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Thanks to recent renovations, you can observe Himeji Castle in its original white color, which gave it the nickname "White Heron Castle." Make the best of your visit to this castle with a nice meal in one of these eateries! You should definitely bookmark this guide if you're planning to visit Himeji.
The menu of this eatery comprises mainly of fresh seafood sourced all the way from the waters of the north. As for drinks, you'll find local sake from both Himeji and Hokkaido! Pick this one when you want to treat yourself to the exquisite pairing of carefully selected fish and locally-made alcohol.
They serve dishes made with products stocked from Hokkaido.
The quiet atmosphere makes it ideal for an energy-boosting lunch to keep you going through the afternoon.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Himeji Station. Head south from the South Exit until you reach a crossing and turn right. You'll find the restaurant on your right.
Address: 101, Sankyo Hills, 2-34, Nounen-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo (Map)
This famous and popular restaurant has been covered in several gourmet magazines. Their popular [Steamed Conger Eel] is a fluffy delicacy that goes through a long and thorough cooking process. After being basted with a house sauce, it is grilled over charcoal, left to stew in a special broth, and, finally, steamed. Doing all of this enhances the deliciousness of the eel's umami (Japanese savory taste) and fat. In the warm and cozy interiors of this eatery, all your senses will be entertained as you can admire the chef grilling your eel on charcoal before your eyes.
Its fluffiness is obtained by basting it with a house sauce, grilling it over charcoal, stewing it in a special broth, and then steaming it.
Next to the restaurant's entrance, you'll find a large show window from which you can see the owner grilling the food.
Open: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (L.O. 7:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 1,200 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: Exit north of Himeji Station, enter Omizosuji Shopping Street, and walk 1 minute north to find this restaurant.
Address: 1F, 301, Ekimae-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo (Map)
In order to offer delicious and healthy food, everything is handmade at this Italian restaurant. They carefully select all of their ingredients, choosing cooking methods that bring out the best of their original flavors, and only use organic vegetables grown in their own farm. On top of making sure to use no preservatives or additives, they also cater to people with allergies, so you can freely give your children whatever they have to offer.
Baked in an oven imported directly from Italy, their sublime pizza is entirely made on site, from the dough making to the actual baking.
Some tables are separated from each other to offer you a more private experience, so it's quite common for customers to bring their kids.
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
*If Monday is a national holiday, it will be closed on Tuesday instead
Average price: [Dinner] 1,380 JPY / [Lunch] 1,180 JPY
Access: Access by car / Around a 4-minute drive, heading east from Taishi East IC of National Route 2's Taishi-Tatsuno Bypass; Around a 10-minute drive from Himeji West IC; Around a 30-minute drive from Himeji Castle
Address: 2-22-3, Aoyama Nishi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo (Map)
4. Maison de L'avenue
The soft sunlight streaming into this French restaurant creates a lovely warm atmosphere. Its stylish French design will make you feel like you ended up in another country. Surrounded by glass windows, it faces a lovely garden where it's even possible to hold outdoor wedding ceremonies. The food served by its award-winning chef has several fans that come visit even from outside the prefecture. Both lunch and dinner menus offer course meals, making this restaurant prefect for an anniversary or a special day.
The fresh lobster and other seafood in this dish match perfectly with the richly flavored soup, made with tomato and other ingredients.
The sun shines through the large glass windows, giving the restaurant a welcoming atmosphere.
Maison de L'avenue
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: From Harima-Takaoka Station, head northeast for about 1.5km and you'll find the restaurant on the east side of Amuro Park.
Address: 8-6-15, Tsujii, Himeji-shi, Hyogo (Map)