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Where to Eat in Oita

Oita Prefecture is famous for its hot springs and beautiful forests, but they also have a unique culinary tradition. There are a few great places you should check out if you’re in the area.

Index

  • Bepperz

  • Fukinoto Ryokan

  • Jigokumushi Kobo

  • Onie no Sato

  • Tenshinken

  • Bepperz

    Bepperz

    Bepperz

    Located just minutes from Beppu Station, Bepperz serves a variety of delicious, homey food. Their menu consists of only a few items: Chicken fingers, hot ramen, cold ramen, and Korean-style rice balls. Their ramen is topped with half an egg, pork belly, and some kimchi. In the summer, many guests prefer cold noodles as a way of escaping the heat. Their menu is very affordable, with dishes ranging from 400-700 yen. You can also enjoy a set meal for just a little extra. This restaurant has become popular with thrifty college students in the area before a night out on the town.

  • Fukinoto Ryokan

    Fukinoto Ryokan

    Fukinoto Ryokan

    If you plan on visiting the Fukiji Shrine, the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu, be sure to stop by the Fukinoto Ryokan to enjoy some soba noodles prepared by the inn. This Japanese inn is run by the family of the priest of the Fukiji Shrine. They prepare several different types of meals that include a lot of sides starting at 1,080 yen. The sets all include rice, freshly prepared vegetables, and some of the inn’s famous soba noodles. They mostly offer vegetarian options, but there are some meat dishes for a little bit more money.

  • Jigokumushi Kobo

    Jigokumushi Kobo

    Jigokumushi Kobo

    Beppu is famous for its hot springs, and Jigokumushi Kobo takes full advantage of this with their unique dining experience. This restaurant lets you steam your own food using steam from the local onsen. You can rent a cooking area for 500 yen for 30 minutes, and then you can buy the items you want to steam. You can choose from things like seafood, fish, meat, vegetables, and eggs. It’s a sweaty endeavor, to be sure, but that’s what an onsen is all about. After eating, you can also enjoy their onsen footbath for free.

    Jigokumushi Kobo

    Jigokumushi Kobo

    Steaming is a traditional cooking method in the Beppu region, and Jigokumushi literally translates to “hell steaming.” You can find all sorts of dishes prepared using this ancient cooking method, from seafood to pudding.

  • Onie no Sato

    Onie no Sato

    Onie no Sato

    Near Tennenji Shrine in Bungotakada, the Onie no Sato History Museum features interesting exhibits on the demons of Buddhist tradition. Along with their museum exhibits, they also have a dining area where they serve soba with tofu, seaweed, corn, dumplings, and more. There are other dishes available as well, but their soba is worth trying if you’re in the area.

  • Tenshinken

    Tenshinken

    Tenshinken

    Right next to Jissoji Central Park in Beppu, this restaurant serves up Oita Prefecture’s most famous dish, toriten. These would normally be known as “chicken fingers” in the West, but in Japan, the chicken is cooked using a tempura batter, so it’s really a different flavor. While Tenshinken specializes in toriten, they also serve dishes like cold soba noodles, gyoza dumplings, and Japanese curry. This quaint restaurant is quite affordable, at around 1,000 yen per person, and has become known as one of the most delicious restaurants in the area.

    Tabianfukito
    Address
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2365
    Phone
    0978262668
    Fuki-ji Temple
    Address
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2395
    Phone
    0978263189
    Jigoku-Mushi Kobo Kannawa
    Address
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Furomoto 5 pairs
    Phone
    0977663775
    Onikainosato
    Address
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Nagaiwaya 1152
    Phone
    0978273049
  • Tennenji Temple
    Address
    Oita Bungotakada Nagaiwaya Shimonaga Iwaya
    Phone
    0978273049
    Tenshinken
    Address
    Oita Pref. Beppushi Tsurumi 7-3
    Phone
    0977237645
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