June 27, 2019
Keen On The Groumets In The Tohoku Region? The Best 10 Local Restaurants!
If you head to the northern part of Japan, there is the Tohoku region. In this area, a cool weather and rich nature have developed many local gourmets. With the concept of “food tour in 6 prefectures in the Tohoku region”, I will introduce the best 10 gourmets, including B-grade cuisine, with the restaurants!
Towada Bara Yaki
The local dish from Towada City, Aomori, “Towada Bara Yaki” is what you must try when going on a trip in the Tohoku region. The standard Bara Yaki is a dish that the beef, onions and the sweet and salty sauce are grilled altogether. A combination of beef and onions is the best!
If you want to try that Towada Bara Yaki, visit “Bara Yaki Public Restaurant Tsukasa”. Under the tent style roof, you can try a B-grade cuisine! Locally grown ingredients are used not only for Bara Yaki, but also for other menus. Come to Towada, Aomori if you are keen on going on a trip in the Tohoku region.
Name: Bara Yaki Public Restaurant Tsukasa
Address: 15-41, Inaoi Town, Towada City, Aomori
Time: 11:00-14:30 / 17:30-23:00
Close: Monday (When on a public holiday, Tuesday will be closed instead)
Access: Drive 24 mins from Mukoyama Station by car
Map: map to Bara Yaki Public Restaurant Tsukasa
When it comes to Gyoza, many of you might think of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka or Utsunomiya, Tochigi. However, you must try Gyoza in the Tohoku region too! “Emban Gyoza” in Fukushima, each Gyoza is put in a disk-shape (Emban).
For Emban Gyoza, “Gyoza Terui” is the most popular restaurant in Fukushima. Using a plenty of oil, the skins get so crispy that it makes the sound when you eat it. As Gyoza itself is quite small, it is easy to finish it up yourself. It also goes well with cold beers! Just try!
Name: Gyoza Terui
Address: 1-21, Nishikicho, Iizaka Town, Fukushima City, Fukushima
Access: Walk 5 mins from Iizaka Onsen Station
Map: map to Gyoza Terui
One of the soul foods in Iwate, it is “Fukuda Pan (bread)”. It was originated at the long established bakery “Fukuda Pan” and it has just become the name of the local product. It is actually just a roll that has been loved in Japan. The building itself looks like a school, and tables are just like the ones at school that everyone in Japan is familiar.
Here, you can choose more than 2 toppings what to put in a roll! Surprisingly, there often are people lining up right in front of the bakery. You might need to get ready for that before visiting this place! The rolls can be sold at the supermarkets or convenience stores, so check it out if you think you don’t have enough time to queue up. Fukuda Pan, which has been popular for so long, is what you must try in Iwate!
Name: Fukuda Pan
Address: 12-11, Nagata Town, Morioka City, Iwate
Time: 7:00-17:00 (*limited stock)
Close: Obon & New Years
Access: Walk 13 mins from Morioka Station
Map: map to Fukuda Pan
“Dondon Yaki” originally comes from Yamagata, and it tastes more like Okonomiyaki. As it is in a stick-shaped and easy to carry, you can eat it while enjoying a walk! So even when you are to busy to go on a sightseeing in Yamagata, you can still have some Dondon Yaki while you are moving around!
Located in Yamagata city of Yamagata, “Oyatsuyasan” is a restaurant specialising in Dondon Yaki. It is the only restaurant that has an eat-in space. Menu varies from the standard ones to the ones with cheese or eggs. Just try this beautiful dish once you are in Yamagata!
Address: 2-6-16, Jonan Town, Yamagata City, Yamagata
Close: 1st Monday of the month
Access: Walk 5 mins from Yamagata Station
Map: map to Oyatsuyasan
When it comes to the local gourmet in Akita, it is “Yokote Yakisoba”! Yokote Yakisoba has its root in Yokote City of Akita, a town of Yakisoba. It is a little different from the regular Yakisoba as the noodles are quite thick and straight.
Yokote Yakisoba comes with pork, some cabbage, the special sauce, eggs, and pickled vegetables. The popular restaurant for Yokote Yakisoba “Kuidouraku” has been awarded for Yokote Yakisoba for 9 years in a row. Kuidouraku is where you can enjoy the real taste of Yokote Yakisoba! If you have a chance to visit Akita, try this dish!
