- Ramen & Soba
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!
- Seafood & Sushi
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.