Local-Approved! 14 Renowned Motsu Nabe Restaurants in Hakata

Publish-date: Apr 17 2018 Update-date: Dec 11 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Local-Approved! 14 Renowned Motsu Nabe Restaurants in Hakata

Whenever anyone mentions Fukuoka Prefecture, most people will start smacking their lips at the delicious food they can have there. Motsu nabe (offal hot pot), mizutaki (lightly flavored hot pot), mentaiko (seasoned cod roe), Hakata ramen (noodles), fresh seafood and much more: everything is delicious and cheap, which is why Fukuoka cuisine has an enthusiastic fan base from all over the country. This list of 14 restaurants focuses on what is considered to be a soul food for Fukuoka locals: motsu nabe. Don't miss the authentic version of this dish when traveling to Hakata and Nakasu!

1. Yamadaya

1. Yamadaya

Choose your favorite motsu nabe from 3 flavors:  soy sauce, miso, or shabu. The most popular one is the basic soy sauce flavor. It's made with motsu (innards) from domestic Wagyu (a type of high-quality cattle), which is characterized by a tender and flawless texture. This restaurant is recognized that it often appears on many TV shows, and sometimes celebrities dine in, too! If you want to try other motsu-based dishes, try the addictive rich flavor of their [Ganso Motsu Gyoza] (dumplings). Although it gets quite crowded during dinner, you should be able to easily find a seat during the day. At lunchtime, there is a great selection of reasonably-priced items on the menu, such as the [Gyu-don] (rice bowl dish topped with beef) that's highly recommended for costing only 500 JPY.

Yamadaya

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY
Access: 10-minute walk from Tenjin Station. It's along Nanotsu Street, a little west of the Nanotsu-guchi Nishi crossing.
Address: 1-2-5, Nagahama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Yamanaka Main Branch

2. Yamanaka Main Branch

Yamanaka Main Branch always tops the rankings for the best motsu nabe in Fukuoka Prefecture. Whether your guests come from afar to visit Fukuoka or are locals that know everything about motsu nabe, you can take anyone here and they are 100% guaranteed to enjoy it. As you take a bite of their amazingly sweet offal, you'll immediately feel it melting in your mouth. The most popular flavor is miso, and their motsu nabe is made with plenty of vegetables like cabbage, Chinese chives, and burdock. You must try it at least once. Just one time will be enough to get you addicted!

Yamanaka Main Branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday *Open on National Holidays and Day before National Holidays
Average price: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPY
Address: 2-2-12, Mukaino, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Motsukou

3. Motsukou

You only need to walk a few steps from Gofukumachi Station to get to Motsukou. If you're in Hakata Station, you can hop in any taxi and say “to Motsukou, in Gofuku-machi,” and they'll know what to do. Established in 1978, Motsukou's motsu nabe goes against classic versions like soy sauce or salt-based soup. Instead, they use an original recipe where the ingredients are boiled in a chicken bone soup and flavored with a homemade vinegar soy sauce. This unique flavor has been enchanting their customers for almost 40 years. This hot pot includes 4 types of offal - small intestines, omasum (the third stomach of a cow), abomasum (fourth stomach of the cow), and heart - and is topped with dumpling wrappers. You can finish it off by making it into champon (noodle dish) with lots of added sesame. This final touch makes their motsu nabe completely unique, from the start till the end.

Motsukou

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] From 5:00 pm (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[National Holidays] From 5:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Gofukumachi Station
Address: 7-14, Tsunaba-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
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4. Oishi 2nd Branch

4. Oishi 2nd Branch

This is the first restaurant that comes to mind for any local in the mood for motsu nabe! So popular that it requires a reservation, Oishi 2nd Branch is the newly opened branch of Oishi Main Branch. Their addicting [Motsu Nabe] is so delicious that you'll want to drink up every last drop of the soup. Of the 3 types of motsu nabe available - miso, soy sauce, and shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) style - the fragrant and garlicky soy sauce based one is the best!

