SHOPS & DINING

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Shops

Kobaian
Classic Kumamoto sweets, perfect for gifts.
Shunsaikan
One-stop-shop for Kumamoto food, alcohol, gifts, etc.
Kumamoto Sakagura
Selection of Kumamoto sake, wine, shochu, and plum wine.
Kikuya
Selection of premium foods from Aso countryside.
Antagata Dokosa
Sweet and savory snacks perfect for gifts.
Gozanbo Ichinokura
Mentaiko – Kyushu specialty of cod roe flavored with spicy red pepper.
Mori Karashi Renkon
Karashi renkon – a traditional Kumamoto snack with a spicy punch.
TENTE
Tasty treats featuring Kumamoto’s freshest fruits, vegetables, and dairy.
Maruken
Home of the famous uni korokke fried sea urchin croquettes.
Ikinariya Watanabe
Ikinari dango – hot buns filled with sweet potato and sweet bean paste.
Miyabi
Japanese crafts, souvenirs, trinkets, stationery.
Suganoya
Horsemeat specialties, including basashi, fried menchi katsu.
Fukuda Farm
Local products including juices, fruit wines, beer, and jam.
Takada Kamaboko
Baked and fried fish snacks, fried chicken, and more.
MONARIO
Soymilk-based sweets and puddings in many flavors.
Ocha-no Izumi-en
Locally produced teas and green tea ice cream.
Itsukiya Honpo
Home of Yama Uni Tofu – tofu carefully aged until rich and creamy
Shinsaburo
Japanese sweets, including shiratama and sweet bean paste waffles.

Dining

Yumeakari
Classic Kumamoto-style Chinese food, including the famous taipien.
Sakuramichi
Authentic, historically accurate Kumamoto cuisine.
Ginnan
Buffet featuring wide variety of local specialties and old favorites.
Sakuranzaka
Expertly brewed coffee and hearty hayashi curry rice.
Yamami Chaya
Horsemeat yakiniku, basashi, hearty local specialties.
Maruken
Home of the famous uni korokke fried sea urchin croquettes.
Shinsaburo
Japanese sweets, including shiratama and sweet bean paste waffles.

DINING

Yumeakari

Yumeakari

夢あかり

Yumeakari is famed for its delicious Taipien, Kumamoto’s classic Chinese-style noodle soup piled high with vegetables and fresh seafood. Other favorites include Chinese-style specialties like spicy dandan noodles, classic Kumamoto ramen, and fried bread filled with mapo tofu or shrimp in spicy sauce. If you’re in a hurry to catch a tour or see the castle, some items are available for take-out.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM (closed 4PM – 5:30PM on weekdays)
Last order: 8PM
Contact: 096-355-2233

Sakuramichi

Sakuramichi

櫻道

Sakuramichi offers authentically classic Kumamoto cuisine, with meals carefully designed based on actual historical recipes used to prepare food for the castle nobility. The Shokado Bento features a perfect cross-section of the dishes that make Kumamoto cuisine great, and pairs well with a glass of local sake.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Last order: 9PM
Contact: 096-312-2700

Ginnan

Ginnan

ぎんなん

Ginnan is a relaxing buffet-style restaurant featuring a wide variety of 40 different local specialties and original dishes, including tasty fish dishes, carefully prepared stews, and karaage fried chicken. Dinner features both our buffet and all-you-can-eat local pork shabu shabu, meaning you’re sure to find something that everyone in your party can enjoy.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Last order: 9PM
Contact: 096-312-2691

Sakuranzaka

Sakuranzaka

櫻ン坂

A classy yet relaxing cafe, featuring carefully made coffee and the serenely beautiful artwork of Ichiro Tsuruta. We carefully select all of our beans, and brew them via coffee siphon using pure Kumamoto spring water. Our time-intensive mizudashi cold brew coffee is another customer favorite. If you’re hungry, our rich, savory hayashi curry rice is sure to fill you up.

