Explore These Must-Visit Facilities Near Nijigen no Mori

Nijigen no Mori is among the most popular attractions on Awaji Island, providing a unique experience where visitors can explore various anime franchises based on their interests. Whether it is taking on a ninja challenge at NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBI-ZATO, immersing oneself in the RPG world of Dragon Quest, or venturing into the colossal stomach of Godzilla, there are diverse and unique experiences tailored for everyone.

Nijigen no Mori is an amazing attraction, but there is so much more to Awaji Island that you won’t want to miss. Awaji Island, renowned as Japan’s first island and featuring numerous Hello Kitty attractions, represents just a few of the island’s captivating charms. Luckily, there are many facilities near Nijigen no Mori that offer additional enriching experiences. In this article, we will guide you into these facilities.

Easy Access Around Awaji Island

Navigating transportation on Awaji Island may seem complex at first glance, but the reality is quite the opposite. Thanks to the convenient and complimentary resort shuttle buses, getting around is very convenient, especially when accessing facilities near Nijigen no Mori. The buses (as shown above) offer seamless and cost-free transportation, ensuring effortless travel.

1) Aman no Shokutaku: A Culinary Legacy Passed Through Generations

Our top recommendation is the Aman no Shokutaku restaurant. Aman no Shokutaku is dedicated to preserving the essence of Japanese cuisine passed down through generations. Given that, according to the Kojiki, Japan’s oldest historical records, Awaji Island is the country’s initial island, Aman no Shokutaku proudly embraces the core of Japan’s national delicacies, thoughtfully crafted from the island’s abundant ingredients.

1F: Pirate Style Cuisine

The restaurant features two floors: the first floor (utage) specializes in Pirate cuisine, a traditional cooking style passed down for centuries on Awaji Island, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. The popular “Meibutsu Aman Gozen” lunch menu includes sea eel sushi, tempura, sashimi, chawanmushi (Japanese egg custard dish), and Miso soup. Another favorite is the “Meibutsu Aman Udon”, highlighting udon with Awaji beef, fresh wakame seaweed, and Awaji onion kakiage (vegetable tempura).

2F: The Highly Rated Awaji Beef

On the second floor (Sajiki), the focus is on Awaji Beef, offering teppanyaki (cooked on an iron plate) and sukiyaki (Japanese hotpot-style) that highlight meticulously selected Awaji beef and locally sourced vegetables. Sajiki’s teppanyaki course provides a captivating culinary performance, with the chef skillfully cooking Awaji beef and vegetables on the iron plate. The sukiyaki, featuring Awaji beef and onions, invites guests to try the delightful blend of sweet and spicy sauces, egg, and the restaurant’s special seasoning.

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus from Nijigen no Mori’s F parking lot to reach Aman in just 3 minutes.

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Name Aman no Shokutaku
1F Utage
2F Sajiki
Address 1042 Nojima-Tokiwa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1726
Tel "Utage” 0799-70-9089
“Sajiki” 0799-70-9090
Operation Hours “Utage”: Weekdays 11:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00) / Sat., Sun. & Holidays 10:30~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
“Sajiki” 11:00~15:00 / 17:00~21:00 (L.O.19:30) Closed: Tuesdays
Website https://amannoshokutaku.jp/
Reservations: Utage https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/aman-utage/reserve
Reservations: Sajiki https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/aman-sajiki/reserve

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2) Hello Kitty Attractions: Meet the Iconic and Adorable Characters

For those seeking pop culture-related attractions and restaurants, our top recommendation is the two Hello Kitty attractions on Awaji Island: HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX and HELLO KITTY SMILE. Whichever you choose, you will have the opportunity to encounter the beloved character that has captivated the hearts of millions worldwide.


HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that combines entertainment, dining, and shopping through its innovative theater-restaurant concept. You can watch the Hello Kitty Jazz Band lunchtime performance, featuring live singing, dancing, and large-screen projection mapping. The vegan cuisine, adorned with Hello Kitty themes, is not only delicious but also captivates the eyes. If you are interested in peacefully enjoying a Hello Kitty show while indulging in a delicious meal, this experience is for you.

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Address 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1724
Access 10 minutes by car from Awaji IC and 15 minutes from Hokudan Interchange on Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway.
Phone Number 0799-70-9022
Parking Free parking available
Closed Wednesdays
Operating Hours 11:00-17:00
Show Time 12:10-13:30(Open at 11:00, Last In at 12:00)
Café and Greetings by HELLO KITTY 14:00-17:00 Greeting at 14:30-/16:00- Café Show and Greetings by HELLO KITTY: 14:30~ / 16:00~
Website https://awajiresort.com/hellokittyshowbox/
Reservations https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/hellokittyshowbox/reserve

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HELLO KITTY SMILE is a charming theme attraction that guarantees an enchanting encounter with the beloved Hello Kitty. This venue integrates media art, dining experiences, and breathtaking sea views of Awaji Island. The on-site restaurant presents a diverse culinary array, from authentic Chinese cuisine to flavorsome one-pot courses.

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus from Nijigen no Mori’s F parking lot to reach SHOW BOX or SMILE in around 11 minutes.

