Japan’s Hot Spring Resorts Are Upping Their Culinary Game With These Gourmet Restaurants

Get the best of both worlds!


It’s not difficult to find a good meal at hot spring resorts, particularly in the Oita Prefecture. Check out the five restaurants we found at Beppu City that offer a gourmet dining experience.


Toriten-shokunin Wataru
1-1-10, Kitahama, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-721-0688
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order) and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last order) daily except on Wednesdays.


The Toriten Teishoku (¥1,200) is a set meal with Japanese tempura-style fried chicken mixed with mustard, soy sauce, and vinegar. It is also delicious to squeeze some cabos (Japanese citrus) onto the meat.


Toriten-shokunin Wataru
was established in collaboration with Toriten Shokunin, a famous restaurant in the Shonin area. One must-try is the Ganso Showa Toriten (¥900), which has been an item on the menu since the restaurant’s conception and is offered as an ala carte dish during lunch and dinner.


Chinetsu Kanko Labo Enma
228-1, Furomoto, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-977-75-9592
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


Vegetables and seafood produced in the Oita Prefecture fill the Jigoku Enma Mori.


You can cook food in hot spring steam if you request for the Jigoku Mushi Taiken (¥500 for 1 group).


Chinetsu Kanko Labo Enma
makes use of the heat coming from the hot springs boiling underground to run their kitchen. Here, you can choose to enjoy Enma no Yu and soak your feet in hot spring water or visit the restaurant that offers the popular Jigoku Enma Mori (¥3,000), which consists of assorted vegetables and seafood from the Oita Prefecture.


In addition to those facilities, there is also a strawberry farm, a bamboo work studio, and a store that you can visit in the area.


The free foot bath zone can accommodate about 100 guests.


Grill Mitsuba
1-4-31, Kitahama, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-723-2887
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (last order) and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (last order) daily except on Tuesdays.


The secret to the Toriten’s flavor lies in the restaurant’s specially made ginger and soy sauce.


Grill Mitsuba
is an old restaurant that’s been running since 1953. Here, a must-try is the Toriten (¥1,200), a popular item in the restaurant’s menu. Fun fact: They make use of recipes that have been passed three generations down.


We highly recommend their crunchy, salty, and sweet Toriten with ginger.


Mingei Chaya Ajikura
6-7-39, Ishigaki Higashi, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-721-0548
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Last order is at 2:30 p.m.) and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Last order is at 9:30 p.m.) daily.

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The Toriten Teishoku consists of Toriten, rice, chawan mushi (a steaming cup of egg custard hotchpotch), and Akadashi (a reddish-brown miso soup). If you order it on weekends, national holidays, and weeknights, it costs ¥900.


Mingei Chaya Ajikura
is where you can get a taste of the local cuisine and eel dishes at a reasonable price. Their Japanese-style Toriten Teishoku (¥690) is popular for its tempura sauce, large serving, and affordable price during lunch time on weekdays.


Beppu Reimen Senmonten Ikkyu no Namida
1/F, 10-5-7, Ishigaki Nishi, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Contact: +81-97-725-3118
Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last order is at 7:30 p.m.) daily


Reimen is a noodle dish that’s made of Japanese-style beef bone stock and homemade noodles.


Ikkyu no Namida
specializes in cold noodles. It was featured in both the Michelin Guide Kumamoto and Oita 2018 Special Edition magazines. A definite must-try in their menu is the Reimen (¥700).


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (28 August 2018)


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