10 Restaurants to Go in Himeji

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Source: Maarten Heerlien

Located at the western edge of the Kansai region of Japan, Himeji is a small but magnificent city famous for the splendid Himeji castle. It is the second largest city in Hyogo Prefecture. With such a tremendous beauty of old-Japan, the city is a center of attention for many of the tourists. Besides other attractions, you can experience the delicacies of cuisines from Himeji’s fine restaurants. From traditional Japanese food to gourmet dining, the city offers a wonderful feast.

1- Gassai:


In order to try excellent local Himeji food in a Japanese bar type restaurant, Gassai is the best option. The restaurant offers a great taste in reasonable price with pure Japanese environment. You can get mesmerized with the tunes of Japanese pop music and see the locals chatting and buzzing around. It is recommended to taste the delicious Hinepon and Tofu hotpot as their famous dishes. The staff is quite friendly that will make you feel more comfortable.


  • Name: Gassai
  • Address: 161 Toyozawacho, Himeji 670-0964, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-284-9898
  • Price: 2,885 JPY (average price for dinner)
  • Access: 1-minute walk from the South exit of JR Himeji Station (and 4 – minute walk from Main Line Himeji Station)
  • Opening hour: 17:00 hours
  • Closing hour: 1:00 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: N/A

2- Steak Senju:

Himeji does not only offer the yums of local foods, it is a place filled with many Western restaurants. Senju is a must-try Western food restaurant that started its journey in 1971. The beef specialty restaurant has a number of meat items including mouth-watering steaks. With English speaking staff (and the availability of English menu as well), the tourists find a comfortable environment where they can communicate their requirements very easily. Moreover, you can witness the pure Japanese architecture with a picturesque environment of the Japanese garden.


  • Name: Steak Senju
  • Address: 596 Chiyodamachi,Himeji-shi 670-0993
  • Phone: +81-79-297-3907
  • Price: Lunch – 4,000 JPY (avg), Dinner – 13,000 JPY (avg)
  • Access: 10 – minute walk from JR Himeji station
  • Opening hour: 11:30 hours
  • Closing hour: 22:00 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: http://www.steak-senju.jp/

3- Cafe Lamp:

To have the delicacies of perfect American hamburgers, Cafe Lamp is a must-visit local shop. The shop is basically operated by Bakery Lamp. Situated in an alley of the main street between Himeji station and Himeji castle, it is a place that will give you an American atmosphere with an aroma of burgers and buns. You can experience the soft and crisp buns with an unforgettable taste. It is also recommended to try their pastries, pizzas, and sandwiches. A very warm and friendly environment with English menu welcomes you to order your favorite food conveniently. For rejuvenating your dining experience, enjoy American soft drinks or beer with your servings as well.


  • Name: Cafe Lamp
  • Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji 670-0012 , Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-284-9775
  • Price: Lunch – 4,000 JPY (AVG), Dinner – 13,000 JPY (AVG)
  • Access: Walking on the north side of the main street (Otamae Dori) towards Himeji Castle, just near the castle,walk down an alley on the left.
  • Opening hour: 11:00 hours
  • Closing hour: 20:00 hours
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: N/A

4- Ittetsu Ramen:

If you are looking for a wonderful Ramen taste in Himeji, Ittetsu Ramen should be on the top of your list. It is one of the highly recommend restaurants in Himeji and offers a fresh and excellent taste of traditional Ramen dishes. You can witness an unforgettable taste of amazing soups and noodles. The restaurant is open only for lunch on Thursday and Friday, while for dinner on Saturday and Sunday. As the owners (the Mom and Pop) spend rest of the days in their garden, yielding fresh vegetables for their dishes.


  • Name: Ittetsu Ramen
  • Address: 1-8-11 Kitahirano, Himeji 670-0893, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-282-0208
  • Access: 1.5 km from Nozato Station
  • Opening hour: 11:30 hours (Thursday, Friday), 17:30 hours (Saturday, Sunday)
  • Closing hour: 13:30 hours (Thursday,Friday), 21:30 hours (Saturday,Sunday)
  • Holiday: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Website: N/A

5- Koba & More:

To have the best taste of Ramen in Himeji, Koba & More is a cozy place to dine in. The restaurant is owned by the person named Koba who is the main chef. This restaurant is highly acclaimed among tourists for its delicious Milk Ramen. You will experience a wonderful ambiance with a mix of traditional Japanese and American blues with a jazzy theme.


