Restaurants

Top Choice International in Kisami

South Cafe

The best combination of food, atmosphere and good-value prices in Kisami, this relaxed place is well worth dragging yourself away from the beach for. Excellent sandwiches, salads, pizzas and curries among other thin…
Top Choice Japanese in Shimoda

Gorosaya

Elegant, understated ambience and fantastic seafood. The isōjiru soup is made from more than a dozen varieties of shellfish and looks like a tide pool in a bowl. The sashimi-don (rice bowl), not on the English menu,…
Bakery in Matsuzaki

Costa Forno

Run by a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Nagano native, this heavenly bakery offers ¥100 cups of coffee to go with your Nagano blueberry jam (homemade, from harvest to bakery) and cream-cheese pull-apart bread, or Nagano …
International in Shimoda

Nanz Kitchen

The anchor of the new Nanz Village complex, this stylish restaurant serves seasonal French-esque, Japanese-ish cuisine, utilising as many fresh, locally sourced ingredients as possible, including venison and fish. T…
Sushi in Itō

Fuji Ichi

The coastal road is lined with restaurants and fishmongers – this is both. Run by a laid-back Japanese Kiwi, this casual upstairs eatery is noted for its grilled fish and squid (cooked DIY on hot plates), but you ca…
Italian in Shimoda

Porto Caro

This trattoria is run by Yokoyama Ikuyo, a friendly woman who wrote a book about Mishima Yukio (the famous writer, actor and film director), whom she met as a teenager – hence they have Mishima's favourite cake, the…
Noodles in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Zenfutei Nana ban

This institution serves the local speciality: zendera soba (¥1260), with a stalk of fresh wasabi root to grate yourself – they even give you a plastic bag in which to take home the precious leftover wasabi root. Loo…
Shokudo in Matsuzaki

Mingei Sabō

Here you'll find fishing paraphernalia on the walls and filling sets of fresh local seafood on the (picture) menu. It's near the port in Matsuzaki. From the art museum, walk straight across the river and keep going …
Sushi in Itō

Hamazushi

In a town famous for fish, it says something about this kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi restaurant) place that people are prepared to queue for cheap and tasty morsels of seafood. Bonus: they even have touch scree…
Izakaya in Itō

Kunihachi

A cute izakaya cluttered with eclectic decor. The menu caters to all with cheap and tasty dishes such as jumbo okonomiyaki (¥730) alongside more adventurous options such as fried crocodile and horse or deer sashimi.…