The 17 Best Nagasaki Restaurants
Food in Nagasaki combines local, Japanese and Chinese influences to delicious effect. To discover it all, take a look at our rundown of some of Nagasaki's very best restaurants.
Nagasaki, Japan, lies on the western coast of Kyushu, roughly 95 miles from the island’s capital of Fukuoka. Inevitably, the memory of the atomic bomb looms large here, yet, Nagasaki deserves to be known for so much more.
The food in Nagasaki, for one thing, is fantastic. Local specialities are intermixed with Japanese favourites and influences from further afield to create a culinary landscape all of its own. To help you discover the best of it, we’ve put together a guide to our favourite Nagasaki restaurants. Each restaurant has been selected for bringing something different to the table and for doing what they do extremely well. Enjoy.
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1. Shippoku Hamakatsu
Though at first glance Shippoku Hamakatsu may seem like an ordinary Japanese restaurant, in actuality it is one of the best places in town to dive head first into the world of local Nagasaki delicacies. The food is even served differently, on a large round banquet table demonstrating more than a hint of Chinese influence. The official name for this is shippoku ryori style.
Order a shippoku set menu and you’re in for a treat. You’ll be served up a variety of small plates of all kinds of food, typically including favourites like stewed pork, Chinese soup, fried fish, radish, Japanese pickles, rice and more. Alternatively, there’s also an a la carte menu for if you’d rather not go all out. The stone-baked Japanese snapper fish in a salt crust is especially highly recommended.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 6-50 Kajiya-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0831 Phone: +81 95-826-8321 Website: Shippoku Hamakatsu Hours: 11:30 - 22:00
2. Yossou (Chawanmushi)
A traditional Japanese ambience, tatami mats and local cuisine. These are the things that stick in the mind about Yossou, a restaurant with over 140 years of history. A bowl of chawanmushi (a Japanese egg custard dish), one of Yossou’s specialities, is a must. The custard is flavoured with soy sauce, rice wine and dashi (Japanese cooking stock), to which shrimp, mushrooms, eel and bamboo shoots are added to wonderful effect. It may not be like much else you’ve tried but it’s undoubtedly delicious.
Station: Kankodori Address: 8-9 Hamamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0853 Phone: +81 95-821-0001 Website: Yossou Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
3. Menya Always (Ramen)
Ramen is always a good idea, especially ramen from Menya Always. Located just three minutes from Shiambashi Station, this place offers huge portions for just 950 yen a pop, guaranteeing you’ll be leaving satisfied. There’s plenty of different options to choose from, though all share a deliciously creamy but light broth and perfectly al dente noodles.
Conveniently, there are charming English picture menus if your Japanese is lacking and the restaurant is open until midnight every night of the week. If you want to beat the daylight queues, perhaps an evening bowl of ramen would be a good idea.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 1-4 Kajiyamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0831 Phone: +81 95-824-1199 Website: Menya Always Hours: 11:00 - 24:00
4. Shikairo (Champon)
The Chinese influence on Nagasaki cooking can again be felt at Shikairo, a restaurant specialising in champon – a type of Chinese ramen. Unlike Japanese ramen, champon is made by cooking the noodles within the soup and is topped with a range of vegetables and seafood.
You can find champon in restaurants across Nagasaki, especially in Chinatown, but Shikairo does the dish best and is even said to be the first restaurant in the city to ever serve it. It’s a popular place so expect to queue for up to 30 minutes at peak times.
Station: O-Uratenshudoshita Address: 4-5 Matsugaemachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0921 Phone: +81 95-822-1296 Hours: 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00
5. Fukusaya (Castella)
Castella or kasutera, a sweet cake first brought to Japan by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century, is now considered a Nagasaki speciality. It’s a simple sponge of eggs, sugar, rice syrup and flour but is delicious, especially as an accompaniment to some hot tea. Fukusaya is the unrivalled king of the cake in Nagasaki, a restaurant and retailer with a history dating back to 1624. Over the years, Fukusaya has built up quite a reputation and is now well-known far beyond Nagasaki itself.
For the lowdown on what other sweet treats Japan has to offer, be sure to check out our guide to the best of it.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 3-1 Funadaikumachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0904 Phone: +81 95-821-2938 Website: Fukusaya Hours: 8:30 - 20:00
6. Tsuru-chan Cafe
Tsuru-chan is said to be Nagasaki’s oldest cafe, having opened its doors in 1925. By the look of things, not much has changed since those days and the cafe is all the better because of it. A must-try dish is the Turkish rice with pork cutlet and curry sauce, a hearty dish that should keep you going all day. However, if you’ve room for more, try one of their equally delicious milkshakes for dessert.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 2-47 Aburayamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0832 Phone: +81 95-826-8321 Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
7. Milan (Vegetarian)
Milan, despite the name, is an excellent Indian restaurant, serving up some of the best curries in town. Vegetarians, rejoice, there are tonnes of vegetarian options on the menu, all of which are made using fresh, local ingredients. The customer comes first at Milan, where you can even choose how spicy you’d like your meal to be. Handily, the staff are English speaking so communication shouldn’t be a problem. For a change from Japanese grub, a curry at Milan can’t be beaten.
Station: Ohato Address: 1-15 Kabashimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0034 Phone: +81 95-820-8189 Website: Milan Hours: 10:00 - 22:30
8. Kagetsu (Kaiseki)
Kagetsu is housed in a former okiya (a house for geisha) which was established in 1642. A magnificent garden surrounds the whole building and there’s still a palpable traditional feel to the place. You’ll be guided through the entrance by a kimono-clad. This traditional Japanese style of eating is fine dining at its most impressive. Small dishes, all expertly prepared and artfully presented, are served up in succession, each as wonderful as the last. A meal at Kagetsu isn’t cheap, but for the experience, it may well be worth it.
