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Enjoy delightful local dishes! A selection of 5 dining spots in the Aizuwakamatsu Area

# Dining
September 23, 2020
There are a total of 22 ski resorts packed into the Aizu area. Located in the center, Aizuwakamatsu Station is a famous tourist location with a deep history. Due to its inland location, Aizuwakamatsu experiences hot summers and cold winters. Since there’s such a radical difference in the hot and cold seasons, this has become a region that is a treasure trove of delicious meals. I went out to Aizuwakamatsu myself, so I’d like to introduce you to 5 gourmet locations I found within walking distance of Aizuwakamatsu Station!

Enjoy a traditional taste - Kitakata Ramen Marutaka Shokudo

Kitakata Ramen store

Kitakata ramen, one of the three major ramen styles of Japan, originated here in the Aizu region. The main characteristic of Kitakata ramen is the noodle's thick texture and softness! The soup base is soy sauce-flavored clear tonkotsu (pork bone), which makes for its characteristic light flavor.

Tonkotsu ramen

You can casually grab a bowl of Kitakata ramen at Kitakata Ramen Marutaka Shokudo. It’s right next to Aizuwakamatsu Station, so you can casually drop by while exploring the area.

Opening Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm (no weekly holidays)
Address: 1-2 Ekimae-machi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 1 minute walk from Aizuwamakatsu Station

Ramen Shop Taiichi, with its delectable light Shio Ramen

A shop that’s famous for its shio ramen

The Aizu area flourishes as a mountain salt production region. Mountain salt is salt made from boiling down onsen water.

At Ramen Shop Taiichi, you can enjoy ramen made using mountain salt, for a unique and mellow flavor.

Shio ramen

The translucent soup features the gentle flavoring of mountain salt and a slightly sweet aftertaste, making for an exquisite dish! Ramen Shop Taiichi closes as soon as they run out of soup, so if you’d like to enjoy a bowl, be sure to get there early!

Opening Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm/5:30pm - 8:30pm (Weekly holiday: Tuesday)
Address: 6-2 Takizawa-machi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 15 minute walk from Aizuwakamatsu Station

Traditional flavor using homemade miso - Mitsutaya

Miso Dengaku store

You can enjoy various dishes that use Aizu miso at Mitsutaya. Miso Dengaku, a famous local delicacy, can be eaten around the Aizu area. In this cozy shop the feel and the atmosphere of the interior lets you get up close to the history of Aizu.

Miso Dengaku

Putting a hearty helping of homemade miso on konnyaku, shiitake mushrooms, taro root, and more in a store filled with the fragrance of miso is an experience like no other!

Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Weekly holiday: Wednesday)
Address: 1-1-25 Omachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 20 minute walk from Aizuwakamatsu Station

Kura no Mise, a famous shop for horse meat sashimi

Horse meat sashimi restaurant

The Aizu region has been well known for horse meat since long ago. It’s quite easy to get horse meat in this area, which was ranked no. 2 nationally for its production amount. Horse meat is comparatively more nutritious than beef or pork, and is generally eaten as sashimi.

Horse meat sashimi

In addition to the staple horse meat sashimi, you can also enjoy lightly cooked horse meat, and horse meat sushi.
There are plenty of different ways to enjoy this delicacy. Please be sure to try out the delicious, non-pungent horse meat!

Opening Hours: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (Weekly holidays: Wednesday, national holidays)
Address: 4-1 Gyoninmachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 20 minute walk from Aizuwakamatsu Station

Enjoy various charcoal-grilled dishes at Fukunishi Honten Sumigura

Charcoal grilled dish shop

Fukunishi Honten Sumigura is a historic building constructed during the Taisho period, and has recently been renovated. Enjoy charcoal-grilled seasonal ingredients that let you taste a blast of flavor.

Charcoal-grilled fish

This store is known for its charcoal-grilling process, where the seasonal ingredients are grilled on a rack right before your eyes. Its simplicity lets you enjoy the true flavor of the ingredients. You can enjoy charcoal-grilled dishes such as Aizu's brand chicken Fukudori, as well as fresh fish that's sent from 4 ports nationwide.

Opening Hours: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Weekly holidays: Monday)
Address: 4-16 Nakamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 20 minute walk from Aizuwakamatsu Station

Enjoy Aizuwakamatsu while experiencing historic local cuisine

So that about does it!

Aizuwakamatsu is not only an incredibly captivating location with excellent cuisine, but it has many historic sightseeing spots worth seeing as well. Skiing, sightseeing, gourmet dishes - you can enjoy it all in Aizuwakamatsu. If you come out to this region, be sure to stop by these famous shops that are within walking distance from the station!

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