Japanese Food Spots in Oita Area

  • Toyotsune
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    4.0
    408 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kitahama 2-13-11
    A popular restaurant founded over 90 years ago which serves tendon tempura rice bowls covered with a secret sauce handed down by the original proprietor. The hearty tokudai tendon comes topped with two extra large shrimp and four kinds of vegetables. Diners can also enjoy sashimi made with fresh, plump seafood caught in the Bungo Channel; such Oita specialties as toriten chicken tempura, ryukyu marinated sashimi, and dangojiru dumpling soup. A 10-minute walk from JR Beppu Station.

    Don’t get me wrong, the food is lovely and perhaps I’m being harsh but after seeing that this place rates so highly I guess we were a little underwhelmed by the food. It’s not that I wouldn’t...

  • Sofuren Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Hita-shi Wakamiyamachi 416-1
    "This restaurant invented and serves Hita yakisoba noodles. The longstanding establishment is also the flagship location of a chain of restaurants with franchises across the Kyushu region and the rest of Japan. The restaurant's previous owner is believed to have invented the word ""yakisoba."" The restaurant is most notable for making everything in-house, including not only the noodles and sauce but even the toppings. In addition to set meals, you can also order toppings like a raw egg a la carte. The restaurant also offers a full array of sides and desserts, and even sells yakisoba noodles packaged to give as a gift and in chilled packs which you can take home and enjoy at your leisure."

    The yakisoba with bean sprouts is a famous dish in Hita area. However I was not impressed though I love bean sprouts. just so-so.

  • Kaisen Izutsu
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Kusunokimachi 5-5
    A seafood restaurant located in Kusunoki-machi, Beppu City. The restaurant serves dishes made with local Seki mackerel, Seki horse mackerel, blow fish, and other fresh, seasonal seafood. Popular lunch selections include a seafood rice bowl topped with around 10 different varieties of seasonable seafood, and Ryukyu, a local dish consisting of marinated sashimi.

    A steal especially during lunch:980y for the kaisen don, which came with soup, tofu and an appetizer. There was a limited English menu provided, which didnt include translations for the ala carte...

  • Port Station Beppu Traffic Center
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Shinminatomachi 6-46
    A souvenir and gift store standing on the Kokura Kaido Highway in Shinminato-machi, Beppu City. The store sells specialty products, seafood, local sake, and arts and crafts from Oita and throughout Kyushu. The adjoining Take Miraikan museum displays examples of traditional Beppu takezaiku bamboo work. Local dishes are served in the facility’s two restaurants—Take no Restaurant Chikushi and Umibe no Restaurant Shiosai, which boasts a sweeping view of Beppu Bay.

    別府湾を背にして建つ商業施設。地元大分県をや九州各県の特産品を多数取りそろえた物産センター。大分焼酎や日本酒、関アジなどの魚介加工品、かぼすこしょう醤油、柚子こしょうなどの土産物が店内所狭しと並べられている。お土産を買うとしたらここ一件で間に合ってしまいそうだが、数は多いものの首都圏で流通している品物も多く特に目新しいものはなかった。500人収容の展望レストラン「しおさい」や、竹の文化を紹介する...

  • Nishikizushi
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Saiki Hinodemachi 1-6
    This sushi restaurant, a three-minute walk from JR Saiki station, is notable for its huge sushi toppings. Of the 12 choice sushi restaurants which are members of the Saiki Sushi Kaido promotional organization, this one is particularly famous. The toppings on the restaurant's nigiri sushi are equal in size to three or four standard pieces of sushi, and you can have them cut into easier to eat portions if you like. The Tokujo Nigiri sushi meal is particularly popular and comes with a seaweed salad topped with chutoro medium-fatty tuna and uni sea urchin. The restaurant's signature, three-centimeter-thick Trendy Tamago egg omelet sushi is made with 12 to 13 eggs, and customers are recommended to share one among several people.

    Very happy to have found this very authentic sushi restaurant. Great meal and great service. Arigato goz

  • Kappo Heike
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Ishigakihigashi 7-2-14
    A kappo Japanese cuisine restaurant located in 7 Chome Ishigakihigashi, Beppu City. The restaurant’s seafood is made with fish from the restaurant’s own live tank as well as mackerel and horse mackerel caught with a fishing pool in the sea of Saganoseki. The establishment serves local Seki mackerel and Seki horse mackerel ikizukuri; local cuisine meals which include dishes like chicken tempura and Ryukyu; and seafood course meals. A reservation only all-you-can-eat buffet is located on the third floor; the restaurant also operates a rooftop beer garden in summer.

