Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Imakin Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Uchinomaki 290
    This popular eatery boasting over one hundred years of history is frequently featured in magazines and television shows. In the famous Aka beef bowl, chewy, rare-cooked lean fresh meat is packed onto a voluminous bowl of rice, a wonderful dish where umami flavor flows over the palette after just one mouthful. On holidays and in sightseeing seasons, visitors form a long line even before opening.
  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Nihongi 2-1-23
    This ramen shop in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City serves Kumamoto ramen made with garlic oil, noodles, and chashu pork they produce themselves. Their noodles are medium-thick and nicely textured. They go great with the shop's fragrant charred garlic oil which is slightly bitter and pork bone broth, which isn't too fatty and has a smooth aftertaste. Their carefully selected fresh eggs with beautiful yolks make the perfect addition.

    I was told the ramen in Kumamoto is known for their garlic tasting ramen.... that being said made me very leary as garlic doesnt agree with my tummy these days. When re received the bowl, the...

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    439 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shinshigai 8-18 Hayashi Building 1F
    This Japanese restaurant specializing in pork cutlets is in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City. They use high-quality Roppaku Kurobuta brand pork raised on Kagoshima's Kirishima Highlands. Their signature tonkatsu fried cutlets are served piping hot and have a savoriness you're going to love. Extra helpings of rice, cabbage salad, and akadashi miso soup are included with the price of your meal.

    We ordered combo loin and fillet sets with premium ebi. The portions were so large that we were filled to the brim. Though many items are free-flow, we had no need for it. We also had hot sake and...

  • Kumamoto Castle Sakuranobaba Josaien
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Ninomaru 1-1-2
    This is a sightseeing facility located in Sakuranobaba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of Kumamoto. The facility consists of an area of souvenir shops, and eateries where you can try local Kumamoto cuisine, and Wakuwakuza, an experiential type exhibit, where you can learn about the history of Kumamoto Castle. A volunteer guide, who can show you Kumamoto Castle in about an hour, is always present at the general Tourist Information Center in the facility. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Hanabata-cho” tram stop.
  • RAKUDAYAMA
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 2693-4
    This shop in Takamori Town, Aso County specializes in charcoal grilled chicken. The name of the store comes from Rakudayama (“Rakuda” means “camel”, and “yama” means “mountain” in Japanese), a nearby mountain that looks like a camel's hump. Smothered in their secret sauce, the taste is like no other. People usually eat it by cutting up the chicken with special scissors.
  • EAT730
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Kawauramachimatomi Umegawa Hara 1630-4
    The “Sunset Line” (National Route 389), which runs through Kawaura Town in Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, is a well-known driving route, and this champon (noodles with seafood and vegetables) restaurant can be found alongside it. It uses soup made from a chicken bone and fish base as opposed to pork bones, giving it a soy sauce-like flavor distinct from typical champon. The light taste and seafood aroma will make you feel like you’re eating a homecooked meal. It comes with a generous helping of chewy, straight noodles and toppings that complement the soup perfectly.

    出汁の酒類が二種類(魚の燻製or鶏)から選べ、珍しい前者を選択し、大正解。半分程度食べ、かぼす?による味変も美味しかった。炒飯も美味。また、食べたいと思えるお店。 店主がユニークで笑わせてくれる人柄でかつなぜか鳶を呼べる。 支払い後の謎のじゃんけんあり。

  • Komurasaki Kamitori Chuo Branch
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Kamitorichou 8-16
    Founded in 1954, this is a popular Kumamoto ramen shop located in the Kamitori arcade shopping area. Although pork bones are used as stock, the ramen is light and healthy with not so much fat content and mixes well with the thin noodles. The taste has been handed down from the first generation. The balance of fine bean sprouts, chashu (a thin roasted pork fillet), and charred garlic as soup toppings is exquisite. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Torichosuji” tram stop.

    We were recommended by a staff from Hotel Wing International to try Tonkatsu ramen in this shop. Overall ramen is nice except the soup was a too salty for me. The pork was nice, melting and tender...

  • Takamori Dengaku no Sato
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 2685-2
    This is a regional restaurant located in a quiet wooded area located a five-minute walk from Takamori Station. Traditional Dengaku cuisine can be enjoyed in an old thatched-roof house built 200 years ago. A special characteristic of dengaku grilled in front of you robata-yaki style is that you can taste it with various types of miso including yuzu (citrus) miso, Japanese pepper miso, and chicken miso, etc. To finish the meal, fragrant Dengaku-miso grilled rice balls are recommended.

