You no longer have to travel 4 hours to the north to eat Akita’s local specialties! You can taste them right here in Ginza, Tokyo! This restaurant is an old renovated Japanese house that was built 130 years ago and transferred to Ginza. The exorcist god “Namahage,” who usually appears on New Year’s Eve, comes here everyday!
You can enjoy both, the tasty dishes and local culture of Akita. Namahage looks scary to exorcise the evil, but it’s a good icebreaker to enjoy Akita’s specialties with him!
Hinai chicken, Kiritanpo and Sashimi… famous local dishes are here!
Our recommendation is the Hinai chiken.
Hinai chicken (locally raised chicken in Hinai) is one of the best kinds of locally raised chicken, among the more than 150 kinds. It is also called the “Ultimate locally raised chicken”. The soft, yet chewy texture and the taste of the smooth fat are addictive!
You can taste the many dishes of Hinai chicken, including grilled salted Hinai chicken, karage, tsukune-yaki, tebasaki, motsu-karage, and many others. The most popular one is the grilled salted Hinai chicken!
Another famous Akita cuisine is Kiritanpo-nabe, and is the most popular dish of all of them. Hinai chicken is essential to this dish too. Kiritanpo, made of mashed grilled rice spring onions, mushrooms, gobo, seri, and Hinai chicken, is carefully boiled with chicken broth in a large bowl. Kiritanpo-nabe is home cooking usually eaten in Akita and is especially essential to local festivals and ceremonious occasions. Kiritanpo-nabe is usually shared between several people for more of an intimate dining experience. Please try this unique Japanese food!
There are more than 100 kinds of sake from 39 different breweries in Akita! Please Check out these rare types sake!
＊English menu is available
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The highlight is the “Namahage show”!
It looks scary, but it’s actually a lucky god! The god of exorcism is coming! Namahage will run up to you out of the blue when the lights are turned off and the music is playing!
Namahage is a traditional event held in some parts of Akita. They are a kind of God who goes on patrol to each house during New Year’s Eve to reprimand children who are lazy or who are behaving badly. They are usually dressed in clothes braided with straw, a knife in one hand, and a hand pail in the other hand. During New Year’s Eve, they visit the houses and shout out phrases, looking for bad children. The Namahage patrol feels so intense, so be prepared if you are doing anything bad!
A Photogenic, old Japanese house-style restaurant
Inside, you’ll find an old style area and a Kamakura style (snow hut) area to dine in. This restaurant is an old renovated Japanese house that was built 130 years ago and transferred to Ginza. The wooden framing is very thick, which gives it a real deep feeling. This area is floored with tatami mats, so please take off your shoes.
The Kamakura, or snow hut area, is a private space that is separated from the rest. It actually looks just like a real Kamakura. It’s lighted area looks so mystical and you don’t have to take your shoes off.
Which do you prefer, the old Japanese house style, or Kamakura style?
This is a hidden place where you can experience local culture in Ginza, Tokyo!
The Namahage is the landmark, please come and find us!
Nakajima Shoji Building 9F.8-5-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo