Restaurants and Bars in Kanazawa

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A busy street lined with izakaya

A busy street lined with izakaya

Assorted sushi

Assorted sushi

Kenrokuen Garden

View of the garden pond Kenroku-in.

Chef's suggestions

We have selected a dozen bars and restaurants which offer different types of cuisines to suit all budgets. Here are some great places to eat and drink in Kanazawa.

Katamachi district

  • Sushi bar - Ippei Sushi 一平鮨

Not all (good) sushi bars are overpriced, and here's the perfect example. You will be warmly welcomed by the chef when you arrive at Ippei Sushi.

Address: 1-5-29, Kata-machi, Kanazawa
Opening hours: 18:00 - 01:00 (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Budget: 3,000 yen ($27)

  • Café and bar - Kanazawa Music Bar カナザワ・ミュージック・バー

Popular with artists, the Kanazawa Music Bar is located in a hotel. You can taste a wide variety of Japanese whiskey, but also izakaya- style small plates and desserts.

Address: floor -1, Kaname Inn Tatemachi, 41 Tatemachi
Hours: 11:30 - 02:00 (11:00 - 00:00 Sunday; closed Wednesdays)
Budget: 3,000 to 5,000 yen ($27 to $46)
Official site

Read more: Visit the Katamachi district

Kanazawa Station

Kanazawa Station

Station area (west exit)

  • Izakaya - Kanazawa Shichijuni 金沢七十二

One minute from the train station, you can relax in this izakaya, which offers excellent seafood. We recommend that you sit at the counter to watch the chef prepare the dishes in front of you.

Address: Zeon building, 1-5-15, Hiro-oka, Kanazawa
Hours: 17:30 - 00:00 (closed Sundays and holiday Mondays)
Budget: 4,000 to 5,000 yen ($37 to $46)

  • Kaitenzushi - Kirari 輝らり

Near the bus station is this restaurant where sushi is prepared with freshly caught fish from the Sea of Japan. You can order in English from your seat and the dishes will arrive in front of you, thanks to a conveyor belt.

Address: Mast Square Kanazawa, 1-9-16, Hiro-oka
Hours: 11:00-15:00 and 17:00-00:00 weekdays; 11:00-00:00 on weekends and holidays
Budget: 2,000 to 3,000 yen ($18 to $27)

Read about: Kaitenzushi

 Close-up of a kaitenzushi's conveyer belt sushi

Close-up of a kaitenzushi's conveyer belt sushi

  • Cocktail bar - The station bar mixology ザステーションバーミクソロジ

Shuzo Nagumo is not only one of the best bartenders in Japan, but also a world famous mixologist. Sip on delicious cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere.

Address: 2nd floor, Mast Square Kanazawa, 1-9-16, Hiro-oka
Hours: 18:00 - 02:00 (18:00 - 00:00 on Sunday)
Budget: 2,000 ($18)

Station area (east exit)

  • Teppanyaki - Kaga 加賀

Combine a chic setting with a magnificent view of the city and carefully selected ingredients. Quality beef, fresh fish and tasty vegetables grilled before your eyes by talented chefs, what more could you ask for?

Address: 19th floor, ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Hours: 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 21:30 
Budget: lunch: 3,000 yen ($17) - dinner: 7,000 ($64) 

Official site

Nabemono with a variety of mushrooms

Nabemono with a variety of mushrooms

  • Nabemono - Iroha 居ろは

Japanese fondue, nabemono, has been popular in Japan since the time of the samurai. Beef that boils slowly with vegetables in sweet soy sauce is a delightful Japanese dish. Set in a machiya, you can taste this specialty in a traditional setting at Iroha. 

Address: 2-5-9, Honmachi, Kanazawa
Hours: 17:00 - 00:00 
Budget: 4,000 to 5,000 yen ($37 to $46) 

Official site

Read about: Nabemono

  • Izakaya - Daian だいあん

Izakayas are informal Japanese bars very typical throughout the country and a must for any visitor. It can sometimes be challenging to find an izakaya that is ready to welcome travelers who do not speak Japanese. However, Daian, with its menu in English and its bilingual staff, offers an unforgettable experience.

Address: 4-1, Horikawa-machi
Hours: 17:00 - 00:00
Budget: 3,500 to 4,000 yen ($32 to $37)

Official site

Discover: Kanazawa station

Higashiyama district

  • Tempura - Tenkane 天金

This small tempura restaurant is run by a ryokan and can accommodate only seven people at the counter. So you can watch the chef preparing your dishes.

Address: 2-23, Hashibacho, Kanazawa
Hours: 11:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 20:00 (closed Wednesdays and the first and third Thursdays of each month)
Budget: 5,000 to 15,000 yen ($46 to $137)

Official site

  • Sushi bar - Asanogawa あさの川

Kanazawa-style sushi carefully prepared by professional hands before your eyes, this restaurant is supervised by a great Japanese sushi master, Mr. Morita.

Address: 2-13, Kazuemachi, Kanazawa
Hours: 11:30 to 14:30. and 17:30 to 22:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
Budget: lunch: 5,000 yen ($46) - dinner: 15,000 yen ($137) 

Official site

Musashi district

  • Japanese noodles - Kobashi-Otafuku 小橋 お多福

Locals have come to eat udon and soba at this restaurant for almost 90 years! A traditional and warm atmosphere perfect for enjoying delicious Japanese noodles.

Address: 1-9-31, Hikoso-machi, Kanazawa
Hours: 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:30 to 20:30 weekdays - 11:00 to 20:30 weekends (closed Wednesdays)
Budget: 1,000 to 2,000 yen ($90 to $18)

Official site

Read about: Japanese noodles

Tsukimi udon

Served in fall, tsukimi udon is served with an egg that symbolizes the moon.

Tanuki-style soba.

Tanuki-style soba.

Somen meal tray

Somen meal tray

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