If you ask me if I might succinctly explain my time in Tottori, I would be able to perform in just two words: FOOD TRIP.

Yes, Tottori Prefecture has culture, nature, as well as adventure, however one thing that truly stood out for me was the food. Tottori is mouth-wateringly delicious. From the melt-in-your-mouth Tottori beef in Tottori City to very fresh matsuba crabs in Sakaiminato to the sinful-but-don’t-care gyukotsu ramen in Kurayoshi, Tottori has an ocean of gastronomic wonders to offer that any type of visitor ought to be prepared to drown in.

In a previous post, we noted down a few of the very best restaurants as well as cafes in Tottori City as well as Kurayoshi. This time, we’re shifting the focus to Western Tottori as well as its cluster of towns as well as cities including Yonago City, Daisen as well as Sakaiminato.

If you discover yourself in this part of Tottori prefecture, don’t miss these restaurants as well as food spots!

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Yakiniku Imagawa
Yakiniku Kozo
Kaiten Sushi Hokkaido Kaike
Komorebito Sunset Cafe
Bier Hof GAMBARIUS (Gambarius Beer Hall)
Sakaiminato seafood Direct
Kaiyoutei seafood Restaurant
Kaigan seafood Restaurant
Takauna Ramen
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Yakiniku Imagawa

Specialty: Tottori Beef
Address: 9-3-16, Yonehara, Yonago-shi
Hours open: Thursdays-Tuesdays, 4pm – 10:30pm
Closed: Wednesdays

Japanese wagyu is one of the most globally revered beefs in the world. In particular, Kobe beef, Matsusaka beef, as well as Ohmi beef are all well-known for their melt-in-your-mouth high quality as well as notorious for their amazingly high prices. however there are less costly types in Japan.

There are four breeds of wagyu in Japan, the most typical of which is the Japanese black cattle (Kuroge wagyu). This wagyu has four strains, named after a location in Japan that creates it: Tajima, Shimane, Okayama, as well as Tottori. Kobe beef, Matsusaka beef, as well as Omi beef all come from Tajima strain. The Tottori pedigree is a different strain however just as worthy.

In Yonago, one of the locations to opt for Tottori beef is Sumibi Yakiniku Imagawa (Imagawa Charcoal BBQ). Imagawa is understood for utilizing charcoal grill as well as serving regional create including Tottori wagyu as well as Daisen chicken. It’s a little location with only a few tables, so you’re assured of attentive service. aside from their signature meats, they likewise have a salad buffet composed of regional vegetables. Coffee is likewise free. the very best part about it is that the costs are friendly.


Tottori wagyu: ¥3,980

Daisen chicken: ¥430

Kalbi (short ribs): ¥880

How to get there: Imagawa Yakiniku is 700m away from Sambommatsuguchi Station. From Yonago Station, take the train to Sambommatsuguchi Station. travel time: 10 minutes. Fare: ¥190. From there, Imagawa is only 4 blocks away, around 10-minute walk.

Yakiniku Kozo

Specialty: Eat-all-you-can grilled meat
Address: 7-1-35 Kamigoto, Yonago
Hours open: Saturday-Sunday 5pm-9:30pm;
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 11:30am-9:30pm
Closed: Wednesdays

If you’ve worked up an appetite as well as feeling additional carnivorous, the location to be is Yakiniku Gozo. This isn’t a buffet however it is eat-all-you-can. You just requirement to purchase from a menu, which has beef, pork, as well as poultry cuts. I’m not sure if their beef is Tottori wagyu, however they’re tasty either way. There is a time limit, though: 90 minutes.

Prices are per person:

Male: ¥4200

Female: ¥3800

Junior High as well as High institution students: ¥3800

Primary institution Students: ¥1500

How to get there: Yakiniku Kozo is 1km away from Sambommatsuguchi Station. From Yonago Station, take the train to Sambommatsuguchi Station. travel time: 10 minutes. Fare: ¥190. From there, you can walk for 15 minutes.

Kaiten Sushi Hokkaido Kaike

Specialty: seafood sushi
Address: 7-1-35 Kamigoto, Yonago
Hours open: everyday 11:30am-10pm

For a sushi restaurant that excellently showcases Tottori prefecture’s ocean bounty, it is odd that it’s named after Hokkaido, Tottori’s primary rival as Japan’s source of fresh seafood. Kaiten Sushi Hokkaido Kaike or just Hokkaido Sushi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that has faithful patrons from all around the prefecture.

