Northern Kansai restaurants

Top Choice Vegetarian in Kurama & Kibune

Yōshūji

Yōshūji serves superb shōjin-ryōri in a delightful old Japanese farmhouse with an irori (open hearth). The house special, a sumptuous selection of vegetarian dishes served in red lacquered bowls, is called kurama-ya…
Top Choice Japanese in Miyama

Yururi

Miyama's natural bounty is a big draw, and this restaurant in an elegantly updated thatched-roof farmhouse serves menus of seasonal local ingredients (such as mountain vegetables in spring and mushrooms in fall). Re…
Steak in Kinosaki Onsen

Irori Dining Mikuni

Mikuni serves local speciality Tajima-gyū (a high-end brand of Japanese beef). Different cuts are served different ways, and not just as steaks: sirloin, for example, is seared and sliced thin, served over rice (¥46…
Sushi in Kinosaki Onsen

Orizuru

This is an elegant sushi counter, frequented by locals, offering reasonably priced set meals. In winter you can sample local crab sourced from Tsuiyama harbour, just 10 minutes away, in a variety of ways, from kani-…
Japanese in Kurama & Kibune

Hirobun

This is a good place to sample kawadoko 'above-river' dining on platforms. A friendly crew of ladies run the show and the food is quite good; they are known for their Nagashi somen noodles in summer (11am to 4pm), w…
Seafood in Kinosaki Onsen

Okeshō

Located above a fish market, this casual restaurant is a popular local spot for kaisen-don (raw seafood on rice; ¥1400 to ¥1950), but there are also tempura and grilled items on the menu. Between November and March …
Shokudo in Ōhara

Seryō-Jaya

Seryō-Jaya serves tasty soba noodles and other fare incorporating produce from the area, such as mountain-harvested mushrooms and pickled plums. There is outdoor seating in the warmer months. It's the first restaura…
Seafood in Tango Peninsula

Aburaya

This tiny counter restaurant is inside the Funaya-no-sato michi-no-eki (road station) and looks utterly unremarkable, but locals swear that its kaisen-don (raw fish over rice) never disappoints. It often closes earl…
Shokudo in Kurama & Kibune

Aburaya-Shokudō

Just down the steps from the main gate of Kurama-dera and on the street corner, this classic old-style shokudō is a reminder of Japan before it got rich. Limited English is spoken but there's an English menu and the…
Japanese in Amanohashidate

310 Amanohashidate

This unexpectedly chic new spot does set meals of prettily plated grilled fish or sashimi, using seafood caught from the fish market in nearby Miyazu, paired with craft sake. It's on the road in front of Amanohashid…