A five-minute drive from Kashiwamori Station on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line brings guests to Hitsumabushi Bincho’s flagship restaurant in Niwa District, Aichi Prefecture. The restaurant is renowned throughout Japan for specializing in Hitsumabushi, Nagoya’s specialty cuisine featuring grilled unagi (freshwater eel), beloved by locals since it first opened its doors in 1994.
Unagi has been appreciated for its high nutritional value since ancient times, though its cooking and presentation have evolved differently in Japan’s various regions. For example, in Kanto, it is cut open along the back and then grilled and steamed, whereas it is cut open along the belly and simply grilled in Kansai. Moreover, unagi is served with rice in a ceramic bowl, a lacquerware box, or a tub, depending on the region.
At Hitsumabushi Bincho Main Location, unagi is cooked in Nagoya’s authentic Hitsumabushi style, grilled over Bincho charcoal, with carefully selected fatty unagi favored. It is not steamed but grilled over indirect high heat until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside; pieces are then dipped in a sauce prepared by blending locally produced tamari soy sauce and mirin according to the restaurant’s secret recipe. The savory, delicious unagi hot off the grill is served with freshly cooked rice, which brings out the essence of the fish.
The drinks menu offers a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, including sake such as Kamotsuru from Hiroshima and Nishinoseki from Oita.
The dining room is elegant, with superb views of the adjacent Japanese garden. In particular, the garden lights up at night, offering a dreamy, relaxing atmosphere. The space offers 48 table seats and 24 tatami floor seats.
Guests are invited to enjoy Nagoya’s specialty cuisine at Hitsumabushi Bincho Main Location for a variety of occasions such as intimate meals with family, friends, colleagues, and anniversaries.
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Meitetsu Inuyama Line Kashiwamori Station: Approximately 2 km; 5 minutes by car
Approximately 2 km north of the Meishin Expressway Komaki Interchange, 5 minutes by car
*[P] Large Buses allowed