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Top Choice Steak in Kinosaki Onsen

Irori Dining Mikuni

If you want a break from Kinosaki seafood, this new, cosy, whitewashed spot-on Eki-dōri serves Tajima beef (both a cousin and a neighbour of Kōbe beef). Get yours atop donburi (rice bowl; our favourite), in croquett…
Noodles in Kinosaki Onsen

Masuya

This soba and udon specialist has been in business for half a century and shows it, with atmospheric woodwork and walls festooned with old farm and home implements. Go for dishes like kamozaru (chilled soba with duc…
Cave in Kinosaki Onsen

Genbudō

About 5km south of Kinosaki Onsen proper, Genbudō is a collection of five mysterious caves with otherworldly surfaces of pillar-like ripples formed by basalt lava 1.6 million years ago. The route there along the Mar…
Seafood in Kinosaki Onsen

Okeshō

This restaurant above a fish market serves a varied menu: sushi, fried dishes, tempura, salads etc. In addition to its signature kaisendon (seafood rice bowl), deep-pocketed crab lovers can order a full-on kani menu…
Izakaya in Kinosaki Onsen

Koyume

Rub shoulders with locals at this kindly, tiny izakaya, over a varied menu including kani-kamameshi (crab over steamed rice), kushikatsu (fried skewers), agedashi-tofu (creamy, deep-fried tofu), moro-kyu (cucumber w…
Pub Food in Kinosaki Onsen

Gubigabu

This craft-beer pub near the town centre has four house beers on tap and serves a diverse menu of pasta, jidori (local chicken), curry rice and beer snacks. Look for pancakes made with beer batter, or go nuts with t…
Seafood in Kinosaki Onsen

Daikō Shōten

This workmanlike seafood shop and izakaya serves up freshly caught local seafood, fried, grilled, sauteed or raw, in a casual atmosphere. You can't go wrong with the speciality kaisen-don (seafood over rice) or aski…
Museum in Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Strawcraft Museum

This tiny museum in a former kura (storehouse) displays mugiwarazaiku (barley straw crafts) practised locally since 1716. Straw is dyed and cut into tiny pieces, then applied to wood to form incredibly intricate, be…
Sushi in Kinosaki Onsen

Orizuru

For decent sushi and crab dishes, try this popular local restaurant on the main street. You can get a jō-nigiri (superior sushi set), or try the crab dishes in winter. It's between Ichi-no-yu and Gosho-no-yu onsen, …
Cafe in Kinosaki Onsen

Caffe Sorella

This simple coffee shop, across from Kinosaki Onsen Station on the main street, is a good place for a cuppa, toasts and hot dogs, house-made brownies and an internet fix (there's free wi-fi if you order a drink). Or…