10 Most Recommended Tenjin Specialties! For Those Who Want to Try Super Tasty Cuisines in Fukuoka!

Tenjin area is one of the busiest downtowns in Fukuoka, Japan. There are so many restaurants and eateries in this area, which makes it really hard to find one you like. People who want to avoid tourist trap restaurants should check the list of the 10 most recommended Tenjin specialty cuisines as below. Keep your stomach empty when you visit this foodies area, Tenjin.

Motsu Nabe

Motsu Nabe
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If you want to try motsu nabe (innards hot pot) in Tenjin, the best place would be “Motsu Nabe Motsu-Motsu”. The thick beef intestine,”Atsu Chou Motsu”, is registered as a trademark of this restaurant. You will not want to miss this when you visit. Atsu Chou Motsu is perfect for those who like motsu nabe, but are not happy with ordinary portions and sizes. The fresh 1.5cm (0.6in) thick intestine is so filling, and makes a great match with fantastic soup made with authentically brewed soy sauce and dashi broth from carefully selected ingredients.

The taste is simple but deep, and the umami of vegetables goes into the soup as being simmered. Noodles or rice with the soup they serve for the final dish, “shime”, taste superb. 45 to 50 cm (about 17-20in) intestine, Also, “Naga Chou Motsu” is popular. It is cut into pieces depending on how many people are eating it. It looks really dynamic. This place has been reported in media including TV and magazines, and many celebrities from various field visit. As it is so popular, there are always crowds of people even on weekdays. You should make a reservation in advance.

Name: Hakata Honba Motsu Nabe Motsu-Motsu (Tenjin Honten)
Address: 2F, Kubota Bldg., 3-3-5, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-735-1129
Access: 3-minute walk from Fukuoka City Subway Tenjin Station

Website: http://www.motsumotsu.com/
Map: map to Hakata Honba Motsu Nabe Motsu-Motsu (Tenjin Honten)

Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen
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For lunch, dinner, or after drinking… By yourself, with your family or friends… Ramen is always great on any occasion. In Kyushu, Japan, tonkotsu ramen (ramen noodles in pork broth soup) is the standard, and there are so many tonkotsu ramen shops. If you don’t know which one to go, “Hakata Junjo Ramen ShinShin” is really popular among the locals and must be the one for you.

Also, their first original “Hakata ShinShin Ramen” and “Chashao men” topped with melting tender simmered boneless pork rib are highly recommended. For those who want to take them home, there is a ramen kit available at the airport, Hakata Station, and major department stores. Get some if you like it.

Name: Hakata Junjo Ramen ShinShin
Address: 1F, 3-2-19, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-732-4006
Time: 11:00am-3:00am
Close: Sundays (Mondays when National Holiday comes on Sunday)
Website: http://www.hakata-shinshin.com/
Map: map to Hakata Junjo Ramen ShinShin


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“Shin Miura” is a chicken specialty restaurant that serves Chicken Kaiseki [Japanese course meal] and Mizutaki (Chicken hot pot). Established in 1910, and they have been keeping their traditional skills and tasty milky soup that has been added new soup and heated every day since the foundation. People might think it would be fancy, but the Tenjin Location is perfect for those people.

“Irodori Course” is their course meal only for lunch, which is available from single and the price is only 3,900 JPY (tax included). Their another specialty Oyako-don (simmered chicken and eggs over rice) is also very popular. This is an ideal place for those who want to eat chicken dishes.

Name: Shin Miura (Tenjin location)
Address: B1F, Tenjin Bldg., 2-12-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-721-3272
Time: 11:15am-3:00pm / 5:00pm-9:00pm
Close: Close Occastionally
Access: 2-minute walk from Tenjin Station

Map: map to Shin Miura (Tenjin location)


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Probably, most locals would say “Hyoutan-zushi is the best value for money sushi restaurant in Fukuoka”. They serve seasonal fresh seafood from Genkai-Nada (open sea situated in northern Kyushu) at reasonable prices. This place is always packed with customers and there are lines of people outside. However, you will get in sooner than you think if you be patient and wait.

