Food is an essential part of travel. If you are traveling to Western Japan, the Kansai region of Japan offers delicious Japanese food. Travelife Magazine shortlists some of the best restaurants in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN KOBE
This three-star Michelin restaurant is a hidden gem. Locals consider it one of the best restaurants in Kobe for Japanese food. It offers an intimate setting for serving exquisite Japanese dishes in traditional lacquer boxes.
Kitcho is rumoured to be the favorite restaurant of legendary former Japanese Prime Minister Yashuhiro Nakasone. He reportedly took many world leaders for a meal here. This reclusive establishment on the banks of the Arashiyama River serves the finest Japanese cuisine at correspondingly fine prices.
This restaurant serves only the highest standard of Kyoto cuisine. It has long been considered one of the best restaurants in Kyoto. One of their specialties is the shiro-miso zoni, which is Japanese rice dumpling soup seasoned with white miso.
Owned by 4th generation chef Tetsuya Fujiwara, this is considered one of the best restaurants in Osaka. This Michelin three-star restaurant consistently serves contemporary Spanish dishes using fresh Japanese ingredients such as Spanish mackerel in chrysanthemum sauce.
This Relais & Châteaux establishment is always on the gourmet list of the best restaurants in Osaka. Kashiwaya serves authentic Japanese cuisine in a traditional but modernized “sukiya” dining room, with fusumasliding doors, shoji paper screens, and tatamimats. One of the must-try specialties of Chef Hideaki Matsuo is the amadai. This is a grilled tile fish marinated in a flavorful salt shrimp “shiokara” dip.