Top 10 Best Restaurants You Must Visit in Kochi, Japan

Kochi Prefecture which you can enjoy beautiful nature views. There are various tourist attractions, for example, beautiful river views such as the Shimanto River and the Niigawa River, and historic buildings such as the Kochi Castle. There may be many people who want to go to Kochi for those reasons? This time, we would like to introduce you 10 recommended local foods for those who would like to eat when you go to Kochi!

Katsuo no Tataki (seared bonito)

Katsuo no Tataki (seared bonito)
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Katsuo no Tataki (seared bonito) is a specialty of Kochi Prefecture. Fresh bonito is delicious and tight! Especially in Kochi, it is famous to have bonitos that are said to have a tradition of over 400 years.

You can enjoy such a bonito at a shop named Myojin Maru in the Hirome market. The shop here is self-service, so you can choose the dishes that suit your taste. The cost performance is very high, and you can enjoy fresh and delicious bonito reasonably. Especially salted bonito is recommended. You can also enjoy dishes using the unique location of Kochi Prefecture.

Name: Meijinmaru Hirome market
Address: 2-3-1 Obiyacho Kochi
Phone: +81-88-820-5101
Time: (except day): 11:00 to 21:00(Sunday): 11:00 to 20:00
Close: no holidays
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Ohashi Pass

Map: map to Meijinmaru Hirome market

Nabeyaki Ramen (Ramen served in pot with broth)

Nabeyaki Ramen (Ramen served in pot with broth)
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Speaking of soul food in Japan, it is ramen! Like Hakata Ramen and Sapporo Ramen, there are many ramen here in Japan. Of course, there are local ramen in Kochi Prefecture, which we are introducing this time.

This hot pot grilled ramen is famous as the local ramen in Kochi Prefecture. You can access easily to this popular shop from Kochi Station. There is only so-called nave-yaki, and the ramen in the pot is so hot! You may be surprised at how it looks because you can’t eat it elsewhere. Have a taste the unusual ramen in Kochi.

Name: Nabeyaki Ramen Chiaki
Address: 2-15-11 Shin Honcho, Kochi
Phone: +81-88-823-0007
Time: 11:00 to 15:00 / 18:00 to 21:00
Close: Monday
Access: 3 minutes walk from Kochi Station

Map: map to Nabeyaki Ramen Chiaki

Food stall Gyoza (dumplings)

Food stall Gyoza (dumplings)
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This is a popular shop established in 1970 where you can enjoy ‘Yatai-Gyoza’ which is Kochi local food. In addition to Kochi, they also have branches in Tokyo. After being taken up by TV show and other media, it has become famous throughout the country, and it has become a popular restaurant that can be lined up.

The feature of such dumplings is the texture and taste of the crispy skin as fried. There are few menus in this shop, because the owner has a confidence with his own foods. When visiting Kochi, why not visit here and get dumplings along with a beer.

Name: Yatai Yasubei
Address: 4-19 Kashirocho, Kochi
Phone: +81-88-873-2773
Time: (weekdays and days): 19:00 to 3:00(Saturday): 19:00 to 4:00
Close: Sunday
Access: 4 minutes walk from Hasuikemachidori Station

Map: map to Yatai Yasubei

Kamaage Chirimen Don

Kamaage Chirimen Don
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Speaking of special products in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture, “Chirimen Jako” is popular all over Japan as a one of the perfect side dishes for white rice. Chirimen-jako is made with various local varieties sardines or anchovies. It has been boiled after being caught, and then they have been further sun-dried.

A local food “Kamaage chirimen-don” is the one of the must-try food. It is a popular food that has a bowl of chili fried Chirimen-jako on top of freshly cooked rice, seasoned with seaweed, sesame seeds, grated daikon etc. They use specially made sauce using vinegar of persimmon, and compatibility with this is excellent. Please enjoy the refreshing taste and unique taste of Chirimen-jako.

Name: Aki Shirasu Syokudo
Address: 341-46 Nishihama, Aki
Phone: +81-887-34-8810
Time: 11:00 to 16:00
Close: Thursday
Access: 12 minutes on foot from Stadium Station

Map: map to Aki Shirasu Syokudo

Deep-fried river shrimp

Deep-fried river shrimp
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The Shimanto River is also famous as a tourist spot in Kochi Prefecture, because the water of the river is clear here, it will be a tourist destination with a reputation as a very beautiful river in Japan. There may be many people who come to Kochi Prefecture for sightseeing with the purpose of Shimanto River. One such dish that uses prawns that can be harvested in such Shimanto River is this ” Deep-fried river shrimp”.

If you like fried shrimp, the outer coating and shrimp skin are in perfect balance and you can enjoy crisp texture. Also, the taste of the shrimp that spreads into your mouth is also a good! If you want to eat such fried shrimp, ” Kisetsu Ryori Taniguchi” is recommended. Please enjoy the taste of the long-established store that runs in the land of Kochi for over 50 years!

