Aoyagi – A Traditional Japanese Restaurant in Kumamoto

We got to experience Japanese hospitality in this long-established restaurant.


Aoyagi (青柳) is a well known and popular restaurant opened in 1949 that specializes in Kumamoto cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. What is unique about this restaurant is that they recreate Edo period dishes based on a book called Kumamoto Retainers’ Book of Recipes. On top of that, you can try this ancient noble’s meal inside the famous landmark, Kumamoto Castle. Unfortunately, the castle is closed off due to damages from an earthquake in 2016. A little disappointed that we weren’t able to eat at such a unique location, we decided to visit the restaurant as it is still a great choice to try the regional cuisine.

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