Restaurants

Izakaya in Akita

Nagaya Sakaba

Rebuilt after a 2017 fire, Nagaya Sakaba is easy to spot due to the massive red-faced Namahage demon above the entrance. Sake flows freely once you've negotiated the Japanese-only menu. If in doubt, just shout 'osus…
Udon in Akita

Kanbun Gonendō

This bright, well-regarded shop specialises in inaniwa udon, a thin chewy wheat noodle that originated in Akita Prefecture in the 1600s. Locals seek out the chewy delicacy, often served cold with various sauces, whi…
Cafe in Akita

Cafe Pamplemousse

This peculiar concept cafe enjoys a lovely riverside locale and is run by a busy young team of foodies who specialise in desserts, fancy teas and organic produce. The cafe's signature dish is an enormous fluffy panc…
Japanese in Akita

Hinai Jidoriya

Yummy oyako-don (chicken and egg on rice) set meals are the pick of this busy train station restaurant, plus a decent crack at the local hotpot speciality (kani; crab) often sold for far more yen elsewhere in town. …
Tonkatsu in Akita

Tonkatsu Ichiban-tei

Finding a decent tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) joint can be a transcendental – or at least rather comforting – Japanese culinary moment. Ichiban is number one in town and has a picture menu. Look for the pig sta…