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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • 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.
  • Komurasaki Kamitori Chuo Branch
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    4.0
    56 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.

    Just days after setting up here in Kumamoto I decided to look for authentic Kyushu style tonkotsu ramen. This shop always looked busy so I got went in around 2pm and luckily there werent many...

  • Takamori Dengaku no Sato
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    4.5
    45 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...

  • EAT730
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    3.0
    5 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.

    チャンポンのメニューが色々あって、普通のチャンポンが700円、味はマァマァ。 店にエアコンはありませんので、夏は覚悟が必要。 主人の「潜伏キリシタン」の話が聞けます。 但し、話し出したらなかなか止まらない。 主人に「Eat730」の意味を聞いてみてください。 ヒント、隠語です。

  • Ogunigou Souvenir Hall Piramitto
    Shopping
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Miyabaru 2483-1
    A Japan Agricultural Cooperatives famers market located in Oguni, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture easily identifiable by its namesake pyramid-shaped building. The market sells all manner of Aso products, including fresh vegetables delivery daily by local farmers, Kumamoto pork ham and sausages, and dairy products made with Oguni Jersey milk. There is also a restaurant where diners can enjoy dishes made with delicious local ingredients; the Oguni beef diced steak and yakiniku (barbecue) special are particularly popular. The rich soft-serve ice cream makes a great dessert or treat.
  • Kaisenya-Fukushin
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6003-1
    This seafood restaurant is located in Kami-Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, in a wonderful spot looking out onto the Amakusa sea and the nearby islands. The restaurant uses fresh seafood from the nearby sea to serve various dishes, such as sashimi, rice bowls and Gozen meals. The beautifully transparent meat of the fresh squid sashimi, taken directly from the tank, is one of the restaurant’s best dishes. The seafood rice bowl with a luxurious amount of seafood piled on is the most popular item on the rice bowl menu. Customers can enjoy their meals while looking out at a spectacular view of nature from their slightly raised seats by the large windows.
  • Senryu ramen
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Tamanashi Takase Downtown 468
    This ramen restaurant is located in Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture, and is a favorite of the local people, who line up to get in. It became famous after being featured on a nationally popular television program. The pork-based plain hot water soup’s delicate flavor is deepened and sweetened by the kelp and garlic chips. It uses thin noodles, with a texture accented by cloud-ear mushrooms. The restaurant’s other dishes, such as fried rice, yakisoba and udon are also highly praised.

    高校以来の来店!! もちろん昔と同じでラーメンに焼飯を注文!! この年になっての仙龍の焼飯は美味いけど量が多くて腹が苦しすぎた(笑)

  • Soba Kaido (Buckwheat Road) Waremokou
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    4.0
    40 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...

  • Patisserie Roku
    Shopping
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6610
    This Kurokawa Onsen pâtissier is famous for its roll cakes made with copious quantities of soyo no tsuki eggs raised at the foot of Mt. Aso. Housed inside an old private home facing Kawabata-dori Avenue in Kurokawa Onsen, the shop’s chou à la crème, topped with a shiokoji (salt-marinated rice malt) cookie, are filled with custard only after a customer orders them. The shop’s plain and matcha roll cakes, made with local Kumamoto and Aso ingredients, are also popular.
  • Suganoya Kamitori Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Joutoumachi 2-12 Lion parking building 2F
    A restaurant founded in 1789 which specializes in basashi (horse meat sashimi), a local delicacy and specialty from Kumamoto Prefecture. Suganoya has been serving customers delicious “senbasashi” for over 220 years. The restaurant is fastidious about freshness and is thus also able to offer rare and choice cuts of horse meat. Customers coming without a reservation may find themselves turned away due to Suganoya’s popularity; accordingly, making an advance reservation is recommended. A two-minute walk from Kumamoto City Tram Torichosuji Station.
  • La Table de Merucoro
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Kawayou Sakanoue 3765
    Merucoro is a famous store, which sells bread made with homemade yeast, around 30 types of jam and baked confectionaries. There is also a café inside the store, where customers can taste the bread and baked confectionaries they have bought with drinks. There is also a lunch set and a cake set. It is approximately 16 minutes’ walk from the Minamiaso Railway Takamori Line’s Choyo Station, along the National Route 325.

