Where to Eat in Arita
Eating out in Arita means delicious food served on beautiful pottery. Local specialties include such delicacies as Godofu, a pudding-like tofu served with sesame soy sauce, and oven-baked Imari beef curry. You will get a chance to mingle with the locals at an Izakaya, or savour homemade sweets in good company. Here are some of the restaurants you do not want to miss.
At Gallery Arita, besides the mouthwatering dishes which include Imari beef curry and godofu sets, the experience is about eating from elegant ceramics taken right out of the gallery for customers to enjoy. The food is delicious and the pleasure of trying the works of art on the shelves is unique both to this town and restaurant. With a full stomach you can then move onto selecting a cup from the surrounding shelves for a post-meal tea or coffee.
The local gourmet specialty is the Arita Yaki Gozen. This is a lunch set which includes Godofu in various forms and other local ingredients served on beautiful ceramics. As you dine, you can take in the views from the garden outside, or take the time to appreciate the intricate tiles that cover the wooden counter. Honjin is conveniently located along the main road of the old Uchiyama district and is perfect following a shopping spree in the area. Honjin is open for lunch from 11:30am to 3:00pm, but for dinner special reservations are required.
Café & Restaurant Copain
At Copain you need to try the burger. This juicy treat is served sizzling on an iron hot plate along with veggies and fries. For those who love cheese on their burgers, there is a burger filled with a generous amount of melted cheese. Copain is located in the outskirts of town and only five minutes by car away from Arita Porcelain Park. It is also open until 9pm which in Arita is a big plus.
Nabejuu is an eatery near Arita Station serving typical izakaya-style fare and regional dishes like motsunabe. This spot is perfect if you are craving japanese comfort food, a familiar atmosphere, or simply a place where you can relax with a few drinks after a long day of sightseeing. It is open until midnight which is a rarity in Arita, so if you are looking for a late night bite or drink this might be your only option in town.
Kaden Symphony Gallery and Café
Kaden is an off-the-beaten path gem available to those willing to explore beyond the more popular destinations. You will find this gallery and cafe perched on a hill at the top of the Nakadaru District. Although Kaden is more a gallery than a cafe, the couple running it open their beautiful living room to serve customers exquisite homemade chocolate cake. As you savour this memorable treat don’t be surprise if the owners join in for a chat. In between bites you can also walk over to the gallery space where an exclusive collection of vintage Arita is on display. You are welcome to spend the whole afternoon at Kaden but keep in mind that hours of operation are irregular and it is best to call prior to your visit.