The 10 Best Places to Eat in Arima Onsen, Japan

Arima Onsen were written about in the famous writings of 631 A.D. They are located 30 minutes North by train from Kobe, Sannomiya. It is a convenient location not just for an overnight trip but day trips to public baths such as “Kinsen” and “Ginsen”. Here you will find not only wonderful hot springs but also other shops and restaurants. Today we will introduce to you to best places to eat in the Arima Onsen area!


1. Mitsumori

1. Mitsumori
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This is a shop located along the main street of the Arima Onsen town in a very visible location. It was opened in the Meiji-era when the owner found out that the natural carbonation of Arima Onsen was good for one’s health. He began by making thin cakes of rice and grilling them to serve.

Today they continue to use the traditional ingredients and methods to prepare these cakes. These cakes contain no eggs, milk or preservatives and are a treat that children to elderly can enjoy.

You can also enjoy rounder manjyu cakes. They are made out of mountain yam and brown sugar. Due to their small size, you can enjoy a few to truly appreciate the unique yet delicious flavor.Why not begin your walk around town here!

■Information
Name: Mitsumori (main shop)
Address: 290-1 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-903-0101
Access: 4 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.tansan.co.jp/
Map: Map to Mitsumori

2. Takenaka Butcher Shop

2. Takenaka Butcher Shop
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This is a butcher shop with over 80 years of history. Here they process the high-end brands of beef such as Kobe beef. These shops serve ryokan and hotels so you can be sure you are getting the best.

The best item to purchase and enjoy here is the beef croquette. The regular croquette can be enjoyed for 130 yen. With these croquette, you can fully enjoy the sweetness of the potato.

The beef croquette is 250 yen and is filled with Kobe beef. There are some seats in front of the store so you can enjoy the fresh fried croquettes. Once you try these, you are sure to fall in love!

■Information
Name: Takenaka Butcher Shop
Address: 813 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-904-0298
Hours: 9:00~18:00
Closed Wednesday
Access: 7 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.arima-takenaka29.com/
Map: Map to Takenaka Butcher Shop

3. Houkyuuan

3. Houkyuuan
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This is a shop along the main street where you can enjoy fish paste fry, also called tempura.In the Kansai area, fish paste fried is called tempura and is served fresh as a snack or as a side. Here is a shop where you can enjoy them fresh.

There are many different varieties available such as those with gobo, cheese, and pickled garlic. You can enjoy any of these on a stick perfect for taking along on your walk! When you come and visit the sights please do try this tempura!

■Information
Name: Houkyuuan (Arima Onsen shop)
Address: 1645 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-120-540-491
Hours: 10:00~18:00
Access: 5 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.houkyuuan.com/
Map: Map to Houkyuuan

4. Pan du Bo

4. Pan du Bo
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This is the most popular bread shop of Arima. The popular bread here is the “Tanba Black bean Bread”, “Arima Sansho Bread”, and “Kinsen Salt Bread”. They are all quite unique.

The do sell out by mid-afternoon so be sure to arrive earlier. Even if you prefer rice on most occasions, why not get up early and enjoy the freshest bread of the morning here!

■Information
Name: Pan du Bo
Address: 835 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-904-0555
Hours: 9:00〜SOLD OUT
Closed Tuesdays(If Tuesday is a holiday, we will close the following day instead.)
Access: 6 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.arima-onsen.com/
Map: Map to Pan du Bo

5. Sabou Tick-tock

5. Sabou Tick-tock
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This restaurant is found in a remodeled old home. Here you can enjoy a feeling of nostalgia and enjoy the feeling of the Showa period.

Inside the shop you can find a pinball machine that only adds to the atmosphere. Here you can enjoy very health varieties of dishes such as curry and omelet-rice with ingredients from the local area. This is the perfect place to enjoy lunch.

Why not enjoy a restful meal here while visiting Arima?

■Information
Name: Sabou Tick-tock
Address: 820 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-904-0512
Hours: 11:00~16:00
Closed Tuesdays
Access: 7 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.arima-onsen.com/
Map: Map to Sabou Tick-tock

 
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6. Soba Dosanjin

6. Soba Dosanjin
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Here you can enjoy Kansai style soba. Here the soba flour is made from the wheat fresh so the aroma of the soba is extraordinary.

The Sudachi (citrus fruit) Cooled Soba is most popular in the summer time. The sudachi fruit slice on top is beautiful for looking at as well.

This is also the perfect dish to enjoy soon after you exit of the hot springs.

■Information
Name: Soba Dosanjin (Arima shop)
Address: 1056 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-904-3036
Hours: 11:00~15:00 / 17:00~20:00
Closed Wednesdays ※If Wednesday is a holiday we will close the following day
Access: 6 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Map: Map to Soba Dosanjin

7. Kutsurogiya

7. Kutsurogiya
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The shop is located in a remodeled traditional home. Here the main dish served is the rice with various meat and vegetables mixed in known as “Kamameshi”.

The seafood and other vegetables are those sent here directly from Awaji Island. It is the perfect shop for a slightly luxurious lunch.

This is also a great shop for those who are looking to enjoy their room in a private dining area.

■Information
Name: Kutsurogiya Arikamameshi
Address: 839-2 Arima Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-903-1550
Hours: 11:00~20:00
Closed Tuesdays
Access: 5 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.umemaru.net/kutsurogiya/
Map: Map to Kutsurogiya Arikamameshi

8. Sain Hanaki

8. Sain Hanaki
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This is a shop where you can truly jump back in time. Though it is slightly small, it is stylish and the traditional sweets offered here are wonderful. You can enjoy parfaits made with the special cookies of the area.

In the summer you can also enjoy shaved ice and in the fall you can enjoy traditional sweets with chestnuts. Please do enjoy the atmosphere and sweets that can only be found here!

■Information
Name: Sain Hanaki
Address: 1005 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-904-0282
Hours: 11:00〜17:00
Access: 7 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://www.arima-onsen.com/
Map: Map to Sain Hanaki

9. Mamekiyo

9. Mamekiyo
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This is a shop that is centered around beans and it serves sweets made with soy milk and tofu.

You can enjoy a variety of sweets including soy milk soft cream, soy-based donuts, and soy-based cream puffs. This is a great place to enjoy a healthier yet still sweet treat!

■Information
Name: Mamekiyo (Dessert shop of Tofu shop)
Address: 869-3 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 6 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Map: Map to Mamekiyo

10. Arima Gelateria Stagione

10. Arima Gelateria Stagione
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This is a gelato shop that just opened in 2015. Here everything is made fresh inside the shop. The flavors offered are all local including the Rokko Premium Milk and Arima Cider flavors. There are 18 special flavors.

You can also choose from toppings including the carbonated cookies of Arima. Come and enjoy gelato after you enter the hot springs!

■Information
Name: Arima Gelateria Stagione
Address: 1163 Arima-cho Kita-ku Kobe City Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: +81-78-907-5468 
Hours: 10:00~17:00
Access: 8 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Website: http://arima-stagione.jp
Map: Map to Arima Gelateria Stagione

Enjoy the Gourmet Cuisine of the Arima Onsen Area!

What did you think of the variety of cuisine offered in the Arima Onsen Area? This is an area not just known for its hot springs but also for the delicious cuisine that developed around the hot springs. Enjoy the small community near the hot springs of your choice and the variety offered there. Walk around and you are certain to find the perfect special meal for you and those you are traveling with.




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