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Japanese Food Spots in Niigata Area

  • Sushi Yasu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Honchoudori 4-273
    A long-standing sushi restaurant situated along Honcho-dori Avenue in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The shop was opened in the early Showa period by the first owner, who sought to bring Tokyo-style raw sushi to Niigata. Today, Sushi Yasu continues to preserve the traditional tastes and techniques of that time. The restaurant uses only fresh, natural ingredients in its sushi, including seasonal local fish. Popular menu items including the “kiwami,” a set of 10 pieces of sushi, dashi-maki-tamago rolled omelet, and bowl of soup, the lunch chirashi-zushi; and the homemade castella Tamago-yaki omelet—only a small number of which are offered each day. The restaurant only has eight counter seats and “koagari” raised tatami mat dining area with a single table. Sushi Yasu is popular not only with locals but also tourists from within the prefecture and beyond.
  • Kazahana
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Yoneyama 2-7-20
    A Japanese food bar located along Keyaki-dori Avenue a five minute walk from Niigata Station. Dedicated to the concepts of local consumption and farm-fresh, Kazahana serves creative Japanese cuisine made with Niigata ingredients such as pesticide-free Koshihikari rice and vegetables (picked just that morning) provided by contracted farmers, fresh eggs and seafood. The bar’s meat and fish dishes fried on lava stone in the open kitchen visible from the customer tables are particularly popular. Kazahana’s sashimi and abalone steak are also well-reviewed and go well with the bar’s selection of local sakes. Kazahana has a casual, Western-style atmosphere that makes it easy even for customers on their own to come in.
  • Shionohana
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarishimoaramachi 9772-27 square head office 2F
    A cafeteria operating out of the second floor of the Kakujoe fish seller’s annex along Teradomari Fish Market Street (Sakana no ameyoko) in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant primarily serves rice bowls and set meals which let diners enjoy fresh delights from the Sea of Japan, including crab, ikura salmon roe, and Alaskan pink shrimp. The restaurant’s most popular item is the exciting crab ramen—a whole red snow crab served in a bowl of ramen broth. The flavorful broth, made with chicken bones, soy sauce, and crab, becomes even more delicious when you mix in the red snow crab’s innards. Shionohana’s seafood rice bowls, piled high with seasonal fish, are also well-reviewed.

    私は『エビフライ定食』が好きです。大きなエビを丸々使っているので、エビ味噌が味わえます。足や尻尾のカリカリとパン粉のサクサクをタルタルソースで食べます、いいですねぇ。 窓際の席に着くと海水浴客の歩行が見えて、『魚のアメ横』の雰囲気が分かります。

  • Jizakana Kobo
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 2-1 Niigata Prefectural Marine Aquarium Center 1F
    A cafeteria on the first floor of the Niigata-ken Suisan Kaikan in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant operates amidst a direct-sale floor selling marine products and local seafood caught by members of the Niigata Fishery Cooperative Society. Jizakana Kobo offers a full menu of rice bowls which give diners the chance to enjoy the fresh bounties of the ocean off Niigata at reasonable prices, including Alaskan pink crab, three seafood variety, and Japanese amberjack rice bowls, as well as the Jizakana tarekatsu pork cutlet rice bowls. The restaurant also offers seasonal menu items and items limited to just a few portions each day.

    ピアBandaiの端側のビルにある食堂です。1階と2階があるようで、丼が1階でした。時間がなく空いていたので入店しました。価格はリーズナブルでしたが、海鮮の量がちょっと少なかったです。お魚自体は大変美味しかったです。

  • Sushi Marui
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiboridori 8-1411
    This sushi restaurant is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It uses freshly caught seafood from Niigata and off the coast of Sado in its sushi and local cuisine. The restaurant’s motto is “to use ingredients the same day they are purchased”, and with this in mind, the restaurant prioritizes “freshness” in everything from ingredients to hospitality to the cleanliness. The restaurant’s special “Kiwami” sushi is a set meal of fatty tuna, sea urchin, salmon roe and delicious soup, centered around locally caught blackthroat seaperch. The assorted sashimi, with its abundance of freshly caught “bounty of the sea,” is also very popular.
  • Sekai Sushi
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nuttarihigashi 4-8-34
    This sushi restaurant is located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Customers to the restaurant can enjoy the famous rice and fish of Niigata. The restaurant is popular not only with locals, but also with tourists. The sushi that is the pride of the restaurant is made mainly with seasonal fish, Nanban shrimp, blackthroat seaperch, squid, mackerel and horse mackerel. The Niigata local cuisine, called Noppe, is also well-liked. The restaurant’s most popular menu item is the incredible “Niigata Sushi Zanmai Kiwami,” which comes with 10 nigiri-zushi and bowls of side dishes.

