Kawashima Tōfu

Top choice tofu in Karatsu

On Kyōmachi covered arcade near the station, this renowned tofu shop has been in business since the Edo period and serves refined kaiseki, starring tofu plus other seasonal specialities, around a 10-seat counter in its jewel box of a back room. Soft, warm, fresh – this is tofu as good as it gets.

Reservations are essential for kaiseki, or stop by to taste a scoop of the fresh, creamy tofu (called zarudōfu; top it with the lightest sprinkle of salt or a drop of soy sauce) or a cup of tōnyū (soy milk) for ¥100, or try frozen tofu 'soft cream' for ¥300.