10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town

Publish-date: Nov 21 2018 Update-date: Feb 15 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town

As one of the best hot spring towns in Japan, Hakone is a popular travel destination for short trips from Tokyo. Aside from soaking in hot springs, why not bask in the area's abundant culinary delights? Here are 10 restaurants you have to try.

1. Nonki Tei (Kozu / Japanese Cuisine)

1. Nonki Tei (Kozu / Japanese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
Established 80 years ago, Nonki Tei serves both traditional dishes as well as items new dishes sought by its third-generation owner. Their signature dish, [Ten Musubi], is made with a 40-year-old recipe in which tempura is wrapped in onigiri (rice ball). The taste of their [Nikomi Teishoku], a set meal centered around simmered ingredients, also remains unchanged since it was first served. Their [Una-ju] (rice topped with eel basted with a sweet sauce) is an offering from the current owner, who trained at a long-established Tokyo restaurant specializing in eel cuisine. It is an exquisite dish fusing the past and the present. Their cuisine is a sumptuous feast of fresh ingredients both from the land and the sea.

Nonki Tei

Open: Normal hours: 11:00am-9:00pm. Closed from 3:00pm-5:00pm for preparation. Thank you very much for your business.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,250 JPY
Access: After exiting Kozu station, walk in the direction of Tokyo on National Route 1 for 5 minutes.
Address: 4-4-38 Kozu , Odawara-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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2. Sansen (Odawara / Seafood Izakaya)

2. Sansen (Odawara / Seafood Izakaya)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
Sansen is an izakaya (Japanese pub) serving seafood in Odawara, which faces Sagami Bay. It is operated by a fish wholesaler, so the freshness of its ingredients is exceptional. They offer plenty of dishes using seasonal, fresh seafood from Odawara Port at reasonable prices. A popular item in their menu is the [Sashimi Combination], a large platter full of sashimi prepared with freshly-caught seafood. Aside from sushi and kaisen-don (rice bowl dish with seafood), they also have fried and grilled a-la-carte items to complete their menu. Enjoy the food with sake selected and procured from various breweries all over the country.

Sansen

Open: Lunch: 11:30am - 3pm / Normal hours: 5pm - 12 midnight
Closed: Tuesdays
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Access: Exit JR Odawara Station through the east exit and pass the bus rotary. We are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building immediately on the left.
Address: Shoei-do Sakae-machi Bildg. 2F - 3F, 2-1-29 Sakae-machi, Odawara, Kanagawa (Map)
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3. Hakone Sengokubara Chinese Restaurant Taigen (Gora / Chinese Cuisine)

3. Hakone Sengokubara Chinese Restaurant Taigen (Gora / Chinese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
This Chinese restaurant in Sengokuhara, Hakone, sits on top of a hill, so guests get to enjoy their meal while overlooking the beautiful surrounding landscape that changes with the seasons. Its chef-owner has worked as a sous chef at a famous hotel in the past. The dishes, created with masterful techniques and extensive expertise, possess refreshing and mild flavors. A must-try is the [Sweet and Sour Fish], in which seasonal fish are fried until crispy and served with plenty of vegetables and a drizzling of vinegar. Their [Sweet and Sour Avocado and Eggs], wherein a refreshing sweet and sour sauce is paired with fluffy, soft eggs and avocado, is another dish that's receiving good reviews.

Hakone Sengokubara Chinese Restaurant Taigen

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm / 5:00 pm - 8:30pm (L.O. 8:30pm)
Closed: -
Average price: [Dinner] 3,200 JPY / [Lunch] 1,100 JPY
Access: Alight at Otomoguchi Bus Stop. Three minutes' walk along National Route 138 towards Kintoki Shrine.
Address: 1181 Sengokubara , Hakone-machi,Ashigara Shimogun, Kanagawa (Map)
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4. Sengokuhara Yuzen (Gora / Japanese Cuisine)

4. Sengokuhara Yuzen (Gora / Japanese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
Sengokuhara Yuzen is set in a renovated antique house surrounded by Hakone's wonderful nature. You can serenely savor their cuisine and wine in a relaxing atmosphere. They offer a variety of dishes where you can enjoy the superbly fresh bounty from the coastal waters. Taste the best seafood the season has to offer with their [Bluefin Sashimi] and [Kinmedai Nitsuke] (Simmered Golden Eye Snapper). There is also a wide range of wines to pair with the food. Try also their [Seasonal Vegetable Tempura] and taste the inherent flavors of the ingredients.

Sengokuhara Yuzen

Open: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,600 JPY
Access: Take a bus from Gora Station or Hakone Yumoto Station / 0 minutes walk from [Kawamukai Hoshi no Ojisama Museum-mae] Bus Stop
Address: 919-4 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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5. Kinosuke (Hakone-Yumoto / Japanese Cuisine)

5. Kinosuke (Hakone-Yumoto / Japanese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
Kinosuke offers a welcoming, homey atmosphere where you can take pleasure in dining on fresh seafood and high-quality meat. Their [Sashimi Platter] lets you enjoy the rich taste and texture of the local seafood delivered directly from the town of Manazuru. You will delight in the appetizing aroma of the juicy meat with their [Charcoal Grilled Sagami-Ayase Pork]. Both dishes go well with sake. Another recommended item is the [Kinosuke Teishoku], a set meal consisting of a grilled fish as the main dish, along with rice and soup. As the chef's masterpiece, the fish are grilled perfectly at the right temperature using Binchotan charcoal.