I’ve tried a great deal of sushi locations all around Japan as well as this Yonago treasure is amazing on three counts: the freshness as well as high quality of its toppings, the generous serving, as well as the low price. The freshness shouldn’t shock since Yonago lies just next to Sakaiminato, the fishing base of Western Japan for practically a century now as well as is house to Sakai fishing Port, Tottori’s largest fish port.

The huge serving, however, amazed me. I’ve come to expect conveyor belt sushi locations to serve pieces with thin toppings. I was so happy that Hokkaido Sushi wasn’t like that. التخفيضات،even of the most valued components like fatty tuna, are thick as well as practically double the surface area of the rice ball.

Here are some pieces that stood out: red snapper, sawara (Spanish mackerel), flounder, mackerel, as well as tuna otoro.

Prices: many products are ¥120 or ¥180 per pair, however a few premium products can expense ¥380 or ¥480.

Komorebito Sunset Cafe

Specialty: Daisen beef burger, Daisen chicken
Address: 45-5 Daisen, Daisen-cho
Hours open: Friday-Tuesday 11:30am-4pm, Saturday 5-8pm
Closed: Wednesday-Thursday

If skiing down Mt. Daisen as well as going to Daisen temple are part of your itinerary, don’t miss Komorebito Sunset Cafe, found on the second floor of a ski shop along the entrance to the Daisen trail. It’s difficult to miss. The building is one of the very first structures you’re gonna see when you show up in the area.

Komorebito Sunset cafe takes pride in its components particularly their proteins. They utilize Daisen poultry as well as beef. When it concerns meat products, Daisen is not just a place; it has ended up being a trusted brand. The town is significant for its atmosphere that is suitable for increasing poultry as well as cattle, affecting the high quality as well as taste. try their fried Daisen poultry rice as well as 100% Daisen beef burger.

Komorebito Sunset cafe is spacious, surrounded by huge windows that enable a kicking back view of the village. envision enjoying a cup of coffee while people-watching in a pleasurable afternoon. It has a young, artful as well as — attempt I state it — “millennial” touch to it that makes it not just a great dining location however a chill spot, too, as well as I’m not speaking about the air temperature.


Fried Daisen poultry rice with fried egg: ¥1000

Chef’s special curry rice with Daisen chicken: ¥1200

Daisen poultry huge mountain burger with French fries: ¥1100

100% Daisen beef burger with French fries: ¥1500

How to get there: At Yonago Station, take the bus to Daisen-ji. travel time: 55 minutes. Fare: ¥800.

Bier Hof GAMBARIUS (Gambarius Beer Hall)

Specialty: Daisen beer
Address: 45-5 Daisen, Daisen-cho
Hours open (non-winter): Daily, 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Hours open (January-February): Friday, Saturday as well as Sunday only, 11am-9pm

Daisen is likewise widely known for its beer. It is house to Daisen G Beer, a regional craft beer that is stated to be up there in terms of quality. (I wouldn’t know. I am no beer expert. I just like chugging it down. LOL.) however yes, if you’re a beer-lover, you may want to make a stop at Bier Hof GAMBARIUS (Gambarius Beer Hall), which is the dining-and-drinking area next to a Daisen G Beer brewery.

They’re many happy of their weizen, acknowledged as World’s finest Grain-only Wheat Beer at world Beer awards a few years back. If you can’t comprise your mind, you can try four of their products by ordering their sampler, composed of weizen, pilsner, pale ale, as well as stout.

Sakaiminato seafood Direct

Specialty: Matsuba crab, mosa-ebi
Address: 9-5 Showamachi, Sakaiminato City
Hours open: Wednesdays-Mondays, 8am-4pm
Closed: Tuesdays

Sakaiminato has been the fishing base of Western Japan for numerous decades now. dealing with Japan Sea, Tottori prefecture has all the best conditions for a great deal of marine lifeforms to thrive. Hence, it’s no question that Tottori is well-known for its seafood including mosa-ebi (stalwart shrimp), iwagaki oysters, white squid, as well as the matsuba crab.

The matsuba crab (male snow crab) as well as mosa-ebi are two of Tottori’s many immaculate winter season treats. Both are packed with soft succulent meat that have a unique natural sweetness. Both can likewise be eaten raw, directly from the market. They’re so wonderful as well as flavorful!