Oishi 2nd Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: 3,500 JPY *Courses are not available
Access: 3 minutes from Minoshima 3 chome Bus Stop (Nishitetsu Bus). Located along Hyakunenbashi Street and diagonally across from Sun Arrow Bowl.
Address: 3-1-32, Minoshima, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Echigoya Hakata Eki-mae Main Branch

5. Echigoya Hakata Eki-mae Main Branch

This restaurant serves Kyoto-style motsu nabe in Hakata! Echigoya Hakata Eki-mae Main Branch is recommended to anyone who wants to enjoy a light motsu nabe. Their flagship motsu nabe is loaded with plenty of ingredients: offal, cabbage, Chinese chives, burdock, enoki (mushrooms), bean sprouts, and fried tofu! Different from any other motsu nabe, this dish will surprise you with its sophisticated ingredients, like thinly cut cabbage that's soaked in flavor, as well as fried tofu enriched with yuzu kosho (fermented condiment with yuzu, chilies, and salt).

Echigoya Hakata Eki-mae Main Branch

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,800 JPY
Access: 10-minute walk towards Meijimachi Street from Hakata Station
Address: 3-11-17, Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Mansakuya

6. Mansakuya

Mansakuya was founded in 1989 and is located very close to the Chikushi Gate of Hakata Station. Here, you can have a rare sukiyaki-style (hot pot stew) motsu nabe. At first, you'll be given a standard version, then you can eat with raw eggs to enjoy the change in the flavor. The innards are carefully cooked, resulting in a flavorful dish that will soothe the fatigue of the day. While your motsu nabe cooks, you may want to nibble on the [Su Motsu]. Inside a stack of onion slices, you'll find super tender offal! These tender and crunchy pieces of offal are seasoned with a sublime ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce). Why not give it a try when in Fukuoka?

Mansakuya

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Hakata Station. Head to Yodobashi Camera from the front of the police box at Chikushi Gate. The restaurant is diagonally in front of the police box.
Address: 1F, No. 1 Taihei Bldg., 5-11, Hakata Eki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Shoraku Fukuoka Main Branch

7. Shoraku Fukuoka Main Branch

Have some insanely flavorful, soft, and tender motsu nabe at Shoraku Fukuoka Main Branch, which opened 26 years ago. You can choose between soy sauce, salt, and miso (white or red) soup, and their offal is so fresh and transparent that after each bite, the sweetness of both the vegetables and offal fat will explode in your mouth, resulting in a luxurious and incomparable taste.

Shoraku Fukuoka Main Branch

Open: [Monday - Friday] 5:00 pm - 12:30 am (L.O.)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O.), 4:00 pm - 12:30 am (L.O.)
Closed: None
Average price: 4,001 JPY - 4,500 JPY
Address: 11-4, Nishi Nakasu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Oyama Main Branch

8. Oyama Main Branch

Oyama Main Branch is renowned for its miso-based motsu nabe, which has a rich flavor that is the result of a long series of trial and error. This rich miso is made with a blend of 10 different types of miso, including Shinshu, Haccho, and Saikyo. The atmosphere inside is quiet and there's nice jazz music playing in the background, so it's the ideal place to sit back and relax. On the 2nd floor, there are private rooms that are the perfect option for families with kids.

Oyama Main Branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Irregular
Access: 2-minute walk from Gofukumachi Station
Address: 7-28, Tenya-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Motsumaru Main Branch

9. Motsumaru Main Branch

If you go to Motsumaru Main Branch, you'll find a motsu nabe unlike any other you've ever had. Classic motsu nabe is either soy-sauce or miso-based, but here at Motsumaru Main Branch, you can have a salt-based motsu nabe, which you dip in a vinegared soy sauce before eating. Besides their amazing motsu nabe, which has captured the hearts of many locals, they also offer delicious dishes like [Hormone] and [Teba Gyoza] as snacks to enjoy before your motsu nabe is ready. Thanks to the chef's friendliness, the atmosphere inside is friendly and welcoming. You'll definitely want to keep coming back!

Motsumaru Main Branch

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Tuesday
*Open if Tuesday or Wednesday is a national holiday
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Access: From the Futamatase traffic light at Japan National Route 607, head towards Kasuya-machi. At the following corner, turn left at Kazue-cho. It is 500m away.
Address: 8, Futamatase Shin-machi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Kawano Hakata Branch

10. Kawano Hakata Branch

IThis conveniently located restaurant is only a 10-minute walk from Hakata Station and a 3-minute walk from CANAL CITY. Kawano Hakata Branch has its main branch in Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, and has been offering the same good old recipes ever since it was founded. Their popular motsu nabe is not made with the usual small intestines but includes other cuts like mino (rumen) and senmai (omasum). The restaurant is stylish and modern, both inside and out. You can also enjoy your motsu nabe in one of their relaxing private or semi-private rooms.

