Restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Matsue

Yakumo-an

This busy soba restaurant and its beautiful grounds are an excellent place to sample the local warigo soba, served in a stack of three round lacquerware trays. Pour some soup stock into the top tray, eat, then pour …
Top Choice Izakaya in Matsue

Kawa-kyō

You can count on a friendly welcome at this small izakaya, which specialises in the 'seven delicacies' from Shinji-ko and is a good place to try some local sake or homemade umeshu (plum wine). The owner's daughter s…
Top Choice Noodles in Tsuwano

Tsurube

The speciality here is fresh wheat noodles handmade on the premises, going into filling dishes such as sansai udon (noodles with wild vegetables) and umeboshi udon (noodles with dried plum). For a little extra, have…
Seafood in Matsue

Tsurumaru

The smell of fish grilling over coals permeates this restaurant, which specialises in the cuisine of the Oki Islands. The menu features meals such as eri-yaki konabe (hot spicy soup cooked over a flame at your table…
Cantonese in Matsue

Cafe Chinois Jasmin

Although little English is spoken, wonderful set lunches and course dinners, and picture menus of the moreish dim-sum selection, make this classy Cantonese cafe with a French-Japanese twist worth a visit. The main d…
Japanese in Matsue

Matsue Horikawa Chi Beer Hall

This attractive free-standing beer hall is not quite what its name promises; as its opening hours suggest, it's more of a restaurant than a drinking establishment. With local beers on tap, however, and an eclectic m…
Chinese in Dōzen Islands

Sawano

If you can speak some Japanese, you might indulge in a heartwarming conversation with the friendly owner of this cosy Chinese joint, who spent a year travelling the length and breadth of Japan in the ’70s before sta…
Dumplings in Izumo

Gyōza-ya

At that moment when you think you'll go crazy if you see another Izumo soba restaurant, proceed immediately to this cheap and late-opening station-area eatery specialising in humble gyōza (dumplings): they're fat an…
Seafood in Tsuwano

Yūki

The Tsuwano teishoku (a carp-themed sampler of local dishes) is recommended at this elegantly rustic restaurant, which has wooden tables and the sound of running water. There are koi (carp) in a pool in the floor, a…
Vegetarian in Matsue

Greens Baby

If you have been craving vegetables in Japan, fill up at this cafe near the castle at a salad bar of pumpkin, peppers, okra and other veg. Vegetarian mains lean toward burritos, Thai green curry and 'taco' (spiced-b…