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

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 pizzas and a range of delicious pas…
Seafood in Hagi

Hagi Shinkai

Seating here is around a large open tank, so you can watch as the doomed fish are plucked out by the staff while you eat. There are various set-meal options, or ask for the manager-recommended Shinkai teishoku (¥108…
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 standards such as oyako-don (chicken and egg on rice). There's a cheaper morning selection. It's in a big black-and-white building on the righ…
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…
Cafe in Yamaguchi

Frank

Overlooking the main shopping street, this stylish cafe-restaurant serves Asian-style rice dishes, pastas and curries, and is a relaxing space for a late-night wine or cocktail. Look for 'Frank' painted on the wall …
Seafood in Shimonoseki

Kamon Wharf

Close to the Karato fish market, with eateries and shops specialising in local goodies. Seekers of only-in-Japan culinary experiences can look out for the uni-flavoured ice cream (うにソフトクリーム; sea urchin) and fugu bur…