Hours: Weekdays 11AM – 6PM Sat/Sun/Hol 10AM – 6PM (hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-312-2709

Yamami Chaya

Yamami Chaya

山見茶屋

Welcome to Yamami Chaya, home to cuisine fashioned from the finest ingredients harvested from the nearby Aso countryside. Kumamoto is famous for its horsemeat, and we offer both basashi (raw horsemeat sashimi) and banikuyaki (horsemeat grilled on a hot stone). Enjoy some real Kumamoto country cooking in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Last order: 9PM
Contact: 096-327-9293

Maruken

Maruken

まるけん

Home of the famous uni korokke, our crispy fried croquettes filled with creamy sauce and fresh sea urchin. Visit our shop to see how they are made and to try one hot and fresh. We also offer a variety of specialties from the nearby Amakusa seaside, including sushi and tempura.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Last order: 9PM
Contact: 096-319-5073

Shinsaburo

Shinsaburo

白玉屋新三郎

Come try some shiratama, a traditional Japanese sweet of rice-flour dumplings, from one of Kumamoto’s oldest shops. First opened in 1638, Shiratamaya Shinsaburo, has a long history making sweet tasty treats, and with our new location in Johsaien, sightseeing visitors can enjoy the same shiratama that the locals have enjoyed for centuries. Our Wa Coffee, made with black sesame, and Japanese-style waffles are also very popular items.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM
Dining: 10AM – 6PM (hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5888

SHOPS

Kobaian

Kobaian

香梅庵

Kobaian makes a wide variety of popular sweets that can only be found in Kumamoto, including the classic Jindaiko (delicately sweet azuki bean jelly surrounding soft mochi) and Musha Gaeshi (soft and light azuki mochi wrapped in a crispy pie crust). Our special Jindaiko ice cream, made with real Jindaiko pieces, is a favorite during the hot summer months.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb)
Contact: 096-288-0039

Shunsaikan

Shunsaikan

旬彩館

Shunsaikan is your one-stop-shop for Kumamoto souvenirs, foods, and alcohol. Featuring a wide selection of local sake and shochu, famous Kumamoto packaged snacks and sweets, local specialties like instant Kumamoto ramen packs, and traditional Kumamoto crafts such as intricate higo zogan gold inlay. Shunsaikan also has a huge selection of Kumamon-themed magnets, cookies, keychains, and more!

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-312-2622

Kumamoto Sakagura

Kumamoto Sakagura

熊本酒蔵

Visitors looking to find the finest sake, wine, shochu, and plum wine Kumamoto has to offer need look no further. Kumamoto Sakagura features a full lineup of wine from Kumamoto Wines, along with a selection of select premium shochus and sakes from around the prefecture.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5588

Kikuya

Kikuya

菊屋

The mountainous Aso region, with its unspoiled greenery, breathtaking vistas, and lively farming culture, is a true gem of Kumamoto Prefecture. If you’re unable to make the trek all the way out to Aso, Kikuya offers plenty of fresh Aso specialties, such as pickled takana greens and other delicacies. We also offer soft serve ice cream delivered straight from one of Aso’s dairy farms.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-356-5528

Antagata Dokosa

Antagata Dokosa

あんたがたどこさ

Antagata Dokosa is the place for quality Japanese snacks with a Kumamoto twist. Our Higo Daiko peanut snacks are the perfect combination of sweet and savory and make the perfect souvenir. Our yokan, thick azuki bean jelly, and black sesame daiko, available in a variety gifts sets, are also popular items.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5800

Gozanbo Ichinokura

Gozanbo Ichinokura

五山房 壱の蔵

Gozanbo Ichinokura is famous for our Akazake Mentaiko, a Kyushu specialty made unique by adding Kumamoto’s traditional Akazake sweet rice wine. Ichinokura mentaiko are spicy cod roe painstakingly prepared using water, sake, salt, soy sauce, and red pepper all sourced from within Kumamoto, and carefully matured for 120 hours before packaging. Mentaiko are a simple yet excellent way to spice up a bowl of white rice or cream pasta.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-325-7530

Mori Karashi Renkon

Mori Karashi Renkon

森からし蓮根

Karashi renkon, spicy fried lotus root, is a Kumamoto delicacy that dates back to the 17th century. It originally began as a food for strength eaten by the nobility of Kumamoto, and was unavailable for consumption by commoners until the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century. Mori Karashi Renkon preserves the same quality enjoyed a century ago, carefully selecting each lotus root and flavoring it with only the finest karashi mustard to give it its spicy kick.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-351-0052

TENTE

TENTE

てんて

TENTE has a wide selection of fresh drinks and gift sets made with local Kumamoto fruits, vegetables, milk, and yogurt. Our dairy products are made with rich Jersey cow’s milk from cattle raised in the nearby Aso countryside.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-1092

