5月 26, 2019
This is the Tottori Specialty! The 10 Must-have Popular Local gourmet!
Chugoku region of Japan consists of various popular tourist spots like Hiroshima, Okayama and Yamaguchi! Anywhere else? You cannot miss “Tottori prefecture” in Chugoku region! Facing the Sea of Japan and with a beautiful Mt. Daisen, Tottori holds a rich variety of foods from sea and mountains. Here, let’s walk through the selection of must-have outstanding gourmet in Tottori.
The strongest match, Curry and Shaved Ice! Try the Tottori’s specialty at “Beniya”!
Some of you may wonder if curry and shaved ice can be the amazing local gourmet in Tottori. In fact, Tottori prefecture consumes the most amount of curry roux in Japan, which means it is the “Curry prefecture”. “Beniya” is a traditional cafe with a long history serves the outstanding curry from the morning. It is said that many celebrities often visit.
After its regular dish, the curry, shaved ice should be your dessert. A large portion of thick-taste shaved ice goes perfectly with curry! On your sightseeing to Tottori, do not miss this mighty combination of curry and shaved ice.
Address: 151 Suehiroonsencho, Tottori city, Tottori
Access: 5 minutes walk from Tottori station
Map: map to Beniya
Must have reservation in advance! Superb gourmet near Tottori Sakyu Sand Dunes at “Taiki the Seafood Bowl”.
“Taiki the Seafood Bowl” has gained great reputation for its signature menu of seafood bowl, located near Tottori Sakyu Sand Dunes. Tottori is blessed with rich seafoods facing the Sea of Japan. At “Taiki”, the must-have dish is a bowl meal! Toppings on a bowl change at daily-basis. Better to visit at early time not to miss the bowl meal limited to the first 50 customers a day.
In addition, besides seafood bowl, there are various menus such as Iwagaki oyster (limited time offer), abalone. It has only 10 seats, and the reserved customers are served first. When you visit Tottori Sakyu Sand Dunes, this is the place to have a meal. Highly recommended.
Address: 2164-449 Yuyama, Fukube cho, Tottori city, Tottori
Time: 10:00 ～ 14:00
Access: about 25 minutes bus ride from Tottori station
Map: map to Taiki
Local Production for Local Consumption! Japanese Kappo restaurant with a long history in Tottori, “Takumi Kappo”.
This is a very popular restaurant with the good access from Tottori station, 5 minutes walk. “Takumi Kappo” is a Japanese Kappo restaurant with a long history next to the Tottori Folk Crafts Museum. You can enjoy the local cuisine of Tottori at this restaurant, where uses ingredients produced in Tottori.
It is said that this restaurant is the birthplace of Shabu-Shabu pot. Still now, you can have “Beef Susugi-nabe pot”, which has been regarded as its origin. In addition, “Beef tendon curry” is popular, which can tell the high consumption of curry in Tottori. One of the must-go restaurants in Tottori!
Name: Takumi Kappo
Address: 652 Sakaemachi, Tottori city, Tottori
Time: 11:30～14:30 / 17:00～22:00 ※on Sundays and Holidays close at 21:00
Close: the 3rd Monday of each month except August and December
Access: 5 minutes walk from Tottori station
Map: map to Takumi Kappo
The Best of Fresh Fishes! Must-go restaurant in Tottori, “Shungyo Tatsumi”.
“Shungyo Tatsumi” has been popular for its seafood dishes, located in the place 50 minutes bus drive from the nearest station after getting on the JR line at Tottori station. It sounds a bit far from the center of the city, but it is worth taking time to visit.
You can fully enjoy fresh seafood from Tottori prefecture. Actually, this restaurant has been run by the ex-fisherman. Some rare kinds of shrimps such as “godzilla-ebi shrimp”, “mosa-ebi shrimp” are available to try as a part of the locally limited gourmet. The seafood dishes served here cannot be missed for your trip to Tottori!
Name: Shungyo Tatsumi
Address: 2475-240 Uradome, Iwami cho, Iwami district, Tottori
Time: 11:30～14:00 / 17:00～21:30
Access: 6 minutes drive from Iwami station
Map: map to Shungyo Tatsumi
Birthplace of Tottori Gyukotsu Ramen! “Masumi”
One of the major Japanese food is Ramen. There are a variety of tastes on Ramen across Japan! Have you heard of “Tottori Gyugotsu Ramen”? This Ramen is very famous and popular locally in Tottori. “Masumi” is the very birthplace of Tottori Gyukotsu Ramen (cow-bone soup ramen), located in Yonago city.
The former owner visiter Harbin to join the construction of Manchuria railways and had Chinese soup. The reproduced taste of that soup is the origin of Gyugoktsu Ramen. It comes with light-tasted soup and thick straight noodles. Do not miss the local Ramen here in Tottori.
