Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Iwate Area

  • Hakuryu
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    4.0
    188 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 5-15
    This is a popular restaurant for Morioka jaja-men. The shop is said to have originated when the founder had eaten zhajiangmian in Manchuria before WWII, and tried to replicate the dish with Japanese ingredients. Enjoy the chewy, broad noodles garnished with meat stir-fried in miso, cucumber and green onion, and mix in garlic, ginger and chili oil. Finish off the meal as Zhidan soup by leaving behind one mouthful of noodles, then adding in noodle broth and a beaten egg.

    I visited Pairon main shop. I enjoyed at Morioka station Branch shop in the past. But main shop is more warm and homely atmosphere and service. Shop itself is old and narrow space. But I like main...

  • Pyon-Pyon-Sya (Inaricho Main Shop)
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Inarichou 12-5
    This yakiniku BBQ restaurant is located along National Route 46 in the Inari Town area of Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It is famous as the birthplace of Morioka Reimen, noodles that are characteristically smooth and firm. Their various other menu offerings are also popular, including jajamen (noodles with spicy miso and meat sauce) and chijimi (savory Korean pancakes with various ingredients). It is visited by not only tourists but many local residents.

    My wife told me this is the best yakiniku in Morioka. My expectations were high but what I found was just average Tokyo Yakiniku quality. It is absolutely OK to have Yakiniku there but dont expect...

  • Hachimantai Sancho Rest House
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    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi ツキ Semboku, Akita prefecture
    At this rest area located near the peak of Hachimantai, there is a restaurant and souvenir shop where you can buy local products. Also, the Observatory spot also makes this a great location for looking out over Hachimantai. The rest house has one floor above ground and two basement floors—the first floor features the observatory spot and a rest area with tons of information on the natural surroundings of Hachimantai. The basement first floor has a section for light meals like udon and curry, and a section with sightseeing information. In the hall of retail shops on the basement second floor, you can purchase Hachimantai original goods.
  • Azumaya Soba Restaurant (Ekimae Branch)
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 8-11
    Azumaya is a soba restaurant located just two minutes' walk from JR Morioka Station in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Established in 1907, it is famous for serving Wanko Soba, that is, All-you-can-eat soba. It also serves a variety of other kinds of food, including a Nanbu Soba Kaiseki Dinner and box lunches made from seasonal ingredients. It accepts large groups and is barrier free, so it attracts a lot of tourists from both Japan and overseas.

    I recently was passing through Morioka late one night during my trip to Japan and decided to hop off the Shinkansen because I really wanted to try Wanko Soba. This restaurant is a conveniently...

  • Wildcat House Yamanekoken (Main Restaurant)
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 3-161-33
    Five minutes by car from Shin-Hanamaki Station. A restaurant located along the parking lot for the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum. Modeled after the “Restaurant of Many Orders” appearing in Miyazawa’s fairy tales, diners can enjoy a meal while feeling like they are in the world of Miyazawa’s stories. Popular menu items include hearty Ihatov set meal, which comes with kakuni stewed cubes of Hakkin pork and seasonal tempura; as well as the Yamaneko suiton set—suiton, a soup with flour dumplings, is a local Hanamaki dish. Visitors can also purchase original merchandise themed after the works of Miyazawa, making the restaurant a must-visit for fans of the author.

    入り口に「どなたもどうかお入りください。決してご遠慮はありません」書いてあるとか芸が細かく、中に塩やクリームが展示されたていたり結構芸が細かいです。料理と価格はまあごく普通です。

  • Chokurian
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-12-13
    A long standing soba noodle restaurant located a 15-minute drive from the Morioka Interchange. Featured in the media in the past, this establishment is so popular that customers from across Japan keep coming back here for more. There is table seating on the first floor and tatami mat seating on the second. Customers can enjoy Iwate's famous Wanko soba noodles in the tatami mat seating area. In addition to popular staples like kake soba noodles in hot broth and cold soba noodles served on a draining basket, the restaurant offers a variety of seasonal dishes like cold soba noodles with vegetable and matsutake mushroom soba noodles.

    I visited this restaurant with a group. While it is probably best known for its wanko soba (soba served in small bowls--with the challenge to eat as many as you can), and that looked pretty tasty...

  • Yonai
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 5-16
    A meat shop and barbecue restaurant near Kaminohashi Bridge in Konya Town, Morioka City. The restaurant serves Maesawa beef steak, various kinds of yakiniku (barbecued meat), cold noodles with soup made from lots of Maesawa beef, and yakiniku set meals, etc. Yonai also sells sukiyaki and yakiniku bento lunch boxes that combine quality and quantity that can only be found at a meat shop.

    盛岡にある老舗精肉店が営む焼肉屋さん。おにくやさんの隣に焼肉屋さんがあり、テーブル席と座敷の席があります。 極上霜降りロースと極上カルビ、冷麺を注文。 極上霜降りロースと極上カルビ名前の通り肉質も良くとても美味しかったです。東京で食べたらもっと値段がしそう…コスパの面においてもとてもよかったです。 また冷麺はテールからしっかりと出汁をとったスープでそのスープだけでもほかのお店の冷麺よりも美味...

