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Handpicked! Top 5 Shops for Delicious Unagi in Shizuoka

Shizuoka Prefecture, where you can see the magnificent Mt. Fuji up close, is also known as the birthplace of unagi (eel) farming. Due to that, it naturally has many famous spots that serve eel dishes. Below are five carefully selected restaurants that offer delicious unagi dishes!

1. Hikumano

Hikumano is a shop where you can taste rare and high-quality Hamanakosan Tennen Unagi (natural unagi) that is caught from Lake Hamana in western Shizuoka. The eels are not regularly delivered and their quantity is limited, so it would be best to check their availability and price before you come. The usual dishes that use farmed unagi include the Unadon (bowl of rice topped with broiled unagi) (3,110 JPY), Unaju (broiled eel on top of rice, served in a lacquered box) (4,050 JPY) and Unaju Jo (premium Unaju) (4,480 JPY). They also have an original dish called Miso Unagi (800 JPY), which is a dish consisting of unagi marinated in miso that is broiled to savory perfection, along with a long list of other dishes that go well with Japanese sake and wine.
*All prices include tax

1. Hikumano

322-3 Tamachi, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

2. Unasumitei

Unasumitei is a restaurant that specializes in broiling choice unagi with the highest-grade charcoal, Binchotan. When cooked over Binchotan, just the right amount of fat comes out of the unagi. Getting enveloped in the delicious aroma of the broiled sauce helps to draw out the unagi’s original flavor. The No.1 bestseller at this shop is the Unagi Mabushi (3,000 JPY (incl. tax)), which will let you enjoy unagi in three ways: Unadon-style (eat it as it is), Mabushi-style (unagi mixed with condiments), and Ochazuke-style (soup stock is poured over a bowl of rice).

2. Unasumitei

354 Sunayama-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

3. Fujita Hamamatsu Ekimae Shop

The clincher in the taste of unagi kabayaki (eel dipped and broiled in soy sauce-based sauce) is the sauce that seeps into the unagi during the broiling process. The secret sauce at Fujita Hamamatsu Ekimae Shop – a well-established restaurant that has been serving unagi dishes for four generations – is something that has been handed down and consistently improved for over 50 years. Try the Unaju (3,024 JPY – 5,886 JPY) to enjoy the deep taste of unagi. If you want to taste the original flavor of the unagi, then the Shirayaki (3,348 JPY) (unagi grilled without sauce) is recommended for you. Eaten with wasabi-soy sauce dip, this dish is also great when paired with sake.
*All prices include tax

3. Fujita Hamamatsu Ekimae Shop

Hotel Sorriso Hamamatsu 2F, 322-7 Sunayama-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

4. Unoichi

Unoichi is a spot that is also best for festive gatherings and celebrations. They have private rooms for 2 – 18 guests with sunken kotatsus (table with heater underneath) so that you can relax better. For lunch, the Unagizen (5,000 JPY) and Hamanakosan Tennen Unagi Unadon (7,500 JPY), as well as the Hamanakosan Unagi Unaju (3,600 JPY) (only available on weekdays) are recommended. Only guests with reservations are allowed inside this restaurant, so if you are interested, make sure to contact the restaurant prior to visiting. There is also a menu for children, so entire families will surely enjoy eating here. This is a restaurant that is recommended to those who want to dine with their families.

*Guests are required to pay 2,000 JPY per room as a room fee.
*All prices exclude tax

4. Unoichi

2-1-9 Nakajima, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

5. Tenbun Honten

Tenbun Honten (main shop) is a well-established restaurant that opened its doors in 1879. Here, the recommended dish is the Unadon (1,500 JPY), which is only available for lunch. The Unaju (2,500 JPY – 4,000 JPY) and Tanadon (3,800 JPY) that has two layers of unagi and rice are also exquisite dishes. Aside from unagi, you can also enjoy tempura that uses sakura ebi (sakura shrimp) - one of the specialties of Shizuoka that is also called “umi no hoseki” (gems of the sea) - as well as Tenchazuke (1,000 JPY).
*All prices include tax

5. Tenbun Honten

14-3 Shichiken-cho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka

The way unagi is cooked differs between the Kanto and Kansai regions. In Kanto, the unagi is steamed and then broiled, so it is soft and fluffy. Meanwhile, in Kansai, the unagi is broiled without steaming, so the skin is crispy and fragrant. In Shizuoka Prefecture, which is right in-between Eastern and Western Japan, you can enjoy unagi both ways!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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