Food & Drink

Kana’s Kitchen at RecaD
For a restaurant that has a long and complicated name, the dishes here are a celebration of their constituent ingredients brought together in a subtle and uncomplicated fashion.…

Read more

At a glance

Deliciously simple and tasty Italian-style cuisine with a Japanese artistic twist.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Taketamachi, 498 Kana’s kitchen at RecaD(カナズキッチン アット リカド)
Izumiya
Izumiya’s modest presence and diminutive size belies its outsized popularity. Queues of customers frequently form at its door to savour lushly delicious home-made ice cream in the…

Read more

At a glance

Exquisitely tasty hand-made ice cream.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Kujumachi Oaza Kuju, 4048-15 久住高原菓房いずみや
Bar Ponte
For an intimate European-style ambiance and menu head to Bar Ponte, which is found on the edge of Oita City’s Miyako-machi nightlife district. Almost all seating is along the…

Read more

At a glance

A cozy restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.

Japan, Oita, Chuomachi, 3 Chome−5−23, bar ponte
Toriya
Customers flock to Toriya, a restaurant specialising in shamo. These stauresque gamefowl were originally bred for fighting - the written characters for shamo in Japanese literally…

Read more

At a glance

 A farm-to-shop restaurant specialising in shamo poultry dishes.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Kujumachi Oaza Kuju, 2338-2 鶏家 しゃも料理
Tomaya Tea House
To cross the threshold of Tomaya in Kitsuki is to go back in time. The current building, a delightfully quaint tea emporium, dates to 1875 but the business was first established in…

Read more

At a glance

An atmospheric shop and cafe sepcialising in local green tea.

Japan, Oita, 杵築市Kitsuki, 385 お茶のとまや
Kojiya Honten
Myoho Asari is on a lifetime’s mission to spread knowledge about koji, a key ingredient of Japanese cuisine. Myoho represents the ninth generation of Kojiya Honten, a family-owned…

Read more

At a glance

A long-established purveyor of an essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine.

Japan, 大分県佐伯市Sendomachi, 3 Chome−14−29 糀屋本店
Mizushi-no-Mori
Everything about Mizushi-no-Mori exudes a quiet dignity and subtle elegance, a sense of nature and man in harmony. The realisation of a long-held dream, the proprietors, a husband…

Read more

At a glance

A beautifully located serene cafe and gallery.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Kujumachi Oaza Ariuji, 久住高原cafe&galleryみずしの森
Ume-Hibiki
Ume Hibiki draws its name from the ume plum orchards it is surrounded by and the glorious views it affords over the Hibiki Gorge. Located deep in the mountains in the south of…

Read more

At a glance

A beautifully designed and very comfortable onsen hot spring hotel overlooking a gorge.

Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki, 4587 Oyamamachi Nishioyama, Hita, Oita, Japan
Artegio
Artegio defies easy classification but this elegant intimate yet eclectic space is a unique expression of Yufuin’s discreet charms. On a rise in the low foothills of Mt. Yufu-dake,…

Read more

At a glance

A beautifully curated eclectic small gallery, tea room and chocolatier.

artegio | アルテジオ, 1272-175 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita, Japan
Oita Made
Oita’s rich natural environment provides a wealth of produce and resources. Add in the locals’ creative talent and you have Oita Made, which brings the best of Oita’s foods, drinks…

Read more

At a glance

A curated selection of some of the best of Oita Prefecture's produce, arts and crafts.

Japan, Oita, Funaimachi, 2 Chome−2−番1号, Red Brick Building, Oita Made Shop 赤レンガ本店
Chabo Shinanoya
Chabo Shinanoya has been a mainstay of Beppu’s cafe culture since 1981, when the current owner inherited a traditional Japanese building, which had originally been conceived in the…

Read more

At a glance

A cafe of understated opulence and subtle flavours.

Shinanoya, 6-32 Nishinoguchicho, Beppu, Oita, Japan
Gallery Kan
Although its name may suggests otherwise, Gallery Kan provides exclusive private gourmet experiences. In a village on a rise overlooking Beppu Bay, the owners have turned a wing of…

Read more

At a glance

Discreet and attentive private dining.

Japan, Oita, Hiji, Oga, 4012-4 ギャラリーKAN
PEI pub
PEI, the acronym for Prince Edward Island, was for many years the sole western-style pub in the whole of Oita. Found in the heart of Oita City’s Miyako-machi nightlife district…

Read more

At a glance

A lively watering hole attracting Oita's mostly younger clientelle of foreign residents and local Japanese.

