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.
  • 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...

  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    154 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...

  • 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.
  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    440 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.

    It is no wonder that this restaurant of Tonkatsu gets a high grade. It was indeed one of the best Tonkatsu that I recently ate. It is tender and juicy, and moreover it doesn’t smell like a pork. The...

  • Amakusa Kaisen-Kura / Dolphin Watching Center
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachionike 4733-1
    The Amakusa Dolphin Watching Center has a seafood restaurant attached with meal plans available that are popular with tourists. They hold seafood bakes featuring the fresh and seasonal bounty of the sea from around Amakusa. Their hearty awabi-odoriyaki (grilled live abalone) and raw sea urchin on rice is popular. The restaurant's right on the beach, so you can dine with a view of the sea.

    we join a trip for Dolphin visiting. the price is acceptable & quite interesting tour. regarding the seafood lunch, it also delicious

  • 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...

  • Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road) Waremokou
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Akababa 3220
    A soba restaurant located along “Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road)” in Minamiogunimachi, Asogun, Kumamoto Prefecture situated amidst the vast natural beauty in the mountains of Aso. The shop offers fresh, handmade soba noodles carefully prepared with fragrant buckwheat flour slowly ground with a stone mortar. The shop’s noodles are springy and soak up broth well, and users can enjoy the natural deliciousness of buckwheat filling their mouth with every bite. The Suzuran-zen set is particularly popular and comes with three varieties of soba noodles as well as sobagayu (buckwheat porridge). The shop’s vaunted kudzu desserts are also renowned.

    Had three types of curry taster menu including horse curry (currently not available in my local Balti house in UK) for Y1200. All three much better than most Japanese curries. Rare instance of...

  • Yakiniku NURUBON GARDEN Arao
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Arao-shi Honide 1518-90
  • 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
    44 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.

    Thank goodness for TA or we would not have had one of the best eating experiences on our trip to Japan. Yu, the 3rd generation owner, his mother & father & all of his staff were so welcoming...

  • Keika Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    137 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.

    Nice ramen for the value. Broth was delicious and the tonkatsu was very enjoyable. Easy, inexpensive, tasty lunch spot!

  • 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.

    I was at the ramen shop after strolling around the Kumamoto Castle area. I ordered a ramen, the noodles was al dente and the soup was delicious.

  • 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.

    I visit this shop with Family, ramen was very good, I got hard noodles on my ramen that were excellent. Shop has a strong Ramen smell but if you don’t mind it’s worth trying this shop. Definitely...

  • Farmhouse restaurant Tangoyama
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    5.0
    16 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
    2 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.

    阿蘇市黒川の住宅街にあるパン工房豆の木、ちょっとわかりずらい場所ですがナビを頼りに訪問しました。まさに工房と言った趣きのお店で、美味しそうなパンが並んでいました。阿蘇の特産品、赤牛を使用した赤牛カレーパンは絶品でしたよ。

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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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