Address: 9-21-15 Nishifukuhara, Yonago city, Tottori
Access: 60 minutes walk from Yonago station
Map: map to Masumi
Get addicted to this Tottori gourmet! The best Saba-zushi at “Komego Gozaemonzushi”!
Saba-zushi (lightly pickled mackerel sushi) at “Komego Gozaemonzushi” located in JR Yonago station precincts, is very famous local gourmet, which has been introduced at a Japanese TV program. It sold out quickly just after the TV program broadcasted. Thick-cut mackerel goes beautifully with vinegar and white sesame. It is recommended for taking out to enjoy with beer!
Above all, the noteworthy characteristic of this Saba-zushi is that it is all handmade. Even sushi, many shops use automated system to make sushi efficiently, but this shop has preserved the special taste which hand-making creates. Must have it!
Name: Komego Gozaemonzushi
Address: JR Yonago station precincts, 2 Yayoi cho, Yonago city, Tottori
Access: JR Yonago station precincts
Map: map to Komego Gozaemonzushi
Limited in winter! Enjoy “Oya-gani”, the Tottori local gourmet at “Ajigoyomi Anbe”!
You cannot describe Sanin region in winter without crabs. Tottori is also a perfect area to enjoy delicious crabs. The signature dish of “Ajigoyomi Anbe” is “Oya-gani don / Seko-gani don (adult crab bowl)”, which is made with a plenty of female “adult crab” of Matsuba-gani (snow crab). The size is a bit smaller than a normal snow crab, but the taste is better.
One bowl includes 7-8 adult crabs! It is very popular with not only tourists, but the local people. Better to reserve your seats in advance. Worth visiting here in winter to taste the amazing dish of Oya-gani. This is one of the must-have dishes in Tottori!
Name: Ajigoyomi Anbe
Address: 175-2 Yayoi cho, Tottori city, Tottori
Access: 10 minutes walk from Tottori station
Map: map to Ajigoyomi Anbe
Try “Babaa Nabe” here at “Hirosuke”!
“Babaa Nabe (in Japanese literally meaning old woman pot)” has unusual name for a dish. Its name may almost confuse you. “Babaa” means not an old woman here, but a deep-sea fish called “Tanakagenge”. The appearance of “Babaa” is quite grotesque actually. That is why only fishermen used to have it before.
“Hirosuke” serves this “Babaa Nabe”. The taste of “Babaa” is similar to that of cod, but the texture is firmer. It is rich in collagen, which must attract especially female customers. Why don’t you try something new in Tottori, tasting “Babaa”?
Address: 174 Yayoi cho, Tottori city, Tottori
Access: 10 minutes walk from Tottori station
Map: map to Hirosuke
Outstanding quality of Beef at “Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei” in Tottori!
Tottori prefecture used to be one of the famous producing area of beef in Japan. Some winners appeared from Tottori on the Wagyu Olympic in the Showa period. Since then, cows with good blood lines had been taken away from Tottori, but the brand of “Daisen Kuroushi” has successfully been established by efforts of the local.
“Daise Kuroushi Kyoshotei” is a restaurant where you can have rare parts of Daisen Kuroushi beef, located about 8 minutes walk away from Fujimicho station. “Daisen Kuroushi full course” is highly recommended. You will be amazed with superb dishes full of Daisen Kuroushi beef. Don’t miss it!
Name: Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei
Address: 1-60-11 Kakuban cho, Yonago city, Tottori
Access: 8 minutes walk from Fujimicho station
Map: map to Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei
Catchy name representing Tottori! “Sunaba Coffee Tottori Ekimae”
Must-visit gourmet spot in Tottori! It is more like a sightseeing spot than a gourmet. “Sunaba Coffee” is well-known widely in Japan! Until a few years ago, Tottori was “the only prefecture which had not had any Starbucks coffee shops”. On those days, people said “we don’t have “Sutaba” (Japanese abbreviation for Starbucks), but “Sunaba””.
You can enjoy not only tasty coffee, but also hot sandwiches and curry with “Mosa-ebi shrimp”, which is called as a phantom shrimp. Why don’t you visit the Tottori’s most famous cafe “Sunaba” for sightseeing?
Name: Sunaba Coffee Tottori Ekimae
Address: 152 Eirakuonsen cho, Tottori city, Tottori
Time: (Weekdays) 8:00～20:00(Weekends and Holidays) 7:30～20:00
Access: 2 minutes walk from Tottori station
Map: map to Sunaba Coffee Tottori Ekimae
Eat up the wonderful gourmet in Tottori!
Has any dish caught your eye among the selection above? There are a plenty of foods you can have only in Tottori. Especially, fresh seafoods from the Sea of Japan is highly recommended! Tottori holds various sightseeing spots such as Tottori Sakyu Sand Dunes. Do not miss the amazing local gourmet on your visit to Tottori!