Pokala
The husband and wife proprietors of Pokala relate how the locals thought they were crazy to open a curry restaurant in Usa’s rural hinterland some 30 years ago. After all, who on…

Read more

At a glance

Although out of the way this curry restaurant is well-worth the journey.

Japan, Oita, Usa, Shogakuji, 1199-1 ぽから
Minami-no-Kaze
Being on the other side of the railway tracks is no indication of the quality of the cuisine served up at Minami-no-Kaze. Excellent family-run restaurants run by the Italia…

Read more

At a glance

A charming slow-food restaurant serving excellent Italian fare from breakfast through lunch to dinner.

Japan, Oita, Yufu, Yufuincho Kawakami, 3616 南の風
Tekizanso villa
Tekizanso is a gracefully classic one story building that dates from the Taisho Period (1912-1925). Sited in a corner of what was once the grounds of Hiji-jo, the local daimyo…

Read more

At a glance

A grand villa, built by a gold mining tycoon for himself, that has become one of Oita's top restaurants.

Japan, Oita, Hiji, 2663 的山荘
Iwashiryori Inase
It is easy to overlook and walk past Inase, which seems to be hiding in the shade of the surrounding establishments in central Oita. Oita is a slick modern city and Inase’s…

Read more

At a glance

An atmospheric and popular restaurant in the centre of Oita City.

Inase, 2 Chome-8-12 Chuomachi, Oita, Japan
Doburoku Festival in Ota village
Visitors to Ota, a usually quiet village on the Kunisaki Peninsula, swell the local population by a factor of 30 or more over two days in mid-October when its popular Doburoku…

Read more

At a glance

A festival of raw sake that brings this sleepy village alive for two days each year.

Japan, Oita, Kitsuki, 大田沓掛
Seki-saba and Seki-aji: Oita's prized mackerel fish
The seas of the Hoyo Straits are squeezed into narrows between Oita City’s Saganoseki and Sadamisaki, Shikoku’s distinctive peninsula that stretches out like a long limp finger…

Read more

At a glance

Prized mackerel from Oita's fertile seas.

Japan, Oita, 佐賀関
Bungo-gyu: Oita’s Wagyu beef
Wagyu marbled beef has earned a well-deserved reputation for exquisite taste, texture, and tenderness, and Bungo-gyu, wagyu cattle raised in Oita, has a reputation for being…

Read more

At a glance

Bungo-gyu, Oita's prize-winning, wagyu beef.

Japan, 大分県
Motomachi-bar
Motomachi-bar, an easy going izakaya-style restaurant in the heart of Beppu’s nightlife district, specialises in Mediterranean cuisine with a sprinkling of Japanese panache.

Read more

At a glance

A popular, easy going eatery specialising in Mediterranean dishes.

Beppu Copper Ravens, 3-26 Funakojimachi, Beppu, Oita, Japan
Beppu: Onsen hot springs, art & much more
With more onsen hot springs than anywhere else in Japan, Beppu takes the crown as the nation’s top onsen hot spring destination. So much hot water wells up from beneath the ground…

Read more

At a glance

Legendary onsen hot spring town aside the Seto Inland Sea. Great views, thriving arts scene, great dining and nightlife.

Beppu, Oita, Japan
Sousou-An
The exterior clean, white modernist architectural lines of Sousou-An are an eye-catching anomaly in the rural Kunisaki Peninsula. Yet these walls delineate within a completely…

Read more

At a glance

A stylish and eclectically furnished cafe in rural Kunisaki.

Sousou-An, 1433 Akimachi Shimobaru, Kunisaki, Oita, Japan
Kamoshika Shoten bookshop and cafe
Step through the doorway of Kamoshika Shoten, in central Oita City, and it is apparent that the owner, Shinsaku Iwao, has a passion for the printed word and a knack of creating…

Read more

At a glance

A discreet gem of a bookshop and cafe.

Kamoshika Books, 2 Chome-8-1 Chuomachi, Oita, Japan
Shochu
Although lesser known overseas, shochu, a refined vodka-like beverage that is made from a variety of sources including sweet potato, molasses and rice, is as widely drunk in Japan…

Read more

At a glance

Mugi-jochu, a refined wheat spirit, is Oita's version of Kyushu's famed shochu tipple.

