Aomori Prefecture restaurants

Top Choice Food Hall in Hirosaki

Kadare Yokochō

In the evening university students flock to this nondescript office building housing eight tiny restaurants, most doubling as bars. It's a lively local hang-out. Hinata-bokko (日向ぼっこ), with the orange noren curtains,…
Top Choice Market in Aomori

Shinsen Ichiba

Cut out the middle man and head straight for the famed Aomori seafood market, where piles of fresh catch – as well as apples, pickled vegetables and a variety of other produce – are laid out for restaurateurs to han…
Seafood in Aomori

Osanai

In a town that knows how to handle a bivalve, Osanai has a stellar reputation among locals for its simple and cheap hotate (scallops). Located at the beginning of busy Shinmachi-dōri, the menu includes marucchi tsum…
Sushi in Shimokita Peninsula

Kaikyōsō

The bright-green building housing Kaikyōsō looks more like a hardware store than a purveyor of fine raw fish, but don't be fooled: you're in the exact right place for fresh tuna. Try the maguro-don (tuna sashimi ove…
Chinese in Aomori

Jūkei

Walking down Shinmachi-dōri from the station, turn left on Zeimusho-dōri (before the Alpha Hotel). Walk towards the water, and on your left you'll find this refreshingly down-to-earth Chinese diner serving ramen, gy…
Chinese in Hirosaki

Rairai-ken

On the southern side of Hirosaki-kōen, Rairai-ken is a lovely little Chinese restaurant in the temple district. There are lots of vegetarian options, including dark-green yasai itame (stir-fried vegetables) and a to…
French in Hirosaki

Yamakazi

One of the fanciest establishments in Hirosaki, this elegant restaurant offers French-inspired banquets, many including the chef's famous 'miracle' cold apple soup. Apple also features heavily in the other dishes, w…
Japanese in Aomori

Ringobako

This brightly lit basement restaurant stars musicians wielding shamisen (three-stringed instruments resembling a lute or a banjo) entertaining seafood lovers with their high-pitched twang. It's a nice place to enjoy…
Japanese in Hirosaki

Kikufuji

A true local restaurant offering a variety of set meals of hearty stews and delicate seafood concoctions. There's also an extensive list of Aomori sake, which you can try in an otameshi (sampler) set of three. Paper…
Japanese Curry in Hirosaki

Curry House Hōryū

Nearly 50 years of churning out sweet, creamy curries has led to mastery of spice and consistency at Curry House Hōryū. It's remarkably cheap and draws a steady crowd despite the quiet area. The menu is easy to unde…