The 10 Best Unagi Restaurants You Must Eat in Fukuoka, Japan

Yanagawa in Fukuoka is one of the main places in Japan that eel is taken from. Because of this, there are many delicious eel restaurants to be explored! You will also find many different cooking methods used for the main meat as well as the rarer parts. While most of the shops are found in the Yanagawa area you will also be able to find eel shops in the populated Nakasu City, Fukuoka City, or Kitakyushu City areas. Here we will introduce to you 10 wonderful eel shops in Fukuoka.

1. Yoshizuka Unagi-ya

1. Yoshizuka Unagiya
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The exterior of the shop has a lovely traditional style that clearly marks it. Here there are not only tables but also tatami dining areas. Choose your style of seating and enjoy a relaxed meal.

The eel on rice is very popular and is made of two separate layers of eel found in the middle and on top of the rice. The sauce is also served to the side so you can add it according to your taste. There are other eel dishes to be enjoyed here.

If you are looking to enjoy delicious eel in Fukuoka, this is the shop to check out!

Name: Yoshizuka Unagi-ya (main shop)
Address: 2-8-27 Nakasu Hakata-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-92-271-0700
Hours: 11:00~21:00
Closed Wednesdays
Access: 5 minutes walk from Nakasu-kawabata Station

Map: Map to Yoshizuka Unagi-ya

2. Inakaan

2. Inakaan
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This shop is found by the Heiwa-dori Station on the Kitakyushu Mono-rail. There is a garden inside the shop and you will enjoy a relaxed time here.

There are many types of dishes on the menu offered here. It is not an exaggeration to say that any types of eel cuisine you could want is offered here. There are also appetizer items that are wonderful. Come here when you visit Fukuoka!

Name: Inakaan (Ogura main shop)
Address: 1-1-13 Kandakaji-cho Kita-ku Ogura Kitakyushu City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-93-551-0851
Hours: 11:00~21:30
Access: 2 minutes walk from Heiwa-dori Station

Map: Map to Inakaan

3. Ganso Motoyoshiya

3. Ganso Motoyoshiya
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This is a shop located one alley off of Kyomachi. The exterior of the shop is very traditional and the road in front is also a traditional stone road. Here you can truly enjoy a Japanese environment.

The popular menu item is the broiled eel that has been served since 1681. The outside is crisp and the inside is a wonderful soft texture.

Nearby you can find temples and shrines including Sennen Temple and Saihou Temple. Come and enjoy the food here as you enjoy the traditional sights also offered!

Name: Ganso Motoyoshiya
Address: 69 Asahi-cho Yanagawa City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-944-72-6155
Hours: 10:30~21:00
Closed 2nd and 4th Mondays
Access: 12 minutes walk from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station

Map: Map to Ganso Motoyoshiya

4. Tomimatsu Unagi-ya

4. Tomimatsu Unagi-ya
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This shop is located along the Hirokawa and can be recognized by the traditional exterior and the blue curtain over the entrance. Here you can enjoy several different methods of cooking eel that are offered.

The broiled is the most popular. It is served in traditional dishes and the sauce is served well mixed into the eel and rice. Many who visit here become repeaters visitors here!

There service of eel bones offered is also extremely delicious. Though it is not located near to the station, this is a shop worth while visiting!

Name: Tomimatsu Unagi-ya(Kuroda main shop)
Address: 83-6 Kuroda Daizenji-machi Kurume City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-942-26-3608
Access: 30 minutes walk from Daizenji Station

Map: Map to Tomimatsu Unagi-ya

5. Wakamatsuya

5. Wakamatsuya
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“Wakamatsuya” is located near the Ariake Aquarium and Saifuku Temple as well as the end stop for enjoying a float down the river “Okibashi”. This is a traditional shop that will allow you to enjoy the atmosphere of the Yanagawa area.

It is not rare for lines to develop here but it is worth it to enjoy the variety of different dishes offered here.

The sauce here is not as rich as other shops and is very refreshing. Come and enjoy this shop with local tradition and history!