    とても美味しい関アジの刺身頂きました。流れの厳しい佐賀の関を泳ぐアジのプリプリとした身は忘れられないでしょう。 あと、刺身盛り合わせや、鯛の兜煮など、どれも「うん!」と唸らせて頂きました。ご馳走様でした。

  • Gintachi no Sato
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Kunisaki-shi Kunisakimachi Owara 2662-1
    "This restaurant, operated by a fishery cooperative, is located in Roadside Station Kunisaki on National Route 213 a 10-minute drive from the Oita Airport. The establishment serves meals made using fresh caught local seafood, including an abundant variety of dishes made with the Kunisaki's ""Kunisaki Gintachi"" brand largehead hairtail, such as largehead hairtail sushi and largehead hairtail curry. The largehead hairtail oju rice box, consisting of largehead hairtail grilled with a special sauce created with local soy sauce and served over rice, is particularly popular. The largehead hairtail set meal, which comes with numerous largehead hairtail dishes, is also recommended."

    両親から、ここのたち重は絶品だとよく聞かされていました。イギリス人の旦那は最初、太刀魚を見て、えーって感じでしたが、食べて、こんなに美味しい魚があるのーって驚いていました。私も初めて食べたのですが、鰻重よりも美味しい〰️って感動しました。今はイギリスに住んでいるのでこの味が懐かしい!

  • Toriya
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Taketa-shi Kujumachi Kuju 2338-2
    This restaurant, a 30-minute drive from JR Bungo-Taketa Station, is located on the vast Kuju Highland sprawling at the south foot of Mt. Kuju and specializes in cuisine made with Kuju Highland shamo (Toyo no shamo) chicken. In addition to table seating, the restaurant has sunken kotatsu and tatami mat seating, and here you can enjoy dishes made with Kuju Highland shamo chicken raised on a farm owned and operated by the restaurant. The charcoal grilled Kuju Highland shamo chicken course is particularly popular and comes with sides, a medium bowl of rice, tataki seared chicken, charcoal grilled chicken, and shamo chicken soup. The charcoal grilled Kuju Highland shamo chicken set meal is also recommended and is limited to just 10 customers a day. In addition, you can enjoy a la carte dishes such as sashimi and tebasaki karaage deep fried chicken wings.

    自家飼育の軍鶏を食べさせてもらえる店。普通の鶏に比べ味が濃厚で旨味が多い。 国道から少し入った分かりにくい場所にあるが休日はいつも多くの客で賑わっている。 炭火焼で脂が飛んでテーブルがややべたついているのが難点。

  • Shunsai Hinaya
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Kawakami 2755-2
    This Japanese restaurant adjoins the Yufuin Hananomai inn in Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. A reservation-only establishment, it can be used by non-guests as well. The restaurant's special beef bento box meal is particularly popular and is made with tender Bungo beef sirloin. The meal can also be ordered as a set which comes with two sides, miso soup, pickles, coffee, and dessert. Other menu highlights include country-style seasonal hotpot meals, and a Japanese black beef loin steak meal. Enwrapped in the restaurant's quiet atmosphere, you can enjoy a meal that's a little on the luxurious side.

    湯布院駅から金鱗湖までの散策途中にランチで訪問しました。前日までに予約をしていないと、牛箱弁当しかたのめませんが、それがお目当なので、特選牛箱弁当をチョイス。豊後牛のサーロインだそうです。前菜のお豆腐も絶品です。

  • Taketa Marufuku
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    Oita Taketa-shi Taketamachi 550-6
    This restaurant, a five-minute walk from JR Bungo-Taketa Station, continues to be a local favorite and is notably popular for its karaage fried chicken, which stands out from the herd even in the mecca for karaage that is Oita. The restaurant's famous karaage, which has won the grand prize at the OBS Food Stadium competition, is crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. This exquisite karaage is hearty and filling as well, being made with an entire chicken thigh. The restaurant's zuri miso chicken gizzard pickled in miso, chicken nanban deep fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce, and toriten chicken tempura, which are prepared to order, are also popular. The restaurant offers set meals and a la carte dishes, and takeout is also available. Order takeout over the phone and you'll be able to pay and pick up your meal without having to wait.
  • Ajimutei
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Usa-shi Ajimumachi Niibaru 59-4
    This soft-shelled turtle cuisine restaurant is a three-minute drive from the Ajimu Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway. Located in Ajimu, an area known for its soft-shelled turtle production, the restaurant does everything in-house, from turtle cultivation to sales. Soft-shelled turtle meat is highly nutritious and popular as a beauty-enhancing food because of the abundance of collagen it contains, and here you can enjoy soft-shelled turtle cuisine at reasonable prices. The full course soft-shelled turtle meal is particularly recommended and comes with mizutaki plain-boiled soft-shelled turtle with dipping sauce, kakketsu medicinal turtle blood tonic, sashimi, karaage deep-fried turtle, and more. The restaurant also offers a lower-priced mini course meal, and a la carte dishes such as chawanmushi savory egg custard with either soft-shelled turtle egg or shell edge meat.

