The 10 unmissable restaurants in Northwestern Honshu (Hokuriku), August 2019

Publish-date: Aug 09 2019 Update-date: Jun 05 2020
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Northwestern Honshu (Hokuriku), August 2019

Planning a trip to Northwestern Honshu (Hokuriku) and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.


[CRAFT BEER BAR KANAZAWA LINK] opened on April 11, 2019. Thoroughly enjoy the original [KANAZAWA HIGASHIYAMA BEER] and 7 kinds of craft beers from Kanazawa, as well as many other drinks in the atmosphere of Kanazawa. Their exquisite dishes luxuriously use A5-rank [Noto Beef]. Enjoy the best combination of beer and the Noto Beef dishes, such as [Hamburger] using a thick patty made with 100% Noto Beef, or [Roast Beef] with a melting savory taste. They are popular among local guests, tourists, and business travelers. Relax and enjoy in a Japanese-modern cafe space filled with atmosphere. Also, enjoy watching sports games and movies on the large screen. The counter seats are ideal for solo dining as well. Please casually visit at any time.


Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY
Access: 5 minutes by car from [Kanazawa Station], or take a bus from [Kanazawa Station] (7 minutes walk from [Hashiba-cho] Bus Stop)
Address: 1-12-7 Higashiyama, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa (Map)
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2. ROY - G.  - BIVS

ROY - G.  - BIVS cuisine
ROY - G.  - BIVS floor
[ROY G. BIVS] is a live performance bar in front of Kanazawa Station, where the fire performer MOTOKI, who has appeared on many TV commercials and programs, events, and festivals, shows his performances. Fully enjoy the dynamic entertainment together with [World Heritage Cheese] and [Ultimate Steak]. This new, trendy restaurant opened on May 12, 2019. On the previous day of this grand opening day, more than 100 people gathered together to enjoy our restaurant. Fire performances are carried out twice a day. Enjoy [the first and only hot experience in Kanazawa] which will stimulate your six senses. They also offer authentic dishes, of course. Their exquisite dishes are produced and cooked by Mr. Sakamoto, one of the best master chefs in Japan certified by the Japan Teppanyaki Association. Satisfy your mind and stomach at this photogenic bar in the hottest topic.  

ROY - G.  - BIVS

Open: Dinner 5:30 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:30 am)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from [Kanazawa Station] on JR Lines and IR Ishikawa Railway Line / 5 minutes walk from [Hokutetsu Kanazawa Station] on Hokuriku Railway Asanogawa Line
Address: 6F, Saijo Estate Bldg., 2-319 Honmachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa

3. Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya

Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya cuisine
Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya floor
Himi [Gyuya] already has 3 restaurants in Toyama: Himi-ichigo branch, Banyagai branch and Takaoka branch. Their new first restaurant in Ishikawa is the [Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya]. As this restaurant is managed and promoted by a butcher, you can taste premium quality beef here. They serve branded beef of Ishikawa [Notogyu] and branded beef of Toyama [Himigyu]. The restaurant has a warm relaxing atmosphere created by their wooden decor. Private rooms suitable for parties and business meetings are available, as well as semi-private rooms suitable for family and drinking parties, you can use them for various occasions. The corporate philosophy is [loads of good meat = happiness]. At [Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya] you can spend fulfilling moment while eating plenty of delicious meat.

Yakiniku Kanazawa Gyuya

Open: 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from East exit of Kanazawa Station
Address: 3F, Saijo Bldg., 2-7-6  Honmachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa (Map)
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4. Gensen wagyu Ishigama Katamariniku steak Ishigamayaki Tokinokane

