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Wappameshi Inakaya

The original home of ”wappameshi”! Your source for authentic, local fare from Niigata.

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The birthplace of wappameshi, a famed local dish that hails from Niigata.
The name wappameshi points to the “wappa”, an authentic Japanese lunch box made by bending a thin sheet of cedar into shape. Inside it you’ll find a real treasure, a bed of rice steamed in flavored broth that’s topped with seasonal fish and other ingredients. It was originally created collaboratively as the brainchild of Inakaya’s founder and Kitaooji Rosanjin, acclaimed food connoisseur and gourmet.

The crowd favorite here is the “sake oyako wappameshi”, topped with salmon and salmon roe. You will also find the likes of crab, shrimp, oyster and other select wappameshi to try.

In addition to the wappameshi selection, there’s “nanban ebi”, plump, succulent sweet shrimp, and “noppe”, a local simmered stew of taro, carrots, and other vegetables. The menu includes a full lineup of local delicacies and plenty of Niigata craft sake to pair.

For seating, guests can enjoy a selection of counter seating with a view of the chef as he works, table seating with room for up to 46 people, or seating by the traditional “irori” hearth with room for up to 4 people.
Stop by for a local feast of Niigata delights, served in a classic, retro-chic Japanese interior.


  • This is the original restaurant that produced the Niigata local dish wappameshi
  • Enjoy an authentic wappameshi made in collaboration with acclaimed gourmet, Kitaooji Rosanjin.
  • Wide selection of sake to pair.
  • Counter-seating offers close-up views of the artisan chef at work.
  • Plenty of authentic Japanese vibes and seating by the traditional “irori” hearth.


  • Street view

    Street view

  • Counter seating

    Counter seating

  • Sake oyako wappa

    Sake oyako wappa

  • Nanban shrimp wappa

    Nanban shrimp wappa

  • Nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch) wappa

    Nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch) wappa

  • Deluxe echigo wappa

    Deluxe echigo wappa

  • Noppe


  • Full course meal

    Full course meal

  • Rosanjin wappa Set

    Rosanjin wappa Set



Name in Japanese
わっぱ飯 田舎家
Postal Code
9-1457 Furumachidori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata
Business Hours
11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm (Last order: Food 9:30pm, Drinks 9:30pm)
December 31st, January 1st
Lunch: 1,000 – 1,500 yen, Dinner: 1,000 – 5,000 yen
Approx. 9-minute taxi ride from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line. Alternatively, take the B10 Line bus from the station for 10 minutes before getting off at Furumachi and walking for about 7 minutes.
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