  • Yabuya (Hanamaki Main Restaurant)
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Fubbarichou 7-17
    This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Opened in 1923, they provide tsuyu (soup base) using high-grade bonito flakes and soba buckwheat noodles using flour from Iwate. It is known as a wanko soba restaurant, and your bowl is endlessly refilled until you close the lid. The poet Kenji Miyazawa is also said to have been a customer at the time of its establishment, so there is a Kenji Set on the menu which includes the tempura soba and Mitsuya Cider he used to order.

    At Yabuya main shop, you can challenge how many bowls of Soba noodle you can eat. Wanko-Soba is a mouthful Soba noodle in a bowl and peoples are competing in terms of number of bowls consumed. A...

  • Steak and Teppanyaki Restaurant Wakana Morioka Main Store
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    4.5
    37 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Morioka-shi Osawakawara 1-3-33
    This teppanyaki grill restaurant is located in Osawakawara1-Chome, Morioka City. It offers teppanyaki using Iwate short-horned wagyu beef and Japanese black beef, and seafood such as Sanriku abalone. In addition to various courses and a la carte items where you can enjoy seafood and steaks, you can also have items menus such as steaks and hamburgers during lunch.

    I went to Wkana with my family for eating lunch. We ordered a lunch course including salad, soup, fish, beef from local, rice and dessert. All was very tasty and quite enough volume. The price was...

  • Kakko-ya
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Takinagami 211
    This sweets store is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Right in the middle of the sightseeing spot Genbi Gorge, you can eat dango dumplings while enjoying the superb view. Their famous kakko dango dumplings are made in three flavors: mitarashi (sweet soy sauce), sesame and anko (red bean paste). In addition, you can make orders from the cliff opposite the store, and since the dumplings are transported across in a basket, they have become known as flying dango.

    This is the restaurant (eatery... teahouse?) that sells the dango sent to the opposite side on the zipline. You can visit the actual restaurant and have a proper seat, sipping tea while watching the...

  • Tono Shokuniku Center
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Matsuzakichoushiraiwa 20-13-1
    This jingisukan (Mongolian grilled mutton) restaurant is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. The birthplace of raw jingisukan, you can taste authentic jingisukan using raw mutton in a spacious area with a maximum seating capacity of 136 seats. The restaurant uses mutton from Australia and New Zealand. In addition, their rich and fruity-tasting Tono Reimen (cold noodles) is recommended to finish.

    遠野バイパス沿い、念願叶って初訪問です。 少し遅めの入店だったので待たずに入ることができました。 臭みのあるお肉も好きですがこちらの生ラムは本当にクセもなく美味しい。肉厚なのも良かったです。 〆にいただいた遠野冷麺もすっきりとした中でコクあるスープ、満喫です。 隣では肉の販売もしていてお土産用に購入することも可能です。

  • Ekimae Bashokan
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Izumiya 82
    Ekimae Bashokan serves Hiraizumi Wanko Soba, soba noodles served in small bowls, is located only a one-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station. It is a subdued one-story Japanese-style building with a tile roof within sight of Hiraizumi Station. Customers obtain refills of the small servings at their own individual pace. The popular Special Wanko Soba consists of soba portioned out into 24 small bowls, coming with things like spices, large servings of tempura, or fruit. Customers who want a quick and easy way to enjoy soba can order Zaru Soba, which is served cold with dipping sauce on the side, or Tempura Soba, topped with deep-fried seafood or vegetables.

    sight-seeing without a car here involves juggling bus schedules. What better place for lunch than this little soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant right by the bus stop in front of the station. There...

  • Marukan Building Daishokudo
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Kamichou 6-2 Marukan Bldg 6F
    This restaurant is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Once housed inside the Marukan department store in Hanamaki City, it reopened under its current name in 2017. It is famous for its menu items which include its 10-layer ice cream that is 25 centimeters high, and Napolikatsu made with Neapolitan-style pasta and pork cutlet.
  • Yoshi-zushi
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Miyako-shi Hokuda 4-27
    This long-established sushi restaurant is located about a five-minute walk from JR Miyako Station, and provides fresh seafood brought in at Sanriku Miyako Port. You can enjoy seasonal ingredients at reasonable prices. Their “miyabi” sushi set with 11 pieces, made in the spirit of encouraging the revitalization of the Sanriku region, is especially recommended. In addition to counter seating with the fresh ingredients lined up in front of you, there is also table and tatami room seating that can be used for banquets. Besides their nigiri and chirashi sushi selections, they also have rolled and inari sushi, and even a children’s menu.