Gensen wagyu Ishigama Katamariniku steak Ishigamayaki Tokinokane cuisine
Gensen wagyu Ishigama Katamariniku steak Ishigamayaki Tokinokane floor
[Gensen wagyu Ishigama Katamariniku steak Ishigamayaki Tokinokane] is tucked away in Hamamachi, the [little Kyoto] of Fukui. This is the restaurant where they carefully select Kagoshima black beef, the best Wagyu in Japan, and cook it as chunks in a stone oven to please your palette. You can appreciate excellent dishes which give you a pleasant surprise with their creativity. These include [Grilled red meat wrapped in rock salt of the day] and [Uniku, Roasted beef cooked in low temperature and sea urchins]. Their set menu courses, filled with the dishes they are most proud of, can be ordered for 2 people or more. Another attraction is that the chef is a qualified sommelier, and he can suggest the pairing. The restaurant provides a sophisticated laid-back relaxing space. They have equipped with private rooms which you can use for a business meeting, other meetings, girls' gatherings, and parties in general. They also have a couple of seating suitable for mature dating.

Gensen wagyu Ishigama Katamariniku steak Ishigamayaki Tokinokane

Open: [Weekdays Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 15-minute walk / 5-minute by taxi from [Fukui station]. Walk west along Chuo-dori from the West exit of the station, turn left at the dermatologist clinic then turn right at the end of the street
Address: 3-11-23 Chuo, Fukui city, Fukui (Map)
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5. hamadaya LABO

hamadaya LABO cuisine
hamadaya LABO floor
[hamadaya LABO] produces the moment where people can relax and enjoy quality time, cuisine, and sake (Japanese rice wine). The menu consists of traditional local dish arranged with ingredients sourced from Toyama Sea, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Terada Firm. The pairing with sake carefully selected by the owner who became the honorary sake sommelier at the youngest age in the history provides excellent hospitality. The whole restaurant can be booked from 2 to 5 people, limited to one reservation per day. It is the best for the anniversary or any important dinner for the special guests.

hamadaya LABO

Open: [Tuesday- Sunday, National Holidays, Day beforeNational Holidays] course meal: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm / a la carte dish: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from [Uozu Station] on Ainokaze Toyama Railway.
Address: 1-15-8 Shakado, Uozu city, Toyama (Map)
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6. Ajiraku Yumeri

Ajiraku Yumeri cuisine
Ajiraku Yumeri floor
Making full use of the fact that it started out in Noto’s Ushitsu area, “Ajiraku Yumeri” sources its seafood in a unique way. This restaurant was founded with the desire to offer the freshest, most delicious food. The “Sashimi (sliced raw fish) Platter” on any given day is glistening and alluring, piled with rockfish, flounder, whale, tilefish, Japanese amberjack, whelks, and mackerel all fished that day from Noto. The fish, which are auctioned off at 7 each morning at Ushitsu fishing harbor are delivered to the restaurant in time for service that day, and promptly prepared. To go along with the seafood is local sake (Japanese alcohol) sourced from five distilleries. The owner loves the place where he was born and is captivated by the local foodstuffs. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy seafood in Kanazawa, look no further than this restaurant, brimming with love for its hometown.

Ajiraku Yumeri

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: From Kanazawa Station (JR Hokuriku Main Line), walk 5 minutes to the south side of the Rifare Building.
Address: 1-3-33 Hon-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa (Map)
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7. Installation Table ENSO L'asymetrie du calme

Installation Table ENSO L'asymetrie du calme cuisine
Installation Table ENSO L'asymetrie du calme floor
[Installation Table ENSO L'asymetrie du calme] is a French restaurant located within a house near the Sai River (Sai-gawa) of Kanazawa. Since opening in January 2016, they have been delighting customers with beautifully presented dishes that are based on delicate yet bold concepts. Makoto Doi, the chef-owner with years of experience in Japan and Europe, exhibits his skills in the fully open kitchen. He offers unique French dishes inspired by the outstanding ingredients of the Hokuriku Region and draws on his experience in Japanese cuisine. Both lunch and dinner are served as [Omakase Course] (chef's selection) only. A comfortable restaurant is serving exquisite dishes that go perfectly with wine; this is a place where you can experience all the joys of food.