    塩パンが美味しいパン屋さんです。 お店は可愛くて種類が豊富でした。 パンだけではなくケーキもありますので次回はケーキも買いたいと思います

  • Ikesu Cuisine Fukuzumi
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 4638
    This is an old live fish and shellfish shop located in Matsushima Town, Kamiamakusa City. As the name suggests, inside the shop is a huge tank with carefully selected fresh seafood which go into its fresh seafood cuisine. In its most popular special sea urchin rice bowl, the bowl is so full of seasonal urchin such as kaze urchin, murasaki urchin and bafun urchin that one cannot see the rice beneath. One bite from this luxurious bowl and the urchin’s refined sweetness, umami flavor and scent of the beach spread across the palette.

    海に行って魚が食べたい 妻がうに好きの為、ウニ丼の有名なふくずみへ。熊本市内からは車で2時間かからないくらいのところですが、子供には少し退屈なドライブ時間。 店内の生簀で、とりあえずテンションは回復◎ウニ丼と、うに嫌いな自分は海鮮丼を頼みました。 年配の店員さんは、子供に優しく(経験値の差でしょうか)、生簀の近くに行きたくて仕方ない子供に、伊勢海老を、水からあげて見せてくれました。 料理は美味し...

  • 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.
  • Jersey Ranch Farmer’s Restaurant Couple
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Nishizato Aso fishing 2053 - 204
    This is a farm-managed restaurant located on Route 387 on the Kusu Interchange heading towards Okuni. Special mention goes to the soft-serve ice cream full of fresh Jersey cow milk, with the milk giving it a rich and full-bodied flavor with a refined sweetness and pleasant aftertaste. The manager’s special Kaiji Curry is also popular.

    わいた温泉の帰りに宿のおばちゃんから教えてもらった当店でソフトクリームを食べに行きました。濃厚でしたが、コーンで300円。ワッフルコーンで350円。もうちょっと安くならないかな。

  • Suganoya Ginza-dori Shop
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-9-10 TM 21 building BF
    Suganoya is a restaurant specializing in horsemeat, located along Ginza-dori Avenue in Shimotori 1 Chome, Chuo Ward, in the city of Kumamoto. Diners can enjoy horse meat in several forms: raw, grilled, in a stew, or in “sushi.” They can also try raw horse liver or rare organ meats. Full-course meals are available in the evening, and at lunchtime, diners can choose steaks or raw horsemeat set meals.

    If you want to experience horse meat, the delicacy of Kumamoto, you want to do it here, as they prepare it sashimi, sushi or even barbecue style. A little steep, but if this is a once in a lifetime...

  • Suganoya Horumon
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shinshigai 2-10 Comfort Hotel Kumamoto 1F
    Suganoya Horumon is a restaurant specializing in horsemeat located in Shinshigai 2 Chome, Chuo Ward, in the city of Kumamoto. In addition to the usual raw horsemeat, customers can try unusual organ meats raw, grilled, or in chitterling stews. The most popular menu items are Ganso Suganoya Chitterlings in Soy Sauce and Seven Types of Raw Horsemeat. There are also prix fixe meals featuring grilled horsemeat.

    This is our first time tasting horse meat, and Saganoya definitely made a great impression for us. We ordered salad, donburi, two different sets of yakiniku, and two Aso beer, one berry sawa, and one...

  • Suganoya Nishihara Shop
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunmashikimachi Oyatsu Takakyu 1600-5
    Suganoya’s Nishihara shop specializes in horsemeat and is located along Prefectural Route 206 near the Aso-Kumamoto Airport. It offers horsemeat in several forms: grilled, hamburger, steak, or raw. In addition to these main courses, it also serves a buffet featuring salads, horsemeat curry, desserts, and soft drinks. There is a bread bakery on the premises, as well as a retail shop that sells horsemeat.

    Kumamoto is well known for its horse meat, especially basashi (sashimi or raw horse meat). Suganoya sells both sashimi and other meals containing horse meat. Most of them are semi-western hamburger...

  • Tengoku Horse Meat Specialty Restaurant
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    4.0
    19 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.

    熊本で最初のディナーは、お店のネエサンに教えてもらったオススメの馬肉料理専門店 天國...

  • Unryuken
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    4.0
    3 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.

    玉名のぬかみね団地近くにあるラーメン屋さん。地元の人ではないと少し分かりにくい場所にあります。優しい味の豚骨ラーメンとチャンポンが美味しいお店です。

  • Ebino Miyagawa (Shikaki Shop)
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    4.0
    12 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.

    目の前に海が見える好立地で、極上の車えびがお得な車えび料理が頂けます。本店に比べて店員さんの動きはイマイチですが、味と価格は間違いありません。本店には大きな器に入った数量限定のサービス定食があります。

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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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