In March 2017, a food-centric show from Japan called Samurai Gourmet (Nobushi no Gurume 野武士のグルメ) appeared on Netflix in the US. It’s an easy-going show full of heart that I would recommend for anyone interested in Japanese food, but I was noticing as I was watching that they were filming at real places, not sets. I know the show isn’t a real travelogue but being the over-prepared travel planner that I am, if I happened to be near one of the restaurants, I could probably order some food and do Naoto Takenaka’s “food enjoyment face” while eating there. Listed below are the names and addresses of the places eaten in Samurai Gourmet Season 1, with a google map at the end that you can put on your phone so you can easily find your way to these places as well.

01 Mid-Day Beer at a Restaurant
御食事あおき – Goshokuji Aoki: 3 Chome-2-10 Nakaaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0032 Japan

02 The Demoness’s Ramen
マダムリン台北 – Madam Lin Taipei: 1 Chome-1-3 Higashitsutsujigaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0005 Japan

03 Mackerel in the Morning
民宿大吉 – Minshuku Daikichi: 759-26 Ubara, Katsuura, Chiba 299-5243 Japan

04 Yakiniku Her Way
幸永 西武新宿店 – Yukinaga Seibu Shinjuku-ten: 2 Chome-45-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021 Japan

05 Bento Lunch on Set
お弁当の紅雀 – Obento no Benisuzume: 3 Chome-13-12 Omorikita, Ota, Tokyo 143-0016 Japan

06 Lunch at an Old-Fashioned Cafe
喫茶ニット – Cafe Knit: 4 Chome-26-12 Kotobashi, Sumida, Tokyo 130-0022, Japan

07 Umbrellas at the Dinner Counter
やまちゃん – Yamachan: 2 Chome-13-6 Minamicho, Chuo, Chiba 260-0842 Japan

08 Pasta the Samurai Way
リストランテ プリミバチ – Primi Baci Ristorante: 1 Chome-21-1 Kichijoji Minami, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0003 Japan

09 Croquettes of the Heart
肉の伊吾田 – Niku no Igota: 2 Chome-10-14 Higashinakanobu, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-0052 Japan

10 The White-Haired Knight
三ッ峰 – Mitsumine: 1 Chome-10-7 Nishiaraihon, Adachi, Tokyo 123-0845 Japan

11 Anniversary Oden
居酒屋 柳(りゅう) – Izakaya Yanagi (Ryu): 2 Chome-1-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan

12 A Memory of Hashed Beef and Rice
レストラン軽井沢 – Restaurant Karuizawa: 3 Chome-9-6 Taito, Taito, Tokyo 110-0016 Japan

To find the restaurants, I primarily typed the Japanese name into google, and either went to the address in street view to verify the storefront, or compared the restaurant’s interior with the interior photos posted for the restaurant in tabelog.  The two cases where I didn’t do this was the bento one in episode 5, and the oden one in episode 11.  The bento labeled ‘Sanbyoshi’ (三拍子) and the restaurant ‘Ryu’ (りゅう) didn’t show any good results so I checked out the end credits and the section labeled ‘Shooting Cooperation’ had a bento making place in ep5, and a restaurant in ep11.  Did the same verification with those names.

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    Map updates! The filming locations from episodes 11 & 12 are no longer there. The oden restaurant from episode 11 moved in early 2019 (to 4 Chome-39-3 Ikejiri, Setagaya City, Tokyo, Japan 154-0001) and about half the block has been torn down. The hashed beef place from episode 12 closed in April 2017 when the restaurant owner retired, and the building itself has been replaced with a residential complex.

  4. Wow, I’m so grateful that you took the time to make this list!

    I’m coming to Japan in July and would really like to stay at Minshuku Daikichi (Mackerel in the Morning). Do you know they have a way to book a stay online?

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