Standing just next to Sakai fishing Port, the most significant in Tottori Prefecture, Sakaiminato seafood Directa sources their products from it. You’ll discover a number of shops inside, each with their own screen as well as tanks with online crabs as well as fish, guaranteeing freshness. There are tables where you can eat. In fact, during our see at Sakaiminato seafood Direct, we gotten mosa-ebi (¥1200), discovered a seat, as well as munched on them directly away without cooking. If you want a appropriate sit-down meal, you’ll discover a couple of seafood restaurants inside too.

How to get there: Sakaiminato seafood direct is located 1.3km from Sakaiminato Station. walking takes around 30 minutes.

Kaiyoutei seafood Restaurant

Specialty: Sashimi
strong>Address: 9-5 Showamachi, Sakaiminato City
Hours open: Wednesdays-Mondays, 10am-5pm
Closed: Tuesdays

One of the restaurants inside Sakaiminato seafood direct is Kaiyoutei, well-known for its kaisendon, a rice bowl crowned with fresh seafood sashimi like tuna, crab, mackerel, shrimp, uni, as well as fish roe; إلى جانب


Set lunch with assorted sashimi as well as flounder: ¥1944

Kaisendon (assorted seafood sashimi rice bowl): ¥1620

Special seafood sashimi bowl: ¥2160

How to get there: Sakaiminato seafood direct is located 1.3km from Sakaiminato Station. walking takes around 30 minutes. Kaiyou-tei is inside the building.

Kaigan seafood Restaurant

Specialty: Sashimi
Address: 9-20 Showamachi, Sakaiminato City
Hours open: Wednesdays-Mondays, 7am-3pm
Closed: Tuesdays

Kaigan is one more seafood restaurant that serves the freshest sashimi in the city. We woke up truly early to experience the crab auction at Sakai fishing Port. because Kaigan opens at 7am, we went directly to it for breakfast.

Kaigan serves only 100% fresh seafood. They don’t serve frozen crabs. provided their location, they have simple routine gain access to to the ocean bounty. just like Kaiyou-tei, Kai-gan is prominent for their kaisendon as well as crab meals. They likewise offer crab-all-you-can for ¥3000 per person, great for 35 minutes.

When we dined here, the owner/manager of the restaurant refused to accept our repayment since they stated we were their very first client of the day, so it’s most likely their tradition.


Set meal with assorted sashimi: ¥1400

Kaisendon (assorted seafood sashimi rice bowl): ¥1200

Snow crab set meal: ¥1900

Takauna Ramen

Specialty: Gyukotsu Ramen
Address: 527-6 Shimoise, Kotoura-cho, Tohaku-gun
Hours open: Tuesdays-Sundays 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm
Closed: Mondays

Takauna Ramen is found in Kotoura town. however if you plan on going to Hokuei (Conan Town), this is somewhat along the way. Somewhat, haha. It’s quickly easily accessible anyway.

While the rest of the world is in like with tonkotsu ramen, whose broth is made of pork bones, Tottori utilizes cattle bones in their gyukotsu ramen. I’ve been to 21 prefectures so far as well as only Tottori utilizes this component as base for their broth. It’s rare, yes, however not precisely surprising, provided the prefecture’s affinity with beef.

Takauna is one of the few locations in the world that serve gyukotsu ramen. Takauna utilizes 100% cattle bone in its broth, accented by rock salt. Each spoonful provided a punch of strong beef flavor. Each bowl of firm wavy noodles is crowned with slowly cooked chashu (pork belly), nori (seaweed), bamboo shoots, as well as eco-friendly onions. Both my teammate Asta as well as I completed the bowl in no time. the very best part, it’s only ¥600.


Gyukotsu ramen (regular): ¥600

Gyukotsu ramen (large): ¥700

Nearest Train Station: Urayasu. On Hyperdia, browse for Urayasu (Tottori).

How to get there: Takauna is found 1.2km from Urayasu Station. It ought to take 15-20 minutes if you walk. If you’re coming from Tottori City, take the train to Urayasu Station. travel time: minutes. 90+ minutes. Fare: ¥970. If you’re coming from Conan town (Hokuei), take the train from Yura station to Urayasu Station. travel time: 6 minutes. Fare: ¥190.

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