Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




The world's only in-airport winery "Osaka Airport Winery"



This time, I departed from Itami Airport (Osaka International Airport) to Ishigaki Island via Naha. Actually, at the Itami Airport, there is the world's only winery at an airport. The winery "Osaka Airport Winery" also has a wine bar. So, I went to the airport early and stopped at the winery to have lunch.


The appearance of the winery and bar


Inside the bar
You can enjoy wine and Italian cuisine with a view of the brewing tanks.


Red wine made on-premises (rough filtered)
It was Concord, so I was afraid it was a bit sweet but wasn't and delicious, fresh and fruity. They offer white wines including Chardonnay.


They serve various dishes to go with wine, which are large portions.


They sell wine as a souvenir. The bottles are accented with ITM (the three letter code for the Itami Airport). They also show the wine maker’s name Shigehiro Teruya.


The central commercial area is currently going through major renovations and many new shops and restaurants will open in the summer of 2020. (H.S)

Buckwheat noodle restaurant recommendation in Echizen City "Urushiya"



The buckwheat noodle restaurant ”Urushiya” once offered their soba noodles with grated radish to Showa Emperor. But the restaurant was closed more than twenty years ago. Recently, I heard that the restaurant reopened this spring and saw its photos on Instagram from time to time. The retro-flavored atmosphere and the good reputations made me want to go to the restaurant, and I went there the other day.


The restaurant is located on the north side of Soja-Daijingu Shrine in Echizen City. In the Teramachi area, there are a stone path, a deli shop and a nice cafe, which create a good atmosphere. The restaurant's parking lots are separated into a couple of places nearby. So, when you go there for the first time, please ask restaurant staff.


As expected of an old established restaurant, the interior and the garden were elegant. The owner and staff were kind, so I felt cozy and of course their buckwheat noodles were freshscent and delicious. I would like to visit the restaurant again. (H.S)


Inside the restaurant


Hanging scroll and flower arrangement by my table


They serve Japanese multi-course meal as well.


I ordered soba noodles with grated radish and tempura set.


Flower arrangement at the entrance


Stone washbasin at the entrance
It's autumnal.


The restaurant was built in Taisho Period. A staff fit into the photo, saying "It's embarrassing to fit into a photo. Back shot is fine."

Plate lunch at a bistro "Bamboche de Yama"




I sometimes go to the "Bamboche de Yama" for lunch. It's a bistro that looks like a private house located just off the center of downtown "Katamachi" of Fukui City. I like its unpretentious atmosphere.


I always order this plate lunch. The contents of the plate change sometimes. Doesn't it look good? Coffee is served and the plate lunch costs 1,000 yen (excluding tax). And, staff says to me every time, "Please be careful. The bread is hot."


I don't want to eat in a crowded restaurant, but in an empty one, I don't feel comfortable. In this respect, the bistro is just right for me. Although I always go there for lunch without a reservation, I can usually sit down.


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Bamboche de Yama, a lovely restaurant in Fukui City

Restaurant recommendation in Echizen City "Ohsama-no-shokutaku"



I extend my sympathy to the people who suffered damages from the typhoon, and I pray that they are able to return to normal life as soon as possible.


By the way, the other day, I had lunch at the "Ohsama-no-shokutaku"(meaning "king's table" in Japanese)in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture.


That day, the restaurant provided bread buffet (available until October 25th) for lunch.
You can pick breads you like on the counter and staff will warm up and bring them to your table. Also, self-serve coffee have free refills, which is a good service. At the restaurant, you can enjoy hearty lunch at a very reasonable price. So it is no wonder that the restaurant is popular also because the owner and staff are kind. And, the restaurant is near Sundome Fukui, so why don't you visit it when there are events? (H.S)  


The owner is very friendly and responded with smile for taking a photo. These breads are all-you-can-eat.


Inside the restaurant. There are some private rooms and tables separated by partitions near side, so it is a pretty spacious restaurant.


Salad and appetizers of a lunch set


I chose the hamburger steak with demi-glace from various menu.


Dessert of the lunch set

Recommendation of wood-fired dish restaurant in Fukui City "Boucherie KATAMACHI"



The "Boucherie KATAMACHI" is literally in Katamachi, Fukui City. Katamachi is a busiest restaurant and bar district of the city. They serve mainly wood-fired dishes and mature beef steaks etc. The restaurant is spacious and looks high-class. This time, I had lamb legs, which were very good. They also serve good side dishes and a variety of wine. Also, it has the relaxed atmosphere with woodtone, which makes me want to go again.


In Katamachi, many of the restaurants and bars close on Sundays, but the "Boucherie KATAMACHI" opens, so it is convenient to families as well. (Closed on Mondays) (H.S)