The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Restaurants

Traditional Japanese ryotei specialize in seasonal delicacies while casual eateries serve delicious home-style cooking and regional dishes. Western fare is easy to come by, especially in larger cities like Kanazawa, which is famed for the local Kaga cuisine.

Traditional Japanese ryotei specialize in seasonal delicacies while casual eateries serve delicious home-style cooking and regional dishes. Western fare is easy to come by, especially in larger cities like Kanazawa, which is famed for the local Kaga cuisine.

Traditional Japanese ryotei specialize in seasonal delicacies while casual eateries serve delicious home-style cooking a

Traditional Japanese ryotei specialize in seasonal delicacies while casual eateries serve delicious home-style cooking and regional dishes. Western fare is easy to come by, especially in larger cities like Kanazawa, which is famed for the local Kaga cuisine.

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  • 1. Kakusho

    $$$$ | Japanese

    This restaurant is famous for its vegetarian shojin ryori (temple food), which it serves up in a 200-year-old building south of the Higashiyama...Read More

  • 2. Fujiya Gohonjin

    $$$$ | Italian

    This stately building just outside the gates of Zenko-ji combines a bar, lounge, café, and fantastic Italian restaurant. The rather formal modern...Read More

  • 3. Fumuroya

    $$ | Japanese

    Not far from the Omi-Cho market, this shop specializes in fu, or wheat gluten. Its adjacent restaurant offers kaiseki -like lunch sets that...Read More

  • 4. Inaka-ya

    $$ | Japanese

    Seasonal seafood and regional specialties dominate the menu here, with dishes like wappa-meshi (rice steamed in a wooden box with toppings...Read More

  • 5. Kastanie

    $$ | Mediterranean

    The tiled bar and wooden tables topped with red-and-white-checked linens are as inviting as the staff of this family-friendly restaurant a few...Read More

  • 6. Kincharyo

    $$$$ | Japanese

    As the seasons change, so do the menu options at this kaiseki ryori –focused showplace in the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel. In spring your meal may...Read More

  • 7. Legian

    $ | Indonesian

    You might be surprised to find a funky Balinese eatery alongside the Sai-gawa River, but it tastes like the real deal. After dinner the atmosphere...Read More

  • 8. Marui

    $$$ | Japanese

    Here you'll find all kinds of fresh fish, some of which are found only in the Sea of Japan. For easy ordering, opt for a set course and ask...Read More

  • 9. Miyoshian

    $$ | Japanese

    At this place in the renowned Kenroku Garden, excellent fish and vegetable dishes have been carefully prepared for nearly one hundred years...Read More

  • 10. Noda-ya

    $ | Japanese

    Slip into this little shop for a scoop of delicious sofuto kurumu (soft-serve ice cream) or a cup of tea. You can relax in the little garden...Read More

  • 11. Old Rock

    $ | Japanese

    Two blocks before the Chitose-bashi Bridge, this Japanese version of a traditional British pub serves fish-and-chips, pizza, and, in a case...Read More

  • 12. Restaurant Sakura

    $$$$ | Japanese

    Seasonal delights like pungent Matsutake mushrooms are packed into the take-out bento (box lunches; from ¥2,000) and more indulgent eat-in...Read More

  • 13. Shin-puku

    $$ | Japanese

    Various sashimi and sushi combinations are reasonably priced at this small but beautiful sushi bar close to the post office in Wajima. With...Read More

  • 14. Sugi no I

    $$$$ | Japanese

    On the south bank of the Sai-gawa River close to the Sakura-bashi Bridge, this elegant restaurant serves Kaga specialties. Dinner in a private...Read More

  • 15. Suzuya

    $$ | Japanese

    This restaurant's recipes have been passed down over several generations—the house specialty is the superb and inexpensive sansai-ryori, as...Read More

  • 16. Uoharu

    $$ | Japanese

    A short drive from the ferry terminal in Ogi, this three-story building has a fish shop on the ground level and a casual seafood restaurant...Read More

  • 17. Usagi-ya

    $$ | Japanese

    This bustling izakaya across the street from the annex of Hotel Iidaya on the station's east side serves up izakaya staples plus regional specialties...Read More

  • 18. Yakitori Yume-ya

    $$ | Japanese

    With a retro vibe, Yume-ya specializes in old-style yakitori (skewered, grilled meat and vegetables). Cozy up to the narrow counter for food...Read More

  • 19. Kura

    $$$ | Japanese

    For a surprisingly small number of yen you can feast in this 90-year-old Meiji-era warehouse in the center of town. Kura serves a large assortment...Read More

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