Incomparable dishes made possible by Aizu's climate and superlative water

One of the greatest attractions of Aizu Wakamatsu is the wide variety of uniquely local dishes that visitors can enjoy. Traditional dishes include kozuyu and horsemeat cuisine, as well as a wide array of soba dishes, the most famous of which is Takato soba. Some of the newer dishes include sauce-katsudon and wappa-meshi. And a recent favorite, which some call Aizu’s “food for the soul,” is curry-yakisoba. All are tasty dishes that will satisfy any food aficionado. They speak eloquently of the Aizu people’s dedication to perfection and unwillingness to settle for second best.

  1. Aizu Kozuyu

    A hearty soup made from dried scallop stock and seasoned with salt and soy sauce. The soup contains satoimo potatoes, carrots, various mushrooms, ginko nuts, and tiny balls of wheat gluten called m.....read more

  2. Aizu Sauce Katsu-don

    A bowlful of rice is covered with a layer of shredded cabbage and topped with freshly fried pork cutlet flavored with a special sauce. Each restaurant has its own secret recipe for the sauce, in wh.....read more

  3. Aizu Horsemeat Cuisine

    Horsemeat cuisine purportedly developed in Aizu because of the many packhorses that shops and inns used to keep to carry customers and goods in the olden days when Aizu was a post station on the Ec.....read more

  4. Soba Noodles

    A hilly terrain, hot summers followed by cold winters, and an abundance of pure, clean water: Any soba connoisseur will tell you that a place that satisfies all these conditions is sure to be a gre.....read more

  5. Wappa Meshi

    Wappa is a round container made of a thin sheet of curved wood, used as a lunchbox by woodsmen from ancient times. A restaurant owner in Aizu came up with the idea of filling a wappa container with.....read more

  6. Café

    Aizu Ichiban-kan is a café with an antique decor on the first floor of the building that used to house the Kaiyo Iin hospital, where bacteriologist Noguchi Hideyo studied in his youth as a live-in .....read more

  7. Miso Dengaku

    Originally dengaku was a ceremonal dance that included drums, dancing, and flutes, as a ritual for agriculture and rice planting. Now, dengaku is miso drenched fried tofu, becuase of the white clot.....read more

  8. Japanese sweets

    Aizu's confectionary, largely developed from the historical culture and climate, and also tea ceremony that was brought over by Gamou Ujisato. An old fashioned tasting Jokashi was popular among com.....read more

  9. Aizu Ramen

    Aizu's ramen characteristics are thick and flattening. This smooth and rich taste inside soup will make the inside of your mouth feel amazing. Each shop produces it's own taste, but each are made.....read more

  10. Curry Yaki-soba

    Aizuwakamatsu's gourmet yakisoba with carry made from roux. The cafeteria named "Tommy Food" began offering curry made with yakisoba, the cheapness and amount of food, quickly gained popularity a.....read more