Kyūshū restaurants

Top Choice Tofu in Karatsu

Kawashima Tōfu

On Kyōmachi covered arcade near the station, this renowned tofu shop has been in business since the Edo period and serves refined kaiseki (set meals), starring tofu plus other seasonal specialities, around a 10-seat…
Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka

Ichiran

This Fukuoka-born chain (since 1993) has a nationwide following. That's as much for its serving style as for its fresh noodles and 15-second kitchen-to-table rule. Customers fill out forms (available in English) req…
Top Choice Japanese in Fukuoka

Hakatarou

If you can't visit the rest of Kyūshū, try regional foods at this elegant izakaya. Look for dishes like karashi renkon (spicy, deep-fried lotus root) and basashi (horsemeat sashimi) from Kumamoto, grilled Shimabara …
Top Choice Sweets in Miyazaki

Okashi no Hidaka

At this family-run legend, in business since the early 1950s, peruse the refrigerator case of luscious-looking Japanese and Western pastries, but order the giant nanjakō-daifuku (dumpling of sweet bean paste, strawb…
Top Choice Grill in Aso-san Area

Takamori Dengaku-no-Sato

At this fantastic thatch-roofed ex-farmhouse the staff use oven mitts to grill dengaku (skewers of vegetables, meat including Aso beef, fish and tofu covered in the namesake dengaku: sweet miso paste) at your own ir…
Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka

Ippudō

Fukuoka's most famous ramen chain has workmanlike and always bustling branches in Tenjin, serving the best-selling Akamaru Modern (with black-sesame oil and a fragrant umami-dama, or flavour ball), Shiromaru Classic…
Top Choice Gyoza in Beppu

Gyōza Kogetsu

This seven-seat, 1940s time warp with a manic local following has only two things on the menu, both ¥600: generous plates of gyōza (dumplings) perfectly fried to a delicate crunch, and bottles of beer. It's in the t…
Top Choice Noodles in Satsuma Peninsula

Tōsenkyō Sōmen Nagashi

This sprawling restaurant in a riverside gorge near Ikeda-kō gets an estimated 200,000 annual visitors (!), paying tribute to the 1967 birthplace of nagashi-sōmen (flowing noodles). Sōmen (thin wheat-flour noodles) …
Top Choice Cafe in Kunisaki Peninsula

Soba Cafe Yuuhi

This beach-casual shop might offer the most spectacular sunset of your trip: the sun sinks into the ocean or behind mudflats that stretch to the horizon – on clear evenings you can even see the green flash. Yuuhi se…
Top Choice Japanese in Miyazaki

Ogura Honten

Chikin nanban (sweet fried chicken with tartar sauce; pictured on the menu) was invented here in 1961, and crowds still flock to this no-frills shop under a red-and-white awning, in the alley behind Yamakataya Depar…