Aomori is located on the northern tip of the Honshu Region. It is surrounded by natural attractions like mountains, sea, and rivers and tourists often go to Aomori during the summer to witness their spectacular Nebuta Matsuri Festival.
It’s always an option to visit the local izakaya to have a taste of their local specialties after a day of exploring the city. Since it is near the sea, there are plenty of seafood dishes that are available for those who love to eat seafood cuisines. Bring your friends and enjoy the sights and sounds that Aomori has to offer.
Make sure to visit these 10 izakayas in Aomori City for Local specialties.
1. Aomori regional cuisine Osanai (青森郷土料理 おさない)
Aomori regional cuisine Osanai is a small, cozy restaurant that is near Aomori Station. This place is quite popular with the locals, and you can see a queue of people, especially during peak hours. One of their most highly recommended dishes is their scallops. Their grilled and buttered scallops are delicious!. Their cooking has a homey feel to it, so you will definitely enjoy your stay.
Address: 1-1-17 Shimmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori
2. Satoya (浜料理・酒肴 さとや)
Satoya is an izakaya that mostly serves seafood delicacies that you can enjoy with draft beer or sake. This is one of the places in Aomori where you can enjoy the local delicacies to your heart’s content. Seafood sashimi is also one of their main dishes, so make sure to get reservations a few days in advance!
Address: 1-1-6 Hashimoto, Aomori-shi, Aomori
3. Yamazato (山ざと)
Yamazato is more popular with the locals because very few foreigners are able to enter its doors. It’s more of a “local haunt” than anything else. They don’t have English menus, which might make ordering a challenge. However, they will do their best to assist you and make your dining experience worth your visit. They focus on fresh seafood and various delicacies that anyone can find their favorite. Have some sashimi from the near sea and local sake to enjoy the night fully.
Address: 2-6-19 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori
4. TORIPPU (居酒屋とりっぷ)
TORIPPU is an izakaya that is well-known for their yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). Almost everyone in Japan loves to eat yakitori, and it became a staple dish in almost all izakayas. TORIPPU is one of those places that you can visit just to enjoy their grilled chicken skewers. Feel free to order some of their side dishes for a more filling meal.
Address: 2-4-9 Honcho, Aomori-shi, Aomori
5. Zenigataheiji (銭形平二)
Zenigataheiji is one of the hidden gems of Aomori. They have a wide variety of dishes (mostly seafood) that showcase their local taste. All the dishes here are delicious, and it makes you want to come back for more. An excellent place to eat and drink, especially when you have someone to accompany you in Aomori.
Address: 2-5-3 Honcho, Aomori-shi, Aomori
6. Gorou (居酒屋 五郎)
Gorou is located on the second floor of Matsuya Hall in Aomori. The interior is bright and has a traditional yet modern feel to it. They also have Western-style dishes on their menu which is an interesting twist. Their specialties are chicken dishes and charcoal-grilled skewers such as yakitori. They also have an all-you-can-drink course for those who like to drink a lot while they eat.
Address: Matsuya Hall 2F, 1-1-9 Hashimoto, Aomori-shi, Aomori
7. Jimotoya Aomori (地元家 青森店)
Jimotoya Aomori is a great place to hold parties and other special events due to their special set courses. Enjoy a feast of seafood delicacies like oysters, crabs, squids, assorted fish sashimi, etc. They also have meat dishes like grilled skewers, lamb, pork, chicken, and beef. Recommended menus from izakaya are steamed assorted seafood in a can, oysters, wagyu beef sushi, and carefully selected sake from all over Japan.
Address: 2-6-4 Honcho, Aomori-shi, Aomori
8. 4694 (よろ串 4694)
4694 is an izakaya that specializes in yakitori (grilled chicken). Prices here are quite affordable, and they also have all-you-can-drink courses available. The interior design has a modern vibe to it. An excellent place to enjoy yakitori alone or with the company of friends and acquaintances.
Address: 1-5-10 Yasukata, Aomori-shi, Aomori
9. Jiraiya (地雷也)
Jiraiya is a good place to enjoy sushi, sashimi, and other seafood dishes. Their collection of sake is also good, and you can find something that will suit your taste. They also have a few meat dishes like wagyu nigiri that you can enjoy as well. Overall, Jiraiya is a highly recommended place if you want to enjoy delicious food and drinks in Aomori.
Address: 1-3-12 Honcho, Aomori-shi, Aomori
10. Takumian (匠庵)
Takumian is a minute walk from Aomori Station. It is located on the 5th floor of the Aomori Benkei Building that is just opposite a shopping street. The izakaya is quite spacious and bright. They also have private rooms available for people coming in groups. They have a wide variety of dishes which include beef, chicken, pork, and seafood cuisines that will give you a good impression.
Address: Aomori Benkei Building 5F, 1-8-1 Shinmachi, Aomori City, Aomori
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