Ikinariya Watanabe

Ikinariya Watanabe

いきなりやわたなべ

Ikinariya Watanabe is the most famous producer of ikinari dango, Kumamoto’s most famous sweet treat. A basic ikinari dango consists of a chunk of soft sweet potato and a dollop of sweet bean paste inside of a thin, chewy dough, which is then steamed. They’re a warm, filling treat that is excellent for nibbling on while trekking around Kumamoto Castle during the colder months. We also offer a number of unique flavors, including matcha green tea. If you’re visiting us on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to try our weekend-only Non-chan Takoyaki!

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 090-1876-8017

Miyabi

Miyabi

みやび

Miyabi offers a fine selection of beautiful Japanese souvenirs that make perfect gifts to bring back home. We have everything from quality Japanese fans, chopsticks, stylish printed fabrics, to local crafts and Kumamon merchandise. If you’re looking for something to remember your trip to Kumamoto by, you’re sure to find just the right souvenir at Miyabi.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5880

Suganoya

Suganoya

菅乃屋

Horsemeat has a long history in Kumamoto, dating back to when Kiyomasa Kato ruled the castle. Horsemeat is most commonly eaten raw as basashi (horsemeat sashimi), but is also frequently used as lower calorie replacement for beef or pork. Our menchi katsu (meat patty covered in breadcrumbs and fried) is extremely popular and perfect for a quick snack.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-312-0377

Fukuda Farm

Fukuda Farm

福田農場

Fukuda Farm is located in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture in Minamata, an area famous for its mikan oranges. Fukuda Farm uses local ingredients to make a wide variety of delicious juices, fruit wines, beer, jams, etc.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-0880

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Takada Kamaboko

高田蒲鉾

Takada Kamaboko specializes in a variety of baked and fried fish snacks. Tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside, these freshly fried treats are a good snack to take along with you as you explore the castle. We offer a wide selection of items, including karaage (fried chicken), cheese-filled chikuwa (fish paste formed into tubes and grilled), and potato salad-filled chikuwa.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-4777

Monario

MONARIO

モナリオ

Monario is famous for its soymilk puddings, available in a wide variety of flavors including mango, strawberry, lychee, melon, and pear. Monario soymilk puddings make classy, healthy souvenirs sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone you give them to.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-4777

Ocha-no Izumi-en

Ocha-no Izumi-en

お茶の泉園

The tea fields of Ocha-no Izumi-en are located in central Kyushu, at an altitude of 450m above sea level. The fields are frequently covered in fog that prevents overexposure to the sun, making the location perfect for growing excellent tea. We offer a variety of teas, both loose and in teabags, along with green tea ice cream and a selection of local food items.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-0015

Itsukiya Honpo

Itsukiya Honpo

五木屋本舗

Itsuki Honpo, home of the famous Yama Uni Tofu. Our Yama Uni Tofu is based on a centuries-old recipe in which the tofu is carefully aged in miso, concentrating the flavors and creating a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Itsuki Honpo ages the tofu for a further six months, letting it mature and develop into a true delicacy. Itsuki Honpo also offers a variety of other soy-based items, including high quality soymilk and delicious soy ice cream.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM (until 6PM from Dec to Feb, hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5500

Maruken

Maruken

まるけん

Home of the famous uni korokke, our crispy fried croquettes filled with creamy sauce and fresh sea urchin. Visit our shop to see how they are made and to try one hot and fresh. We also offer a variety of specialties from the nearby Amakusa seaside, including sushi and tempura.

Hours: 11AM – 10PM
Last order: 9PM
Contact: 096-319-5073

Shinsaburo

Shinsaburo

白玉屋新三郎

Come try some shiratama, a traditional Japanese sweet of rice-flour dumplings, from one of Kumamoto’s oldest shops. First opened in 1638, Shiratamaya Shinsaburo, has a long history making sweet tasty treats, and with our new location in Johsaien, sightseeing visitors can enjoy the same shiratama that the locals have enjoyed for centuries. Our Wa Coffee, made with black sesame, and Japanese-style waffles are also very popular items.

Hours: 9AM – 7PM
Dining: 10AM – 6PM (hours subject to change due to events, time of year, etc.)
Contact: 096-288-5888