Morioka is a bustling city known for its three rivers and their Morioka Sansa Odori dance festival. A place where you can enjoy almost everything under the sun. Another interesting tidbit about Morioka is that they are also famous for their “Sandaimen” (three great noodles). Many restaurants in the city that cater to a wide range of specialties.
Of course, if you prefer to enjoy casual drinking alone or with the company of friends, then going to an izakaya is always an option. Izakaya is also known as the Japanese version of pubs is a place where people often visit before going back home from work. If you just arrived in the city and have no idea where to go, feel free to visit these 10 izakaya in Morioka for a great experience.
1. Sanriku Izakaya Kiriya Saien Honten (三陸居酒屋 きりや 菜園本店)
Sanriku Izakaya Kiriya Saien Honten is 15-minutes away from Morioka Station on foot. They have private rooms and six counter seats that are wide enough to enjoy your food and drinks in peace. Their set-menus and all-you-can-drink courses are quite affordable. The seasonal delicacies are something to look forward to as well.
Address: Liddell Morioka 1st Floor, 1-5-25, Saien, Morioka-shi, Iwate
2. Nanbu No Kodanuki (南部の子狸だぬき)
Nanbu No Kodanuku is just 7 minutes away on foot from the JR Morioka Station. It is a very spacious izakaya that is able to accommodate up to 100 people making it an ideal place to celebrate special events and occasions. Here you’ll be able to feast on local delicacies that the city has to offer. They also have a great selection of sake that you can enjoy with your drinking buddies.
Address: 3-2-6, Odori, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Website: https://n-kodanuki.com (Japanese Only)
3. Tobiuo (飛魚)
Tobiuo as the name suggests is an izakaya that specializes in seafood dishes. The most eye-catching dish is of course, their “flying fish (Tobiuo)” delicacies. Flying fish or tobiuo cuisines are considered as a special dish in Japan and not many restaurants serve them. They also have fish skewers which goes well with sake and many people can appreciate this winning combination.
Address: 2-6-28 Saien, Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture
4. Konsaiya (根菜屋)
Konsaiya is an izakaya that is well-known for their oden. However, they also have other dishes like sashimi, shrimps, miso tofu, salads, and seasonal cuisines. Aside from sake, they also have craft beers, so if you prefer beers over sake, then you have the option to choose. A great place to have lunch or dinner with some of your friends.
Address: 3-9-29 Odori, Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/iwate/A0301/A030101/3005435/ (Japanese Only)
5. MASS (〼)
MASS 〼 is one of the shops in Iwate that you have to visit at least once. They serve local cuisines that have the rich flavors of Iwate. The majority of their dishes (especially the seafood) are all delicious and this is the reason why this shop is popular in the city. They also have a good selection of beer and sake that goes well with the food.
Address: 5-3 Uchimaru Morioka-shi Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.mass-entame.jp (Japanese Only)
6. Nikomiya Chochin (煮こみ屋 チョウチン)
Nikomiya Chochin is a lively place where you can enjoy food and drinks with friends and acquaintances. They have a good selection of dishes that will suit your fancy. Their Sasuke grilled pork, harami grilled beef, and dumplings when accompanied by draft beer are a heavenly combination. If you like to keep things more private, you can reserve one of their private rooms and have a merry time with your drinking buddies.
Address: Namioka Building 1F, 1-7-12, Odori, Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture
7. Umaya (うま舎)
Umaya is an izakaya that is conveniently located right in front of the Morioka Station. With such close proximity to the station, this is an ideal stop-over for food and drinks before you do your business in the city. The local specialties like cold noodles, sashimi and other dishes are delicious and very affordable. They also have an all-you-can-drink set menu, which you can take advantage if you’re not in a hurry to go anywhere.
Address: Hosoda Bldg, 15-6 Moriokaekimaedori, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/iwate/A0301/A030101/3001183/ (Japanese Only)
8. Sawauchi Jinku (沢内甚句)
Sawauchi Jinku is famous for their grilled chicken. This crispy yet juicy dish is well loved by both locals and tourists alike. Of course, they do have other dishes like sashimi, seasonal vegetables, and other specialties that you will love. They have a nice selection of beer and sake of those who love to drink them. Overall, this is a good place to enjoy a filling lunch or dinner in the city.
Address: 5-4 Kaiunbashidori, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Website: https://www.sawauchijinku.com/ (Japanese Only)
9. Hisago (ひさご)
Hisago is the place to go if you are craving for some charcoal grilled fish in Morioka. The menu is simple and there’s not much variety, but they are all good and you will like them. Like all izakaya in Morioka they also have their own preferred beer and sake brands. A nice place to enjoy some food and drinks when you’re in the mood.
Address: 1-1-24 Minamiodori, Morioka-city, Iwate
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/iwate/A0301/A030101/3002860/ (Japanese Only)
10. Kamoshidokoro Sun (かもし処 陽-SUN-)
Kamoshidokoro Sun is one of the hidden gems of Morioka. The shop owner is very knowledgeable when it comes to sake. He is also very open to offer some recommendations depending on your preference. They don’t have an extensive menu, but everything here is excellent, and you can tell that they place much care in their service. An izakaya that is worth your time visiting.
Address: 4-19 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: https://ameblo.jp/sun8119/ (Japanese Only)
Data is as of April 2019
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