    No english menu and no english speaking but a very good traditional japanese sushi restaurant. People here is very friendly

  • Yabu-ya, Fesan Restaurant
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Morioka-shi Moriokaekimaedori 1-44 Fesan B1F
    This is a soba noodle restaurant located inside the Morioka Station Building FES’AN in Morioka Ekimae-dori, Morioka City. It serves not only soba, made with strictly selected buckwheat flour grown in Iwate Prefecture but also a full selection of rice dishes, such as Katsudon (pork cutlet on rice) made with Shirogane pork from Hanamaki and a variety of side dishes. Customers can even order Iwate Prefecture's famous Wanko Soba in units as small as one small bowl.

    蕎麦屋の丼ぶり物、特にはかつ丼が目当てで蕎麦屋に行きます。 盛岡駅地下で見つけたやぶ屋フェザン店さん。 そのカツ丼は少し小ぶりですが美味しかった。 カツ丼セットに付くそばも間違いない美味さでした。

  • Hiraizumi Rest House
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Sakashita 10-7
    A rest house located a 20-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station on the JR Tohoku Main Line. Situated not farm from the World Heritage Chuson-ji Temple, in 2018 the rest house was selected as number four on a list of Japan's 100 best sightseeing and restaurant facilities as chosen by professionals. In Restaurant Gen, you can take in a view of the Tsukimizaka, the approach to Chuson-ji Temple, and enjoy choice dishes made with local Iwate ingredients. In Food Court Mon, you can eat local dishes like Hiraizumi's famous Benkei chikaramochi rice cakes at reasonable prices. There's also a gift shop which carries a wide variety of local products and souvenirs.

    Nice pre-set lunch, we grilled very lean and delicious beef on hot ceramic stone with vegetables. Everyone had hot stone in the table, and it was such neat experience. Theres really no ambiance, as...

  • Ryusendo Rest House
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Iwaizumi Kannari 1-1
    This resthouse, located inside Ryusendo Cave Tourist Center, is one of the facilities established around Ryusendo Cave. It has a calm and relaxing atmosphere and quaint appearance,as well as a shop that sells souvenirs and other goods focusing mainly on Ryusendo Cave and Iwaizumi. At the restaurant, visitors can enjoy dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients from Iwaizumi. The restaurant also has terrace seating, and when the weather is pleasant, many visitors enjoy sitting outside on the terrace. It is also attractive in that visitors can enjoy skewer dishes such as dengakudofu and seasonal salt-grilled fish, that can be eaten inside the restaurant or while walking.

    龍泉洞入口の横にあるレストハウスです。 お土産やさん、レストラン、観光協会など様々な施設が入っているので、充実した施設になっています。 ちょっとした休憩もでき、龍泉洞観光後の休憩やお買い物はここです。

  • Yume no Kaze Restaurant
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Hanadate 11-2
    This restaurant is located along Prefectural Route 300 in Hanadate, HiraizumiTown, Nishiiwai County. It is famous for the traditional local meal, Mochizen, which features glutinous rice served with many different kinds of ingredients, including azuki beans and edamame. The most popular variety is the Fujiwara Sandai Omochizen, which consists of eight varieties of rice cakes served on a three-compartment tray. It also serves soba noodles and unique menu items such as Hiraizumi Horumon (organ meats).

    We wanted to try the local specialty variety of mochi dish and this place was conveniently near Chusonji temple where we visited. It is just down the road in a small quaint house. They may have...

  • Ramen Chigusa
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Kuji-shi Nijuhachinichimachi 1-10
    This restaurant is located a three-minute walk from Kuji Stationon the Sanriku Railway Riasu Line (Miyako - Kuji). It is a popular ramen restaurant that has been loved by residents of Kuji City for many years. The handmade noodles are made only with Okinawan natural salt, flour, water and the kansui method of preparing noodles. They blend perfectly with the translucent amber soup that is made with whole chicken and contains no potherbs. The chashu, also made from chicken, is chewy, and when chewed, the flavor spreads throughout one's mouth. The ramen, topped with chicken chashu, spring onion and bamboo shoots, and the curry ramen, topped with pork cutlets, are well-recommended. Take-out is also available.

    観光客も地元の人も大好きなラーメン店。 カツラーメンがおいしかいです。 駐車場は店の後ろ側にあります。 行列ができることもありますが、それでも食べたいラーメンです。

  • Sansaikan Fujisei
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Kamiotsukikouji 3-53
    This restaurant serves local cuisine and is famous for its mochi rice cake dishes. It was established in 1991 and is located three minutes on foot from the West Entrance of Ichinoseki Station. The Original Bite-sized Mochi Set is a selection of eight bite-sized mochi including those with red bean jam, green soy bean jam and natto (fermented soy beans) and some grated Japanese radish in a bento box with nine sections, accompanied by ozoni (mochi soup). Customers can savor the mochi, hand-made from the best mochi rice, Kogane-mochi, to their heart’s content. There is also an Omotenashi Set, dishes combined with the Bite-sized Mochi Set.

    一つ一つ丁寧に作られた一関名物のもち膳が楽しめます。他の地域では珍しい味付けだけではなく,季節限定でオリジナルの味付けもあり、一関餅文化の奥深さを感じます。 お餅だけでなく天丼もおいしいです。いつか夜も行ってみたい!

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A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region's delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you'll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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