Being coastal, it’s all about the seafood.

Being coastal, seafood is de rigeur. The beauty of dining in the local restaurants is its authenticity. There are few if any fine dining restaurants but what meets the palate matches if not surpasses the top establishments in Tokyo or elsewhere internationally. There is excellent value to be had in dining out in this area. Local specialties include kinmedai, lobster and tobi-u-o (flying fish) sashimi. Please be reminded that almost without exception, all restaurants only accept cash. We currently have 2 restaurants that provide a pick-up service from Hamabe Ose: Okada and Senda (please arrange through Gin-no-umi). Here is a review by the owners of some their favourite haunts:


Okada is on the way to Shimoda and about 200 metres past the intersection at the bridge. All the restaurants in the area have excellent sashimi but Okada is particularly good. But the real excitement here is the ebi-fry. In Jan and Feb, a must try is the giant crabs which is cooked to perfection and thereby enjoyed for its succulent and sweet meat.

307-1, Minato, Minamiizu-cho Kamo-gun, Shizuoka, 415-0152, Japan


You guessed it – more fish. At Tsuji it tastes all the more fresh because of the location – situated right on the water’s edge of Shimoda Bay.

19-36, Sanchome, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0023, Japan


Not your normal fish place. Ra-maru is famous for its fish burgers, especially the kinme-dai burger – served with camembert cheese. Located at the Shimoda museum right on the wharf in Shimoda Bay.

Sotogaoka1-1, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0000, Japan


This is the closest restaurant to Yumigahama beach. It can be reached by driving back towards Shimoda but instead of turning left at the intersection after crossing the bridge over the canal, you would turn right. That road leads all the way to Yumigahama beach and the restaurant is just before the beach on the right. The specialty here is lobster which can be enjoyed sashimi style, barbecued, in soup and so on. You can also pick your own seafood from the live fish shop adjacent. At Sazae, you pay for your meal upon ordering at the counter when you enter the restaurant.

894-53, Minato, Minamiizu-cho Kamo-gun, Shizuoka, 415-0152, Japan

Kawahachi Unagi & Seafood

This extremely local joint is situated about 100 metres past the intersection at the bridge going back towards Shimoda from the house. The freshly grilled unagi tastes truly authentic but what is somewhat a surprise is the tempura. It is so light it practically melts in your mouth.

376-4, Minato, Minamiizu-cho Kamo-gun, Shizuoka, 415-0152, Japan


One of the best known restaurants in Shimoda, Gorosaya is a 5-minutes walk from Izukyu-Shimoda station towards Oura. Enjoy great lunch specials with large whole fish done in either nitsuke or grilled style.

5-25, Itchome, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0021, Japan


For those wanting the traditional sushi experience, head to the “sister branch” of 70yr old Mimatsuzushi (we think this one’s better) by taking a left as soon as you come out of the rotary exit of Izukyu-shimoda station find it about 150 metres on the right.

12-8, Nichome, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0022, Japan


Ready for some meat? Yamagata serves old-style steaks in a traditionally tiled building also a brief walk from Shimoda station towards Oura.

10-27, Nichome, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0022, Japan

Cafe Le Deauville

The most fun place to hang out in Shimoda. And this all about the owner: Ya-chan. Ya-chan has a runs a pretty good kitchen with solid yoshoku fare. He keeps it really nice too, especially in the outside area, which incidentally is a prime place to hang out during the Black Ship Festival. Ya-chan is the most fun guy we know in Shimoda. He will keep you entertained with his energy and bad jokes!

13-7, Itchome, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, 415-0021, Japan