Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Nagoya

Atsuta Hōraiken Honten

The head branch of this hitsumabushi chain, in business since 1873, is revered for good reason. Patrons queue during the summer peak season for hitsumabushi, eel basted in a secret tare (sauce) served atop rice in a…
Top Choice Chinese in Kanazawa

Sentō

Upstairs in Ōmi-chō Market, talented chefs from Hong Kong prepare authentic Szechuan- and Hong Kong–style dishes (including dim sum) from scratch. Healthy (yellow bean oil is used) and delicious lunch and dinner set…
Top Choice Japanese in Kanazawa

Kaiseki Tsuruko

Kaiseki dining is a holistic experience of hospitality, art and originality: in no two presentations are the colours, flavours and textures ever quite the same. This outstanding restaurant is a true gourmand's delig…
Top Choice Fusion in Takayama

Sakurajaya

Sakurajaya is what you get when you take a Japanese man to Germany, introduce him to the European culinary arts, hone his craft over years then plonk him down in the quiet back lanes of Takayama. His wonderful artis…
Top Choice Shokudo in Takayama

Kyōya

This traditional eatery specialises in regional dishes such as hoba-miso and Hida-gyū soba. Seating is on tatami mats around long charcoal grills, under a cathedral ceiling supported by dark timbers. It's on a corne…
Top Choice Fusion in Nagano

Fujiya Gohonjin

Until recently this imposing 1923 building was Nagano's most venerable Hotel Fujiya, and had been since 1648. It has since been transformed into the city's most elegant Western restaurant and function centre. The sp…
Top Choice Gyoza in Gifu

Gyōza Gishū

This humming hole-in-the-wall does soupy, fried gyōza (dumplings) and ebi chahan (shrimp fried rice) and, of course, beer. Go straight from JR Gifu Station along the street between Kinkabashi-dōri and Nagarabashi-dō…
Top Choice Noodles in Kiso

Kurumaya Honten

One of Japan's most renowned soba shops, where the classic presentation is cold mori (plain) or zaru (with strips of nori seaweed) with a sweetish dipping sauce. It's near the first bridge at the bottom of the hill;…
Top Choice Italian in Nagoya

Trattoria Cesari

You may be surprised to find an Italian trattoria of this calibre and value smack bang in the heart of Nagoya. Prepare to queue on weekends as folks line up for chef Makishima's famous Napoletana pizzas. There's an …
Burgers in Takayama

Center4 Hamburgers

Word has spread that this Japanese couple are living their dream, welcoming visitors from around the world – so you might have to wait for a table to enjoy their delicious comfort food. On the menu: juicy home-style…