Treat your palate to Aomori’s quintessential fresh seafood, served atop a bowl of steamed rice. Beloved amongst locals and undoubtedly a must-try for visitors, this local delight is called Nokke-don, which translates simply to “rice bowl with toppings”. Though it may come across as an ordinary rice bowl dish, the true appeal of Nokke-don is the ability to pile on your favorite toppings to your heart’s desire!

There’s nowhere better to experience Nokke-don than the Aomori Gyosai Center. First, head over to the information office and purchase your meal tickets—pieces of paper that can then be exchanged for your desired toppings. Depending on the topping of choice, the number of tickets needed will vary, so be sure to strategize carefully as you filter through the sheer variety of fresh seafood that is laid before you. If you’re overwhelmed with all the options, you can’t go wrong aiming straight for the locally caught scallops and tuna, known as Aomori’s pride and joy.

If you’re looking for more textures and flavors to add to your bowl, consider the ever-popular ikamenchi (minced squid) or broiled fish—the center’s specialty. The various kinds of pickled vegetables unique to each shop could also be the addition to your bowl you’re looking for. If you’re in the mood for surf and turf, grilled meat is also available as an option. With an incredible variety of fresh ingredients to enjoy in every season, Aomori is the perfect destination for seafood-loving foodies looking for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Nokke-don Information Center

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Address: 1-11-16 Furukawa, Aomori City, Aomori, Japan

Airport: Aomori Airport

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