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Kakifune Kanawa

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1 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima Prefecture
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+81 82-241-7416
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Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated on the rivers edge my wife and I enjoyed a lovely evening in a private room (no extra cost) with quick, friendly service from very pleasant kimono clad ladies which certainly adds to the experience. Despite not being the peak oyster season, the quality and taste were excellent in a variety of oyster-themed dishes. All round this was a... More 

Thank Justin W
Singapore, Singapore
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97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

This restaurant started 140 years ago cultivating oyster for shipment to then-capital Kyoto. About 50 years ago they started selling directly to food-lovers in Hiroshima. The restaurant used to be a boat that is now on permanent pilings next to peace park. The food we had was excellent. Definitely do no go if you do not like oysters! It is... More 

3 Thank ExpatDaddy
San Francisco, California
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115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We had a hard time finding the place. The maps we were given at the Tourist office showed the restaurant below the Heiwa -ohashi bridge and on both sides of the river so just to set the record straight, it is on the east bank of the river just below the Motoyasu-ohashi bridge, right next to where you take the... More 

2 Thank Francoise1948
The Netherlands
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326 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

What a fabulous find after wandering around Kyoto and saw the boat as I crossed the river. Wandered in and they found me a table over looking the river, very peaceful and relaxing. In the restaurant they had a lovely waitress who started chatting and her English was great, this made things a lot easier and it was great to... More 

Thank Travelling_LindaG
Los Angeles, California
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161 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

First a warning - they have moved locations - it is now up the street right next to an Italian restaurant. Also, I recommend making a reservation as they get pretty busy. Additionally, there are certain menus that can only be ordered in advance, so if you want the eight course oyster tasting make sure you order that ahead of... More 

1 Thank rdizzle2015
Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Hiroshima is famous for its' oysters and the oyster farms in its bay. The Kanawa Boat Restaurant is an oyster lovers paradise. Built on a boat floating in the water but accessible by a short walk-way, the restaurant presents numerous oyster types on the half shell or prepared many different ways. I had an all oyster dinner with eight different... More 

Thank Fred B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

My Japanese friend booked a table for 7 of us direct from Sydney. We arrived at 11.30 am. The staff girl waiting for us and took us to the private room with a river view. We order a set menu for all of us. The food was Fantastic fresh and very delicious the Japanese waitress very friendly and helpful she... More 

Thank Prince_Mononoke
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

This is a really nice local-ish experience. It's close to the main tourist attractions. But, the food is authentic and very tasty. The service was outstanding. The dining room is traditionally decorated and the wait staff is in traditional attire. Obviously, if you're not into oysters, skip it.

Thank Jim B
Boulder, CO
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160 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

Had a business dinner on this 'boat'. The variety of ways oysters were prepared was truly impressive. While I enjoyed the more standard fare such as raw oysters on the half shell and fried oysters, some of the dishes were far from my liking-perhaps my Western palate can't truly appreciate. Given this, I am sure some people really like this... More 

Thank BoulderTravelers5
Hong Kong, China
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298 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

On business for 146 years Oysters could be enjoyed in all season on this floating restaurant. Went for lunch to enjoy the ambience and succulent oyster meal prepared in different ways, felt like a feast of oyster kaiseki. Kanawa was a short walk from ANA Crown hotel/ Fukuromachi and Chudenmae streetcar, towards the river direction.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chugoku  >  Hiroshima Prefecture  >  Hiroshima
  • Phone Number: +81 82-241-7416

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