3 Best Restaurants in Hagi, Western Honshu

Kappo Chiyo

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Imagine a kappo (fine dining) course that includes squid and scallops cooked before you with butter on a sizzling-hot river stone and such goodies as fugu—served as sashimi or cooked tempura-style—stuffed with foie gras. Zingy homemade pickles reset your palate for each successive treat. Women beautifully dressed in formal wear serve you in a classically elegant manner, and off to the right of the intimate 10-seat counter are views of a mossy green and flowery window garden. All seating is Japanese style, and no English menu is available. Cheaper lunch options are also available. 

20--4 Imafuruhagi-machi, Hagi, 758-0021, Japan
0838-22–1128
Known For
  • The highest-quality local ingredients
  • Lavish multicourse dinners
  • Elegant atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.

Sobaho Fujitaya

$

Colorful local characters come to this casual restaurant for beer and sake and seiro-soba (thin buckwheat noodles served in steaming-hot baskets) and hot tempura served on fragrant handmade cypress trays. The restaurant is usually open by 11 am (or when the noodles are ready), but it closes at 6 (or when all the noodles are gone), so only a very early dinner is possible here.

59 Kumagaya-cho, Hagi, 758-0034, Japan
0838-22–1086
Known For
  • A local favorite
  • Seiro-soba
  • Simple, delicious lunches
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Fri. No dinner

Wafu Restaurant Nakamura

$$

Set-menu courses at this reliable and popular traditional restaurant typically offer a variety of fish, mountain vegetables, miso soup, and steamed rice. Nakamura has tatami and Western seating, but no English-language menu. You can select your food from the tempting window display. Reservations are accepted and recommended for larger parties.

394 Hijiwara, Hagi, 758-0026, Japan
0838-22–6619
Known For
  • Fresh seafood
  • Simple, relaxed atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed, No lunch mid-Aug.

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