Address: 1-7-13, Maegou, Yokote City, Akita
Time: (Weekdays) 11:00-14:00 / 16:00-23:00, (Sat/Sun/Pub) 11:00-23:00 (L.O. 22:30)
Close: 2 Sundays of the month
Access: Walk 6 mins from Yokote Station
Map: map to Kuidouraku
The local gourmet in Sendai City of Miyagi is a rice cake with edamame – “Zunda Mochi”. Many of you might have received this gourmet as a souvenir or a gift. It is a rice cake that you can enjoy the natural taste of beans. “Zunda Shake”, as its name, is a shake of Zunda. This also has the real taste of beans. The flavour is not only light, but it is also healthy.
If you are looking to try Zunda Shake, “Zunda Saryo” is recommended! It is a chain cafe that has a few stores within the city of Sendai. As it has a chain store at the Sendai airport, why not try before going back home?
Name: Zunda Saryo Sendai Airport
Address: Level 2, Sendai Airport, Minamihara, Shimomasuda, Natori City, Miyagi
Access: Sendai Airport
Map: map to Zunda Saryo Sendai Airport
It says “Cold Ramen” – but it actually is not a chilled Chinese noodles! They are completely different. Chilled Chinese noodles doesn’t have the broth whereas the broth is cold for Cold Ramen.
“Sakaeya Honten” is a first restaurant to serve a bowl of Cold Ramen. The broth is quite nice with the chewy noodles. If you want some unique dining experience in the Tohoku region, try Sakaeya Honten!
Name: Sakaeya Honten
Address: 2-3-21, Honcho, Yamagata City, Yamagata
Time: (19th Mar – 30th Sept) 11:30-20:00, (1st Oct – 18th Mar) 11:30-19:30
Access: Walk 20 mins from Yamagata Station
Map: map to Sakaeya Honten
Have you ever heard of “Wanko Soba”? Wanko Soba is an unique local dish with a little bowl of Soba noodles. When you eat it, the waiter put the next bundle of noodles, and it keeps going on until you close the lid onto the bowl.
That Wankosoba was originated in Iwate. A long established restaurant “Azumaya” offers you a Wanko Soba. With the chants of “Hai, Jan Jan!”, it just keeps going on! Soba noodles taste amazing also. This is a must-try experience once you are in the Tohoku region!
Name: Azumaya Honten
Address: 1-8-3, Nakanohashitori, Morioka City, Iwate
Time: 11:00-15:30 / 17:00-20:00
Access: Drive 10 mins from Morioka Station by car
Map: map to Azumaya Honten
Babahera Ice Cream / Babahera Soft Serve
In Akita, elderly women start selling the ice cream on the side of the road in summer. Covering their heads with scarfs under the beach umbrella, their jobs are to sell the ice creams to people. That ice cream is called “Babahera Ice Cream”. Some of them have an amazing skill to make the shape of roses with the ice cream.
Babahera Ice Cream is also sold by a company called “Shindoreika”. There are a lot of places,including the airport and shopping centres, that you can purchase the ice cream. At the roadside station “Therion”, you can get the limited “Babahera Soft Serve”. This is what you must try in Akita!
Name: Babahera Ice Cream / Babahera Soft Serve
Map: map to Babahera Ice Cream / Babahera Soft Serve
“Miharu Gourmenchi” is a new local gourmet from Miharu Town of Fukushima prefecture. By the way, do you like green peppers? Miharu Town is popular as the producer of green peppers. That is why Miharu Gourmenchi was born, with a lot of green peppers used as the ingredient.
Miharu Gourmenchi is a minced meat cutlet. As it is quite juicy, you don’t need any sauce – just go like that! Even if you don’t like green peppers that much, Miharu Gourmenchi is probably something you would like to try! If you are planning to go on a trip, you can visit “Toribun Butcher”!
Name: Toribun Butcher
Address: 114, Omachi, Miharu Town, Tamura Gun, Fukushima
Access: Drive 5 mins from Miharu Station
Map: map to Toribun Butcher
Let’s Enjoy The Local Gourmets In The Tohoku Region
How was it? I have introduced the best local gourmets originated from the Tohoku region. From noodles to breads, sweets… there are a lot of genres. Which one did you find interesting the most? Each prefecture has a different culture and cuisine, so you can actually compare the difference and enjoy the gourmets in the Tohoku area!