    12/27水曜日のお昼に母と訪問。 前日に予約をして二階の個室を利用させていただきました。 私はてっきり割と最近できたお店だと思っていたら、 昔からある老舗だと母から聞きました。 もともと母がTVでこちらののどぐろ炙り鮨を観て、 食べたいということで行きましたが、 メニューを見るとにぎりは「のどぐろ」だけ。 炙り鮨はないのか聞くと、炙ったものだけでそれが「のどぐろ」とのこと。 母:のどぐろ...

  • Minato-sushi
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Furumachidori Kyubanchou 1454
    This long-established sushi restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, started out as a sushi stall in 1933. The interior which combines Japanese elegance with a modern atmospheric flavor is a stylish space where views of the stunning garden can be seen from the counter seats. The restaurant serves a selection of exquisite sushi, made with selected seafood caught off the coast of Niigata, with a taste so sweet it is proof of its undeniable freshness. Popular dishes include an assortment of sushi including high quality sea urchin roe, salmon roe, toro (medium-fat tuna), and shrimp, and the special weekday lunch.

    新潟駅からホテルまでお世話になったタクシーの運転手さんがお勧めしてくれたお寿司屋さん、初日は時間があわなくて行けなかったんですが、行けて良かったです。とにかく美味しい!あれもそれもこれも美味しいお寿司でした。また新潟に行きたい!って思うお寿司でした。

  • Izakaya Isshin
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Tabatamachi 15-6
    Isshin is a popular izakaya, about a four minute walk from Murakami Station, where you can enjoy seafood directly from Iwafune Port. The chairman and company president is an active fisherman who fishes every day and consequently the restaurant has a reputation for good quality, fresh fish. There are a wide variety of dishes on the menu from rice bowls to sashimi, tempura, fried fish and set meals. Their most popular dishes are the seafood rice bowls. The luxurious Jokamachi Tonosama Seafood Rice Bowl topped with an assortment of over 20 kinds of seafood is the restaurant’s specialty. The stylish restaurant decked out in bamboo and Japanese umbrellas has a very Japanese feel to it.

    団体旅行のランチで利用しました。JR村上駅からすぐの立地です。海鮮丼はウニ、とろ、新鮮なイカ等、どんぶりからはみ出るくらいのボリュームでした。夜は居酒屋として営業しているようです。また機会があったら利用したいです。

  • Restaurant Chidori
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Saikumachi 2-14
    Chidori is a Japanese restaurant in Saiku Town, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, where you can indulge in seasonal Murakami delicacies and local sake. It is a well known restaurant loved not only be tourists but by the locals too. The restaurant serves set meals, rice bowls and individual dishes where guests can enjoy the local delights from both land and sea such as their daamata bowl topped with plenty of vivid red and flavorsome Murakami beef and fresh seafood. In the autumn guests can enjoy a menu full of Murakami specialties, salmon and salmon roe. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with seating at the counter or on the raised tatami-floor. It’s the kind of restaurant where one could easily go by themselves and not feel out of place.

    数年前に汐見荘に宿泊したお店に4年ぶりに入店しました。以前は、夏に来店したのですが、今回は3月のランチ時に入店しました。今回も「だあまた丼」を注文しました。注文した時は、少し看板メニュと限定10食で元が取れなく、普段のお客ではなかったので少しワンクッション置かれたのですが、オーダーすることができました。 地元の食材がふんだんに、ご飯の上に置かれ、新鮮な刺身、卵焼き、鮭の塩焼きなど美味しさを堪能し...

  • Chiyozushi
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiodori 1-5-26
    Chiyozushi is a well known restaurant frequented by many, from local regulars to tourists. The restaurant offers sushi and local cuisine and is located about four minutes on foot from JR Niigata Station. Chiyozushi uses fresh seafood brought in daily from the Sea of Japan, offering a wide variety of dishes such as sashimi, hand-rolled sushi, chirashi sushi and individual dishes. The restaurant is famous for offering the special Kiwami sushi platter, a set of 10 had-rolled sushi including local Niigata seafood, together with sea urchin roe, toro (medium-fat tuna), and salmon roe. They also serve the Niigata specialty, Nodoguro, or black throat seaperch, and Noppe, a traditional stew. They also have a large selection of local sake including some rare Niigata sake.

