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  • Yakiniku & Others

Yakiniku, Chinese and Other Cuisine

Enjoy hearty yakiniku-style barbecue or Chinese cuisine in Itoigawa In addition to seafood and Japanese cuisine, Itoigawa is home to a number of Chinese restaurants, serving everything from dim sum to Peking duck. Not in the mood for seafood? Stop by one of Itoigawa's yakiniku restaurants. Yakiniku, Korean-inspired Japanese barbecue, is a fun and delicious way to spend the evening in Itoigawa.

  • Restaurants and Cafes

Dine and Relax in Itoigawa

You'll find it hard not to eat local in Itoigawa at one of our restaurants or cafes One thing visitors always notice about Itoigawa is the quality (and quantity!) of the food. Itoigawa's unique location between the Japanese Alps and Sea of Japan makes it an amazing place for food. Chefs at our local restaurants and izakaya combine fresh seafood brought in from Itoigawa's seven fishing ports with seasonal produce and rice from Itoigawa's seven valleys to create delicious meals full of local flavor! Itoigawa's cafe scene is also incredibly local. You won't find any corporate coffee shops around here, just locally run cafes and kissaten run by people who just love coffee and people.  In the evening, don't be shy to try out one of Itoigawa's many izakaya. These Japanese-style gastropubs are where Itoigawa's food culture really comes to life!

  • Bars & Izakaya

Itoigawa at Night

Itoigawa likes to stay up late with izakaya, bars, karaoke and more! Looking to wind down? Or maybe turn up? Whatever your plan, Itoigawa's got a nightspot for you. Itoigawa's many izakaya are great for enjoying conversation over dinner and drinks, with a variety of appetizers, entrees and more to enjoy with local sake, beer or cocktails. If you're staying out a bit later, Itoigawa has dozens of bars, both Japaneses and Western, where locals and visitors alike meet to enjoy music, conversation, drinks and more. Want to make your own music? Hit up one of Itoigawa's karaoke joints and sing until you're hoarse! If you'd rather keep your singing voice between you and your friends, you can even rent a private karaoke room! The fun in Itoigawa doesn't have to end when the sun goes down!

  • Ramen & Soba

Itoigawa’s Noodles

Slurp Down a Bowl of Ramen or Savor the Gentle, Earthy Aroma of Soba After rice, noodles are without a doubt the most important part of the Japanese diet and you will find them in abundance in Itoigawa. Itoigawa has a long history of soba production, especially in the mountainous regions where rice was traditionally harder to cultivate. Today you can find a variety of soba noodle restaurants dotted throughout the city. Many of these restaurants also offer treats like tempura and sasazushi, traditional favorites that go perfectly with the delicate flavor of soba. While ramen is a more recent import from China, the Japanese have thoroughly made it their own. Today, ramen shops serve this tasty dish in a wide variety of styles throughout the country, and Itoigawa is no different! At Itoigawa's local ramen restaurants, enjoy both traditional favorites like soy sauce, chicken, pork or miso ramen; and local specialties like seaweed ramen, seafood ramen and more! No trip to Itoigawa is complete without trying Itoigawa Black Yakisoba. This totally Itoigawa dish features noodles stir-fried in a jet black sauce made from locally sourced squid ink. Each restaurant has its own recipe and preparation style, so make sure to try it more than once!

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Seafood and Sushi of Itoigawa

The Area's Freshest Seafood, From Boat to Table! Itoigawa's location, wedged between the Japanese Alps and the Sea of Japan, make it an exceptionally good place for catching fish. The towering mountains and steep cliffs seen along the coast continue deep into the sea, creating a large underwater biosphere dotted with volcanic reefs, forests of kelp and more. As the heavy, pure white snow of winter melts, it filters through a variety of rocks and hillside forests of beech and cedar, collecting minerals and nutrients which feed into the area's many rivers. This nutrient-rich water, carried by fast currents, plunges deep into the sea, churning the waters and feeding the teeming life below. Scores of fishermen haul their catches to Itoigawa's 7 fishing ports daily and the fish auctions and markets are always full of local fishmongers, hoteliers and restauranteurs who provide only the freshest local seafood to their guests. You will recognize a lot of the fish brought to market each day, including Benizuwai crab, Namban shrimp, flounder, halibut, cod, sea bream, salmon, mackerel and more, but for a true culinary delight, seek out the lesser known local catches: gengyo (eel pout), megisu (deep sea smelt),  ankou (monkfish), tochiuo (goatfish) and other rare delicacies! You can find all of these and more at Itoigawa's fish markets and restaurants.