Name: Kisetsu Ryori Taniguchi
Address: 4-5, 50-chome, Nakamura Ohashi, Shimanto
Phone: +81-880-34-3388
Time: 11:30 to 13:00 / 17:00 to 21:30
Close: Sunday
Access: 15 minutes walk from Nakamura Station

Map: map to Kisetsu Ryori Taniguchi


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In recent years, B-class gourmet has become popular throughout Japan. A B-grade gourmet is a gourmet that is popular despite its relatively non-luxury and have common touch foods. There is such a B-class gourmet here in Kochi. That is “pera yaki”.

It looks like a okonomiyaki from Osaka at first glance. It is seasoned with slightly dry sauce and mayonnaise, and once you eat it, it becomes addictive. If you enjoy such Pera yaki, please go to the ” Ganso Perayaki Nishimura”! You can enjoy homely taste that has long been familiar with Kochi locals!

Name: Ganso Perayaki Nishimura
Address: 6-1-1, Chuocho, Tosashimizu
Phone: +81-880-82-2752
Time: 10:00 to 20:30
Close: Tuesday
Access: About 40 minutes by car from Toguchi Station

Map: map to Ganso Perayaki Nishimura

Hidaka-mura Omelet Rice

Hidaka-mura Omelet Rice
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You can enjoy omelet rice with special product: sugar tomatoes from Hidaka Village, Kochi Prefecture. Hidaka Village is lined with shops offering omelet rice, mainly on Route 33, and there is an area where omelet rice is famous for being called “Hidaka Omlet rice Highway”. You can enjoy the original omelet rice of each store original using high-sugar tomato ketchup. Hidaka Village may be the only place where you can eat omelet rice.

Especially the shop recommended this time is ” Cafe Wanowa No. 2 store”. The omelet rice here is an excellent example of additive-free omelet rice using sugar tomatoes that are not readily available. Enjoy the taste.

Name: Cafe Wanowa No. 2 store
Address: Hidaka Mura Hongo 512 Takaoka-gun
Phone: +81-889-24-7242
Time: (except for gold): 8:30 to 15:00(Friday): 8:30 to 14:00
Close: Sundays and holidays
Access: 3 minutes walk from Kusaka Station

Map: map to Cafe Wanowa No. 2 store

Urume sardine

Urume sardine
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Kochi Prefecture is not limited to bnitos. You can enjoy a variety of dishes from the freshness “Urume sardine”. This “Urume sardine” is a kind of sardine and it is characterized by being one size larger than a common sardine. If you want to enjoy such gourmet ume iwashi in Kochi, “Usamonya” is a recommended restaurant.

This “Usamonya” is also a “Urume-Iwashi” specialty store that handles everything from fresh fish to processed products, and the specialties of “Urume-Iwashishi” offered by such direct sales offices are exceptional. You can enjoy from sashimi to donburi and fries using a single-day fishing “Urume Iwashi”. Please try eating once!

Name: Usamonya
Address: Usa-cho, Tosa
Phone: +81-88-856-0019
Time: 11:00 to 15:00 / 17:00 to 21:00
Close: Wednesday, 2nd 4 th Thursday
Access: About 20 minutes by car from Hagawa Station

Map: map to Usamonya


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The unusual noodle dish of Kochi Prefecture, which can be eaten at Tosao Store, which is a 5-minute walk from Akaoka Station, is Sino-Soba. Noodles are Chinese noodles, but ingredients and soup made of Chinese and Japanese unique collaboration such as Japanese-style appearance like udon. Actually, the gourmet here is Chinese noodles combined with udon soup, and the Japanese-style soup and salty soup have very little oil and are very easy to eat.

In addition, it is a special product that can be enjoyed Kochi Prefecture gourmet, which also contains the special product chirimen-jako of Kochi Prefecture. It is such a recommended gourmet that we want you to enjoy it once.

Name: Tosao shoten
Address: 476-4 Akaokacho, Konan
Phone: +81-887-54-3235
Time: 11:00 to 19:00
Close: Fixed holiday
Access: 5 minutes walk from Akaoka Station

Map: map to Tosao shoten

Shimanto pork

Shimanto pork
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Shimanto pork burger that you can taste on the Shimanto pork Donburi road. It is a fine dish using special product Shimanto pork of Kochi Prefecture. Shimanto pork is well-known as overbred body weight and has a good taste, smell and softness and juicy meat. Here, you can enjoy the unique Shimanto pork bowl from each store.

From various optons, we would like to recommend this time is ” Yoshokudo Cafe Kerun “. This Shimanto pork is a pork belly. It is a dish that the taste of the soup overflows with just one bite. When you come to Kochi Prefecture Shimanto, please stop by all means.

Name: Yoshokudo Cafe Kerun
Address: 347-2 Hiragushi, Shimanto-cho, Takaoka-gun
Phone: +81-880-22-9811
Time: 11:00 to 17:00 (sales of ton-teki rice bowl)
Close: Monday
Access: 22 minutes on foot from Niida Station

Map: map to Yoshokudo Cafe Kerun

Enjoy Fabulous Foods in Kochi!

Have you found your favorite food? This time, we introduced 10 popular local gourmets that we want you to taste if you come to Kochi Prefecture. There are many local gourmets in Kochi Prefecture, which is rich in nature. Only a few of them were introduced this time. If you have a chance to go out in Kochi, please take a walk through the town with your feet. You may find your favorite gourmet!

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