At the westernmost point of Honshu, connected to Kyushu by the Kanmon Bridge, Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is the city with the highest circulation of fugu (blowfish) in the whole country. Shimonoseki local people call it "fuku," which also means "good fortune" in Japanese. When carefully selected and handled by skilled chefs, fugu has an incomparable and delicious flavor. If you want to taste fugu in its homeland of Yamaguchi Prefecture, check out these recommendations.
1. WA FUKUSHIMA
Enjoy genuine kaiseki (traditional Japanese course meal) cuisine in a sophisticated space with typical Japanese hospitality. WA FUKUSHIMA offers colorful and beautifully presented kaiseki cuisine. You'll be served delicacies made with plenty of premium ingredients like A5-rank Saga beef and fugu produced in Yamaguchi. They also have a variety of course meals.
[Tessashi (Tora Fuku Sashimi)] makes use of super fresh tiger pufferfish from Yamaguchi Prefecture
Eat your fill of seasonal fish by ordering the [Sashimi Assortment]
: [Weekday / Saturday / Public holiday] lunch 11:30-14:30 (last order 13:30) *Priority for booking / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (last order 20:30) *Booking onlyClosed
: TuesdaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPYAccess
: 5 minutes' walk from the Shinkansen exit of Shin-Yamaguchi Station.Address
: Shin-ei Bldg. 1F, 4-36 Ogori Takasagocho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi
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2. Shunsai Dining Tsuki to Usagi Yamaguchi Branch
Sit back and relax in one of the private rooms, and enjoy colorful, creative Japanese dishes made with seasonal ingredients. In winter they have tiger pufferfish, while in summer you'll get to taste takifugu. The most recommended menu items are the [Sashimi of the Day], gorgeously served on a 6-layer board, or the [Seasonal Tsutsumiyaki], wherein the ingredients of the day are wrapped up and cooked with Japanese or Western flavors.
Quickly seared and thinly sliced takifugu, [Yamaguchi Takifugu Tataki]
Fish caught that morning is beautifully arranged for their [Sashimi of the Day]
Shunsai Dining Tsuki to Usagi Yamaguchi
: [Weekdays / Saturday / Holidays / Day before Holidays] Lunch 11:30-14:00 (last order 13:30)[Monday-Thursday / Holidays] Dinner 18:00-23:00 (last order 22:30)[Friday / Saturday / Day before Holidays] Dinner 18:00-00:00 (last order 23:30)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAccess
: A seven minute walk from Yudaonsen Station. Go straight and turn left at the first traffic light. Turn right at the T, go 50 meters past the next traffic light and it will be on the left.Address
: 1-11 Sufu-cho , Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi
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Relish seasonal delicacies in the classy Japanese-themed interiors at Fujiyoshi. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine, and their kaiseki courses vary throughout the year, according to the seasonal fish available. They offer a large variety of fugu dishes from September to April in particular. This is an ideal place when you feel like treating yourself to a lovely relaxing meal.
The [Fugu Sashimi] is a must-try. Their homemade ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce) enhances the flavor of the fugu
Enjoy their fugu cooked in many different ways, depending on the season
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Reservation required), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
*Irregular if Sunday falls on a National Holiday. Open on Sunday if there are reservationsAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY *Courses on the 1st floor from 5,000 JPY, in a private room on the 2nd floor from 6,000 JPY (10% charge on tatami rooms on the 2nd floor) / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY *Reservation required for lunch, regular courses available as wellAccess
: 5-minute walk from the North Exit of Tokuyama Station. From the station, proceed north along Miyuki Street and turn left at Hotel Arflex.Address
: 2-6, Sakae-machi, Shunan-shi, Yamaguchi (Map
At Chidori, they serve extremely fresh, high-grade seafood. [Fresh Sashimi] has always been their signature dish since they first opened. Chidori is also popular for the high-quality seafood that the chef carefully selects. Fugu, soft-shelled turtle, Pacific bluefin tuna, red king crab and much more are also available if you make a reservation and request your favorite ingredients!
The more you chew the [Fugu Sashimi], the more sweetness flows out. There are also fugu-based full courses, ideal for formal meetings
Reservation is required for the course that allows you to savor fresh and high quality fugu, selected by the experienced owner
: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner from 5:30 pm until ingredients sell outClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY *Courses from 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY *Lunch sets from 680 JPYAccess
: From the South Gate of Shin-Shimonoseki Station, head towards Ichinomiya, turn left at the end of the road, walk along the river, and it is located just after Yamaguchi Toyopet.Address
: 2-16-15, Ichinomiya-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi (Map
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.