Akita is surrounded by many natural attractions and home to the more rustic side of Japan. The famous samurai town Kakunodate attracts many visitors all year round. This prefecture is also well-known for its sake breweries, which makes it a good place to hoard on local sake during your trip.
If you plan to enjoy some local dishes, the best place to go is none other than an izakaya. It’s common sense to know that good food, good sake, and good company will make any experience more memorable.
This is what Akita has to offer, so bring your friends and enjoy the 10 izakayas in Akita City to taste local specialties.
1. Shukitei Hinaiya Akita (酒季亭 比内や 秋田店)
Shukitei Hinaiya Akita is a small izakaya that will leave a good impression. The menu has pictures which makes ordering easier. This izakaya, in particular, is well-known for their delicious chicken dishes like Hinai chicken hot pot and charcoal-grilled Hinai chicken skewers. The hot pot dish includes Akita’s local specialty Kiritanpo, which is a stick-shaped mochi. One of the best places in Akita to enjoy local food and sake.
Address: 4-2-2 Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
2. Machiya (町家)
Machiya is a small izakaya near Akita Station. The first thing that will catch your attention is the professional wrestling photos with signatures on the walls. This izakaya serves dishes made with locally sourced ingredients local cuisines like sashimi, horse sashimi, yakitori, and many more dishes that Akita is famous for. They also have a good selection of sake, and some of them are brands you had never heard before.
Address: Hachiryu Bldg, 4-16-11 Nakadori, Akita-shi, Akita
3. Kamadodaki Akitameshi (かまど炊き あきた飯)
Kamadodaki Akitameshi is an izakaya that is perfect for parties and other special events. They have a great lineup of food and more than 50 drinks available, including draft beer. Of course, local sake brands are also available for those who prefer to enjoy local specialties. A unique point about this izakaya is that you can drink sake from taps! Their set menu courses are very affordable and perfect for people coming as a group.
Address: 5F, 4-17-8, Nakadori, Akita-shi, Akita
4. Akita local cuisine Kamakuranosato (かまくらの郷)
Akita local cuisine Kamakuranosato is a very fun place to visit. The food is great, and the local “monsters,” Namahage, are awesome as well. Here you can meet with Namahage (people wearing oni/ogre masks wearing straw capes and scare children) that appears in the middle of your meal trying to frighten you. It’s a very memorable and fun experience depending on how prepared you are when they make their appearance.
Address: 4-13-1 Nakadori, Akita-shi, Akita
5. Suisai (酔彩)
Suisai is a mix of Japanese and Western-style izakaya, where you can enjoy local delicacies with a twist. A calm place where you can enjoy your food and drinks with the company of your drinking buddies. They also have their own blend of special cocktails that you can try at your leisure.
Address: 5-3-29 Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
6. Tezukuriryori Ichirakudo (手づくり料理 一楽土)
Tezukuriryori Ichirakudo is well-known for their hot pot dishes. The interior of the izakaya has a modern Japanese design, which gives a good impression. They also have private rooms available for groups that want to try their specialty dishes. Have a taste of their Akita special hot pot, beef pepper hot pot, and assorted sashimi while enjoying their all-you-can-drink course.
Address: 5-2-41 Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
7. Sake-to Nagomi-to Niku-to Yasai (酒と和みと肉と野菜)
Sake-to Niku-to Yasai is just a minute walk from Akita Station. What sets this izakaya from the rest is its convenient location and their special Japanese courses that will fit your budget. They also have the all-you-can-drink course, which boasts over 130 types of drinks that you can enjoy within a 2-hour period. Reserve a private room so you can drink and cook your food while enjoying the company of your friends and acquaintances.
Address: Midoriya Station Building 2F, 2-7-6 Nakadori, Akita-shi, Akita
8. Kawabataken (川反軒)
Kawabataken is one of those izakayas in Akita, where you can just sit back and enjoy their specialty dishes in a calm yet modern atmosphere. House specialties like their minced meat cutlet, steak, grilled chicken, and potato salad are among their dishes that are highly recommended.
Address: 5-2-42, Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
9. Saisai (彩彩)
Saisai is a traditional izakaya with delicious food. It gives off a very traditional Japanese vibe that is great for those who are looking for authentic local experiences. The private room is a must, especially when you plan to invite your friends for a feast. All their set-menu courses are amazing, so you don’t have to worry about anything and choose what you are craving for.
Address: 2F, 2-7-36 Sannou, Akita-shi, Akita
10. Washokudokoro Maru (和食処 まる)
Washokudokoro Maru is a great place to enjoy sake. They have a wide selection of sake and shochu that are not limited to the ones you’ll find in Akita Prefecture. They have daily set lunch meals (meat or fish) during the day and becomes a pub during the night. This is one of the most highly recommended izakayas for food and drinks in Akita.
Address: 2-2-9 Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
Website: http://washokudokoromaru.com (Japanese Only)
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