Restaurant Review: Fujitaya, Miyajima near Hiroshima, Japan

Ben Brown
Ben Brown
Apr 17, 2017 · 5 min read

Location

Fujitaya is located on a side street in the main town on Miyajima. I’d suggest looking it up on Google maps before visiting, but it can fairly easily be found from the exit to the main Itsukushima Shrine from where it is a 2 minute walk. The restaurant only has a sign in Japanese so I used Google street-view to look at the outside of the building, but it can be seen in my pictures below. It’s actually the only restaurant on this street, so not particularly difficult to find! One thing you can see is a large yellow banner on the roof that makes it stand out.

Outside the restaurant
Rice Soon Decoration outside the restaurant

Setting

Inside the restaurant is very traditional Japanese. You enter through a sliding wooden door and sit at Japanese style counters or tables. The restaurant is really tiny and everyone sits in a very small area. There is a small internal courtyard garden inside the restaurant that leads to the kitchen and private room (we didn’t see inside this, but can allegedly hold 30 people). The toilets are located in the courtyard and are fairly basic squat affairs, so if you can’t cope with this there is a toilet 2 minutes walk away in the Itsukushima Shrine to go to beforehand.

Counter seats
Courtyard Garden
Inside the restaurant

Food

We were seated at the counter just after 11am. You are immediately presented with a cup of hot, green tea. Given the Michelin star I’d expected this to be very high end tea, and while it was nice, it wasn’t anything different to what I’d had elsewhere. After the tea your order is taken. There is only one dish; eel rice served with pickles and a clear broth. The staff didn’t really speak English but a simple hand gesture of the amount of people was enough for us!

Green tea
The meal as served, complete with wooden lid
The complete meal
Lovely tasty eel and sauce
Clear lemon and chive broth with scollop
Pickled Veg
Beautiful ceramic bowl

Overall

The cost of the each meal is 2,300 Yen or approximately £17 GBP. For the quality of the food and experience we really enjoyed this, although you can obviously get the same meal elsewhere on Miyajima for a cheaper price. We were massively excited before arriving at the restaurant and didn’t go away disappointed. I’m really glad we arrived early as the queue continued to be fairly large for the rest of the afternoon. This was our first Michelin star outside the UK and also our first in a speciality restaurant which is not high-end or stuffy. If we’re lucky enough to return to Miyajima in the future, we will definitely return!

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London based Engineering Leader, Technologist and Foodie. Loves travelling and eating and blogging about it afterwards!

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A personal blog from a London based engineering leader passionate about food and travel.