The 10 Best Places to Eat in Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan

Sannomiya is one of the busiest area in Kobe, and it is famous for its great collection of sightseeing spots and delicious local foods. Sannomiya also accommodates many Western style buildings as many Westerners used to live in the area during Meiji era. We will introduce you 10 different local foods of Sannomiya through this article, which you can use as a guideline for you to eat around Sannomiya!


1. Akashiyaki

1. Akashiyaki
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Akashiyaki is one of the most famous local foods of Kobe, and it is very famous in Kansai area as well. At a glance, Takoyaki and Akashiyaki look very similar, but these two finger foods are totally different!

Takoyaki uses flours as its main ingredients, but Akashiyaki uses eggs as it main ingredients. The other name of Akashiyaki is “Tamagoyaki”, which literally means grilled egg.

One of the best Akashiyaki stores in Kobe is Kikucho. Kikucho is located within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station, and it is famous for its exceptional Akashiyaki.

Kikucho opens until late at night, and you can enjoy eating akashiyaki comfortably at Kikucho. You can enjoy Akashiyaki for JPY 600 per portion, which is not so expensive.

■Information
Name: Akashiyaki Kikucho Kitanosaka Branch
Address: 1-10-5 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-331-9813
Business Hours: 17:00-3:00
No scheduled holidays
Access: Within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.hontosaya.com/
Map: Map to Akashiyaki Kikucho Kitanosaka Branch

2. Karubi Rice Bowl

2. Karubi Rice Bowl
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Juuban Sannomiya Branch is famous for its huge, and tempting Karubi Rice Bowl, which uses plenty juicy grilled Karubi as the toppings.

The secret of Juuban’s delicious Karubi Rice Bowl is the special sauce that is used to grilled the meat, which releases great smells when the meat is grilled.

The price of the Karubi Rice Bowl is JPY 700 for a regular size, but you can also enjoy many delicious meat rice bowl menus at Juuban as well like Harami Rice Bowl (JPY 700 for a regular size) and Pork Loin Rice Bowl (JPY 650 for a regular size)!

■Information
Name: Juuban Sannomiya Branch
Address:4-1-396 Kotonoocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-261-8989
Business Hours: 11:00-0:00
Closed from December 31 to January 2
Access: Within 2-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.hontosaya.com/
Map: Map to Juuban Sannomiya Branch

3. Bokkake Sobameshi

3. Bokkake Sobameshi
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Bokkake Sobameshi is one of the most famous local foods in Kobe, which is basically a combination of Bokkake and Sobameshi.

Sobameshi is a combination of yakisoba (Japanese style stir fried noodles) and yakimeshi (Japanese style stir fried rice). Sobameshi is seasoned with both soy sauce and worcestershire sauce, so it tastes very bold compared to the normal yakisoba and yakimeshi.

Bokkake is a beef gristle and konnyaku stew, and it tastes spicy but sweet at the same time. Bokkake is usually used as the ingredients of one of the following dishes: okonomiyaki, curry rice, yakisoba, and udon.

Nagata Tank Suji for its superb Bokkake Sobameshi, and you can also try its superb Bokkake Yakisoba if you want something other than rice!

■Information
Name: Nagata Tank Suji
Address: Sun Plaza B1F-20, 1-8-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-962-6868
Business Hours: 11:00-22:30
No Scheduled Holidays (Usually on Tuesdays)
Access: Within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.kobe1te2.com/
Map: Map to Nagata Tank Suji

4. Croquette

4. Croquette
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Sannomiya is popular for its superb croquette, and you can enjoy the most authentic type of croquette there.

The croquettes at Sannomiya are very crunchy on the outside, but very soft and fluffy on the inside. You can find many shops selling croquettes at Sannomiya, but our recommendation goes to Mizunoya.

Mizunoya is located within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station, and it offers many different types of croquettes. Among all croquettes, our favorite is the Japanese Beef Croquette. In addition to its famous Japanese Beef Croquette, Mizunoya is also famous for its delicious Egg Ham Cutlets as well!

■Information
Name: Mizunoya Sannomiya Branch
Address: 6-1-15 Kumoidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-242-3477
Business Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Weekdays) / 9:00-20:30 (Weekends & National Holidays)
Close on Year End & New years
Access: Within 3-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Website: http://mizunoya.jp/
Map: Map to Mizunoya Sannomiya Branch

5. Kobe Beef

5. Kobe Beef
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Kobe Beef is one of the most famous Japanese Beef brands in Japan, and you can find many restaurants selling different types of Kobe Beef dishes in Sannomiya.

Most of Kobe Beef are pretty expensive, so picking the right restaurant is important. We strongly recommend you to visit Kobe Plaisir to enjoy real Kobe Beef. The restaurant serves not just delicious Kobe Beef steak, but also delicious appetizers, soups, and desserts as well.

