A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

KITA Japanese Dining

Though the number of Italian restaurants in Tsukuba is countless, you cannot really say the same for Japanese ones. I am a big fan of Japanese food and really like kaiseki meals…at non-kaiseki prices (lunch averages at around 1600yen). In Ninomiya you can experience mini-kaiseki at Kita restaurant, located just behind NON cafe. (same building but way back, kind of hidden)

The food you’ll find at Kita is Japanese with a slight French/Italian twist. Everyday Japanese fare doesn’t tend to have cream in it though some dishes at this restaurant do. Standard mini-dishes are: sashimi, vegetarian nigiri sushi, some meat or fish main, and some fried croquette. (As you can see from the picture, there is a total of 6 mini-dishes – this is their standard way of serving up lunch and dinner)

Topping off the meal is a seasonal dessert dish. Once I got fresh fruit with red bean topping, round piece of shiruko (sweet sticky rice ball) with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Another time it was fresh fruit jelly. Another time it was 5-layer ice cream with exotic flavors like mango, black sesame, green tea… You can order drinks but the lunch set comes with black tea or coffee, both are self-service.

While the desserts tend to change, some may find the menu choices at this particular restaurant to be somewhat too constant (similar). That being said, the overall quality is always guaranteed to be excellent – freshly prepared tasty dishes! While the vegetables are not organic, the owner makes an effort to use fresh local produce in the dishes. Please try it out sometime, I don’t think you’ll regret it. It is a good place to bring out-of-town guests. The last time I brought 5 friends there and every one of them was impressed and satisfied with the lunch.

A review, in Japanese can be viewed here:


Ninomiya Arumikku Building 1F/2F

Lunch: 11:30 to 14:00 (LO); Dinner: 17:00 to 21:00 (Monday off)

One Comment

  • Shaney says:

    I always see this place when I go to Non Cafe, but have never eaten there. This gives me a good excuse to try it out soon! Thanks, Vivian.