Nishikanasa Soba Noodles
The soba at this restaurant is made fresh from scratch daily. The process begins with grinding Hitachi Akisoba buckwheat flour with a stone mill, kneading the dough by hand, and cooking the noodles on an order-by-order basis.
Juwari Soba, made using 100% locally grown Hitachi Akisoba buckwheat flour, is a great option for first-time visitors.
The restaurant also offers a soba workshop for a memorable way to try the area's famous noodles.
This sushi restaurant offers regional specialty seafood dishes, most notably anglerfish hotpot.
This sushi restaurant offers fresh, seasonal sushi and other seafood dishes, including anglerfish hotpot.
Port Otsu Dining
Port Otsu Dining is operated by a fisher's cooperative. The restaurant serves local specialties using freshly caught seafood, including anglerfish dishes.
Hitachi Wagyu Beef Hitachino
This restaurant serves a range of beef dishes including yakiniku (Japanese-style grill your own meat), sukiyaki, steak and barbecue dishes. The restaurant uses Hitachi Wagyu Beef and charcoal made from oak trees grown on Mount Tsukuba.
The food isn't the only thing that draws people to Hitachino - the restaurant itself is built in a traditional Japanese style with a steep thatched roof and offers great views of the Mount Tsukuba area, whatever the time of year.
Shirakawa Soba Restaurant
Shirakawa uses locally produced buckwheat flour 'Hitachi Aki Soba' as well as fresh local vegetables in all their dishes.
If you're not sure what to try, go for the 'nabe-yaki udon' (udon noodles fried in an iron pot, available from Autumn to Spring), the Okukuji-shamo chicken and egg bowl or the Okukuji-shamo chicken soba noodles.
Japanese Restaurant Miyata
This restaurant offers a variety of seasonal seafood dishes and beef dishes.
Anglerfish hotpot is a popular local specialty dish served during the winter months.
This restaurant offers fresh seafood dishes, including the regional specialty anglerfish hotpot.
Located in central Kashima City, Yamabiko Restaurant serves wagyu steak made from Hitachi Beef, steak rice bowls, and pork steaks using locally produced meat and vegetables. The restaurant has been serving delicious steaks in its homey location for over 35 years. Piano concerts are also held here, and there are lovely plum trees on site, which bloom in the early spring.
Ibaraki Prefectural Government recognizes Yamabiko as using locally produced agricultural products and seafood.
Nanamagari Japanese Restaurant
Nanamagari serves a range of classic Japanese dishes, including seafood. However, the real specialty here is shamo, a wildfowl local to the northern Ibaraki area.
The "shamo suki" hotpot is a great way to try this wildfowl. This hearty dish features shamo meat simmered alongside green onions and konnyaku (devil's tongue).
FARM’S GELATO & PASTRY Yuki Store Location
You will find many flavors of gelato here. However, we recommend ordering the “Yui” gelato made from white chocolate and sake lees from Yuki Sake Brewery.
This noodle shop serves up its famous "Nishiyama udon."
A look into the history of the dish reveals that it originated from a miso udon dish popular in Owari Province (modern-day Aichi Prefecture). When Izumiya first opened, the noodle dish was advertised as a "meat udon." Currently, the popular restaurant is operated by a third-generation owner.
One of the restaurant's most popular dishes is the "Chilled Tanuki" featuring extra-thick udon noodles served cold. But if you're feeling extra hungry, try super-sizing your noodles to "Ultra" or "Supersize."