Station: Shokakujishita Address: 2-1 Maruyamamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0902 Phone: +81 95-822-0191 Website: Kagetsu Hours: 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
9. Sasebo Burger Big Man
Sasebo Burger Big Man is not in Nagasaki at all, but the neighbouring city of Sasebo. However, we think it’s well worth a small excursion. U.S. servicemen introduced the city to the hamburger in the 1950s and the classic American dish soon caught on. Today, Sasebo-style burgers can be found all over Japan, yet it is the city of their origin that still does them best. Sasebo Burger Big Man is where you’ll find the very best examples. Although just a tiny place, its reputation is legendary. Don’t miss it.
Station: Sasebochuo Address: 7-10 Kamikyōmachi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture 857-0872 Phone: +81 956-24-6382 Website: Sasebo Burger Big Man Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
10. Nagasaki Onsen Yasuragi Ioujima
The Yasuragi Ioujima Onsen Hotel also includes a great seafood restaurant open to guests and non-guests alike. Located on Ioujima Island, it can be reached by ferry in 20 minutes from Nagasaki Port. The area surrounding the restaurant is incredibly picturesque and home to some of the region’s best beaches, so be sure to pack your swimming costume. The seafood, all caught locally, is simply delicious. The chef’s daily specials are always worth checking out if you’re unsure of what to choose.
Address: 1 Chome-1-3277-7 Iōjimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 851-1201 Phone: +81 95-898-2202 Website: Nagasaki Onsen Yasuragi Ioujima Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (last order at 21:30)
11. Hitokuchi Gyoza Hountei
Find dumplings prepared to perfection at this small and refreshingly unpretentious spot next to Shiambashi Station. Handmade to order, the gyoza are crispy and light, all thanks to the minimal amount of oil used. There’s not much else on the menu but we’re confident you won’t be left wanting. The best part? The price. Just 420 yen for a plate of 10.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 2-15 Motoshikkuimachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0901 Phone: +81 95-823-5971 Website: Hitokuchi Gyoza Hountei Hours: 18:00 - 24:00
12. Horaiken Bekkan (Champon)
Horaiken Bekkan is located very close to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park, making it a great lunchtime spot. The food is a mix of Chinese and Japanese influenced dishes, including champon and sara udon (crispy noodles topped with cabbage and meat or seafood). Each dish is very reasonably priced at around 800 yen.
Station: Hamaguchimachi Address: 5-23 Hiranomachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 852-8117 Phone: +81 95-846-2277 Website: Horaiken Bekkan Hours: 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:30
13. Dejima Asaichi Shokudou (Seafood)
The area around Dejima Wharf was once a hub for foreign merchants that today has been converted into a fantastic complex of restaurants, shops and bars. Asaichi Shokudou is one of the best. It serves up a seafood selection that changes daily, depending on what was hauled in that morning. Most dishes see the seafood served raw, though the chefs will happily cook you up something if that’s what you’d prefer.
Station: Dejima Address: 1-1 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0862 Phone: +81 95-811-1677 Website: Dejima Asaichi Shokudou Hours: 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
14. Kyokaen, Chinatown
Located right at the entrance of Chinatown, Kyokaen is one of the largest Chinese restaurants in the area. In fact, it occupies all five floors of a building, with the upper levels reserved for banquets and private events and the lower floors for regular diners. There’s a host of Chinese-Japanese fusion dishes on the menu as well as some Nagasaki specialities, but it is the kakuni buns that we recommend. Soft, subtly sweet and filled with pork – they are mouthwateringly delicious.
Station: Tsukimachi Address: 9-7 Shinchimachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0842 Phone: +81 120-351-507 Website: Kyokaen Hours: 11:00 - 16:00, 17:00 - 21:00
15. Tarafuku Asa Izakaya
Tarafuku Asa is a vibrant izakaya (Japanese pub) with a lively atmosphere, free-flowing drinks and some great food. The sushi and sashimi is particularly popular but there’s plenty more to choose from besides. The staff are friendly and will gladly help you out should you struggle with the Japanese-only menu.
Station: Shiambashi Address: 2-6 Aburayamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0832 Phone: +81 95-832-8678 Hours: 17:00 - 1:00
16. Kadoya Charcoal Fire Yakitori
Located not far from Kankodori Station, Kadoya belongs to a local chain of Nagasaki grill restaurants. The chain is famous for their top-quality chicken skewers and roasted saga beef (Kyushu Wagyu beef). What really makes this place worth a visit, apart from the food, is its lively atmosphere on a Friday or Saturday night. People of all kind can be found here until late into the night enjoying copious food and drink, so why not join the fun?
Station: Kankodori Address: 10-9 Dozamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0841 Phone: +81 95-823-0273 Website: Kadoya Yakitori Hours: 18:00 - 24:00 (Mo-Thu), 18:00 - 03:00 (Fri-Sa), closed Sundays
17. bread A Espresso Bakery (ブレッド・アー・エスプレッソ)
The bare concrete and glass of this Gotomachi bakery may at first seem unwelcoming, that is, until you catch the scent of the delicious bread that fills the air. Freshly made daily, the bread is the perfect accompaniment to a quality espresso, cappuccino or latte whipped up by the skilled baristas you’ll also find here. Get there early and you’ll be treated to a loaf straight from the oven and a caffeine hit that should set you up for the day.
Station: Gotomachi Address: 6-3 Goto-Machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0036 Phone: +81 95-823-6078 Hours: 6:30 - 16:00 (Fri-Mo), closed Tuesday - Thursday
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