The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Meal

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Okay, I gotta be honest. I love gimmicky things. It’s why I buy “As Seen On TV” products (like the thing that attaches to your shower floor and is like a car wash for your feet). This restaurant is fine, I think. The food itself isn’t spectacular, or anything. I mean, it’s good … I enjoyed the food … but the real reason I go here is because I get to catch my own fish, with a fishing pole, and then tell the server what I want done with it (sashimi all the way… it’s just too fresh not to!).

ざうお (Zauo)

The restaurant Zauo is in multiple places around Japan, so it’s not like it’s hard to find. They aren’t super common, but if you go visit Japan, there’s a good chance you could find one if you spent the time to look for it.

Zauo locations, according to Google Maps (click through to get locations / directions)

One thing I didn’t know (and something that Google’s Japanese IME helped me to notice) is that ざうお (zauo) turns into the kanji 座魚, which isn’t actually a word (as far as I can find) but does consist of two kanji that pretty much sum up this restaurant… “Sit” and “Fish.”

That’s pretty much what you do. You sit on giant boats that are inside aquariums (or a side room, also right next to the aquarium) and you fish for your meal.

The fish are pretty much as dumb as fish, and bite within seconds of you putting the bait in. Mmmm. Then, the server comes over and asks you what you want to be made from the fish you just caught. There are quite a few choices, but like I mentioned before it’s all about getting something raw to take advantage of the freshness.

Pshh, yeah, you thought you could get away. Now I’m eating you.

View from the side – you can see the side rooms on the left and one of the “boats” on the right

View from the top. I see you fish…

If you’re in Japan, check this place out. Fun times! Next up for TofuguTV is Cat Island Part 2. Next week. I hope.


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  • http://twitter.com/kawaiiculture Kawaii Culture

    Thanks Koichi,  guess I know where I’m taking my dad when he visits Japan!

  • http://twitter.com/SuperNoonim Ko

    Least you’d definitely know your fish was fresh.  Looks like a nice place.

  • http://www.sputniksweetie.com SputnikSweetie

    Zauo! I remember that place. You definitely want to be in the boat rather than in the private rooms below, haha. Less splash-age to worry about. (And you’re on a boat!)

  • KiaiFighter

    That’s awesome. I wish it was in Hokkaido too =(
    Tai is a delicious fish too! =D

  • KiaiFighter

    That’s awesome. I wish it was in Hokkaido too =(
    Tai is a delicious fish too! =D

  • C J

    what a brilliant post – thanks!!
    one qustion though… what’s the price range?

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    sadly I can’t continue the song :(

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    haha, I don’t know – I didn’t pay :/

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Totally agreed :D delicious AND cheap.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    mmm, fun! And nice jewelry, too!

  • Lena

    Judging from the website, if you want to try your hand at catching something it’s around 3000+ yen (for the Namba, Osaka shop at least)…. @@

  • I am a genius

    Ridiculously awesome? or awesomely ridiculous?

  • http://hanlonsrzr.blogspot.com/ Mr.S.

    Both, and.  Fun to do, once.  My Japanese friend and I spent as much time trying to keep hooks out of the mouths of expensive fish (and sharks!) as getting them into cheap ones.

  • Foozlesprite

    Is it an assortment of different kinds of fish, or all the same thing?  I’m not much of a fish eater, but I might actually give this place a try, sounds fun.

  • Foozlesprite

    Is it an assortment of different kinds of fish, or all the same thing?  I’m not much of a fish eater, but I might actually give this place a try, sounds fun.

  • http://nihonburp.com Michael Warren

    I have always wanted to go to one of these restaurants. Was it expensive?
    Edit: just read the comments about price, you pay by which fish you catch?, if you fish an expensive fish can you throw it back? or are you stuck with it?

  • Linjin0014

    zsw e e

  • Liz

    lol kewl food

  • Liz

    lol kewl food

  • baaaaaah

    you too funnay

  • keltzey

    i like to fishh
    meow
    fishhhhhhhhhh ya fish ya yeah yeah yeah fish ya yaya wooot fish yeah.
    word.

  • baaaaaah

    you too funnay

  • keltzey

    i like to fishh
    meow
    fishhhhhhhhhh ya fish ya yeah yeah yeah fish ya yaya wooot fish yeah.
    word.

  • haahahaah

    nawt 4 u

  • haahahaah

    nawt 4 u

  • greenday

    stfu. bile movements.

  • greenday

    dats me and my friend at this restaurant, itz hawt

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  • Howard Treesong

    I’m not going to find myself in Japan anytime soon, but I like the idea of having really fresh fish. Also, catching your own meal. It’s kinda sorta “going back to nature” :-).

    Great idea.

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  • Camerabas

    I mean, it’s good … I enjoyed the food … but the real reason I go here is because I get to catch my own fish, with a fishing pole, taste is very good but i am come to from india

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  • Hector

    HI!

    Do you know what is the address of the one with two boats? Because I have seen one with only one boat.

    Thanks.