Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Kurashiki

Mamakari-tei

This traditional eatery, in a 200-year-old warehouse with chunky beams and long wooden tables, is famed for mamakari, the sardine-like local speciality. The tasty fish is supposed to induce bouts of uncontrollable f…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kurashiki

Takadaya

This bar is in perfect balance. It manages to have loads of old-Japan charm, while maintaining a cocktail list that features plum wine and shōchū. Plus its small space isn't intimidating for solo diners, thanks to t…
Top Choice Tofu in Okayama

Okabe

Squeeze in at the counter at this small, simple lunch joint and watch the team of women preparing delicious tofu meals as you wait. There are only three things on the (picture) menu; try the okabe teishoku for a set…
Top Choice Cafe in Naoshima

Shioya Diner

With rock 'n' roll music, retro furniture and kitsch knick-knacks, Shioya is an odd mix of American diner and grandma's kitchen. The menu features tacos and chilli dogs and they sometimes charcoal-grill Cajun chicke…
Top Choice Cafe in Naoshima

Cafe Salon Naka-Oku

Up on a small hill at the rear of a farming plot, Naka-Oku is a good option in the Honmura area, and one of only a couple of places open in the evenings here. It's all wood-beamed warmth and cosiness, with homey spe…
Japanese in Okayama

Teppan-Ku-Ya

An extremely popular fusion restaurant for Japanese classics such as tako-yaki (grilled octopus dumplings). The best bet is the set six-course meal, which includes French-leaning flavours in pumpkin soup, grilled pr…
Kaiseki in Naoshima

Museum Restaurant Issen

The artfully displayed kaiseki (multi-course) dinners at this contrastingly austere Benesse House restaurant are almost too pretty to eat. Courses feature seafood, but there is a veg-dominated option (request a coup…
Noodles in Kurashiki

Bukkake Udon

In the Bios Arcade across from the station, this local chain serves up the tasty Kurashiki udon speciality – called bukkake udon (from bukkakeru, meaning to pour or splash) because you tip the sauce over the noodles…
Cafe in Naoshima

Genmai-Shinshoku Aisunao

A tranquil rest stop within the Art House Project area, Aisunao has seating on raised tatami flooring and a decidedly health-conscious menu – try the tasty Aisunao lunch set, with local brown rice, soup and veggies.…
Japanese in Bizen

Futaba-shokudō

You sit almost inside the kitchen at this tiny restaurant next to the station, witnessing buta kimchi don (kimchi and pork rice bowl) or hiyashi udon (chilled noodles) cooked in a flash. Or relax in the tatami room …