Top Choice Kaiseki in Nagasaki

Shippoku Hamakatsu

Come here if you would like to experience shippoku ryōri and still afford your airfare home. Course menus are filling and varied (the Otakusa Shippoku is served on a dramatic round tray). In addition, there is a cho…
Top Choice Japanese in Beppu


Toyotsune nails the Beppu specialities: toriten, bungo-gyū and lots of fresh fish, plus tempura. This branch is across from Beppu Station; the main branch is on the corner behind Jolly Pasta.
Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka


Ichiran has been serving noodles for 39 years. Customers eat at individual cubicles, and fill out forms requesting precisely how they want their noodles prepared. Flavour strength, fat content, noodle tenderness, qu…
Top Choice Japanese in Beppu

Jigoku Mushi Kōbō

Amid the hells of Kannawa, you can cook your own meal in onsen steam in this workshop. Purchase ingredients on the spot (or bring your own), and steam them in kama (vats) roiling from the onsen below.
Top Choice Izakaya in Fukuoka

Fish Man

Fish Man's post-industrial vibe has lacquered plywood and big windows, which show off the unconventional presentations of seafood fresh from the Nagahama market across town: kaidan-zushi (sushi served on a wooden sp…
Top Choice Tofu in Karatsu

Kawashima Tōfu

On the shopping street near the station, this renowned tofu shop has been in business since the Edo period and serves set meals starring tofu plus other seasonal specialities (reservations required) around the 10-se…
Top Choice Izakaya in Kumamoto

Kome no Kura

This black-walled, quietly chic izakaya, with cosy private booths and hori-kotatsu (well in the floor for your feet) seating, has a whole menu of Kumamoto specialities along with standard fare. Tsukune (ground chick…
Top Choice Izakaya in Kumamoto


Yokobachi's leafy courtyard and open kitchen are distinctive. Standout small plates include spicy tebasaki (chicken wings), an inventive Caesar salad with sweet potato and lotus root chips, delicately fried mābō-nas…
Top Choice Japanese in Kagoshima


This atmospheric multistorey restaurant near central Tenmonkan covers all your Satsuma-ryōri needs: Satsuma-age, tonkotsu, kurobuta shabu-shabu, and lots of fresh fish and seafood.
Top Choice Japanese in Miyazaki

Ogura Honten

Chikin nanban was invented here over half a century ago, and crowds still flock to Ogura's red and white awning in the alley just behind Yamakataya department store. For shorter queues, try the larger, kitsch-filled…