    Had a group lunch here. We were greeted with smiles and professional service throughout the meal. The turtle soup was spectacular and they had special arrangements for the kids as well. Definitely...

  • Shokuji Dokoro Serikawa
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Taketa-shi Naoirimachi Nagayu 2961 Kajika Iori
    This Japanese restaurant adjoins the Kajikaan hot spring inn visible on the left-hand side after crossing the Seri River from the Nagayuyamawakisansaro Intersection. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves natural cuisine for inn guests, steaks and yakiniku Japanese-style grill-it-yourself barbecue, meal plans which include hot spring bathhouse access, and a variety of course meals. The restaurant is also open to non-guests. The restaurant's local cuisine is made with seasonal, local ingredients, such as Oita-raised Japanese Wagyu beef, eel, and enoha landlocked masu salmon. The restaurant's Toriawase Gozen chicken meal is the most popular choice on the menu and comes with such well-known Nagayu dishes and Oita flavors as toriten chicken tempura and dangojiru dumpling soup.

    We went to Lamune Onsen and had dinner at this family restaurant as recommended by the local. I got the set meal and it is really good especially for the fish dishes. I like the restaurants...

  • Mokuren
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Tsukumi-shi Takasumachi 21-6
    This hideaway style cafe can be reached by going down the road from the Tsukumi Port Remote Island Terminal, taking the first two lefts, then taking the next right. Situated near the port, the cafe serves a wide selection of primarily seafood dishes. Customers can enjoy the tastes of Hoto Island via the cafe's signature dishes - the hyuga-don rice bowl and tuna chanpon. The cafe also offers a variety of set meals such as a half and half chanpon and hyuga-don set. The cafe's expansive menu also includes party and course meals; a la carte dishes; beer, shochu, and other alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; and more.

    この店の名物料理は「まぐろチャンポン」です。家族で経営されているお店です。こじんまりしてはいますが、家族的な温かい雰囲気です。まぐろチャンポンは、つみれ、海老や野菜など具だくさんで、醤油ベースのスープであっさりとした味に仕上げてあります。この他にも、例えば、マグロ丼、マグロ照焼丼、マグロそぼろ炒飯などマグロを使ったリーズナブルな料理メニューがあります。

  • Horikawa Omoya
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Usuki-shi Gion Nishi 5 Kumi
    This locally popular fugu cuisine restaurant, a seven-minute drive from the Usuki Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway, operates out of an old Japanese home which blends in with the surrounding townscape of the former castle town of Usuki. Here customers can enjoy a relaxing meal in a private dining room while taking in a view of a scrupulously maintained garden. The restaurant offers a wide selection of choices, from a full course fugu meal which includes things like fugu sashimi served with a homemade ponzu citrus sauce and other condiments, and luxurious karaage deep fried fugu made with some of the meatiest parts of the fish; to a reasonably-priced, casual fugu mini kaiseki course meal.

    臼杵のフグは福岡のフグ料理よりもリーズナブルです。わざわざ臼杵まで行き食べる価値はあります。フグ刺しは量が多くて肉厚ですから食べ応えがあります。大分では肝も食べますので、その食感は絶品です。フグの唐揚げはプリプリした身をジューシーさを保って揚げてあります。てっちりも美味しいのですが、お腹が一杯で食べるのがやっとというところです。味わうどころじゃなかったです(次回はペース配分を考えます)。福岡のフグ...

  • Umie-ru Shionooto
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Tsukumi-shi Takasumachi 3824-69
    This restaurant is located on the second floor of the Umieru Tsukuminchi souvenir store and local specialty products shop directly east of the Tsukumi Port Remote Island Terminal. Situated near the port, the restaurant serves a wide selection of primarily seafood dishes. In addition to the hyuga-don rice bowl, a local dish which will delight you with the unique flavors of Tsukumi, the restaurant's Japanese amberjack rice bowl is also famous, and the Tsukumi sensu-don rice bowl is another recommendation. In addition, the restaurant serves an array of set meals, such as the shioyaki kama gill meat grilled with salt, which is limited to just a few customers each day. Another nice thing about the restaurant is that its menu includes explanations of its dishes.

