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Japanese Food 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.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Takamori Dengaku Hozonkai
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    4.5
    37 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.

    We were lucky to be introduced to this restaurant by Japanese friends from Kumamoto. An unforgettable experience!

  • Farmhouse restaurant Tangoyama
    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.
  • Umazakura (Shimotori Shop)
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    4.5
    44 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...

  • Aoyagi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-4-26 Link Place Building 1F
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City serves local cuisine. They offer a variety of raw horse meat sashimi dishes, spicy mustard filled lotus root, fresh Amakusa seafood, and seasonal Kumamoto fare. Their Honmaru Gozen Japanese style meal sets featuring local heirloom varieties of komatsuna greens, bean sprouts, and bobura squash revive the Edo period cuisine of the region.
  • Shiromiyagura
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Hanabatachou 1-10 Kumamoto Castle Nagahori-mae
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City serves local cuisine including spicy mustard filled lotus root, hitomoji-no-guruguru (boiled green onions tied in a knot), and raw horse meat sashimi, a local Kumamoto favorite. These dishes are featured in their Aso Kaiseki sets which showcase the flavors of Kumamoto. Their Shiromi Kaiseki sets mainly consist of seasonal Japanese fare. All-you-can-drink options and other plans are available, too. They have private rooms and a banquet area where you can dine while gazing out at Kumamoto Castle. Reservations are required.

    熊本市中央区花畑町に位置する城見櫓さん。 今回は団体利用でした。 熊本の名産を出してくれますが、やはり馬刺しは最高でした。 お部屋から熊本城が見えるロケーションもいいですね。 次回は個人的に伺ってみようと思います。 ごちそうさまでした

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    342 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.

    Best katsu that Ive ever had. Feathery light batter with no trace of excess grease. Free flow miso soup, rice and shredded cabbage. 1.5k yen for a mixed katsu platter which included 3 pieces of...

  • Takokaisen
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6225-8 Pearl Center 2F
    This seafood restaurant is located on the second floor of the Amakusa Pearl Center. They offer fare like seafood on rice and sashimi meal sets that use the finest ingredients. It's popular with tourists for its group menu and its lunch buffet.

    看海豚路线停留站点,离码头很近,适合没吃午饭的人过来吃点东西补充能量,有各种咖喱、虾、饭、薯条,还不错吧。

  • Amakusa Kaisen-Kura / Dolphin Watching Center
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    4.0
    19 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

  • Tsuji no Chaya
    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."
  • Roadside Station Asobo no Sato Kuginonai Akaushi no Yakata
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    4.5
    12 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...

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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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