hirome Market Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-3-1 Within the Hirokomeri market
    Myojin Suisan Group’s “straw grilled kastuo-tataki, seared bonito” specialty store is located in Hirome Ichiba-market, in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. It is a popular store famous for its “fisherman caught, fisherman cooked” catch copy and on holidays, there is a queue as soon as the store opens. “Straw grilled tataki,” the signature menu using rod and line fished bonito, is a delicious dish of freshly grilled thick bonito steaks seasoned with salt or dipped in sauce. Visitors can enjoy the freshness, the volume and the fragrant scent of the dish that can only be experienced at this specialty store located in the home of bonito fishing. Also, dishes such as harambo-marbled bonito, Shimizu mackerel sashimi, and set menus are offered.
  • Tanaka Sengyoten and Ryoshi-goya
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunnakatosachou Kure 6382
    The Tanaka Sengyoten is located in the Taisho-machi market, which sells fresh fish and seafood. Tanaka Sengyoten also has a Ryoshi-goya (fisherman’s hut) opposite the shop; customers who have purchased fresh fish at Tanaka Sengyoten can take it next door and have it prepared and cooked for them to eat there. There is no extra charge for sashimi etc., but there is an additional charge for cooking dried fish. Customers can also order miso soup and rice to accompany their fish or seafood.

    Tanaka Sengyoten used very fresh fish from local fishermen. There is a rice set with miso soup for 250 yen. You can chose your fish from the shop across the street.

  • Tosashokunin Koujiya
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nijudaimachi 7-23 Matsuyoshi Building 2/3F
    About an eight-minute walk from the Hasuikemachi stop on the electric streetcar, this Japanese-style pub offers the local cuisine of Kochi. The hinoki-wood interior features a counter made from a single plank of zelkova wood, with box seating and tatami seating—perfect for families, friends and event dining. You can enjoy a variety of dishes, like nabe (stew), sushi, grilled food made with fresh ingredients each season—the local bonito and Tosa giraud chicken in particular. The a la carte menu is extensive, as is the course dining. You can even dosome sake taste-testing.

    廿代町のグリーンロード沿いのビルの2階です。今回は、高知の地酒と一緒に土佐ジロー等をいただきました。お通しはブリ大根はブリのハラスはトロッと、切身はしっかりと味が染みていました。土佐ジローは、掴むと肉がしっかり絞まっているのが分かりました。塩コショウはしてありましたが、食べる時用に、ゆず胡椒が付いていました。まず、何も付けないでそのままの弾力を感じて食べることをお勧めします。

  • Suigeitei
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamiharimayachou 1-17-25
    A three-minute walk from tram stops Harimayabashi Station. A restaurant for enjoying “good, fresh local cuisine and good sake.” Look for the tasteful store sign. Inside, you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, with private rooms, counter seating and table seating. Enjoy special Kochi cuisine—with its wellspring of great ingredients, like bonito, moray eel, and whale—a la carte, or try rice bowls and meals-of-the-day made with local Kochi rice for lunch, or try course meals for dinner. There is a full lineup of alcohol too, like nihonshu and shochu, to go with your meal.

    クジラの様々な部位を使った料理が楽しめます。盛り合わせを頼んで、説明を受けましたが、まったくわかりませんでした。 味は絶品です。クジラがこんなにおいしいとは知りませんでした。

  • Tsukasa Kochi Honten
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    4.0
    139 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1-2-15
    Located a brief one-minute walk from Tosa Electric Railway Harimayabashi Station, this old shop—established 1917—serves Tosa cuisine. With a tataki demonstration area immediately next to the entrance, the elegant interior is perfect for families and groups, with tatami rooms, Japanese-style rooms with sunken kotatsu, and Western-style private rooms. During lunch, there’s the Tosa set meal and wateishoku set meal. At dinner, there are tataki sets, Tosa course meals, and many flavors from land and sea. “Sawachi” cuisine is a famous style borne in Nangoku Tosa.