    新潟駅から徒歩2分の良い立地にあるお寿司屋さん。新潟の地魚を中心に高鮮度な寿司10貫セットになったお寿司を頂きました。

  • Teradomari Hamayaki Center Kinpachi
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomarishimoaramachi As market street
    This shop of live crab and hamayaki cooked food, located on Teradomari Fish Market Street in Teradomari, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, is unmistakable with the huge crab hanging on the shop front. Inside is a large tank full of crabs and not surprisingly the shop’s specialties are boiled crab and crab soup. As for the hamayaki-style seafood barbecue, the restaurant serves a wide variety including squid and mackerel. The well-cooked seasonal seafood is a popular take away choice too. The restaurant on the second floor offers dishes of crab and seafood.

    金八の湯で有名な金八が出しているお店.店頭に並んでいるカニの量は他の店と比べても多いように感じます.カニの味噌汁がお勧めですが,最近はカニの値段が高くなったとかで,カニの足を入れてもらえないことがあります.ちょっと寂しい...

  • Ponshukan Uonuma Kamakura (Niigata Station Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-96-47 CoCoLo West Bldg. 1F
    A restaurant located within Ponshukan, a commercial building within JR Niigata Station. Here you can taste some great food which makes plentiful use of ingredients from Uonuma such as Koshihikari rice and mochi pork from southern Uonuma, Uonuma wine wagyu beef, snow chilled vegetables, yairo shiitake mushrooms, and fresh seafood. The restaurant’s specialty is the cooking of Koshihikari rice and fresh fish in a traditional cooking stove. Charcoal grilled wagyu beef, shiitake mushrooms and fresh fish are also popular. They have a wide range of local Niigata sake too with over 100 to choose from. Their lunch menu of sushi and sashimi is also very popular.
  • Kappo Matsuuraya
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Teramachi 1-3
    This long-established Kappo restaurant is located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. This famous restaurant serves Murakami specialty salmon and Murakami beef dishes. It is a perfectly Japanese-style building, with counter seats, slightly elevated seating, tatami flooring and an area for dinner parties. The restaurant serves a lunchtime salmon mini course, which is available all year-round, and allows customers to enjoy around five different salmon meals that have a history in Murakami dating back a thousand years. In the Autumn, there is a luxurious full course meal, which includes sets of sashimi and Hirako (fish roe). The Murakami Beef Amiyaki (grilling on wire net) Teishoku set meal, with seasonal side dishes, is also very popular.

    今天就以 日本最受讚賞的黑毛和牛套餐 村上牛 梅貝 瀧川豆腐 鳥肘煮 月越光米+豆腐味噌湯 來劃下句點 下次有機會再來點鮭魚料理

  • Tonkatsu Taro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Furumachidori 6-973
    This restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, specializing in tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) was founded in the early Showa period and is famous for being the birthplace of the Niigata specialty tarekatsu-don. They continued to open many more branches and franchises while safeguarding the unique taste created on the food stall where it all began. The tarekatsu-don with five thinly cut, tender pork cutlets dipped in a sweet soy-sauce based tare, or sauce, and combined with a piping hot bowl of rice, is a unique Niigata taste popular with many people outside of the prefecture. Upstairs you’ll find seating at tables while downstairs it’s all at the counter, making it an easy place to grab some food even when you’re by yourself.
  • Kenko Sushi Kaisenya
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hanazono 1-1-1 Niigata Station Building CoCoLo East
    You’ll find this rotating sushi restaurant, which is managed directly by a wholesaler, inside “CoCoLo Niigata,” a commercial facility that can be directly accessed from JR Niigata Station. It is popular both with tourists and locals returning home from work for providing both affordable sushi you can enjoy while waiting for the train. The sushi are made with fresh fish shipped directly from the market, organically grown Koshihikari rice, and high-quality water. There’s also “noppe,” a local dish, as well as local varieties of sake. The spacious interior has both counter seating and booth seating, making it suitable for both individuals and groups.

