Soba in Morioka

Azumaya Honten

Customers line up and tour buses roll in for this hugely popular wanko-soba restaurant. A Morioka tradition, the waiter will refill your tiny bowl with soba (buckwheat noodles) as soon as you've put the last one dow…
Japanese Curry in Morioka

Karē Kōbō Chalten

Serving the best curry we tried in the whole of northern Japan, this small, charming curry house makes nothing else but creamy plates of curry, and rice and salad. The wonderful vegetarian option uses eight differen…
Udon in Morioka

Pairon Honten

Jaja-men (flat noodle with miso and minced meat) joints are all over town, but this hole-in-the wall icon is still the leader. Ordering is a breeze: just ask for shō (small), chū (medium) or dai (large). When you're…
Soba in Tōno


Among the soba varieties served here, try hitsuko soba (ひつこそば), eaten with chicken, mushrooms, onion and raw egg. Otherwise go for hittsumi (ひっつみ), hand-cut noodles served with chicken-and-vegetable dumplings in a h…
Japanese in Hiraizumi

O-shokuji-dokoro Sakura

Station-side Sakura looks more like a local lunch counter than a tourist restaurant and, fittingly, the menu is packed with tasty home-style dishes. The speciality here is the handmade hatto gozen (wheat dumplings) …
Indian in Morioka

Nepina's Kitchen Nirvana

Morioka has a handful of subcontinental restaurants. The best is found in a small shopping arcade not far from the train station. Tandoori options feature prominently. Dinner sets (from ¥1590) and all-you-can-drink …
Soba in Hiraizumi

Sobadokoro Yoshiie

Next to the Konjiki-dō exit, this small tourist-friendly restaurant dishes up wanko-soba (わんこそば; buckwheat noodles) by the mini-bowlful. Rural Japanese fast food at its finest.
Korean in Morioka


Yummy Korean noodle place perfect for a quick bite after getting off your train, before exploring the city sights.