Restaurants

Top Choice Vegetarian in Kurama & Kibune

Yōshūji

Yōshūji serves superb shōjin-ryōri (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) in a delightful old Japanese farmhouse with an irori (open hearth). The house special, a sumptuous selection of vegetarian dishes served in red lacque…
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…
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…
Japanese in Kurama & Kibune

Hirobun

This is a good place to sample kawadoko 'above-river' dining on platforms. A friendly crew of ladies runs the show and the food is quite good; they are known for their Nagashi somen noodles in summer (11am to 4pm), …
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…
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 (all-round restaurant) reminds us of what Japan was like before it got rich. Limited English is spoken b…
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 plum. There is outdoor seating in the warmer months. It's the first restauran…
Cafe in Kurama & Kibune

Kibune Club

The exposed wooden beams and open, airy feel of this rustic cafe make it a great spot to stop for a cuppa and cake (sets from ¥800) while exploring Kibune. In winter it sometimes cranks up the wood stove, which make…
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…