Starting from JPY 11,000 per person, why don’t you try an excellent Kobe Beef dining experience at Kobe Plaisir?

■Information
Name: Kobe Plaisir
Address: The B Kobe B Kobe 1F, 2-11-5 Shimo Yamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-571-0141
Business Hours: 11:30-15:00 / 17:00-22:30
Close on Monday (on Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday)

Website: http://www.kobe-plaisir.jp/
Map: Map to Kobe Plaisir

6. Gyoza with Miso Sauce

6. Gyoza with Miso Sauce
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Gyoza is very famous in Japan, and apparently Tochigi is known for its superb gyoza. Sannomiya is also famous for its great gyoza, which apparently has different tastes and flavors compare to the Gyoza in Tochigi.

People in Kobe eat Gyoza with miso sauce, and Akaman Gyoza is definitely worth to visit when you are in Kobe. Akaman Gyoza serves one of the best Gyoza pieces in town, and you can enjoy eating your gyoza with cold beers and cold water at Akaman.

The gyoza served at Akaman has thin and crispy skin, with fluffy and juicy meat fillings. The gyoza matches perfectly with the miso sauce, so why don’t you stop by Akaman for its delicious gyoza pieces?

■Information
Name: Akaman Gyoza
Address: 2-21 Kitanagasadori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-331-0831
Access: Within 4-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Map: Map to Akaman Gyoza

7. Butaman

7. Butaman
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If you love snacking while walking, then Butaman is a perfect choice for you. Butaman is not so expensive, and you can eat it easily while walking on the street!

Butaman is a steamed bun with pork fillings, and you can find many of them at Sannomiya. Among all of those shops, our favorite goes to Sannomiya Ikkanrou.

All Butaman at Ikkanrou are homemade and extremely delicious. The pork filling has a very well-balanced flavor, and the buns have fluffy and soft texture as well!

■Information
Name: Sannomiya Ikkanrou Honten
Address: 3-9-9 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-331-1974
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Access: Within 1-minute walk from Daimarumae Station

Website: http://www.kobe-plaisir.jp/
Map: Map to Sannomiya Ikkanrou Honten

8. Ikanago no kugini

8. Ikanago no kugini
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“Ikanago no kugini” is ikanago (a type of small fish) boiled down in soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and ginger. You can find “Ikanago no kugini” inside any lunchbox sold in Sannomiya and Kobe area.

You can buy “Ikanago no kugini” as souvenirs, and we strongly to get one of them at Daikokuya!

The “Ikanago no kugini” sold at Daikokuya are superb, and they are available in two different flavors: Japanese peppers and ginger!

■Information
Name: Daikokuya Kitano Honten
Address: 2-25-5 Naka Yamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-241-3533
Business Hours: 9:30-17:30
Access: Within 7-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.kobe-daikokuya.co.jp/
Map: Map to Daikokuya Kitano Honten

9. Western Food

9. Western Food
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Kobe is also famous for its delicious Western food, and you can find many vintage restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

Among all of those restaurants, our favorite goes to Grill Suematsu. Grill Suematsu has the authentic atmosphere of Western food restaurant, but it also has the tatami seats as well.

Our favorite dish is the Suematsu’s original Sakura Rice, which is a ketchup rice with pork cutlets toppings and cream sauce on it!

■Information
Name: Grill Suematsu
Address: 2-1-9 Kanoucho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-241-1028
Business Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-22:00
Close on Tuesdays
Access: Within 10-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.grill-suematsu.com/
Map: Map to Grill Suematsu

10. Taiyaki

10. Taiyaki
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Sannomiya is known for its great Taiyaki, a worldwide famous Japanese traditional sweets.

Our recommendation is Naruto Taiyaki Honpo, a Taiyaki specialty shop located within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. The Taiyaki sold at Naruto has crispy and crunchy textures on the outside, with the red beans filling melts right away in your mouth as well.

Naruto offers two different types of Taiyaki; one with red bean paste fillings, and the other one with sweet potato fillings!

■Information
Name: Naruto Taiyaki Honpo Hankyu Sannomiya Ekimae Branch
Address: 1-9-5 Kitanagasadori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Tel.: +81-78-321-5520
Business Hours: 11:00-24:00
Open throughout the year
Access: Within 3-minute walk from Sannomiya Station

Website: http://www.taiyaki.co.jp/
Map: Map to Naruto Taiyaki Honpo

Let’s Enjoy the Best Gourmet Cuisine of Sannomiya!

There are many local foods to try at Sannomiya; from Japanese street foods to fancy Kobe Beef Teppanyaki restaurants. We’ve introduced you 10 different local foods in Sannomiya that worth every penny of you to try!




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