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Where To Have Lunch In Hakone? 6 Delicious Food You Can't Miss

Melynie
Published Jan 17, 2017

Hakone is a popular onsen town located in the Ashigarashimo District of Kanagawa Prefecture. Any seasoned Japan traveller would have made the two-hour train ride from central Tokyo to take a dip in Hakone’s hot springs. However, from traditional kaiseki cuisine to hole-in-the-wall delicacies, Hakone is home to delicious offerings that can’t be missed. Next time you find yourself in the Hakone area, check out these local places for great eats.

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Getting to Hakone

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Hakone is easily accessible from central Tokyo by the Odakyu Romance Car. The Romance Car departs from Odakyu Shinjuku station (which is connected from JR Shinjuku station via underground) multiple times a day, taking a little over an hour to reach Hakone. Additionally, a round trip Hakone Free Pass costs 5,410 JPY (46 USD) for 2-days, or 5,640 JPY (48 USD) for 3-days.

Find more info at Odakyu Official Site

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Traditional kaiseki-ryōri at Hananoyado Fukuya

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If you are planning to stay at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn), be sure to choose a venue that includes kaiseki-ryōri on its menu. Kaiseki-ryōri, or kaiseki, for short, is a traditional, multi-course Japanese dinner. A wide range of special skills and techniques are required to put together a kaiseki-ryōri course, and the food is often so beautiful that it is almost like art.

Hakone is no stranger to kaiseki-ryōri. One sampling of kaiseki-ryōri you should be sure not to miss is the course at Hananoyado Fukuya. The course changes seasonally, featuring local and seasonal flavours and also sushi on the side.

Hananoyado Fukuya

Address: 571-18 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Price: from 29,160 JPY (250 USD)/person

Access: Shuttle bus from Hakone Port bus stop

Contact: +81 460-86-2121

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Tai gohan from Youraku

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For another take on traditional kaiseki cuisine, try out the “tai gohan” offerings from Youraku. Located along the Hayakawa river, Youraku prides itself on meticulous dishes where “tai,” or red snapper, is the star. There are a couple of different menus to choose from, with a takeout option also available, but we recommend the Kyoto-style kaiseki.

All of the ingredients are strictly selected, with red snapper prepared in every way imaginable. You can enjoy “tai gohan” or “tai ochazuke” (tea poured over hot rice), “tai sashimi” and more. If you want to eat at Youraku, be sure to make plans in advance; seats are limited in the shop and you will need a reservation for a kaiseki course.

Youraku

Address: 84 Tounosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa prefecture

Price: Lunch from 2800 JPY (24 USD). Dinner from 4500 JPY (39 USD).

Opening Hours: Lunch time 11:30am - 2:30pm (last order). Dinner time 5:30pm - 7:00pm (last order) opened on Fri, Sat, Sun. Closed on public holidays and Wednesdays.

Access: 12-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto station. 1-minute walk from Tounosawa bus stop.

Contact: +81 460-85-8878

Youraku

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Black curry from Waku Waku Kitchen

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Ōwakudani is a volcanic valley, one of the main attractions in the Hakone area. After checking out the active sulphur vents, be sure to get in line and get a plate for the buffet at Kuro Tamago Kan’s Waku Waku Kitchen. Although there are many delicious options on the menu, our recommendation is the “Genso Owakudani Black Curry,” featuring a pleasant blend of spices and squid ink.

Also popular is the “Black Yakisoba,” and a variety of “Kuro-tamago,” or “Black Egg” treats that you can take home as souvenirs.

Waku Waku Kitchen

Address: 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Price: 1800 JPY (15 USD) for adults, 1500 JPY (13 USD) for children (45-minute lunch, all-you-can-eat course)

Opening Hours: 11 am-3 pm. Open year round.

Access: 1-minute walk from Owakudani bus stop

Contact: +81 460-84-9605

Waku Waku Kitchen

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"Chikara mochi" from Amazake-chaya

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If you need a little pick-me-up, hop on the bus to Amazake-chaya for some “chikara mochi.” Amazake-chaya, a traditional teahouse reminiscent of the Edo period, is well-known for its “amazake” (traditional sweet non-alcohol drink made from fermented rice), but locals also enjoy the “chikara mochi,” or “power mochi.”

There are three different flavour offerings: “isobe” (soy sauce), “kurogoma” (soy bean powder mixed with black sesame) or “uguisu” (soy bean powder, pictured above). Enjoy amazake and oden with your mochi for a complete meal.

Amazake-chaya

Address: 395-1 Hatajuku Futagoyama, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa prefecture

Price: from 250 JPY (2.20 USD)

Opening Hours: 7 am-5:30 pm.

Access: 1-minute walk from Amazake-chaya bus stop

Contact: +81 460-83-6418

Amazake-chaya

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"Onsen stew" bread from Watanabe Bakery

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After a long soak in the hot springs, treat yourself to another “onsen” by eating Watanabe Bakery’s onsen stew bread. The bakery itself has been around since the Meiji period, with a variety of different baked goods on sale.

Our recommendation is the rich “onsen stew” bread, freshly-cooked French bread bowl with warm stew in the centre. The stew is filled with different ingredients and warm, just like a real hot spring. The best part? Ending your meal by eating the warm, stew-infused bread bowl!

Watanabe Bakery

Address: 343-3, Miyanoshita, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa prefecture

Price: from 650 JPY (5.60 USD)

Opening Hours: (April - September) 9:30 am-5:30 pm. (October - March) 9:30 am-5 pm. Closed Wed. and 3rd Tue.

Access: 8-minute walk from Miyanoshita station

Contact: +81 460-82-2127

Watanabe Bakery

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Gratin bread from Pan no Mimi

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One of Hakone’s best-kept secrets is the Pan no Mimi bakery. Although the bakery is located in a small alleyway, it is very popular among locals and tourists alike and there is often a line outside the door.

Pan no Mimi orders the bread for its “pan-gratin,” or gratin bread, from Watanabe Bakery itself. The gratin is filled with local seafood and onions, and is extremely rich.

Pan no Mimi

Address: 170 Miyagino, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa prefecture

Price: from 400 JPY (3.40 USD)

Opening Hours: 10 am- 5m. Closed on Tues. and Wed.

Access: 1-minute walk from Miyashino Shisho-mae bus stop

Contact: +81 460-82-4480

Pan no Mimi

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Hakone: Hot springs and hot eats

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To most, Hakone may be known as an onsen town, but there are also a variety of different dining options. Whether you are looking to eat a multi-course kaiseki meal after a soak in the onsen, or just want to pick up some Japanese-style sweets or baked goods, Hakone has an option for every taste palate and every budget.

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Fifth-generation Japanese-American adventuring around Japan. Born in Hawaii and based in Tokyo, Melynie is a recent graduate of Waseda University. Likes cute coffee shops, handicrafts and...Read more

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