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 produce including scallops, codfish, apples, pickled vegetables and many other foods are laid out for restaurateurs to hand…
Seafood in Aomori

Osanai

In a town that knows how to handle a bivalve, Osanai has the stellar reputation among locals for its simple and cheap hotate (scallop) recipes. Located at the beginning of busy Shinmachi-dōri, the menu here includes…
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 you're in the right part of the world for fresh tuna. Try the maguro-don (tuna sashimi over rice) wit…
Chinese in Hirosaki

Rairai-ken

On the far side of Hirosaki-kōen coming from the station, 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 v…
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…
Modern French in Hirosaki

Yamakazi

This impressive establishment morphs from patisserie by day to casual French dining at night. Solo patrons can sip coffee at the wooden bar, while others enjoy the highly recommended five-course set meals on red tab…
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…
Steak in Aomori

Aki

In business for over 30 years for good reason, and a perennial favourite among the meat-eating fraternity, Aki's signature dish is katsu teishoku (crumbed cutlets set), but it also grills a delicious thin steak. The…