Restaurants

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 Cafe in Yamaguchi

Sabō Kō

A cosy atmosphere prevails in this low-ceilinged little eatery, where customers perch on wooden stools sipping coffee. The speciality on the Japanese-only menu is the generous, rustic omuraisu (omelette filled with …
Top Choice Cafe in Hagi

Hotoritei

A tranquil rest stop near the Jōkamachi area, Hotoritei is within a large house surrounded by gardens. It mainly serves coffees, teas and cakes – try the fluffy, cream-filled matcha (green-tea) roll. There are a few…
Top Choice Italian in Yamaguchi

Mottimo Pasta Yuda Onsen

In Yuda Onsen, Mottimo offers a variety of Japanese twists on Italian faves, including eight kinds of delicious hot, buttery, flavoured bread sticks (think honey, basil and custard cream!), a small selection of pizz…
Seafood in Hagi

Hagi Shinkai

Seating here is around a large open tank, so you can witness doomed fish being plucked out by the staff while you eat. There are various set-meal options, or request the manager-recommended Shinkai teishoku (¥1080/1…
Cafe in Shimonoseki

Antiques & Oldies

At the back of a charming antique shop in Chōfu's castle-town area is this small cafe, serving up bagel sandwich sets, coffees, juices and cakes. There are just a few tables inside and a shady outdoor terrace. It's …
Noodles in Hagi

Don Don Udonya

A popular spot serving tasty udon and rice dishes. Set meals are donburi (dishes served over rice) standards such as oyako-don (chicken and egg on rice). There's a cheaper morning selection too. It's in a big black-…
Seafood in Hagi

Hagi Seaside Market

There's all manner of fresh and wild delights to sample at this busy market, with plenty of eateries as well as straight-from-the-source sellers in case you're planning your own barbecue. Even if you just come for a…
Sushi in Shimonoseki

Kaiten Karato Ichiba Sushi

This conveyor-belt sushi restaurant on the 2nd floor, right above the fish market, is a great place to get your hands on the freshest fish without needing to know what they're all called. It's closed when the market…
Izakaya in Hagi

Maru

This lively izakaya specialises in dishes prepared using fresh local produce. There's a predictable seafood theme, with lots of sushi and sashimi to enjoy, but a range of other hot items are available. Reservations …