    This is one of the highlights so far on our second trip to Japan. The restaurant is set in a traditional house with charcoals at each table and fresh meat and fish to eat. The service is great...

  • Yakiniku NURUBON GARDEN Arao
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Arao-shi Honide 1518-90
    Located about 3 minutes by car from the Arao Cultural Center, this yakiniku restaurant offers all-you-can-eat Korean cuisine and yakiniku meat directly from the butcher shop in the beer factory facility. The high ceiling gives the restaurant a sense of openness, making it suitable for a variety of occasions such as dates, business entertainment, family dinners, and banquets, etc. A wide variety of dishes are available, including a three-piece selection of strictly selected Japanese beef, beef tongue, and Hakata Jidori chicken thighs.
  • Tengoku Horse Meat Specialty Restaurant
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Nihongi 2-13-12 Heaven Building 2F
    This restaurant in Nihongi, Kumamoto City serves local fare with a focus on cuisine featuring horse meat. Items include horse steak, horse shabushabu (a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat boiled with vegetables and dipped in sauce) and horse intestine stew, as well as raw horse sashimi. Their Special Selection Course provides the chance to try a variety of horse dishes.

    熊本名物の馬肉料理を提供するレストラン。 人気店との事ですが、平日のオープンと同時だったの直ぐに席に着けました。 ミニ馬刺盛6種とひれステーキのスペシャル定食(3300円)をオーダー、ステーキは細切れで食べ応えが乏しかったです。 Paypayなどの電子マネーは使えませんでした。

  • Unryuken
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Tamanashi Yamada 1954-1
    Located in Tamana City, this noodle shop's ramen has a delicate flavor; that's quite popular. Its features a thick and rich tonkotsu pork bone stock made with carefully selected water. Even so, it's light on the palate and just salty enough to bring out the savoriness. The noodles are made with local wheat and have a firm texture.

    天琴の評判の悪さや大輪ラーメンの獣臭いラーメンは、もはや玉名ラーメンを名乗る資格なし。千龍と桃園がやっと玉名ラーメンの面目を引き継いでいる。 寂しくなったと思っていたら、口コミで雲龍亭を知り食べに行った。店内は小綺麗。女性だけで運営されている。名店は重苦しい雰囲気の所が多いが、ここは明るい。駐車場も小道をはさんで拡張され、空きの有無を心配することはない。スープが若干塩辛いが、地産地消の小麦を使...

  • Ebino Miyagawa (Shikaki Shop)
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Shikakimachi Takagaki 2698-1
    This seafood restaurant in Amakusa City serves fresh Japanese tiger prawns they farm themselves in the waters off Amakusa. The reasonably priced menu includes their popular Prawn Kaiseki banquet cuisine and their Miyagawa Gozen Japanese meal sets featuring prawn and other local marine bounty. These sets are limited to 10 meals per day.

    天草観光後、天草で聞いて立ち寄った。 定休日は決まっていないようだが、訪問日では店前に「しばらくの間、火水木休み」と、今日は金曜日ラッキー! 基本テーブル席のみ、メニューを見ると天ぷら・天丼・焼き海老・刺身・フライと料理は何でもあれ!という状態であった。 好きな物を注文できる。 折角なので、海老会席+エビフライ付きを注文。各単品の海老料理にご飯、味噌汁、新香それにデザート?としてわらび餅がついてい...

  • Takamori Dengaku Hozonkai
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Kamishikimi 2639
    This restaurant in Takamori-machi, Aso County serves regional cuisine. It's a great place to try authentic Takamori dengaku, skewers made with salt grilled yamame salmon, tofu, konnyaku gelatin, taro, and seasonal wild vegetables smothered in a special miso sauce and cooked over a charcoal fire. You'll love eating this local favorite while chatting around the restaurant's traditional hearth. Their Takamori dengaku multi-course meal comes with fried bean curd, wild vegetable and dango dumpling soup, and tokibi rice.

    Super friendly English speaking owner who welcomed us warmly. An authentic traditional barbecue which you cook yourself. An English menu and some set courses. The owner explains how to cook things...

