Eating Jigoku Mushi Food


2018.04.19

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

  • Almost every area in Japan has some culinary specialty that makes them unique from other places. In Beppu, their unique Jigokumushi cooking style has been popular since the Edo Period and it’s definitely something you should try out if you visit Beppu. Literally translated as “hell steaming”, the jigokumushi cooking method uses the natural steam from nearby hot springs to cook food. The waters of many hot springs in the area can easily reach 100° C, so it’s more than hot enough to steam up some good veggies or buns without the need for fire or coal.

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    The Kannawa Onsen area has several famous jigokumushi restaurants and food stalls that you should try if you’re in the area to visit one of the neighborhood’s famous bathhouses. Depending on how hungry you are, you can sit down for a full meal or just grab something light, like a sweet potato or an egg, from a street vendor.

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Jigokumushi Kobo is a particularly popular foodie destination. This isn’t a typical restaurant where you order from a menu and food is brought out to you. Instead, Jigokumushi Kobo lets you take a more hands-on approach and steam your own food.

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    For 510 yen, you can rent a cooking station for 30 minutes. There are a lot of uncooked foods you can choose from. The dishes range from 150 yen to 3,000 yen and include things like shrimp, corn, sausages, vegetables, eggs, chicken, pork buns, and more. You also have the option of bringing your own food to cook up. You’ll definitely sweat from all the steam, but don’t worry; the friendly staff come round the tables to assist guests that are in need of an extra helping hand. If you choose to bring your own food, just keep in mind that alcohol isn’t allowed at this restaurant.

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Another great spot in the area is Satonoeki Kannawa. Similar to Jigokumushi Kobo, you can rent time at a cooking station here and select your ingredients. The pricing structure is a little different though. The basic fee is the number of people eating, multiplied by 120 yen, plus 510 yen per person for 30 minutes of cooking time if you bring your own food. You can get 10 more minutes for an extra 160 yen. They also offer an option for up to four people for 360 yen for 20 minutes of cooking time if you purchase food from their store.

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Eating Jigoku Mushi Food

    Satonoeki Kannawa has a small grocery store with some decadent options, such as fresh seafood, meats, fresh vegetables, pork buns, and more. You can also bring your own food and just pay a little extra for the table fee. Along with food options, this restaurant also specializes in local sake and shochu produced in Oita and has ice cream, pudding, and gelato available for dessert. You can also buy things from their store to take home if you find a particular brand of sake or shochu you end up liking. This restaurant is a little nicer than Jigokumushi Kobo, but it’s also a little more expensive. Regardless of which one you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable dining experience.

    Beppu
    place
    Oita Pref
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    Kannawa Onsen
    place
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    phone
    0977242828
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    Jigoku-Mushi Kobo Kannawa
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    4.0

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    place
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Furomoto 5 pairs
    phone
    0977663775
    opening-hour
    9:00-20:00(L.O.19:00)
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    里の駅 かんなわ 蒸de喜屋
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    大分県別府市北中1組
    phone
    0977-66-1233
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