Food and Dining
There is a large variety of food and dining options at APU and around the local area. If you are looking to cook your favorite dish from home for your friends, you can easily find ingredients for many international dishes at local supermarkets, import food stores, and online vendors. Deciding on your favorite local restaurant will be a difficult task as there are so many options serving not only local Japanese specialties but also authentic international fare.
On Campus Dining and Groceries
APU’s cafeteria in the Student Union building is open from breakfast to dinner during the semester and limited hours during the vacation, offering both Japanese and international food. The cafeteria also serves several halal and vegetarian options. Next to the cafeteria is Pacific Café, which has lighter options such as sandwiches, coffee, and ice cream. APU CO-OP is an on campus convenience store where you can find a number of prepackaged food items, sauces, and spices imported from other countries. A small selection of cooking utensils, fresh fruit and vegetables, rice, and bread are also available for purchase. Local food trucks and venders also come to campus and provide specialty food and drinks. You can enjoy having a freshly made kebab sandwich, spicy Korean-style BBQ chicken, or a vegan ‘bento’ lunchbox while sitting outdoors and enjoying the breezy, sunny weather.
Supermarkets & Farmer’s Markets
From almost anywhere in the city of Beppu, you can easily locate a supermarket within walking distance. Many of these are open until late at night and some are even open 24 hours a day. At the average supermarket, you can find typical grocery items like meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, flour, grains, sauces, and spices. Some larger supermarkets also carry stationery, clothes, and over-the-counter medicine.
For locally-grown produce, there is a busy local market under the elevated railway tracks near Beppu Station with stalls open every day until around 6pm. You can also purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at very low prices at farmer’s markets and events run by Japan Agriculture Cooperatives (JA). There are also markets for organic vegetables and other specialty food items held once or twice a month.
Local supermarkets and department stores sell a large range of groceries and spices for many different cuisines. Yusha Restaurant, located in the Mochigahama area of Beppu, sells many ingredients specifically for South Asian and halal food. If you take a 15 minute train ride to Oita City, you will find an import store called Jupiter inside the shopping plaza in Oita Station. Ordering online is another option. Japan has superior transport services that allow you to receive goods fresh and quickly, sometimes arriving in as little as one or two days.
Beppu is famous for toriten or Beppu-style fried chicken, high quality beef, and fresh seafood but you can enjoy international food as well. There are major chains of restaurants, fast food chains, and cafés such as Joyfull, Gusto, Coco Ichiban Curry House, Yoshinoya, McDonald’s, KFC, Lotteria, Mos Burger, Mister Donuts, and Starbucks. In addition to these major chains are delicious local restaurants offering sushi, ramen, udon, Japanese high-end delicacies, as well as international options such as Korean, Italian, Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian food. Many restaurants offer all-you-can-eat buffets which are very popular among our students. Some restaurants also provide student discounts.