wow!40 Experience the spirit of Japan at an izakaya that serves delicious seafood.

Facing two seas – the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk Sea – on either side of the Soya Strait,
Wakkanai is one of Japan's leading seafood treasure troves.
As a wide variety of freshly caught delicacies of the sea can be found there, the level of izakayas is, of course, high.
Savor plump, lip-smacking seafood along with Japanese sake that complements the flavors,
while enjoying the quintessential Japanese atmosphere that makes it all the more delicious.

Lots of delicious seafood

Wakkanai boasts the most prolific North Pacific giant octopus catch in Japan,
and the shabu-shabu dish that utilizes that octopus is a well-known delicacy,
but many other types of seafood are also landed in the city throughout the year.
Among these, the catches of Atka mackerel, scallops and sea cucumber are some of the most prolific in Japan.
In addition, large amounts of king and horsehair crab are also landed, and the varieties and amounts of marine products,
such as Rishiri kombu and Rebun sea urchin – including those from neighboring communities in the Soya region – are said to be unprecedented throughout the whole of Japan.

Wakkanai boasts the most prolific North Pacific giant octopus catch in Japan, and the shabu-shabu dish that utilizes that octopus is a well-known delicacy, but many other types of seafood are also landed in the city throughout the year. Among these, the catches of Atka mackerel, scallops and sea cucumber are some of the most prolific in Japan. In addition, large amounts of king and horsehair crab are also landed, and the varieties and amounts of marine products, such as Rishiri kombu and Rebun sea urchin – including those from neighboring communities in the Soya region – are said to be unprecedented throughout the whole of Japan.

Freshly caught and reasonably priced

Wakkanai is where lots of blessings from the seas are gathered. For the residents,
one of the joys of the city is the ability to savor freshly caught seafood,
not in luxurious establishments but in local izakayas. Being able to eat delicious seafood at reasonable prices is one of the unique appeals of Wakkanai.
When visiting an izakaya, be sure to look out for Wakkanai brands such as “Soya octopus”, “Soya scallops”, “Soya mozuku” (vinegared seaweed), “Wakkanai Atka mackerel” and “Wakkanai ginkgo grass”.
Shellfish nurtured in the Soya Strait, where the currents are strong, are small but firm, and have a distinctive savory and sweet taste that is delicious when eaten either grilled or raw.
The best season for Wakkanai Atka mackerel is summer.
Landed on the same day as they are caught, the fish are the freshest and plumpest you can wish for.

Wakkanai is where lots of blessings from the seas are gathered. For the residents, one of the joys of the city is the ability to savor freshly caught seafood, not in luxurious establishments but in local izakayas. Being able to eat delicious seafood at reasonable prices is one of the unique appeals of Wakkanai. When visiting an izakaya, be sure to look out for Wakkanai brands such as “Soya octopus”, “Soya scallops”, “Soya mozuku” (vinegared seaweed), “Wakkanai Atka mackerel” and “Wakkanai ginkgo grass”. Shellfish nurtured in the Soya Strait, where the currents are strong, are small but firm, and have a distinctive savory and sweet taste that is delicious when eaten either grilled or raw. The best season for Wakkanai Atka mackerel is summer. Landed on the same day as they are caught, the fish are the freshest and plumpest you can wish for.

Perhaps you can find some local gems

When you’re not sure what to eat, it’s best to ask the proprietor or staff of the establishment.
Many local izakayas rely on the local people for their business, and many have unique or little-known dishes on their menus. Being able to encounter such dishes not found in travel magazines and guidebooks is another charm of Wakkanai.
Enjoy fresh delicacies of the sea in warm and welcoming izakaya’s amid an enka-like atmosphere, and satisfy both your stomach and your soul.

When you’re not sure what to eat, it’s best to ask the proprietor or staff of the establishment. Many local izakayas rely on the local people for their business, and many have unique or little-known dishes on their menus. Being able to encounter such dishes not found in travel magazines and guidebooks is another charm of Wakkanai. Enjoy fresh delicacies of the sea in warm and welcoming izakaya’s amid an enka-like atmosphere, and satisfy both your stomach and your soul.


Establishments where it can be eaten

Kaisendon Uotsune
Minato 1-6-28 (Wakkanai Fukukou Market) 6:30~9:00/11:00~15:00
73-0120
Teppen Diner
Minato 1-6-28 (Wakkanai Fukukou Market) 6:30~9:00/11:00~15:00
73-0120
Kurumaya Genji
Chuo 2-8-22 11:00〜22:00
0162-23-4111
Northern Taste Takechan
Chuo 2-8-7 17:00~22:00
0162-22-7130
Nara-zushi
Chuo 2-13-3 11:30~22:30
0162-23-6131
Sushitatsu
Chuo 3-2-3 17:30~22:00
0162-23-5631
Sushi Restaurant Hesomagari
Minato 4-12-21 11:00~21:00
0162-22-7230
Sushi Restaurant Minami
Daikoku 2-2-22 17:00~21:30
0162-24-4448
Sushi-go-round Wakkanai Hanaichimonme
Shiomi 5-46-13 11:00~22:00
0162-34-7377
Sushi-no-Tenkatsu
Daikoku 2-8-7 17:30~23:00
0162-73-1612
Minatoya Diner
Noshappu 2 8:00~18:00
0162-22-9636
Noshappu Diner
Noshappu 2 10:00~17:00
0162-23-5729
Restaurant Yoshioka
Chuo 2-7 17:30~24:00
0162-22-6364
Four Seasons Dining an-non
Kaiun 1-2-2 17:30~21:00
0162-23-8111
Teppanyaki Hamanasu
Kaiun 1-2-2 17:30~21:00
0162-23-8111
Seafood Restaurant Yumehiroba
Kaiun 2-1-5 11:00~20:30
0162-24-5366
Japanese-style Seafood Barbecue Uroko-Tei
Chuo 5-6-8 9:00~21:00
0120-211-911
Restaurant Izumi
Daikoku 2-13-11 11:30~20:00
0162-22-4141
Mamiyado
Soyamisaki 10:00~16:00
0162-76-2453
Oshokujidokoro Musashi
Tomioka 4-12-2 11:00~22:00
0162-34-2343
Local dish Amimoto
Chuo 1-3-18 17:00~23:00
0162-22-3177
Izakaya Itsumi
Chuo 2-5-10 17:00~23:00
0162-22-1121
Kitchen Club Saiko
Daikoku 2-1-9 17:00~23:30
0162-24-5111
Tsubohachi Minami Wakkanai Branch
Daikoku 2-7-32 17:00~24:00
0162-23-2482
Northern Seafood Robata-Uokichi
Daikoku 2-7-32 17:00~23:00
0162-24-7641
Izakaya Yoji
Daikoku 2-8 17:00~22:00
0162-22-5557
Ezo Banya
Daikoku 2-12-2 17:00~23:00
0162-22-3207

*Opening hours of establishments may differ according to each season.
*For more details on opening hours and holidays, please contact the establishment in question, directly.

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