3 Best Restaurants in Hirosaki, Tohoku



Avant-garde performances of live shamisen—an instrument similar to the banjo—by promising young performers and seasoned experts are the main attraction here. Arrive early to sit on cushions on the floor and enjoy the regional fare. Many items on the menu are incomprehensible even to native speakers, as they go by local names; if you are an adventurous diner, point and anticipate.

44--1 Oyakata Machi, Hirosaki, 036-8191, Japan
Known For
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Local cuisine from Aomori's Tsugaru Penninsula area
  • Shamisen performances
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Often closed Sun. (call in advance). No lunch



Tasty, healthful, and authentic dishes from the region are Kikufuji's specialty. Excellent local varieties of sake are available. They can provide you with a menu with pictures, but it does not include everything, so you could also look around at other tables to see what you might fancy.

1 Sakamoto-cho, Hirosaki, 036-8016, Japan
Known For
  • Very fresh seafood
  • Local vegetable stews
  • Local sake
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Thurs. and two other days per month (call to check)

Restaurant Yamazaki


Try it for yourself and you'll see why people come here from all over Honshu for a cup of the ringo no reisei supu (cold apple soup topped with crusted baked apple skins). The totally organic "miracle" apples that farmer Kimura raises and the dishes chef Yamazaki prepares keep attracting customers.

41 Oyakata Machi, Hirosaki, 036-8191, Japan
Known For
  • Creative dishes with apples
  • A prix-fixe menu
  • Hirosaki-based French courses
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations essential

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