    A gem of a restaurant that caters for every taste- even those with food allergies - the English menu is a help and nothing is to much for friendly staff

  • Kagetsu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotsu 2586
    This Japanese restaurant is located in Murotsu, Muroto City. Seasonal fish and shellfish landed in Muroto is kept alive in the restaurant until it is served fresh in a variety of seafood dishes. The restaurant is also famous for its whale cuisine, including whale sashimi and nitsuke (whale boiled in soy sauce), as well as harihari-nabe (whale hot pot) in the winter. The restaurant is one of several local eateries in Muroto, one of Japan’s biggest producers of splendid alfonsino, that serves the local delicacy Muroto Kinmedon. This dish features a splendid alfonsino boiled in soy sauce and served on a bowl of rice.
  • Tosa Tataki Dojo
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nida 201-2
    This restaurant is inside the Drive-In Katsuobune tourist stop located on the side of the Kuroshio Line in Niida, Kochi City. It is popular for allowing visitors to sear freshly-caught raw skipjack tuna themselves with burning straw. In addition to freshly-seared skipjack tuna, the restaurant also offers a la carte items, set meals, and takeout.

    My first Tataki Katsuo of many in Kochi. As soon as we walked in the restaurant, we chose from the menu, and if you opted for the Tataki Katsuo you were given a stick with a slab of Katsuo in it and...

  • Tokugetsuro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamiharimayachou 1-17-3
    This Japanese restaurant located on the side of Tosa Naka Highway in Minami Harimaya-cho 1-Chome was founded in 1870. Customers can enjoy sawachi ryori, a regional cuisine of Kochi that features dishes made with the delicious food gathered from land and sea heartily piled onto large plates. The restaurant also offers monthly kaiseki meals banquet dishes that makes use of seasonal ingredients, A5-rank Japanese Black beef steak kaiseki meals, seasonal set meals, and more.
  • Tosa-no-Kuni Nijuyonmangoku
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 1-2-2
    This regional cuisine restaurant is located in Obiya-machi 1-Chome, Kochi City. It offers skipjack tuna seared in-house with straw, sushi made with seared skipjack tuna, and regional cuisine that focuses on the delicious food gathered from sea. Customers can try also Kochi’s famous local cuisine, sawachi ryori, which features a variety of dishes piled on a platter.

    高知に来たら絶対食べたいカツオのたたき。とても美味しかったです。平日の遅めのランチだったので店内は空いていました。値段もお手頃で、また利用したいです。

  • Kisetsu Ryori Taniguchi
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamuraohashidori 4-50
    This venerable Japanese restaurant is located near city hall in the center of Shimanto City. Guests can enjoy regional cuisine such as salted seared skipjack tuna and sea lettuce tempura made with local seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also has sets featuring Shimanto City’s delicacies that are gaining popularity.

    亀の手、チャンばら貝、ゴリ。中村ならではの地元味。刺身盛合せも新鮮でむちゃくちゃ美味しいです。お酒がすすむことまちがい無しです。

  • Local Cuisine Hanazen
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamurahigashimachi 1-8-19
    This restaurant specializing in regional cuisine is located in Nakamura Higashi-machi 1-Chome, Shimanto City. Its menu features dishes made with seasonal Shimanto River ingredients such as freshwater shrimp, sweetfish, eel, and sea lettuce. Other items include salted seared skipjack tuna, set meals featuring seasonal local ingredients, sushi, donburi (rice bowls), noodle dishes, and a la carte items. Weekday-only daily set meals are also available.

    るるぶに載っていて、禁煙の部屋があることを確認できたので行ってみました。町の中心からちょっと離れていますが、歩いていけました。おまかせセットを注文したのですが、カツオのたたきは塩とたれを選ぶことができました。2人で行ったので両方注文したところ、塩もおいしかったですがたれは絶品でした。高知市内の店とは全然違う味でした。

  • Tosa Ichiba
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1-3-11
    This restaurant specializing in regional cuisine is located in Harimaya-cho 1-Chome, Kochi City. Its offerings include their famous seared skipjack tuna, a local delicacy, a variety of whale dishes, and dishes made with fresh Tosa seafood preserved in a tank inside the restaurant. Guests can also order Sawachi ryori, a regional cuisine of Kochi featuring a variety of items piled on large plates, without needing a reservation. There is even “Omoide Sawachi” that can be enjoyed by guests dining alone.

