Low-key and beloved by locals, this historic izakaya (a Japanese tavern) has become somewhat of a Hachinohe institution and is a must for food-focused travellers. Perch yourself at the countertop and order one of each of the five specials scrawled on the whiteboard. There’s no menu and no price tags but everything will hit the mark. If sea urchin and botan shrimp are on the menu, order extra portions – they’re particularly moreish.
4 Tsuitachimachi, Hachinohe, Aomori 031-0087