There is a counter seating where customers can see the skillful technique of the sushi chef, and a Horigotatsu seating (low table with a pit underneath), which is perfect for families and groups to enjoy conversations over their delicious sushi meal. As it’s located close to Tenjin Station, there is no reason not to visit when you travel to Fukuoka, Japan.

Name: Hyoutan-zushi
Address: 2-10-20, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-722-0010
Access: 3-minute walk from Tenjin Station

Map: map to Hyoutan-zushi

Tai Meshi

Tai Meshi
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Kappou Yoshida is a Japanese cuisine restaurant which has been hailed by the locals over 50 years. The Kaiseki course meal that includes fresh sashimi and puffer fish dish is a bit pricey, 4,000 to 8,000 JPY (tax excluded), but deserves the price. The ingredients are carefully selected, of course, and as the essence of Japanese cuisine, the presentations are extremely beautiful.

Their meal sets are big enough to make you full, but it would be great if you can try tempura and squid sashimi as a la carte dish. Their new annex restaurant, “Kappou Yoshida Hanare” opened in 2016, and customers can enjoy the same quality food, too. It is located in a business area and packed with business people around lunch time. So, you might want to avoid that time.

Name: Kappou Yoshida
Address: 1-14-10, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-721-0171
Time: 11:30am-2:00pm / 5:00pm-10:30pm
Close: Sundays and National Holidays
Access: 7-minute walk from Tenjin Station

Website: http://www.kappo-yoshida.jp/
Map: map to Kappou Yoshida


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In Fukuoka, there are many manufacturers and sales companies of Mentaiko (cod roe marinated in chilli peppers and other ingredients). Many Japanese tourists buy the cod roe product as a souvenir. But it would be fantastic if you can enjoy them at where they are produced, and it is offered in the all-you-can-eat style. At “Aji no Mentai Fukutaro”, that does happen. It is the place that serves lunch dishes using mentaiko at the cafe space next to the captive store.

Customers can go for seconds of “Higawari (daily) Mentaiko & Aemono Mentai (small dish seasoned with mentaiko)” for free, and also can free to have another bowl of rice (need to pay after the second). It is amazingly reasonable. If you get hungry when you are exploring around Tenjin, you should definitely visit this place. “Nishiki-mori Bowl” is so popular that they run out quickly!

Name: Fukutaro (Tenjin Terra Location)
Address: 1F, Tenjin Terra Bldg., 5-25-18, Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-713-4441
Time: 9:30am-8:00pm
Close: New Year Season
Access: 5-minute walk from Tenjin Station

Website: https://www.fukutaro.co.jp/
Map: map to Fukutaro (Tenjin Terra Location)


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Many of you would sometimes feel like you really want to eat meat. For those people, there is a great grill meat restaurant, “Yakiniku Mitsuboshi”. They purchase a whole beef from Arita Bokujo (cattle farm) in Miyazaki. The cattles are raised in a perfect environment and fed with the farmer’s original forages and natural water pumped up from underground 100m (about 328ft). At this restaurant, only A4 class and higher class beef is used. As they purchase whole beef, delicious rare cuts are also available.

There is a counter seating, which would be perfect for a single customer. Various meat cuts in a showcase can be seen from there. The tablewares they use are carefully selected, such as their original Arida-yaki plates and bowls.

Name: Yakiniku Mituboshi Whole Purchased Kuroge Wagyu
Address: B1F, Tenjin Bldg., 2-12-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-707-0701
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm / 5:00pm-11:00pm
Close: Close Occasionally
Access: Directly connected with Tenjin Chika-gai

Website: http://yakiniku-mitsuboshi.com/
Map: map to Yakiniku Mituboshi Whole Purchased Kuroge Wagyu


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In Fukuoka, “Tori-kawa (chicken skin)” skewer is very popular among Yakitori lovers. Of course, there are many yakitori skewer restaurants in Tenjin area. “Kushiyaki FUJI” is a place that real connoisseurs would know. Their high quality ingredients include chicken and pork from all over Kyushu, and fresh vegetables. For skewers, they mostly use the ingredients received on the day. The chef carefully skewers them one by one, grills them with high grade charcoal, Binchou-tan, and serves at a perfect timing.