Installation Table ENSO L'asymetrie du calme

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch From 11:30 am (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner From 6:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY
Access: Take a bus to Kata-machi Bus Stop from Kanazawa Station, and walk 3 minutes.
Address: 33, Ikeda-machi yon-ban-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa (Map)
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8. Nishikawa

Nishikawa cuisine
Nishikawa floor
[Nishikawa] is a traditional Japanese restaurant near to the Saigawa River, on top of the Kyu-Sakurazaka Slope. This restaurant with a Japanese garden designed by Mr. Mirei Shigemori, one of the top garden designers in Japan, is in a renovated building which was formerly a private residence. You can naturally relax in this spacious restaurant of 1,650 m². Enjoy the various exquisite dishes with elegant appearances, using an abundance of local ingredients, such as [Kaga Vegetables] and [seafood] from Kanazawa. They offer reasonable set meals, kaiseki (traditional Japanese cuisine courses), and seasonal dishes such as [Kani Shabu (crab parboiled with vegetables)] in winter. They have counter seats with the view of the Japanese garden illuminated at night, and private rooms for those who need privacy.


Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner from 5:00 pm. Please book by the previous day. Please refrain from accompanying children 10 years-old or younger. We are not accessibly-designed.
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 15 minutes walk from Kenroku-en
Address: 3-5-18 Teramachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa (Map)
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9. Nagomiya

Nagomiya cuisine
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Nagomiya, located in the Katamachi Denma shopping district of Kanazawa, is a restaurant popular for its Japanese cuisine made with local ingredients. The food served here is full of seasonal flavors, such as fresh fish caught in the morning in Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures, and Kaga vegetables grown carefully by local farmers. Each dish at this restaurant is made with loving care by the chef-owner, Takashi Koitabashi, and is packed with wholesome goodness that warms the heart. The [Sashimi] of the day's best seafood and the [Seasonal Tempura] are not to be missed. Another appeal of this restaurant is the wide selection of outstanding local sake, such as the Ikezuki made by an established Noto sake maker, that can only be enjoyed locally. There are comfortable table and counter seats, as well as private rooms for small parties. This is a restaurant for all occasions, be it a relaxing dinner on your own, an intimate dinner for two, or a fun evening with friends.


Open: [Weekdays, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)[Saturday] 5:30 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: A 10-minute drive from [Kanazawa Station] on JR Hokuriku Main Line. 
Address: 1F, Plaza Bldg., 2-25-5, Kata-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa

10. Mikuni Inkyojo

Mikuni Inkyojo cuisine
Mikuni Inkyojo floor
Mikuni-cho in Fukui prefecture prospered more than 200 years ago, as a port of call for Kitamae-bune (trading boats) coming and going all through Japan. [Mikuni Inkyojo] is said to have been a gathering spot for the local fishermen and sailors of Kitamae-bune. Fully enjoy various ingredients raised by nature in Mikuni, and seafood cuisine made with the blessing from the ocean caught by Ama-san (the local woman divers). They offer a wide variety of menu including [Bukkake Wakame Soba (buckwheat noodles topped with seaweed)] as an homage for [Echizen Soba], a specialty from Fukui, and an [Original Sashimi Boat from Mikuni], a specialty from Mikuni to entertain the guests. With reservations in advance, you can also enjoy a special dinner course with high-end ingredients. Please enjoy the best dishes made with the blessing from the Japan Sea.

Mikuni Inkyojo

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holiday, Day before National Holidays] 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Breakfast: 9:00 am - 11:00 am / Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm) *Reservations are required after 6:00 pm
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: From JR [Awara Onsen Station], approximately 20 minutes by taxi, or take a bus on the [Tojinbo line] from the Keifuku Bus Platform No.2. Get off at [Shuku] Bus Stop and walk for 2 minutes
Address: 3-7-22 Mikuni-cho Shuku, Sakai, Fukui
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Aug 08 2019 Update-date: Jun 05 2020

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