Japanese Food Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    433 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.

    Deep fried pork cutlet in breadcrumbs. They offer tsukemono pickles that stimulate your appetite so well you almost want a second serving of white rice. For just over ¥1,000, its definitely worth...

  • Takamori Dengaku no Sato
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    4.5
    51 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...

  • Kaisenya-Fukushin
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    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.

    Staff are very friendly Food quality is good Good variety of choices from cooked and raw dishes Went back for 3 consecutive evenings

  • Suganoya Ginza-dori Shop
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • Umazakura (Shimotori Shop)
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    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.

    Ive travelled quite a bit in Japan, and the country, people and cuisine have rarely failed to impress. However, as a person not accustomed to the use of horse meat as a foodstuff, and a bit of a...

  • Suganoya Nishihara Shop
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    4.0
    55 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...

  • Takamori Dengaku Hozonkai
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    4.5
    42 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...

  • Gorohachi
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Hanabatacho 12-8 Icho Hall BF 1F
    This local cuisine restaurant is located a two-minute walk from Hanabatacho Station on the Kumamoto City Tram. The restaurant serves an abundant variety of Kumamoto's famous horsemeat cuisine, including basashi horsemeat sashimi, horsemeat nigiri sushi, and shabushabu. The restaurant's black decor engenders a luxurious atmosphere befitting the high class ingredients it uses. The restaurant is also replete with quiet, private dining areas and can be used to celebrate a trip to Kumamoto as well as for celebrations, business entertainment, and all manner of dining engagements. The restaurant's vaunted fatty horsemeat nigiri sushi is an exquisite, first-rate dish which melts on the tongue. The restaurant's nigiri sushi and sashimi made with superbly fresh seafood shipped straight from the fishing port is also acclaimed.

    I was here for horse meat, but my host wanted a broader range of items. The sashimi is fine, yes, and I have absolutley no time and appreciation for any type of fishy chawanmushi and onigiri soups...

  • Janome zushi
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Ohamamachi 6-3
    In this sushi restaurant, located a 10-minute drive from Amakusa Airport, you can dine on fresh Amakusa seafood, including omakase chef's choice nigiri sushi and course meals made with seafood from the naturally abundant Amakusa Sea. The restaurant is replete with counter and private room seating and can accommodate formal marriage interviews, meetings, Buddhist memorial services, and a variety of other events. Particularly recommended is the restaurant's pink sea urchin from Reihoku in Amakusa, said to be the most delicious in the world. Fresh and rich in flavor, adding just a touch of salt is guaranteed to further increase its delicious taste to a surprising degree.

    お任せ12貫のセットを頼みましたが、どれも新鮮で美味しく、特に季節の特産の紫うには絶品でした。 食べ方は数貫以外は全て味がついており、そのままで食べるのがオススメです。 また、豆鯵の南蛮漬けがとても美味しかったです。 店員さんもとても親切で対応もよく、天草でお寿司ならここで間違いなしです。

  • Ajidokoro Naka
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiogunimachi Manganji 6600-2
    This folksy Japanese restaurant is situated along Kawabata-dori Street in Kurokawa Onsen. In business for over a half-century, the establishment has experienced history alongside the hot spring district, from the time it was little-known to its pinnacle in popularity. The restaurant serves local Minamioguni cuisine, such as basashi horse sashimi, and dagojiru soup crafted with simmered vegetables and dumplings made from wheat and rice flour. Enriched with the deliciousness of the vegetables, piping hot dagojiru has an old-fashioned flavor infused with the mild taste of miso.

    We were supposed to go to the next door resto but it was closed so we tried this one. We had one cold soba and a black pig stew. Both were great. The interiors are kinda old looking (as is all of...

  • Sukiyaki Kamogawa
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Kamitoricho 2-6
    This longstanding sukiyaki restaurant is said to have been the originator of Kumamoto's meat culture and was established in 1881. Enwrapped in the restaurant's black decor and soothing atmosphere, customers can enjoy the flavors of a veteran establishment known for its meat. The restaurant's sukiyaki, made with choice domestic Japanese beef, is prepared in the Kansai style and is seasoned with sugar and soy sauce after grilling the meat. The shop's waitresses prepare it right in front of your eyes from start to finish, and through the resulting sounds and aromas, you'll be able to fully savor the flavor of a dish dating to the period of intense Westernization which occurred during Japan's Meiji period.