Japan, 大分県
Ise-ebi Spiny Lobster Festival
Oita Prefecture is replete with a wide range of delicious foods from its mountains, rivers, fields and seas, and the ise-ebi spiny lobster is, undoubtedly, a crowning glory in this…

Read more

At a glance

A autumn gourmet delicacy.

Saiki, Oita, Japan
Maruni-Maru
Saiki is rightly famed for the quality and variety of the seafood caught off its intricate ria coast of peninsulas and bays, and one of the centres of the fishing industry is in…

Read more

At a glance

Accommodation with local purveyors of seafood for a visula feast and gourmet delight.

Japan, Oita, Saiki, Kamae Oaza Nishinoura, 2643 丸二水産
Chikushitei
Chikushitei is a jewel of a restaurant making it one of Oita’s, if not Kyushu’s, finest. A traditionally formal entrance lends an almost hidden-in-plain-view feel to Chikushitei…

Read more

At a glance

A jewel in Oita's world of cuisine.

Chikushitei, 1692 枝町 Nakatsu, Oita, Japan
Matsuura
A short drive out of central Saiki on the Tsurumisaki peninsula is Matsuura, a small hotel and restaurant that makes the most of its position on a coastal inlet overlooking a…

Read more

At a glance

Restaurant and hotel for seafood gourmets.

Japan, Oita, Saiki, Tsurumi Oaza Jimatsuura, 550-30 海鮮の宿まつ浦
Dango-jiru & Yaseuma
Dango-jiru is one of Oita’s signature dishes. Kneaded, thick wheat noodles cooked with sliced shiitake mushrooms, onions and carrots in a miso soup make this a simple, yet…

Read more

At a glance

A delicious Oita delicacy.

Japan, 大分県
Nanbantei
Located in a quieter corner of Oita City’s lively Miyako-machi nightlife district is Nanbantei, a locally cherished teppanyaki restaurant. This unpretentious establishment with its…

Read more

At a glance

An iconic teppanyaki restaurant specialising in Bungo-gyu, Oita's prized wagyu beef.

Nanbantei, 2 Chome-4-25 Miyakomachi, Oita, Japan
Michi-no-eki Wayside Stations
Michi-no-eki wayside stations are a popular institution in Japan and, with 24 of them, Oita Prefecture has more than its fair share. Locals proudly run these shops, akin to…

Read more

At a glance

Locals and visitors alike flock to these wayside stations for local good-value produce and meals.

Japan, 大分県
Umeshu-gura Oyama
Umeshu-gura Oyama, which combines a boutique umeshu plum winery and ume plum emporium, is heaven for any ume aficionado. Deep in Hita’s ume orchard countryside and aside the…

Read more

At a glance

A boutique prize winning umeshu winery adjacent to the wonderful Ume-Hibiki hotel.

Japan, Oita, Hita, Oyamamachi Nishioyama, 4587 梅酒蔵おおやま
Toriten & Karaage Chicken
The people of Oita Prefecture are reputed to eat more chicken meat than of any other prefecture in Japan. Two particularly popular chicken dishes are Toriten and Karaage. The…

Read more

At a glance

Oita's favourite dishes.

Japan, 大分県
Road Trip: Oita’s sake, shochu & wine country
There are many producers of alcoholic beverages dotted throughout Oita Prefecture, a result of the qualities of spring and well waters found here. Its is particularly famed for its…

Read more

Reimen & Onmen
A moreish noodle dish, available either as cold reimen or hot onmen, heralding from Beppu. The noodles, which are made from soba buckwheat flour, have an al dente bite and are…

Read more

At a glance

Beppu's distinctively different and delicious noodle dishes.

Japan, Oita, 別府市
Tajimaya Roho
Not only does Tajimaya produce the best wagashi confectionary in Oita, its delicious products undoubtedly count amongst the best in Japan. After learning his trade at Fushimi near…

Read more

At a glance

An elegant, traditional Japanese shop that has been making and selling delightful wagashi Japanese sweets since 1804.

竹田市 但馬や
Usuki Fugu
Fugu blowfish is a peculiarly Japanese delicacy known as much for its delicious taste as its potential deadly side effects if prepared by the unqualified chef.

Read more

At a glance

The last word in fugu cuisine.