Kinosuke

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Hakone-Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Line. Go towards the direction of Tonosawa on the Tokaido Road, then on the right
Address: 703-19, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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6. Sumibi Yakiniku Hormone Sakaba senjiro (Odawara / Yakiniku)

6. Sumibi Yakiniku Hormone Sakaba senjiro (Odawara / Yakiniku)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
You can find this yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant just a 3-minute walk from Odawara Station. Enjoy the exciting servings of grilled meat while the place fills with vibrance. Among the menu items you have to try is the [Wagyu Special Sirloin] that is juicy and full of umami! It's great to season it with salt when eating so you get a more enhanced taste. The [Wagyu Special Kalbi] (ribs) is tender and contains less fat, while the [Beef Tongue] offers thick slices of this especially rare beef cut. These and other dishes present boastful flavors that are skillfully created. Every cut of Wagyu will enchant your palate! Do not also miss the [Sashimi Platter], which includes fresh basashi (horse meat sashimi) and other types of sashimi.

Sumibi Yakiniku Hormone Sakaba senjiro

Open: [Tuesdays-Sundays, Holidays, Days before holidays] Hours 17:00-00:00
Closed: Mondays
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: Three minute walk from the East Exit of Odawara Station.
Address: Shiino Bldg. 2F, 2-1-21 Sakae-cho, Odawara, Kanagawa (Map)
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7. Soshu Torigin Odawara Ekimae Branch (Odawara / Japanese Cuisine)

7. Soshu Torigin Odawara Ekimae Branch (Odawara / Japanese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
This dining spot is in an excellent location, just a 1-minute walk from Odawara Station. The place is tucked away in an alley and has a relaxing ambience. Its specialties are yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and kamameshi (rice, meat, and vegetable dish cooked in a small iron pot meant for one person). The yakitori is grilled over Binchotan charcoal and releases a nice aroma. When grilling each type of yakitori, they adjust the heat and make sure the conditions are just right. Their secret sauce greatly compliments the flavor of chicken. They offer an extensive variety of kamameshi; among which is the [Gomoku Kamameshi], which contains a hearty filling of soboro (ground chicken).

Soshu Torigin Odawara Ekimae Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays: Kamameshi pot rice dishes L.O. 9:00 pm, Other dishes 9:30 pm) (Sunday: L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: A one-minute walk from Odawara Station (take the East Exit).
Address: 1-2-9 Sakae-cho, Odawara, Kanagawa (Map)
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8. Yamahiko Zushi (Miyanoshita / Sushi)

8. Yamahiko Zushi (Miyanoshita / Sushi)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
This is a sushi restaurant whose roots stretch back from a 70-year-old seafood shop. They serve gastronomic wonders that are created with great discernment and skill by the master sushi chef. Every morning, the seafood used for toppings is meticulously selected at Hayakawa Port in Odawara. You can savor the excellent quality of the main dishes' ingredients, which are local fish captured on the same morning at Sagami Bay, at good-value prices. A must-try is their [Yamahiko Nigiri], a dish of 8 pieces of hand-formed sushi, which includes bluefin toro (fatty part), Japanese tiger prawn, and other local fish. Note that this dish is only offered in limited supply. In addition, they also have kaisen-don (rice dish with seafood) as a lunch item and a lineup of a-la-carte dishes that match well with the local sake.

Yamahiko Zushi

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 635-1, Miyagino, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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9. Naokichi (Hakone-Yumoto / Japanese Cuisine)

9. Naokichi (Hakone-Yumoto / Japanese Cuisine)10 Restaurants to Check Out in Hakone, Japan's Leading Hot Spring Town
This restaurant stands in a quiet alley away from the bustling street in front of the station. You can leisurely dine in a calm atmosphere while overlooking the flowing river and the mountainous scenery from your seat. Their specialty is a rice bowl dish called [Yuba-don]. The yuba (tofu skin) is prepared with high-quality soy milk and the famous spring water from the mountains of Hakone. It is then simmered in katsuodashi (stock made with skipjack tuna) and served with fluffy eggs on top. The yuba has a melt-in-your-mouth texture and overflowing savory taste. Just perfect on top of steaming hot rice! At the entrance, you can also have a foot bath for free, which is great for your tired feet after walking around the town.

Naokichi

Open: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (L..O. 6:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,520 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Address: 696, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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10. Nisshintei (Hakone-Yumoto / Ramen)

10. Nisshintei (Hakone-Yumoto / Ramen)
Nisshintei is a popular ramen spot that is conveniently located just right outside Hakone-Yumoto Station. It takes pride in its 50-year-history of serving ramen in the area. The restaurant's specialty is the [Hakone Yumoto Handmade Ramen]. They have continually used flat noodles since their establishment. In making the noodles, the chef use a thick bamboo pole to press the dough with all his might. The combination of its soup and the thin noodles that were made for about 3 hours produces a simple and smooth flavor. The demonstration showing how the chefs make the handmade noodles from a glass-enclosed showroom beside the entrance proves to be popular among tourists.

Nisshintei

Open: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday *If it falls on a national holiday, the restaurant will be closed on Wednesday
Average price: 1,000 JPY
Address: 703, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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After soaking in a hot spring, indulge in all the foods Hakone has to offer! Use this article as a guide to help you figure out exactly where to eat.
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Nov 21 2018 Update-date: Feb 15 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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