  • Name: Koba & More
  • Address: 59 Gofukumachi, Himeji 670-0923, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-225-1357
  • Opening hour: 11:30 hours (Lunch), 19:00 hours (Dinner)
  • Closing hour: 14:30 hours (Lunch), 23:00 hours (Dinner)
  • Holiday: Thurday
  • Website: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~kobamore/#_=_

6- Baobab:

Himeji also offers a great taste for Indian cuisine lovers. With Baobab, you can enjoy the fantastic taste of Indian curries, nan, and other exciting varieties. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere with wooden seats and lovely decor. Besides Indian meals, you can also have Thai foods like Thai Red Curry with shrimp. You will be easy by finding an English menu that will help you a lot while ordering the food.


  • Name: Baobab
  • Address: 78 Konyamachi | Omizosuji Shopping Street, Himeji 670-0924, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-289-3922
  • Access: 5 minute walk from central exit of JR Himeji station
  • Opening hour: 11:00 hours
  • Closing hour: 22:00 hours
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: http://www.boabab.jp/

7- Fukutei:

For more traditional Japanese cuisine, Fukutei is the right place to stop by. Especially for the people with the craving for fantastic fish and variants, Fukutei has a lot to offer. You can try the taste of Sashimi and Charcoal-grilled fish. Overall, it is a nice place with quick and friendly service (that can speak English) as well as the reasonable food. So, one should visit this restaurant that is really worth looking for.


  • Name: Fukutei
  • Address: Kameimachi, Himeji 670-0925, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-222-8150
  • Price:5 – minute walk from the north exit of JR Himeji Station
  • Access: Lunch: 1,700 JPY, Dinner: 3,000 JPY
  • Opening hour: 11:30 hours (Thursday, Friday), 17:30 hours (Saturday, Sunday)
  • Closing hour: Monday-Friday (Lunch:14:30 hours, Dinner: 22:00 hours
  • Holiday: N/A
  • Website: http://seiko-fukutei.com/

8- Menme:

Menme is like a heaven for the oden lovers. This is a family run restaurant that offers hand made noodles and one can witness the noodles preparing in front of himself. A fantastic taste in a reasonable price can be attained in this restaurant. They have a very quick service with staff speaking little bit English. The availability of English menu adds more to the tourists’ comfort.


  • Name: Menme
  • Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: : +81 79-225-0118
  • Price: 550-950 JPY (for noodles)
  • Access: 10 – minute walk from JR Himeji station
  • Opening hour:11:00 hours
  • Closing hour: 18:00 hours
  • Holiday: Wednesday
  • Website: N/A

9- Gozasoro Himeji Station:

Himeji city offers a wonderful feast for the sweet lovers. At Gozasoro, you can find the best traditional Japanese desserts. This shop has a number of branches across Japan. As the name suggests, this local dessert shop is famous for the traditional Japanese sweet that is in the form of a pancake filled with sweet bean paste filling. You can try other fillings including, white and red bean paste fillings. The staff is quite friendly and prepare the desserts right before your eyes. So, you can witness how they excel in making these delicious sweets.


  • Name: Gozasoro Himeji Station
  • Address: 125 Minamiekimaecho, Himeji 670-0962, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: : +81 79-288-6077
  • Website: http://www.gozasoro.co.jp/

10- Ekisoba Maneki:

Ekisoba Maneki
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In order to get an amazing fun with pleasant Soba food, Ekisoba Maneki is really an affordable place. The Japanese noodle’s taste would be a great option to be enthralled with. A pleasant atmosphere with reasonable prices and friendly staff are the major attractions of the restaurant. A family (with 4 people) can easily have the stomach-full appetite with yummy noodles.


  • Name: Ekisoba Maneki
  • Address: Ekimaecho, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 79-224-0251
  • Price: 2,000 JPY (avg price for a family)
  • Access: Near Himeji station.
  • Website: N/A

So, Himeji is a little space with lots of attractions. But the above restaurants would definitely add a real fun  to your Himeji’s traveling experience. Whether you want Ramen, traditional Japanese cuisines, Indian style curry, these restaurants will give unforgettable delicacies.

Have a good trip and travel!