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Akiusha

アキウ舎 | Akiusha

160-year-old house remade into elegant local-food restaurant

Photo by Akiusha

Photo by Akiusha

Photo by Akiusha

Photo by Akiusha

  • Davide Bitti

    Writer

    Last Update
    October 15, 2019

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  • They call them akiya, literally “empty houses.” Across the countryside, thousands of old, traditional houses stand ownerless, abandoned when their owners pass away and children move to the cities. These houses symbolize how rural Japan is being left behind as the frenetic cities lead the country toward the future. The people behind Akiusha decided to give one traditional house a new life as an elegant and delicious restaurant in the hot springs area of Akiu. They state, “With Akiusha at its core, it is our mission to revive and discover the dormant charms of Tohoku.”

    The exterior of the restaurant is a testimony to Akiu’s past, with its 160-year-old main structure and roof carefully preserved. The interiors, however, are contemporary and elegant, a nice fusion of traditional and new. The food is centered around the use of organic, local vegetables from nearby farms. The menu offers dishes like bagna cauda, pot-au-feu and pork cutlet alongside a varied selection of desserts.

    Akiusha has great atmosphere and the quality of the ingredients is extremely good. The grilled vegetables and grilled chicken of the Akiusha lunch set stood out. For the novelty, I suggest the Akiu Saiseki Chocolate, a large chunk of praline chocolate which diners get to break with a wooden hammer. Fun and delicious at the same time!

    WEBSITEhttps://akiusha.jp/

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Details

ADDRESS

Nozoki-9-4 Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture 982-0241

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

About 50 minutes by bus from Sendai Station, followed by a 5-minute walk. From Sendai Station West Exit bus pool stop #8 (仙台駅前8番のりば), board bus bound for Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉) or Akiu Otaki (秋保大滝). Alight at Rairaikyo (磊々峡) bus stop. Timetable here.

CREDIT CARDS

Yes

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes

HOURS

11:00–17:00

CLOSED DAYS

Tuesday

PHONE

022-724-7767

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Yes

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

TABLE CHARGE

No

LUNCH HOURS

11:00–17:00

LUNCH LAST ORDER

16:00

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