  • Keika Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    139 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Hanabatachou 11-9K-1 Building 1F
    This ramen shop in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City is the main store of a national chain specializing in Kumamoto ramen noodles. The ramen features heaps of raw cabbage and Taarou, cubed pork belly simmered in soy-sauce based sauce. Taking full advantage of natural ingredients, they serve remarkably savory, aromatic and fresh ramen noodles. In addition to their hallmark Keika Ramen, their hearty bowls of noodles include their Taarou-men and Chashu-men.

    Tasty and favorful ramen in Kumamoto. Just try one bowl. The noodle is in good condition (au dente) The gyoza is great as well. Close to Kumamoto Castle. You have to use the kiosk for ordering...

  • Daikoku Ramen
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshikitaku Takahira 1-1-14
    This ramen shop is located in Kita Ward, Kumamoto City. Their authentic Kumamoto ramen has won them lots of fans even beyond the prefecture. It features a super aromatic 100% pork bone stock perfectly paired with charred garlic. The deep flavors of half-cooked egg and sliced chashu pork go great with the broth. Their slowly simmered pork offal side dish is popular too.

    月曜日のランチタイムでしたが、駐車場にはすんなり入ることが出来ました。以外にあっさりとしていて、食べ易かったです。シンプルにラーメンと餃子をチョイス。リーズナブルだし、駐車場もあるので、オススメです。

  • Tenkin Ramen
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    3.0
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Tamanashi Takase 408-5
    This ramen shop is located in Tamana City. It's a great spot to try Tamana ramen, a local favorite in the tradition of rich flavored Kurume ramen. It features a pork bone broth with a layer of oil floating on it, topped with charred garlic. It's a hit with ramen fans in the battleground of Tamana ramen.

    去年は違うお店に行ったけれどテレビでラーメン通がこの店を紹介していたなと。店外に椅子を用意してあるのは人気店ってことだな。ドアに写真撮影の張り紙があるね。土曜日の正午だけど席は空いてた。メニューはラーメンとその大盛りだけ。しかし出てくるのが遅いな!テーブル席の先客もまだ待っているのね。 20分近く待ったね。皿にはスープがドロドロって感じで、これが人気の玉名ラーメン?麺は白くて細くてまるでそーめんで...

  • Farmhouse restaurant Tangoyama
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    5.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Mikubo 285
    This restaurant in Aso City serves local cuisine. Their yakiniku Japanese barbecue and country cooking are made with Aso meat and produce they raise themselves. The Aka beef for their yakiniku is light and little extra fat. The rice is home-grown, and the seasonal pickled vegetables are all homemade too. It's a great spot for a relaxing meal while gazing at the mountains of Aso.

    The restaurant is along route 149 and easily accessible by car. There are enough parking spaces outside the restaurant. Nice family run restaurant that serve only beef BBQ. We ordered 6 beef sets...

  • Umazakura (Shimotori Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-12-1 Mitsuen Building 2F
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City serves local cuisine. They specialize in fresh and delicious fare featuring horse meat, a Kumamoto local favorite. You can try it raw sashimi style, steamed on a bamboo tray, or in a hot pot. They also have creative dishes you won't find at other shops like horse offal stew and Tataki (seared horse). They're famous for their horse steaks, which are particularly juicy when rare.
  • Hayashi no Ikinari Dango
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Suizenjikouen 7-2
    This shop in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City sells Ikinari Dango Dumplings, a local sweet. Customers from around the country order their Ikinari Dango, made with domestically produced bean paste and sweet potatoes purchased from contract farmers. The shop's unique murasaki-imo manju buns are popular too, with purple sweet potato mixed into the dough. It is located on the approach to Suizenji Park, and when the weather is good, people like to sit and enjoy their sweets in the chairs in front of the store.

    1個から販売していただけて、冷たいお茶を「暑いからね、飲んでくださいね」とその場で食べない自分にもお気遣いいただきました。ホカホカのいきなり団子もとても美味しかったです。

  • Pan Kobo Mamenoki
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 1447
    This bakery is located in Aso City. They sell bread made with carefully selected ingredients and their own type of yeast, as well as handmade jam. Their sweet and aromatic bread is made with 100% Hokkaido flour and locally sourced milk from jersey cows. They have an eating area, so lots of people get a coffee to go with their purchase.

    阿蘇には、美味しいパン屋さんがあります。 有名、無名を問わず。 中でもこちらは、名前を聞い食べてみて美味しさは納得。 ジャンルは菓子パンです。 美味しいベーカリーショップです。 ただし、店頭販売を行なっていませんので、道の駅での購入となります。

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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