[Kyushu 100] Oita Gourmet Spot Top 20
“Kyushu 100″ is the project to introduce the fascinations of 100 spots representing Kyushu chosen by traveler’s review. In order to let you know more fascination of Kyushu beyond 100 spots, we introduce the spots for “Eat” ,”Play” and “Stay” of 7 prefectures in ranking order.
Led by famous “Sekiaji (Horse mackerel)” and “Sekisaba (Mackerel)”, Oita offers a variety of rich seafood. Undoubtedly, including fresh sashimi and sushi, please enjoy Tendon or Kamameshi as well. Furthermore, don’t miss the winery restaurant on a highland or popular cake-buffet cafe surrounded by the nature of Aso, where “beautiful scenery” could be another feast. Here are Oita’s popular restaurants in ranking order you should visit.
Tomonaga Panya (Beppu City)
Founded in 1916, this bakery shop reminding us of the good old days has been loved by local people. It is continuously drawing customers with the simple and gentle taste such as bean-jam bun (anpan) or melon-flavored bun sold at a cheap price.
Tenjosajiki (Yufu City)
The café in the Kamenoi-Besso, a high-class Japanese inn located in Yufuin Onsen. The building, moved from the sake brewery founded in Edo era, has a retro atmosphere. The specialty is “Mon Yufu”, the sweet made of cream cheese with the image of Yufudake (Mt. Yufu) covered by snow.
Kamesho Kurukuru Sushi (Beppu City)
With the big and fresh seafood ingredients for sushi as well as preferable cost performance, the sushi shop is doing a flourishing business to have a line of customers in front. You can enjoy Sekisaba and Sekiaji with Sushi. Another beneficial point is a self-service Miso-soup, which you can enjoy as much as you like.
#4 Yufuin Milch (Oita City)
They are selling special sweet made of 100% milk from Yufuin. The highly recommended item is “Käse Kuchen”, a warm cup cheesecake hot from the oven. You will be addicted by its fluffy and melting texture.
#5 Senya (Hita City)
The specialty of this restaurant is “Hita Mabushi”, boiled rice mixed with Japanese grilled eel. Please enjoy the various tastes in adding the 4 sorts of spices/condiments and in pouring the soup stock at the end of the dish.
#6 Eitaro (Beppu City)
Located in the Onsen Ryokan Shiosai-no-Yado Harumi, they offer the tasty Japanese food using the fresh seafood. You can enjoy “Seafood Kamameshi (rice boiled with seafood in a small pot) set” or “Tensashi (Tempura & Sashimi) set” at lunchtime. The price of dinner Kaiseki (set menu) is also reasonable, starting from 2,940 yen.
#7 Nicol (Yufu City)
The café is in the famous Ryokan in Yufuin onsen Tamanoyu. The specialty is “Apple pie” baked with plentiful thin-sliced apple. Recommended to visit at earlier time before the specialty would be sold out.
#8 Seafood Kaisen Izutsu (Beppu City)
Please enjoy the fresh and tasty seafood menu made of the catch of the day. Various menus from a la carte to a set menu are prepared. The recommendation is Kaisendon, the vinegar rice bowl covered by abundant fresh seafood.
#9 Toyotsune (Beppu City)
The special voluminous Tendon, with 2 large shrimp tempuras rising on the rice bowl and 4 sorts of vegetable tempuras, is the big draw at this restaurant. Additionally, you can enjoy a variety of menus made with fresh seafood from Bungo Suido.
#10 Amamidyaya (Beppu City)
Please enjoy the local sweets such as “Yaseuma” made of hand-pulling dumpling or “Bungo Zenzai”. Also they offer the local cuisine “Dango jiru” (dumpling soup) with which you can meet the authentic Oita taste of the good old days.
#11 Tan’s Bar (Yufu City)
The bar is in the famous Ryokan in Yufuin onsen Sanso Murata. The bar time in the evening is open exclusively for the staying guests and restaurant guests, however everybody can enjoy the teatime in the daytime. Swiss roll named “P roll” is popular.
#12 Kami Fusen Chuomachi (Oita City)
Recommended for the person who wants to enjoy Oita local meal together with alcohol. Led by the famous local cuisines such as “Ryukyu”or “Dango Jiru”, there are various menus including authentic Japanese dishes as well as original dishes. As the price is reasonable, no worry even after you would be full.
#13 Owadazushi (Beppu City)
The superb Sushi restaurant with high reputation from the local peoples. They also offer Sekiaji and Sekisaba, the finest brand fishes in Oita. If you have no idea what you should order, a set of sushi made of local seasonal fishes representing Oita is recommended.
#14 Yufumabushi Shin (Yufu City)
The specialties are “Unagi Mabushi”, “Bungo Gyu Mabushi” and “Jidori Mabushi”, cooked rice with charcoal-barbecued eel, beef and chicken respectively in a clay pot. At the end, please try pouring the soup stock over the rice.
#15 Kukuchi (Yufu City)
The nice-view café overlooking Mt. Yufu from the terrace seats, which offers the Kuchi Original Curry made with specially blended spices as well as Shiratama Anmitsu Set made with homemade rice-flour dumplings and dark morasses. Additionally, you can enjoy the unique drink menu such as Kabosu Citrus Honey Juice.
#16 Cafe la Ruche (Yufu City)
Located adjacent to MARC CHAGALL Yufuin Kinrinko Museum. You can enjoy at this place as you like such as breakfast or lunch admiring the view of Kinrinko Lake or teatime with home-made cake in elegant way.
#17 Chez Tani (Kuju Town)
The café stands calmly in the nature of Aso. The cake buffet, which allows you to enjoy almost 20 sorts of fresh cakes within 90 minutes, attracts many sweet lovers. Baumkuchen, which is ideal for the souvenirs, is one of their specialties.
#18 Inaka-an (Yufu City)
You can enjoy the perfect harmony created by the combination of hand-pulling noodle made with the natural salt from Okinawa, homemade broth containing stock and local ingredients. The most popular menu is “Goboten Udon” where the flavor of Gobo (burdock root) Tempura is melted. Don’s miss it in Oita.
#19 Kujuu Winery Ishigama Studio (Takeda City)
The restaurant operated by the winery in the highland. Please enjoy a variety of pizzas cooked in the stone oven, Italian dishes made with highland vegetables and homemade wines in the terrace seats commanding the vineyard or other terrace seats covered by the roof of grapes.
#20 Nakatsu Karaage Moriyama Manda Main Store (Nakatsu City)
Karaage, deep-fried chicken shop. The secret of the delicious taste is hiding in the original marinating sauce in which salt, ginger and homegrown garlic are blended. You can take out the fried chicken or eat in the dining space.
Every spot of “Kyushu 100″ chosen by travelers is full of fascination. Now, let’s go and experience 100 spots chosen by travelers!
Ranking method:”Oita Gourmet Spot Top 20″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Gourmet Spots in Oita.
*The information about the facilities that are closed as of August 2016, is also included. For details such as re-opening time, please contact each facility.