Based in Ebino’s Iino, Hibiki is a tonkatsu (pork cutlet) restaurant with reasonably priced but delicious food. Some of the best miso soup ever tasted alongside generous portions. A firm recommendation is the Roast Pork Cutlet Set (ロースカツ定食, roosu katsu teishoku) which will leave you full and happy. Parking can be limited and it can often be busy on Fridays and weekends. Closed on Monday and public holidays.
Location: 食膳 響 (map)
Kyoumin Ramen 慶珉ラーメン
The original (and best) of the Kyoumin Ramen chain – there are a few spread out throughout the prefecture, sometimes using different names. The Ebino store uses locally sourced ingredients; their vegetables all come from farms within the area. Highly recommend their negi oroshi gyoza (gyoza with onion and shaved daikon) and for the competitive eater, the 満腹セット (Manpukku Set: ramen,gyoza, rice, kara-age and salad all for under ¥1000!) If you are in Ebino and need a ramen fix, Kyoumin is the only place to go.
Location: 慶珉ラーメン (map)
〒889-4151 宮崎県えびの市向江 宮崎県えびの市大字向江943
Michi no Eki えびの道の駅
Ebino’s Michi no Eki (道の駅) plays host to a delicious バイキング (buffet) for around ¥1000. Again, all of the food here is locally sourced and expertly prepared. You pay for time (your end time will be written on your bill, please pay attention to it or you will be required to pay for a second sitting) and then you eat. After you’ve eaten, make sure you get some kinkan soft cream from the vendor housed within the building, it is not to be missed. A well situated restaurant located near Ebino Interchange featuring the usual rest-stop amenities and more. Michi no Eki is closed on the third Tuesday of every month. The buffet times are restricted but worth it, open from 11am until 3pm with last sitting starting from 2pm.
Location: えびの道の駅 (map)
If hiking isn’t your thing, but you love a good gourmet meal, try the locally famous Italian restaurant hidden off a side street in Ebino city. The lunch sets are the best deal, but if you really want a gourmet meal come for dinner (and make sure to reserve in advance). Everything on the menu, from the pizza to the cheese platter to the authentic Italian desserts (Panna Cotta and Tiramisu included) is to die for. Closed Mondays.
Location: イルミナンテ (map)
Satisfy your craving for Chinese food at this stop along highway 221. Enjoy Chinese cuisine in a cosy setting. Get your fill of the aromatic chinese fried rice, fried dumplings, sweet and sour pork and mayo prawns. Ice-cream pancakes are a nice finishing touch to round out the meal. Closed Thursdays.
Location: 中華料理正一 (map)
〒889-4301 宮崎県えびの市 原田79
Tanbo Cafe Tanokansa
Because the owner is from Nagoya, this cafe specializes in Nagoya cuisine. They are famed for Nagoya-style tonkatsu with miso paste. Another special dish is the “Ancient Grave Okonomiyaki with Gold Flakes,” named thus because the owners discovered the ancient grave of someone famous nearby. The cafe also runs the Ebino Horse Park, where you can try horseback riding and play with animals.
Location: 田の神さぁ (map)
A café on 221 on the right heading towards Kagoshima. Pia has a great menu of Japanese food as well as sandwiches and pastas and one of the ladies there can speak English. There are two other cafes pretty much right behind Pia as well, just in case you’re not quite full yet.
Location: Pia (map)
Rakko 居酒屋 楽壷
An izakaya (Japanese-style pub) just off 221 in Iino. Take a right at the JA-SS gas station and it’s about 200m down from there.
Location: 居酒屋 楽壷 (map)
Another izakaya with good food but it’s very small. It’s on the left just up the road from Hibiki. Best to tell them you have one more person than you actually do to get a decent sized room.
Location: 輝星 (map)
Hotto Motto is on 221 on the right when heading from Kobayashi to Iino. The chain sells takeaway food but think of it more like Japanese bento (lunch boxes). Their fried chicken isn’t bad.
889-4301 宮崎県えびの市 大字原田77−5
There is also a good Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza) restaurant and a fantastic Pizza place (Seibu Pizza) at the edge of Kyomachi next to Kagoshima prefecture.