    If you had sukiyaki before, you may not be too excited about this one. So it was a few metres from where we stay. First, staff cannot understand English.There is an English menu but there is no way...

  • Amakusa Kaisen-Kura / Dolphin Watching Center
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    4.0
    23 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

  • Tengoku Horse Meat Specialty Restaurant
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    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.

    熊本駅を利用する機会に恵まれたのでランチで利用しました。馬刺定食をいただきました。六種盛りとなっており、どの部位も柔らかくて旨味があり、甘味もありでおいしくいただけました。馬汁も具沢山でよかったです。中心地から離れておりますが行く価値はあります。

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Asobo no Sato Kuginonai Akaushi no Yakata
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Hisaishi 2815
    A yakiniku Japanese-style grill-it-yourself barbecue restaurant adjoining a roadside station located at the foot of Mt. Aso. Taking pride in its use of Aka beef, a local specialty product raised on the abundant grasslands of southern Aso, here customers can enjoy tender, lean, flavorful meat. This meat is particularly popular with women because it has just the right amount of fat and doesn't make you feel heavy even after eating a lot of it. The restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows provide diners with a panoramic view of the naturally beautiful Aso area, and the scenery created by the outer crater rim and mountain foot is quite popular. The sight of the famous Isshingyo Sakura Tree in full bloom in spring is also stunning. In the restaurant's meat shop, you can purchase meat to take home with you.

    Absolutely worth every cent and it is not even expensive in the first place , US$50 for a set for two that includes 4 different cut and sides. The meat is definitely of premium grade and taste...

  • Ikesu Cuisine Fukuzumi
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    3.5
    18 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.

    色々迷ったがウニと刺身のセットにした。2300円ぐらい。新鮮なうに、刺身が食べられる。満足するが、刺身が薄かったような?丼か小さかったような?味は申し分ない。量が!もう少しあった方が満腹になるね。女性には丁度いいかも。

  • Japanese Restaurant Matsuri
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Chibajomachi 3-31 KKR Hotel Kumamoto
    This Japanese restaurant is located in KKR Hotel Kumamoto, the closest hotel to Kumamoto Castle. From the restaurant's large windows, customers can enjoy a sweeping view of Kumamoto Castle. The restaurant prepares its dishes using local vegetables and choice seafood from Amakusa and the Ariake Sea. The restaurant also makes use of underground spring water from Aso which contains just the right amount of minerals. Highly selective about its beverages, the restaurant stocks an abundant array of drinks, from local sakes to rare shochus. In addition to table and chair seating in the open and airy establishment, the restaurant is also replete with a private dining area. The restaurant can be used for business entertainment, celebrations, and all manner of engagements.

    Feeling adventurous? Theres horse meat on the menu! What more can I say? They call it Sakura Meat and its delicious! Make sure you ask for the Japanese Sakura meat. The meat I had was from near Aso...

  • 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...

  • Hakusui no Kura
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Shirakawa 445-1
    The old-fashioned air of the bygone Showa era hangs around this Japanese restaurant located in Minamiaso Village. The restaurant serves cuisine made with fresh Higo beef and horsemeat, such as a Japanese-style curry made with Higo beef sirloin grilled over a charcoal fire; as well as a local traditional chicken breed set meal made only with meat from chickens no older than three months. The luxurious Kura Teishoku set meal, the most popular item on the menu, gives you the chance to enjoy fresh, charcoal grilled Japanese black beef, local traditional chicken breed meat, and horsemeat, all in one meal. The filling meal also comes with rice, dagojiru soup, and sides. For an added fee, you can change your rice to mustard leaf rice, a dish eaten in the Aso area since ancient times.

    This is a great restaurant that I had opportunity to visit. The location is great near Aso mountain. Tadayoshi, the owner of the restaurant treated us very well and made sure we are served properly...

  • Tsuji no Chaya
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 7036
    "This local restaurant is located along the Hida Okan in the Manganji area of Minamioguni Town, Aso County. It offers a menu of local dishes such as sukiyaki rice bowls with Aso's ""Aka beef,"" horse sashimi and Dango-jiru (dumpling soup), set meals using local ingredients, noodles, rice bowls and sweets."

    ドライブの途中で立ち寄りました。 熊本名物のあかうしを頂けました。美味しかったです。定食系のメニューが豊富なので、いろいろ試してみたくなります。

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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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