Sampachi Kamikita Region

Towada/Misawa Culinary Area

Takarako Wanko-don

Takarako Wanko-don features the seasonal local ingredients of Lake Ogawara and the town of Tohoku in three kinds of rice bowl dishes. Using only the best, in-season seafood and vegetables such as the shirauo (icefish), wakasagi (Japanese smelt), freshwater clams (shijimi), and Tohoku’s vegetables, the menu varies by season.
Icefish
Japanese Smelt

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Towada Barayaki

A local specialty of Towada, Towada barayaki uses beef rib and a copious amount of onion marinated in a sweet and spicy soy-sauce based sauce, grilled on a hot plate. While beef rib is the most commonly used, the dish is also made with pork, horse, or lamb at some selected establishments.
Beef

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Towada Oirase Gyoza

Towada Oirase Gyoza uses locally sourced Oirase Garlic Pork, Premium Garlic with little odor, and cabbage. As the filling is seasoned with the well-known yakiniku sauce Stamina Gentare, the gyoza can be enjoyed without any additional seasoning.
Pork
Garlic

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Lake Towada Himemasu

Himemasu (kokanee salmon) is widely farmed in Lake Towada. It is highly appreciated for its fatty and tender flesh with a subtle sweetness. A versatile ingredient, it can be enjoyed as sashimi, grilled, in rice bowls, and meuniere.
Masu (Sea Trout)

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Misawa Hokki-don

Misawa Hokki-don is a local rice bowl made with the freshest surf clam harvested locally. With the only requirement for a Misawa Hokki-don being the usage of the local surf-clam, each establishment serves their form of Misawa Hokki-don, including stewed, sautéed, and fried surf-clam.
Surf Clam

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Cheese Roll

Inspired by an American who lived in the Misawa U.S. Air Base, cheese roll is a popular B-grade cuisine. Cheese is wrapped in gyoza wrappers and fried to achieve a crunchy irresistible texture.

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Shichinohe Burger

This specialty burger incorporates Aomori beef, pork, and chicken for the perfect patty. The burger must also include at least one of the following local ingredients; tomato, nagaimo, or garlic. Every restaurant requires prior reservation.
Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products
Tomato
Nagaimo
Garlic

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Noheji Kitamae Ramen

Featuring noodles with kawara ketsumei, a medicinal plant with health properties grown locally, Noheji Kitamae Ramen is served in golden scallop soup with barbecued char siu chicken as topping.
Chicken
Sea Scallops

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Misawa Paika

Paika is a pork cartilage, which is full of collagen. Misawa paika cuisine is a specialty of Misawa, one of the top producers of pork in the Tohoku region. It is served in nabe, ramen, and in stewed dishes.
Pork

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Rice Flour Gobo Udon

This specialty udon uses rice flour made from Masshigura rice grown in Towada, and locally sourced gobo (burdock root) powder. It delivers a smooth and mochi-like texture. The dish also includes selected local nagaimo and green onion.
Rice
Gobo

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Oirase Darumaimo Hecchoko Soup

Oirase Darumaimo Hecchoko Soup is a local specialty featuring nagaimo dumplings. Oirase produced darumaimo (a type of nagaimo), local carrots, and gobo are cooked in a soup of duck stock.
*Hecchoko, a term referring to one’s naval, is used to describe the shape of the dumpling.
Nagaimo
Gobo
Carrots
Green Onion

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Noheji-don

Noheji-don is a local donburi rice bowl featuring Noheji hotate (scallop) and the branded turnip Noheji Hatsuki Kokabu. There are two types of Noheji-don, one which has marinated scallop and sashimi, and another which has kaiyaki miso (scallop grilled on shell with miso).
Sea Scallops
Turnip

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Hachinohe Culinary Area

Takko Garlic Steak

This is a full-course meal using Takko’s famed garlic, meat, and rice. The main dish is a special meat sushi using Takko’s beef, pork, and chicken steaks. Diners themselves wrap the meat with rice and three types of toppings. The featured dessert is garlic ice cream using Takko’s garlic.
Garlic

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Gonohe Horse Meat

Horse meat is a specialty of Gonohe. Popular dishes include horse meat hot pot, sashimi, barbeque, and shabu-shabu.
Horse Meat Hot Pot
Horse Meat

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Hachinohe Sushi

Hachinohe Sushi represents premium sushi with seafood that can only be enjoyed near Hachinohe port. Hachinohe Sushi is served in various establishments, featuring a total of eleven pieces of sushi for a standardized price. In addition to the standard ingredients of exceptional, local branded Hachinohe Maeoki Saba and squid, Hachinohe Sushi may include tuna, flounder, sea urchin, or abalone.
Mackerel
Squid

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Hachinohe Bouillabaisse

Hachinohe Bouillabaisse is a type of stew served only during a limited-time culinary event. As a requirement, it is made with more than four types of seafood ingredients brought in from the Hachinohe port. Local vegetables such as herbs, garlic, and tomatoes are also used as much as possible. The dish is finished with a closing offering using the seafood infused soup.
*Serving stores change every year, as this is a limited culinary event.
Shellfish, Seaweed, and Other Seafood
Fish

Hachinohe Senbei-jiru

A local country dish of the Hachinohe region, Hachinohe Senbei-jiru is a unique dish made by stewing Nanbu sembei crackers in soup. The soup base is made with meat, fish, mushroom, and vegetables, and the crackers are made with flour and salt. The cracker absorbs the soup while holding its shape with an al dente texture.
Senbei-Jiru
Nanbu Senbei Crackers

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Hachinohe Ramen

A light yet deeply-flavored ramen, Hachinohe ramen incorporates thin curly noodles with soy sauce-based soup. The soup stock uses dried fish caught in the local seas, chicken, and pork.
Fish
Kombu

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Hachinohe Maeoki Saba

Hachinnohe Maeoki Saba is a branded name for mackerel caught in the surrounding seas of Hachinohe, brought in Hachinohe port, and accredited by the brand council. This is an exceptional mackerel that can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes from country cooking to creative cuisine.
Mackerel

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Hachinohe Bakudan

Hachinohe Bakudan is a local rice bowl in Hachinohe using squid caught locally. Diced squid is marinated with Takko garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, topped with salmon roe and a fresh egg yolk.
Squid
Garlic

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Ichigoni Urchin Soup

Developed by fishermen, Ichigoni scrumptiously uses sea urchin and abalone caught in the town of Hashikami. In recent years, it is a celebratory soup dish served during festive occasions.
Ichigoni Urchin Soup
Sea Urchin
Abalone
Fish

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