Name: Wakamatsuya
Address: 26 Okinohata-machi Hakata-ku Yanagawa City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-944-72-3163
Hours: 11:00~20:00
Closed Wednesdays
Access: 30 minutes walk from Yanagawa Station

Map: Map to Wakamatsuya

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6. Yanagawaya

6. Yanagawaya
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This shop is located 4 minutes from Nakasu-kawabata Station. You will recognize the shop by the red paper lamp in front with the Japanese words for eel on it. This shop was opened in 1960.

This shop is opened till 2 a.m. and is great for a late night meal. It is also extremely conveniently to the station.

There are so many varieties offered here including the eel’s head and other parts. You can also enjoy a dish with both salt-broiled and soy sauce-broiled eel. You may also choose the take-out option for a different kind relaxed evening.

Name: Yanagawaya (Nakasu main shop)
Address: 2-6-12Nakasu Hakata-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-92-281-1275
Hours: 18:00〜26:30
Closed Monday・Weekends
Access: 4 minutes walk from Nakasu-kawabata Station

Map: Map to Yanagawaya

7. Ichikawa Unagi dokoro

7. Ichikawa Unagi dokoro
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This shop is marked by its black flag and door frame curtains.

You can choose between counter seating and tatami seating for best comfort. Enjoy the set menus with pickled vegetables and other sides, bite-size pieces of eel on rice, or a whole eel on rice.

Most shops will put your sauce on for you. However, here you can do it yourself and adjust the flavor according to your liking.

Name: Ichikawa Unagi dokoro
Address: 2-11-9 Shinike Tobata-ku Kitakyushi City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-93-882-5200
Hours: 11:30〜14:00 / 17:00〜20:00
Closed Mondays
Access: 8 minutes walk from Tobata Station

Map: Map to Ichikawa Unagi dokoro

8. Unagi dokoro Yamamichi

8. Unagi dokoro Yamamichi
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The exterior of this shop is mainly black with a white door frame curtain. Here, all the ingredients are the best that can be found in Miyazaki. This includes the rice and coal.

You can also enjoy eel head and other parts of the eel here. Come enjoy the specialty flavor offered here!

Name: Unagi dokoro Yamamichi
Address: 4-3-10 Yakuin Chuo-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-92-753-6102
Hours: 11:00~14:00 / 17:00~21:00
Access: 5 minutes walk from Yakuin-oodori Station

Map: Map to Unagi dokoro Yamamichi

9. Kawayoshi

9. Kawayoshi
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Enjoy this shop that makes you feel you are in a traditional Japanese home.

The seating is in 2s and 4s in a way that both couples and families can enjoy. You can enjoy broiled eel with rice and a few other sides for 2808 yen.

For the broiled eel you can choose between that with one layer of eel or two. There are many other popular dishes offered as well. Come and enjoy!

Name: Kawayoshi
Address: 494-4 Fujiyoshi Mitsuhashi-machi Yanagigawa City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-944-72-2670
Hours: 11:00〜20:30
Closed Tuesdays
Access: 8 minutes walk from Nishitetsu Yanagigawa Station

Map: Map to Kawayoshi

10. Kurosaki-inakaan Hibiya

10. Kurosaki-inakaan Hibiya
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The wooden exterior of this shop and warm modern interior are one source of the comforts found here. There are many different types of eel on rice and other eel dishes to choose from here.

Here you can also enjoy eel sushi, an item not offered by many restaurants. There are many tables found inside so come and enjoy alone or with a larger group!

Name: Kurosaki-inakaan Hibiya
Address: 4-1-22 Kurosaki Hatanishi-ku Kita-kyushu City Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: +81-93-645-3381
Hours: 11:00~21:00
Access: 4 minutes walk from Kurosaki Station

Map: Map to Kurosaki-inakaan Hibiya

Come Enjoy Eel Cuisine in Fukuoka!

What did you think of the variety of eel offered in Fukuoka? You can enjoy a variety of different ways of grilling and seasonings in the different methods used in preparation by different shops. Which variety will you choose to try? Whatever type you wish to try, there is something here for you in Fukuoka!

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