Japan, Oita, Usuki, 臼杵 河豚 山田屋
Tomoshu
Being established for over 130 years is a good sign that the fundamentals of any business are sound. The owner-chef, however, is not resting on his predecessors’ nor his own…

Read more

At a glance

A lively and tasty restaurant popular with locals and visitors alike.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Taketamachi, 284 友修
Irish Pub The Hive
The Hive has joined the long-established PEI pub in providing a western-style pub experience to both a Japanese and non-Japanese clientele. Unlike PEI, however, the Hive places an…

Read more

At a glance

An Irish-style sports pub.

Japan, Oita, Chuomachi, 1 Chome−7 ガレリア竹町
Kitsuki Terrace
Kitsuki Terrace is a recent addition to the seafood barbecuing establishments, popular with locals and visitors alike, that are found strung out along much of Oita’s coastline.…

Read more

At a glance

A popular modern seafood emporium in Kitsuki aside the Seto Inland Sea.

Japan, Oita, Kitsuki, Morie, 4785 KITSUKI TERRACE (キツキテラス)
Soba Cafe Yuhi
Soba Yuhi Cafe takes its name from the glorious sunsets, which here bask the placid waters of the Seto Inland Sea, and also the soba buckwheat noodle dishes that crowns its menu.…

Read more

At a glance

Coffee and light meals whilke enjoying spectacular sunsets over the Seto Inland Sea.

Japan, 大分県豊後高田市Usuno, 5125 真玉海岸
Ukai Comorant Fishing
200 years ago the then Daikan, the shogun’s representative in Hita, brought the ancient art of ukai cormorant fishing to Kyushu from Edo, Tokyo's original name.

Read more

At a glance

An unusual way to spend an evening watching cormorants fishing for your supper.

Japan, Oita, 日田市
Ajimu Winery
Top grade grapes for the table are grown widely in Kyushu and are a staple fruit during the summer months. Grapes for viticulture, the production of wine, are, however, much rarer…

Read more

At a glance

Oita's first winery and a must visit for anyone wanting aquaint themselves with Japanese wines from the grape.

Japan, Oita, Usa, Ajimumachi Shimoge, 828 安心院ワイナリー駐車場
Fukae Fish Market
Oita’s 774km long coastline is lined with fishing ports, both great and small, but only a few have a fish market. One exception is at Fukae, in Hiji on the Kunisaki Peninsula, a…

Read more

At a glance

Early risers can enjoy the bustle of a local fish market and buy the freshest fish at the lowest price.

Ougami Fukae Gyokou no asaichi, 5418 Oga, Hiji, Oita, Japan
Saiki
Any gourmet passionate about fish has to make the journey to Saiki, which boasts the widest range of fresh fish found anywhere in Japan. Lying off the intricate coast of Saiki is…

Read more

At a glance

In a nation known for its seafood, Saiki is a pescatorial paradise.

Japan, Oita, 佐伯市
Nishinokubo
Nishinokubo is beautifully sited in a hamlet overlooking idyllic rural scenery of stepped rice paddies. The husband and wife owners have opened their home up as a minpaku home-stay…

Read more

At a glance

Idyllic accommmodation in an idyllic location.

Japan, Oita, Taketa, Kujumachi Oaza Kuju, 7586, nishinokubo
Mamenomonya
Mamenomonya’s wife and husband team moved from Oita City to pursue their dream of owning a restaurant in the bucolic countryside of Ota village in Kitsuki. They brought life back…

Read more

At a glance

A rustic and delicious cafe in the countryside of the Kunisaki Peninsula.

Mameno Monya, 244 Otaono, Kitsuki, Oita, Japan
Okamotoya Jigokumushi
Simple gastronomy meets fast food service at Okamotoya, the home of jigokumushi steamed dishes cooked in the 'hells' of Beppu’s Myoban Onsen. Okamoto specialises in modest but…

Read more

At a glance

Steamed chicken and egg delicacies from Myoban Onsen's steaming hells.

Okamotoya, 3組 明礬 Beppu, Oita, Japan
Jigoku-mushi
In Beppu’s Kannawa district steam derived from volcanic activity deep below the earth seems to rise up from every crevice in the ground. Onsen baths are plentiful here but a lesser…

Read more

At a glance

A fun and ecological way of cooking using water vapour from the earth's unlimited geo-thermal resources.

Japan, Oita, 別府市Kannawa, 779鐵輪溫泉
Sake
Commonly known in Japan as nihonshu, sake, which is fermented from rice, is widely recognised around the world as a distinctly Japanese drink. Although the cooler more northerly…

Read more

At a glance

The popular libation to the kami, Japan's gods.

Japan, 大分県