Kawano Hakata Branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from Gion Station
Address: 6-34, Gion-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. Yamanaka Akasaka Branch

11. Yamanaka Akasaka Branch

Served so that it's ready to eat, their motsu nabe's aroma is extremely rich. The most popular dish here is made with a fresh and umami-rich miso-based soup. The reason behind this restaurant's popularity lies in its deliciously tender and meaty innards. You'll have trouble making a reservation due to its popularity, so it is recommended to go around 4:00 pm. Other than their special motsu nabe, you should try their snacks that go well with alcohol, such as the voluminous [Karashi Mentai] and the crunchy [Chinmi Tara Chanja] (spicy cod innards).

Yamanaka Akasaka Branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed: Wednesday, Beginning and end of the year
Average price: 3,001 JPY - 3,500 JPY
Address: 2F, Sunny Akasaka Branch, 1-9-1, Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. Hakata Hyotei Main Branch

12. Hakata Hyotei Main Branch

Walk 10 minutes from Tenjin Station to find Hakata Hyotei. It's an izakaya with private rooms that serve upper-class Kyushu cuisine. You can see a delightful garden from their private rooms, so both your stomach and soul will be satisfied. Their extremely famous [Ganso Shio Motsu Nabe] has often been featured in TV and magazines! You should definitely try it if you go to Hakata.

Hakata Hyotei Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 3:00 pm *Only available for gathering and anniversary course reservations
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 10-minute walk from Tenjin Station
Address: 1-3F, VOID ONE, 2-4-28, Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. Motsunabe Mizutaki Yonbankan

13. Motsunabe Mizutaki Yonbankan

From Exit 4 of Tenjin Station, it takes only 3 minutes on foot to get to this restaurant. Just cross Showa Street (Showa-dori) and on the 2nd floor of the building right in front of Hotel Ascent Fukuoka, you'll find Motsunabe Mizutaki Yonbankan. Known as the lunch mecca of Kita Tenjin during the day, this casual place offers delicious nabe dishes from Japan and Korea. The proprietress will welcome you with a smile. Her [Motsu Nabe] is made with offal from Miyazaki beef, a brand of Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) that's won awards for consecutive years from the National Wagyu Registry Association. The serving is huge, and its flavor is sweet and truly addicting. Their counter seats are suitable for solo diners on the way back from the office or small groups of customers. If you come with your family or friends, opt for the table seats or the tatami rooms. It's a nice restaurant for all kinds of situations.

Motsunabe Mizutaki Yonbankan

Open: Lunch 11:00 - 14:30 (last order 14:00) Dinner 17:00 - 00:00 (last order 23:00)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 500 JPY
Access: Three minute walk from the Subway Tenjin Station. Depart through the #4 exit, turn right, cross Showadori street, located on the second floor of the building directly in front of the Hotel Ascent Fujioka.
Address: Tenjin Broadway Bldg. 2F, 3-4-28 Tenjin , Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka (Map)
More Details
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14. Jinrikisha

14. Jinrikisha

This restaurant is 2 minutes on foot from Tanga Station. One street over from the main street of Konya-machi, you'll see Jinrikisha. Once you open the door, you'll find yourself in a relaxing Japanese-style space that'll immediately make you feel at home. Between the counter seats and the raised seating areas, there is a total of 60 seats. They offer authentic Japanese cuisines, such as motsu nabe and sashimi. Aside from fresh seafood from the Genkai sea, this restaurant's dishes are characterized by their careful selection of seasonal ingredients. It's open until 4:00 am, so it's suitable for after-parties. Over the years, regulars of all ages have been choosing this restaurant for its genuine Japanese cuisine that truly enhances the flavor of the ingredients, especially the fresh seafood.

Jinrikisha

Open: [Tuesday - Saturday] 5:00 pm - 4:00 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
*On Monday (closing day), the restaurant is only open if there's reservations for 10 or more customers
Closed: Monday
*The restaurant is only open on Monday if there's reservations for 10 or more customers
Average price: 2,900 JPY *Many courses are available
Access: 2-minute walk from the ticket gates of Tanga Station. Once you exit the ticket gates, go downstairs, turn right, and you'll soon find the restaurant along the way.
Address: 2-12, Furusenba-machi, Kokura Kita-ku, Kita Kyushu-shi, Fukuoka (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)


Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Apr 17 2018 Update-date: Dec 11 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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