This restaurant was located on the ground floor of the Best Western Hotel. Given that it was so freezing cold on the night of my birthday, we just didn't want to leave the building - so it was just as well we found this place. It was very quiet, but it was just perfect and the experience of cooking your own meal on the brazier was great.
Shou is open from 5.30pm to 10.30pm daily.
I couldn't tell you the pricing, but I think we spent around Y16,000 for 2 people (with a bottle of sparkling wine), which was definitely a splurge for us.
Favorite Dish: We had the Hida Beef Set, which was of course beef and assorted Japanese vegetables which you grill yourself over a charcoal brazier. I think there was an entree of kinds and some miso soup, but I do know there was what seemed to be an endless bottle of champagne! All topped off with some delicious citrusy tasting sorbet.
This gorgeous little french cafe has the most devine croque monsier's, cooked to perfection, golden brown and tasty as. Nothing fancy, but with a glass of wine, this is the perfect way to sit out a chilly day in Takayama.
Favorite Dish: Croque Monsieur
if" coffee shop is one of the oldest coffee shops and is located in the center of Takayama. An English style cafe, serving up coffees, cakes and sandwiches - it's the perfect place to come for a chat, a bite of lunch or a hot cocoa.
Open 7.30am to 4.30pm. Closed Thursdays (though we were there for the Spring Festival and they were open on that Thursday).
Does not accept credit card.
Favorite Dish: Bagel Sandwiches and definitely THE place to go for Hot Cocoa.
A nice homely little Italian cafe in the heart of Takayama. Very friendly staff and good service.
Closed Mondays. Open from 10am til 9.30pm all other days.
Favorite Dish: Plain old hida spaghetti with a glass of red.
Hei An Raku restaurent is best Chinese-Japanese style restaurant most popular to International tourists in town, decorated with traditional antique interior since 1963. Which is located in the main street between train station and Sanmachi traditional houses area. Main dish/600-1,200,Set menu/900/petit750(choice of main dish,vagetable,soup,fruit,rice and Jasming tea). Shop ownner graduate from British collage in England.English,French,Spanish,German,Portugy and Swedish menu are available.Open 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-21:30,Closed on every Tuesday.Vegetalian and religional meal available please ask to friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: Grilled mixed vegetables with sweet sour gravy sauce set (with rice, soup,fruit,salad and Jasming tea) cost only900yen, You can choose any other main dish of menu for this set. Sweet Tofu puding cost 150yen.So delicious! Local Japanese sake or rice wine are wonderful.
Hida Takayama is the best place to get a fine piece of meat at any meal, morning, noon or night. Definitely try the hoba miso, beef grilled on a magnolia leaf with dark miso, onions and mushrooms. And if you can, pick some (miso) up at the morning market near the red bridge and keep refrigerated. Mine made it all the way to California and is delicious grilled with some good quality beef.
Eat beef as often as you can in Takayama, as you will miss it when you head back down to the city. The best beef I've ever had, by far!
P.S. don't be afraid of the fat! If you haven't noticed by now, the Japanese love their fat, chicken skin, bacon etc. They don't seem to be so concerned as some Americans (but not this one). And, they are approximately half of our size to boot. You know the old saying "when in Rome..."
After touring many cities in Japan with a big group, I was starving for a taste of home. I picked up a brochure in my hotel for "Center4 Hamburgers." After finding it, I went through a small hallway lined with antiques and emerged into a little hole-in-the-wall place playing country/western music! American farm antiques hung on the walls. It was being run by a young Japanese couple (I don't know if they owned it.) I promised myself I'd tell everyone I could about this place.
Favorite Dish: The menu was from heaven! I got the best cheeseburger and the most perfect plate of onion rings and a tall coke! Oh my God! I was in heaven after a week of sushi and miso!
Their menu even included fries, salsa, and Corona beer!
Do not miss these two specialties (combination possible) when you visit Takayama.
Many restaurants serve hoba miso set meals which are generally meals comprising of rice, small side dish, soup and vegetables or meat cooked in miso (fermented soy bean) on a hoba (magnolia) leaf over a flame. Tastes nothing like your miso soup.
I find that the miso gets too salty when combined with vegetables but works wonders with a good cut of the beautiful marbled Hida beef.
Around the main tourist sights, you would find promotional pamphlets of restaurants serving Hida beef or hoba miso. We tried out two which were situated on small streets off the old private house district and were very satisfied.
Suzuya in Takayama is not to be confused with the Suzuya in Kyoto which serves mainly great desserts.
In Takayama, most restaurants are only open for dinner. Unless you want to have ramen or soba for lunch, it's difficult to find a good eating place.
We were lucky to find Suzuya hidden in 1 of the streets near Rickshaw Inn. It is here that we experienced the best Hida beef and famed Sukiyaki.
Favorite Dish: Hida beef
The nights in Takayama are cold even in early autumn. Thus, food here is hearty and wholesome. We ordered this set that consists of rice, fish, small mountain potatoes, hida beef and the unique bean paste heated on a leaf placed on a little clay urn.
Very yummy food!
Favorite Dish: Small mountain potatoes are great as snacks too. You just can't stop popping them into your mouth :-)
We wanted to check out the Teddy Bear museum but found the entrance fee of US$ 5.11 a little steep just to look at teddy bears.
Decided to visit the teddy bear shop which is next to this cosy cafe. We took a seat outdoor as the weather was cool and perfect and the garden was lovely.
Favorite Dish: The cheese cake here is fabulous and comes in a set with a pot of team for US$ 5.11. What's unique here is that everything is following the teddy bear theme from the cutleries to the biscuits!
Ebisu is located in a very old and charming building. This little restaurant can only fit less than 20 people. Low tables are set on a platform and you need to remove your shoes to get onto the platform and sit Japanese style (with knees tucked beneath you) on the table. There are no chairs unless you want to have your meal on the bar top facing the kitchen.
This is where the locals eat as there is no English menu and all we had to do was to point out to pictures and what other patrons are eating to order :-)
Don't expect frills here. It's all eat and go.
Favorite Dish: For a set of soba with tempura, soup and condiments, it costs US$12.77. It's a hearty meal, perfect for the cool weather outside.
Being an Izakaya-style restaurant they serve more than just Japanese food. It's a great place to go if you've got people who feel like different things.
They have an English menu and the staff will do their best to communicate with you.
Agura also plays some great Jazz CDs and it's a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Our second visit to this restaurant we tried shabu shabu. It is a big pot of boiling water. You put vegetables and meat in this boiling water at your table. Just stir a little, take it out and eat it.
It looks great on the table, but we didn´t found the taste that interesting.....
In restaurant Suzuya (see previous tip) they sell this local beer. It served in a beaker instead of a glass. It is expensive (700 Yen = ca. 7 $), but it tastes great!
Korikori beer is brewed in Hida Takayama by the Ji Beer Hida company.