    うみえーるつくみんちの2階にありました。海鮮のお料理が充実していた料理店。豊後のブランドマグロのヨコヅーナの、のっけ飯をいただきました。鮮やかな色合いのヨコヅーナの赤身がたっぷり。身の引き締まった赤身でおいしかったです。

  • Takimien
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Usa-shi Ajimumachi Higashi-shiiya 802
    This restaurant is located next to Higashi Shiiya Falls, included in the 100 Views of New Japan list, a 20-minute drive from the Ajimu Interchange on the Higashikyushu Expressway. Customers can enjoy local cuisine and a view of the falls as well as the surrounding natural, seasonal beauty. The restaurant's soft-shelled turtle hotpot is made with the shell and meat of the turtle cooked in pure underground spring water and sake; you can also enjoy zosui rice gruel made with the leftover broth when you're done. The restaurant's soft-shelled turtle course meal is particularly popular and comes with soft-shelled turtle hotpot, sashimi, karaage deep-fried turtle, pickled turtle, kakketsu medicinal turtle blood tonic, and zosui rice gruel. Other recommendations include the restaurant's Japanese salmon and other river fish cuisine, charcoal grilled local chicken, and exquisite pond snail sauteed with miso.

    すっぽんのコースが食べられて宿泊出来、低料金です。 宿泊施設には小さなタオルが1枚なので持参をおすすめします。 浴衣や歯ブラシあり。 部屋に冷蔵庫はありません。

  • Meisuien
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Taketa-shi Nyuta 20
    This Japanese restaurant, a 15-minute drive from Bungo-Taketa Station, is located right next to the public Kawauda Spring water drawing station. The restaurant is most notable for its cuisine made with enoha landlocked masu salmon caught in the famous waters of Taketa's springs and rivers, which have even been selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Famous Water list. In addition to the restaurant's signature karaage deep fried salmon, you can also enjoy enoha prepared shioyaki style broiled with salt, and namasu raw salmon with vegetables and vinegar. In summer, you can eat fresh-caught fish prepared and served as karaage on the spot. There's a fish pond in front of the restaurant where you can catch rainbow trout. In addition, you can also catch sweetfish and other fish with your bare hands. The restaurant is open until 5:00 p.m. and can also be used after this time with an advance reservation.

    竹田の湧水で育てられた新鮮な鱒をお刺身(あらい)や唐揚げでいただきます。甘露煮や鱒とシソの実のお茶漬けも美味しいです。唐揚げはカラッと揚がっているので、頭から尻尾までバリバリ食べられます。2人前くらい食べたいほど美味しいです。

  • Yamadaya
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Usuno 3558-1
    "This seafood restaurant is located along National Road 213 in Usuno, Bungotakada City. It offers seafood dishes such as sashimi, sushi, grilled dishes, simmered dishes and tempura using the seasonal seafood of Oita. It is also an authorized shop of the local Bungotakada gourmet ""Misaki kakiage don"" (mixed tempura bowl), and you can also taste the Bungotakada specialty ""Misaki gazami"" (blue crab) when it's in season."

    海鮮系ならだいたい揃っています。日替わり定食を食べましたが、値段の割に結構品数も多く満足でした。ただ、お昼は混み合うので、注文をしてからだいぶ待たされました。急ぎの時は余りおすすめできません。

  • Wakaeya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Pref. Kitsukishi Kitsuki 665-429
    A long-standing restaurant established in the early Edo period and located in Kitsuki, Kitsuki City. The restaurant is famous for its “Ureshino” sea bream chazuke (sea bream on rice covered in tea) made with Kitsuki tea and sea bream marinated in a sesame sauce crafted according to a secret family recipe. The dish derived its name from a phrase from a former lord of Kitsuki. It is said that he murmured “ureshii noo” (“I am happy”) upon eating sea bream chazuke. The flavor of this tasty dish has been passed down unchanged for generations.
  • Kakumasa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Oita Usa-shi Minami-usa 2213-1
    A restaurant and gift shop situated along the approach to Usa-jingu Shrine in Minamiusa, Usa City. The restaurant serves set meals consisting of local Oita cuisine such as toriten chicken tempura and dangojiru dumpling soup; noodles like chabamen made with tea leaves from Yabakei Gorge; donburi rice bowls; and more. The adjoining gift shop sells popular confections like Usa Ikkon, local vegetables, and specialty products from Oita and Kyushu. Customers can also enjoy matcha powdered green tea manju steamed dumplings made with local Toyonoka green tea.

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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