Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Nagoya

Atsuta Hōraiken Honten

The head branch of this hitsumabushi chain, in business since 1873, is revered for good reason. Patrons queue during the summer peak season for hitsumabushi, eel basted in a secret tare (sauce) served atop rice in a…
Top Choice Seafood in Hakodate

Kikuyo Shokudo

Inside Hakodate Morning Market, Kikuyo Shokudo got its start in the 1950s as a counter joint to feed market workers and is now one of the top reasons to come to Hakodate. The speciality here is the Hakodate tomoe-do…
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 Seafood in Rebun-tō

Robata Chidori

Chidori does real robata-yaki, charcoal grilling in a pit built into the table. The speciality of the house is hokke chanchan-yaki (ホッケチャンチャン焼; ¥900) – island-caught Okhotsk atka mackerel grilled with miso. The ika-…
Top Choice Seafood in Shimonoseki

Yabure-Kabure

There's only one thing on the menu in this boisterous spot: pick from a range of fugu sets, such as the dinner Ebisu course, which features the cute little puffer in raw, seared, fried and drowned-in-sake incarnatio…
Top Choice Seafood in Matsuyama

Kappō Yano

Yano-san and his family have been running their local's seafood place for over 30 years a block back from APA Hotel in Matsumae-chō. Serving traditional meals, choose from his chef's omakase courses from ¥3000, or g…
Top Choice Seafood in Fukuoka

Zauo

Staff equip you with fishing rods, bait and nets to fish your own tai (sea bream), hirame (flounder) and more, from tanks surrounding tables on boat-shaped platforms. When you catch something, they'll bang drums bef…
Top Choice Seafood in Uwajima

Wabisuke

This restaurant, just off the arcade, is an elegant spot to try the local tai (sea bream) specialities, available here as a tai-meshi gozen (sea bream set course; ¥1880). There is a picture menu, plenty of small pla…
Top Choice Seafood in Miyajima

Yakigaki-no-hayashi

The oysters in the tank and on the barbecue outside are what everyone is eating here. Try a plate of nama-gaki (raw oysters) or kaki-furai (crumbed, fried oysters), or go for oysters on udon noodles. It's not all ab…
Seafood in Wajima

Umi-tei Notokichi

Umi-tei Notokichi has been a popular local haunt for generations – you'll be hard pressed to better experience seafood elsewhere in Japan. Purists should keep it simple and go for the sashimi moriawase (sashimi of t…