    We had lunch here and ordered Hanakago set for 1380 yen. The food was tasty especially the chyawanmushi (egg custard). 土佐料理を出すお店です 値段の割に ボリュームのあるセットでした セットには麺んもつくので かなりボリュームがあります

  • Unagiya Seiro
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-5-21
    This restaurant specializing in eel cuisine is located in Obiya-machi 2-Chome, Kochi City. The restaurant takes high-quality eel supplied by a contracted eel farm and char-grills it with the same secret sauce it has been using since its founding. While the restaurant offers kabayaki (eel broiled with a soy-based sauce), unadon (broiled eel on a bowl of rice), and unaju (broiled eel on a lacquer box of rice), its most popular item and its namesake is its seiro, a dish featuring steamed eel on sushi rice).

    日曜日の11時過ぎに訪問しました 開店間もなかったため空いていてましたよ 食べ始めると続々と客が来て、帰る頃は外で待つ方がいるほど うなぎは香ばしく関西や愛知のうなぎより 四万十で食べたしっかり焼く感じを受けます...

  • Taishoken
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunsakawachou Kou 1543
    This venerable restaurant specializing in eel cuisine is located in Ko, Sakawa Town, Takaoka County. Each eel is prepared and broiled to order in a secret sauce which has been made by adding new sauce to the original sauce since it was founded in 1913. All seating at the restaurant, which requires a reservation, is in private rooms.

    もう少し味わいがあるものと想像していたのですが、上白糖の甘さを感じました。 私個人としては、塩味を加えた深い甘味の方が好みです。

  • Hirome Market
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-3-1
    This eatery and souvenir shop is located inside the Hirome Market of “yatai” (food stand)” village, food court in Obiya-machi 2-Chome, Kochi City. It offers dishes made with seasonal fresh fish such as seared skipjack tuna and seared moray eel, whale dishes, oden (hodgepodge stew), udon and soba noodles, and other items. The sushi corner, which opens in the evenings and sells sushi by the piece, and nighttime exclusives such as buta no kakuni (stewed pork belly) are very popular. It also offers Kochi souvenirs such as local sake and sweets.
  • Unagiya Gennai
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kitagoza 11-22
    This restaurant specializing in eel cuisine is located in Kitagoza, Kochi City. Each carefully-selected eel is kept alive in well water until it is prepared and carefully grilled to order over Binchotan Charcoal in a secret sauce. In addition to kabayaki (eel broiled with a soy-based sauce), and unaju (broiled eel on a rice), guests can also try their “mabushidon,” which features grilled eel served on a bowl of rice topped with nori seaweed, wasabi, and green onions.

    高知で鰻を食べたいと思って行ったのが高知市内にある源内です。開店少し前に到着したので、駐車できお店にも待たずに初回で入ることができました。鰻丼で美味しい鰻をたっぷり食べることができてよかったです。

  • Kuroshio Ichibankan
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Saga 374-9
    This seafood restaurant is located in the Kuroshio-cho area of Hata County, Kochi Prefecture. There is a market right next to the store, so you can taste dishes made from freshly caught bonito. All menu items are fish dishes, and you can enjoy a rich variety of meals made from fresh fish. In addition, you can experience making bonito tataki using the warayaki traditional cooking method (reservations required).

    カツオの藁焼き体験ができ、焼いたものがその場で頂けるということで行ってみました。2名での体験だったのでさばくのはなしで、焼くだけということでしたか、砂漠自信がなかったので十分でした。新鮮でおいしく、親切で楽しい体験でした。ボリュームたっぷり、忘れられないお食事になりました。

  • Heike no Chaya
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kochi Kami-shi Kahokucho Hashikawano 597

    茶屋の後方に物部川があり景色は最高です。この周辺にはこのような食事処も少なく、この周辺で食事するならここがおすすめです

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The largest of Shikoku’s prefectures, Kochi is endowed with some of the island’s most exceptional sand beaches lining the Pacific Ocean, which narrows into the Shimanto-gawa, a huge river that stretches 196 kilometers into the prefecture, passing verdant mountains and hosting countless riverside activities. Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, Kochi’s 16 Buddhist temples that make up one leg of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are worth a visit, particularly Chikurin-ji for its five-tier pagoda.

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