Other than Tori-kawa, Nankotsu (chicken cartilage), Liver, Momo (thigh), homemade Tsukune (chicken meatball), and Buta Bara (boneless pork rib) are available. Also, Yasai-maki (rolled pork from Itoshima stuffed with okra, shiso leaf, tomato, and green onion) is popular, and you will not want to miss Lettuce Maki. The crunchy texture of lettuce produced in highland of Nagano is really nice. At their counter seating, you can see the chef-owner working actively in the kitchen, which will keep entertaining you. Various drinks including beer, sake, shochu spirits, wine are on offer. They would go well with their tasty dishes.

Name: Kushiyaki FUJI
Address: 1-15-3, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-714-5077
Time: 5:00pm-12::00am
Close: Sundays (Open when National holiday comes on Monday)
Access: 4-minute walk from City Subway Tenjin Station

Website: http://kushiyaki-fuji.com/
Map: map to Kushiyaki FUJI


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As its name implies, “CaFe&Books BiBliotheque” is a cafe and bookstore that serves two types of pancakes. One is called meal type, which is a savory pancakes with a poached egg and special homemade hollandaise sauce. Of course, the eggs are fresh ones produced in Kyushu. The other dessert type has several choices, and the most popular one is “Pancakes with berries and cream cheese”. The three-tiered pancake has a nice chewy texture and comes with tasty cream cheese, vanilla ice cream, whipped double cream, and lots of berries including blueberries and raspberries.

Other than those, monthly pancakes are also on offer. All the pancakes at this cafe is carefully made by patissier. For lunch and dinner, other meal dishes such as pasta, curry, and hamburg steak are available, therefore customers can visit this place any time. It is so popular that there is a line on weekends. It would be a good idea to visit on weekdays. Enjoy yourself!

Name: CaFe&Books BiBliotheque
Address: 2-10-3, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-752-7443
Time: 11:00am-11:00pm
Close: New Year’s Day, Also close occassionally

Website: http://www.bibliotheque.ne.jp/
Map: map to CaFe&Books BiBliotheque

Reasonable Meal Sets

 Reasonable Meal Sets
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 Reasonable Meal Sets

Many people would be at a loss which restaurant to choose in Tenjin area, Fukuoka because there are too many. Shin Tenmachi Shouten-gai (shopping street) which opened in 1946 has about 90 shops including restaurants, eateries, stationary shops, clothes stores, etc. For those who work at the street, there is a staff canteen called “Shin Tenchou Club”. Though it says a staff canteen, this place is open for non-employees, too.

The set meals and a la carte rice dishes such as curry and Japanese omelette rice are about 600 JPY, and salad and deli buffet is 230 JPY. This place is super reasonable.As its concept is a canteen for employees, it is packed with people who work around the area at lunch time. If you want to visit this place, you might want to avoid that time. Its no-frills comfy atmosphere is also good.

Name: Shin Tenchou Club
Address: 2-7-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Phone: +81-92-731-4102
Time: 11:00am-4:30pm

Map: map to Shin Tenchou Club

Enjoy Mouth-Watering Cuisines in Tenjin, Fukuoka, Japan!

How was this article about the 10 Most Recommended Tenjin Specialties? People say, “A celebrated eatable is not so nice as reputation make it out”, but that is not the case in Tenjin, Fukuoka. Fancy food must be delicious, but in this area there are many value for money restaurants and eateries. If you want to try super tasty food at reasonable prices in Japan, you should fly to Tenjin, Fukuoka! Indulge yourself in the marvellous specialty food.

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