Where to Eat in Ise

Ise City is most typically known for being home to one of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines, however when it comes to culinary efforts, this pocket of Mie is an excellent place to explore some of the area’s most traditional and eclectic culinary delights. From classic mochi sweets to internationally influenced cuisine, you’ll never run out of things to eat in Ise.

Misuzu Gyoza

Misuzu Gyoza
Misuzu Gyoza

Though it originated in China, gyoza has become a comfort food staple for many people in Japan and of course internationally. If you find yourself in Mie, be sure to check out the Misuzu Gyoza, a local Ise establishment that’s been serving up gyoza since 1965. The dumplings are handmade in-store and deciding to focus on substance over style, the menu here is elegantly simple. On offer, you’ll find crab croquettes, fried chicken, oden, onigiri and the two main drawcards: fried gyoza and dumpling soup. The store is open from 5pm to midnight every day except Monday. If you do plan to visit, prepare to go early as it packs out pretty fast.

Misuzu Gyoza

Fukusuke: Ise udon

Fukusuke: Ise udon
Fukusuke: Ise udon

It’d be a crime to visit Ise without making a stop off at Fukusuke, home to some of Ise’s most popular udon, made in the Ise style with very little broth and thick noodles. The dishes here feature thick, perfectly chewy noodles covered with a variety of classic toppings like taro and tempura shrimp, but it’s their sauce that draws the crowds. Fukusuke’s dipping sauce has been perfected, with a dark broth crafted with natural soy sauce and infused with bonito flakes to create a well-balanced taste that’s both complex but not overpowering. Located just a few minutes from Ise Grand Shrine and sitting by the Isuzu River, it’s a great place to stop off for lunch when you’re exploring the area.

Fukusuke: Ise udon

Bondi-ya International Restaurant

Bondi-ya International Restaurant
Bondi-ya International Restaurant

If you’re after something a little more international and want to get some tips from an imported local, check out Bondi-ya. This is a restaurant serving up self-described “multi-national” dishes with a local Mie touch. The restaurant is named after Sydney’s Bondi beach, whose laid-back atmosphere and mix of local and international cultures is what inspired the chef and Bondi-ya owner Pim Wamelink to create this diverse restaurant. The food on offer here is a reflection of Wamelink’s culinary career including his time spent here in Japan. Having studied cuisines all over the world, you can expect to see everything from the more exotic Bondi Beach salad to nasi goreng, as well as dishes from closer to home.

Akafuku Honten

Akafuku Honten
Akafuku Honten

Akafuku Mochi is one of Ise’s most iconic local delicacies. A mochi (rice cake) topped with red bean paste, its unique shape is meant to resemble the Isuzu River which flows through the heart of Ise. The Akafuku Honten teahouse, founded in 1707, was once a popular stop-off for pilgrims making their way to the area to pray to the sun goddess Amaterasu at the Grand Ise Shrine. Today the tea-house is populated by pilgrims of a different kind; tourists and travelers make their way to Akafuku Honten to try Akafuku Mochi, drink tea, and immerse themselves in the history of this impressive classic Japanese building.

Akafuku Honten

Ise Kadoya: Kadoya Brewery

For a taste of more contemporary Ise, be sure to check out the Ise Kadoya microbrewery. Established in 1997, this brewery is small in size, but not in reputation. In 2003, just six years after opening, they won their first international beer award. Since then, the company has continued to craft a diverse selection of both seasonal and regular brews. The brewery also has an onsite beer hall style restaurant, named Biyagura, where guests can sample a selection of beers accompanied with snacks like German sausages and caesar salad, as well as a number of classic Japanese dishes such as edamame and yudofu, an organic silken tofu.

Facility Name
Fukusuke
Address
Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 52 (Okage Yokochi inside)
Phone
0596238807
Hours
10:00-17:30 (L.O. 17:00)
※ It depends on the season
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (approximately 1500 spaces) * Municipal parking lot, Charge
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Not available
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ise Jingu
Address
Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
Phone
0596241111
Hours
[Oct./Nov./Dec.] 5:00-17:00
[Jan./Feb./Mar/· Apr./Sep.] 5:00-18:00
[May/June./July./Aug.] 5:00-19:00
Introduction
This shrine in Ise City is the Honshuji of the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines). Its official name is simply Jingu, and it has been familiarly called O-Ise-san since long ago. The name “Jingu” is actually used as a general term to refer to 125 jinja (shinto shrines) including the two shogu of Naiku, dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, and Geku, dedicated to Toyo’uke-no-Omikami as well as other betsugu (associated shrines) and setsumatsu-sha (auxiliary or subsidiary shrines). When making a pilgrimage to Ise, the official order of the pilgrimage is to enter the Naiku from the Geku. Once every 20 years the shaden (the main building of a Shinto shrine) of the Naiku, Geku and 14 other betsugu are reconstructed and the enshrined objects are transferred from the old to the new structures.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Bondi Ya
Address
Mie Pref. Iseshi Misonochoushingai 33-2
Phone
0596366667
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Akafuku Honten
Address
Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 26
Phone
0596227000
Hours
5:00-17:00 (busy period Hours changed)
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
open everyday
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Not available
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ise Kakuyamugi Sake shop mugi Shuzo U
Address
Mie Pref. Iseshi Jinkyu 6-428
Phone
0596213108
Business hours
10-18
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Misuzu Honten

    Others (Eat out)
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Miyamachi 1-2-17
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    Bondi Ya

    Other tavern
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Misonochoushingai 33-2
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    Ise Kakuyamugi Sake shop mugi Shuzo U

    Liquor Store
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Jinkyu 6-428
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    Ise Jingu

    Shrine (Inari/Gongen)
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
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    Akafuku Honten

    Japanese-style sweets
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 26
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    Fukusuke

    Soba/Udon
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 52 (Okage Yokochi inside)
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