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3) Vibrant Seaside Mall on Awaji Island

If you find yourself unsure of where to enjoy a delicious meal, consider visiting Awaji Chef’s Garden and Ladybird Road, conveniently located next to each other. These establishments provide plenty of dining options, featuring dishes renowned on Awaji Island, Chinese cuisine, Western fare, and many more

Awaji Chef’s Garden

Awaji Chef’s Garden is an outdoor complex with vibrant container houses, offering a wide variety of lunches, desserts, and drinks from around the world. You can enjoy a variety of global cuisines with a breathtaking ocean view at Chef’s Garden. Our recommendations are the Awaji Beef at Awajyu, a specialty restaurant known for Awaji-Wagyu, and the refreshing kishimen at Hoshigaoka Seimenjo.

Name Awai Chef's Garden by PASONA
Address 57-3, Nojima Okawa, Awaji Shi, Hyogo Ken, 656-1723
Parking Approx. 140 units
Phone Number 080-8177-4501
Website https://www.awaji-chefgarden.com/
Business Hours 11:00~21:00 (last order 20:00) 
*Subject to change depending on the season and weather.

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Ladybird Road

Ladybird Road offers a European-style dining experience amid its colorful townscape reminiscent of Europe. The restaurants feature a diverse range of dishes, including sushi, shish-kebab, Kyoto-style home cooking, Taiwanese hot pot, and more, all crafted with the island’s local ingredients. Additionally, a market (marché) is also there, showcasing freshly picked vegetables and processed goods. Don’t miss the chance to visit VIE CHOCOLAT, a vegan chocolate shop known for its delicious and adorable treats.

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus from Nijigen no Mori’s F parking lot to reach Chef’s Garden or Ladybird Road in just 11 minutes.

Name Ladybird Road
Address 95-2, Nojima Todoroki, Awaji Shi, Hyogo Ken, 656-1722
Parking lot 86 cars *Temporary parking is available nearby.
Operation Hours Varies from store to store.
Tel 0799-64-7530

4) miele: Modern Café with Picturesque Seaside Views

For a trendy dining experience, miele stands out as our top recommendation. The café restaurant, named after the Italian word for “honey”, is celebrated for its culinary creations and sweets crafted from fresh, local ingredients and Awaji Island-produced honey. One of the most unique dishes is a pizza topped with the local delicacy “shirasu” (whitebait) while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of one of “Japan’s Top 100 Sunset Views” from the restaurant. Depending on the season, you can also explore distinctive offerings like dessert pizza at Miele.

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus from Nijigen no Mori’s F parking lot to reach miele in just 14 minutes.

Name miele
Adress 785-9 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1721
Tel 0799-80-2600
Operation Hours Weekdays 11:00~19:00 (L.O.18:30)
Sat., Sun, & Public Holidays 9:30~19:30 (L.O.19:00)
Closed: Tuesdays
In Aug. and Sept. it will not be closed on Tuesdays
Website https://www.miele-da-scuola.com/

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5) SEIKAIHA Restaurants: Performances, Refined Dining Experiences, and Mesmerizing Sea Views

For those seeking a more luxurious and refined experience, the three restaurants at SEIKAIHA are highly recommended. Naminoritei, located right beside SEIKAIHA, offers various shows, including musical performances and ballet shows, depending on the season. Each of Aonoya, Uminoya, and Koshunoya, the trio of restaurants in SEIKAIHA, have unique themes in terms of cuisine and atmosphere.

Aonoya (Japanese Cuisine)

autumn on Awaji Island - gourmet aonoya

SEIKAIHA Aonoya is a renowned sushi restaurant celebrated for its Japanese cuisine and exceptional location on the West Coast of Awaji Island. Here, the freshest Awaji Island seafood is skillfully crafted into the best sushi and tempura dishes. The harmonious blend of delectable Japanese cuisine, picturesque surroundings, and innovative projection mapping ensures an unforgettable dining experience.

Uminoya (Western Cuisine)

Uminoya is a luxurious restaurant offering exceptional Japanese Western-style cuisine. A favorite among visitors, its renowned romantic European-style full-course meal invites you to eat traditional Western dishes combined with Japanese elements, expertly prepared with local Awaji Island ingredients. Uminoya also offers seasonal musical performances to enhance your dinner experience, creating a harmonious blend of culinary delights and live entertainment.

Koshunoya (Vintage Sake)

Koshunoya, a bar/restaurant on the west coast of Awaji Island, offers a premium selection of aged sake, known as Inishie no Bishu, sourced from renowned breweries across Japan. As part of the SEIKAIHA restaurant complex, Koshunoya opened its doors to a world of carefully chosen vintage sake, shochu, and plum wine, providing a unique and refined drinking experience.

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus from Nijigen no Mori’s F parking lot to reach SEIKAIHA in just 10 minutes.

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Location Seikaiha
Address 70 Nojima-okawa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1723
Phone Number 0799-70-9020
Website https://awaji-seikaiha.com/
Reservations https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/awaji-seikaiha/reserve
Access 10 minutes by car from Awaji IC on Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. 15 minutes by car from Hokudan IC.
Parking 50 spaces

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What do you think? As mentioned, there are numerous attractions and facilities near Nijigen no Mori that cater to different interests. These diverse offerings contribute to what makes Awaji Island truly special. While Nijigen no Mori is fantastic, the island has even more to offer based on your preferences. Explore these attractions and experiences while you are visiting Nijigen no Mori and Awaji Island.