Embark on a gourmet adventure in Iwate Prefecture.

by Manami Abe on 09 November 2017

Some people travel to see amazing attractions. Others travel to experience different cultures. For me, my travels are led by my tummy. Whether I’m traveling within Japan or overseas, tasting local cuisine is my top priority!

My last travel was to Iwate Prefecture. So if you’re thinking of visiting this place, you’re in luck because I’m going to introduce you to my favorite local dishes.

Genghis Khan at Anbe
Love grilled meat? Then you absolutely must visit Anbe— a famous, long-standing Genghis Khan restaurant in Tono. Genghis Khan is a Japanese grilled mutton dish popular in Japan’s Northern region. But that’s not what makes it so special. It’s the delicious seasoning sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! So please make sure you dip the mutton and vegetables in the sauce.

Do note that Anbe is closed on Thursdays.

Name: Anbe
Address: 〒028-0542 2-4-12 Hayasecho, Tono-shi, Iwate

Morioka Cold Noodle at Yamankaya
I’m sure you’re no stranger to noodles like ramen, soba and pasta. Well, I’m going to add more to that list, starting with Morioka reimen—the first of Iwate Prefecture’s famous noodles. Made using wheat flour and starch, the semi-translucent noodles have a unique chewy texture, and are commonly served in a chilled broth, topped with ingredients like spicy kimchi, cucumber, grilled pork and a boiled egg.

In my opinion, the best place to try this dish is Yamanakaya. This place may look like a regular BBQ restaurant, but it’s a popular place among locals to satisfy their reimen craving, for just 750 yen a bowl!

Name: Yamanakaya, Sannourinkai store
Address: 〒010-0956 4-48 Sannourinkai, Akita-shi Akita
URL: http://www.yamanakaya.jp/shop/detail.php?id=11

Moriokoa Jaja-men at Pairon Honten
Next up is the second of Iwate Prefecture’s famous noodles—Morioka Jaja-men. Thick udon-like noodles, bathed in miso broth, topped with minced meat, cucumber, and scallions. Mix it altogether and what you get is a harmonious blend of flavors.

This dish can easily be found, but the best one I tried was at Pairon Honten. If you’ve the chance, please try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Name: Pairon Honten
Address:〒020-0023 5-15 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi Iwate
URL: https://r.gnavi.co.jp/remnjtns0000/

Wanko soba at Azumaya
The last to add to your list is Iwate Prefecture’s Wanko soba! Entertaining is how I’d describe my experience with this dish. Soba noodles are dished out in bite-sized portions, and must be eaten as quickly as they’re served. So if you’re full and want to tell the servers, make sure you place a lid over your bowl. If you’re up for this challenge, I highly recommend visiting Azumaya. There, you can enjoy wanko soba for 2700 yen and it comes with seven toppings.

I dare you to eat a hundred bowls! Break the record, and you’ll receive a reward for your accomplishment!

Name: Sobadokoro Azumaya
Address: 〒020-0871 1-8-3 Nakanomichi-dori, Morioka-shi Iwate
URL: http://www.wankosoba-azumaya.co.jp/menu/index.html

I hope you enjoyed the article as much as I enjoyed describing Iwate Prefecture’s food. It’s one place that’ll leave you wanting more.