In Kumamoto stands Mount Aso, one of the biggest caldera volcanoes in the world, and it attracts many tourists. Filled with beautiful nature, Kumamoto also has great local foods. This article introduces 5 of them.
1. Katsuretsu-tei Shin-shigai
A special brand pork “rokushiro-kurobuta” and carefully selected pork are used to make tonkatsu, fried pork at Katsuretsu-tei.
The fried pork is thick and juicy.
Katsuretsu-tei is a very famous restaurant, and many people from outside of Kumamoto come to the restaurant for the fried pork.
Access : Karashima-cho station on Municipal Line, go to Sunroad Shin-shigai, make a right at Plaza Shin-shigai, and 2 minutes walk
Tel : 81-96-322-8771
Hours : 11:30-22:00 (last order at 21:30)
Close : December 31st, January 1st, January 2nd
2. Suganoya Kamitori
The restaurant serves a traditional dish in Kumamoto, basashi, which is raw horse meat. The restaurant holds farms that specialized in raising horses for raw meat under a thorough quality management.
The farms allow the restaurant to serve fresh and safe raw meat. The meat has a refreshing taste, so it is not difficult to try it for the first time.
Access : 1 minute walk from Tori-cho-suji station
Tel : 81-96-355-3558
Hours : Lunch : 11:30-14:30 (last order at 14:00)
Dinner : 16:30-22:30 (last order at 22:00)
Close : December 31st, January 1st
3. Imakin Shokudo
The restaurant is located in Uchinomaki Onsengai, and it was built around 100 years ago. It is very popular, so you need to be in a line and wait to enter. You can have a delicious beef bowl for reasonable prices.
The beef bowl comes with a half-boiled egg and Japanese mustard. You may want to plan to leave early when you visit there.
Access : 8 minute drive from Uchinomaki station on JR Hohi Line
Tel : 81-967-32-0031
Hours :11:00-14:30 (last order at 14:30)
Close : Wednesday
4. Hinikuni Bunryu
The store is famous for their ramen with a thick pig bone soup. You can pick a black or a mild red soup, and also you can choose the thickness of black soup.
The chijire type noodles are homemade, with a bit of thickness. From one glance, you can sense the strong flavor and oiliness of the soup, but there is neither an unpleasant smell nor feel of too much oil.
You do not want to miss the ramen when you go to Kumamoto.
Access : 13 minute drive from Musashizuka station
Tel : 81-96-388-7055
Hours :11:00-15:30, 18:00-22:30 (last order at 22:00)
Close : Tuesday (if it is a holiday, then the store closes on the next Wednesday)
5. Teru Yama
You can enjoy firm udon noodles at this famous restaurant. The well trained chef serves the best udon noodles in Kumamoto.
You can enjoy the udon noodles with hot soup or cold soy sauce. If you like udon noodles, this is the one you do not want to miss.
Access : 22 minute drive from Kumamoto station on Kagoshima Honsen
Tel : 81-96-379-4844
Hours :11:00-15:30 (200 dishes are served a day)
Close : Thursday (if it is a holiday, the restaurant will be open)