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Unagi Kawasei


Unagi Kawasei Description

Unagi Kawasei is a hidden gem located in Hiroshima, Japan, specializing in the art of eel cuisine. This restaurant stands out from the crowd with its authentic and traditional approach to cooking and serving eel. The interior of Unagi Kawasei exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, with traditional Japanese decor and a cozy dining area.

What sets Unagi Kawasei apart from other dining establishments is their dedication to mastering the art of eel preparation. The chefs at Unagi Kawasei have honed their skills over the years, ensuring that each dish is cooked to perfection. The eel is carefully grilled over charcoal, resulting in a smoky and tender flavor that is truly unforgettable.

One of the standout menu items at Unagi Kawasei is their signature Unagi Don, a bowl of perfectly grilled eel served over a bed of fluffy rice. The eel is glazed with a rich and savory sauce, adding a burst of flavor to every bite. Each mouthful is a delightful combination of tender eel and fragrant rice, creating a harmonious balance of textures and tastes.

Whether you're a fan of eel or looking to try something new, Unagi Kawasei is the place to be. With its authentic cuisine, cozy ambiance, and dedication to quality, this restaurant is a must-visit for any food lover. So, embark on a culinary journey and indulge in the flavors of Unagi Kawasei.

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Unagi Kawasei Overview


2-chōme-8-8 Hikarimachi, Higashi Ward, Hiroshima 732-0052


+81 (0) 82-568-2266


10 minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: 12:00PM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Wed: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Thur: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sat: 11:00AM-3:00PM, 5:00PM-7:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted


Unagi Kawasei Reviews

Unagi Kawasei Google Average Rating



Went for lunch. Small restaurant but they accommodated me despite me being a little behind the lunch hour. Service and food was terrific, you could watch the chef painstakingly grill the unagi in clear view. After finishing the preparation, the chef went to go buy rice since they seemed to have run out after serving me. Unagi (especially of the Edo-mae variety) may not be a specialty of Hiroshima but you can get good quality Unagi here without having to pay ten thousand yen and waiting two hours in line like you might elsewhere. Reasonable walk from the station.


It's a little over 10 minutes walk from the north exit of Hiroshima Station.
The eel is steamed using Kanto-style eel rice, so it's soft and fluffy.
The sauce is exquisite, not too sweet, and the soy sauce isn't too spicy. It doesn't interfere with your meal.
Personally, I would have liked the skin to be a little more crispy.
There are only 8 seats, 4 at the counter and 2 at tables, so reservations are essential.


When I called in advance to make a reservation, I was asked about the menu, and I asked for two pieces of eel (medium).
The parking lot is next to the store, and they came out of the store to give us directions, which was very kind.
I think it's because I decided on the menu in advance, but the food was served quickly and I was able to eat right away.
The eel was well-cooked with no burnt parts, and the sauce was not too strong and I could easily eat it.
I was planning to go out for a snack, so it was just the right amount. I think it's enough for women.
I think a man would be fine with a little more, but my husband said he was about 7 minutes hungry after eating the same average amount.
The liver soup and pickles were also very delicious.
It feels good to receive a new towel after a meal.
The inside of the store is small with a few counter seats and one table, but it was clean and comfortable.

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