Kitaura Zenryoumaru

Other Japanese Cuisine

Words are not needed.
A place to focus solely on cuisine and its ingredients.
A world of true Zen and food.

  • Counter Seat
  • Solo Booking

Zenbei Yoshida, the owner of Kitakura Zenryomaru, was born in Kitaura, Miyazaki as the son of a fisherman.

Growing up in a self-sufficient household, his father would share the fish he caught with nearby farmers, receiving vegetables in return. His mother would cook the vegetables while his father prepared the fish, and the whole family would enjoy hearty meals together.

Chef Yoshida followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in fishing. He was then inspired by the simple joy of eating delicious rice balls on the boat while watching the sunrise. These culinary experiences slowly led him to pursue the path of a chef.

As a chef, his code of valuing the ingredients used his cuisine resulted in him being awarded the Bronze Award from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries’ “MASTERS” program. This established his presence in the world of Japanese cuisine.

Chef Yoshida utilizes his experience as a fisherman, the cooking of his parents which he ate every day since birth, and the natural surroundings of his hometown, as his mentors. “I want people to enjoy the nature of the region in which I was born and raised. True cooking is doing only what is necessary together with nature.”

And so guests are requested to dine in silence at Kitaura Zenryomaru.
It is similar to “Zen”. If imperfection is beauty, then a dining experience should not be viewed as a paid service (a master/servant relationship), but rather as a unified experience between the host and the guest in order to find true ‘beauty’ and culinary satisfaction.

Chef Yoshida explains that the reason for minimizing conversation and explanations of the cuisine during the meal is so that guests can come face to face with nature in silence. It is his hope that they are able to hear the voice of the natural ingredients through their sixth sense, rather than through his verbal explanations.

By adhering to the laws of nature during your time at Kitaura Zenryomaru, we are sure you will be able to learn something important about the food.

Address 1-3-14 Hommachi, Nobeokashi, Miyazaki
Business hours 18:00 to 22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
Closed Sundays
Directions 5 minute via car from Nobeoka Station.
Price From ¥16,500
Service Charge Seating Charge ¥1,650 per person
Seating Up to 4 reservations per day.
8 counter seats.
Smoking Prohibited
Children We are sorry but children are not allowed.
Wi-Fi None
Language None
Parking None
Dresscode None
Payment method 【Advance payment for online reservation】
PayPal or Credit Card

【Payment for additional orders at the restaurant】
Cash or Credit Card
Cancellation Policy ※ Cancellations made up to 15:00 JST of 3 days before the reservation date are eligible to receive a full refund.
※ Cancellations made after 15:00 JST of 3 days before, or within 2 days of the reservation date are not eligible to receive any refund.
※ All changes to the reservation are required to be made at least 3 days before the reservation date.
※ Requests to change or cancel a reservation made after the specified days above will not be eligible for any refund and requests to change the reservation to an alternative date/time will not be accommodated.
※ Your reservation will be cancelled if you are more than 15 minutes late for your reservation and there will be no refund available for any cancellation.

1-3-14 Hommachi, Nobeokashi, Miyazaki


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