    Situated very close to Shinkansen entrance, perfect place for dinner before taking the train. Draft beer was high quality. Different kinds of sakes are available. Serving was quite quick.

  • Niigata City Iwamuro Tourist Information Center Iwamuroya
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Iwamuronsen 96-1
    This sightseeing facility in Nishikan Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture provides information on the Iwamuro Onsen (hot spring) region’s history, traditions, culture, and tourist spots. There’s a tourism information area, a rest area, a footbath, a dining hall serving local cuisine such as the famous “kensayaki” and “rice flour ramen,” making it great as a pit stop on drives. There are also regional specialty products and souvenirs for sale. The plaza and exhibition room of the “Dento Bunka Denshokan (Traditional Culture Museum)” host various seasonal events.

    道の駅のスタイルに酷似です。入り口の外側には農家直売のぶどうやトマト等が売られています。ジャージー牛ソフトクリーム@300円を食べてみました。とってもミルキーで美味しいです。クリーム感が強すぎないところが好印象です。足湯がありましたが先客がいらっしゃり写真は撮れませんでしたが、熱すぎず丁度良い湯温でした。

  • Niigata Jiba-mon Koshi Tantan (Niigata Station Front)
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Higashiodori 1-1-10 Participating building 5F
    This Japanese-style restaurant is approximately one minute on foot from the JR Niigata Station. Customers can enjoy cuisine which makes use of plenty of the bounty of the sea and mountain vegetables from Niigata. In addition to the expertly purchased fish caught freshly that same morning, the menu also includes locally grown vegetables from contracted farms and brand-name beef, Echigo Mochi-buta pork, Hakkaisan Salmon and Murakami Beef, all from Niigata. The earthenware pot-cooked Niigata Koshihikari rice is also very popular. The restaurant is proud to serve more than 20 types of local sake. The interior of the restaurant is a Japanese space arranged warehouse in a contemporary style, where customers can relax and enjoy their meals.

    職場の飲み会で利用しました。個室が良かったのでこちらに決めました。4000円のコースでしたがお刺身、揚げ物、鍋にうどん、デザートがつきました。量は5人にしては少なめに感じたかな。ANAマイルが貯まる店です。マイラーにはオススメですね。

  • Kappo Oshokuji Yoshidaya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 941-2
    This restaurant is an eight-minute walk from JR Yahiko Station and is known for serving fresh fish caught from the nearby harbor as well as local sake. The “wappa-meshi-zen” dish, made by bending a thin strip of wood and filling it with rice, fish, salmon roe, and more, is particularly famous. You can also enjoy sashimi made with locally caught fish, broiled “nodoguro,” oysters, and other a la carte dishes are available as well, with the “oban minced squid” being particularly popular. Since it is located on the approach to Yahiko-jinja Shrine, you can drop in before or after your shrine visit.

    イカメンチを注文しました。千切りキャベツにポテトサラダイカメンチが2枚。ごはんは別に注文です。合計で1000円位です。価格の割に物足りない感はありました。

  • Seafood Restaurant Negi-bouzu (South Entrance Store)
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Sasaguchi 1-10-1
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located near the JR Niigata Station. Its purely Japanese appearance, like a sake brewery, is attractive to customers. The relaxing interior, from which the garden can be seen, is an elegant space that can be used for both course meals and for entertaining guests. The Sado Koshihikari rice, cooked in copper pots and traditional cooking stoves, is highly reputed, and there are an abundance of dishes that use Niigata’s specialty products, such as blackthroat perch, Sado sushi and A4 and A5 rank Murakami beef. The alcohol-tasting six drinks of Echigo menu, which allows customers to compare the taste of six different sake, is also very popular.

    The place is next to the station, so if the weather is not good, or you just want to chill out in the afternoon and eat some fresh sushi, sashimi, or nabe, just go here. The only problem there was a...

  • Kamadaki-meshiya Kometaro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Kamihitoichi 323-5
    Located in Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, this Japanese food restaurant has a large iron pot for cooking rice as its landmark and is in an old house said to be over 200 years old. The floor hearths and large cooking stove give it a distinctive atmosphere. Its rice is made by boiling Minamiuonuma-produced Koshihikari rice provided directly by contracted farmers. Homegrown vegetables, char, summer sweetfish, and other seasonal ingredients are also used. The kamameshi hot pot with local chicken, crab, matsutake mushrooms, and more is especially popular.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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