15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji

Publish-date: Apr 20 2018 Update-date: Feb 14 2019
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15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is a top sightseeing location that became a World Heritage Site in 2013. To its south is Shizuoka Prefecture that's facing the sea, and to its north is Yamanashi Prefecture with its many lakes. Check out these 15 restaurants in Yamanashi Prefecture that you should dine at when visiting Mt. Fuji.

1. Sumibi Yakiniku Himawaritei (Kawaguchiko - Yakiniku)

1. Sumibi Yakiniku Himawaritei (Kawaguchiko - Yakiniku)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
Of the 5 lakes located around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchi-ko), the most northern of the lakes, is known for offering stunning upside-down reflections of Mt. Fuji. This restaurant is located in the town around the lake, and is a great place where you can enjoy yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) at very reasonable prices. A popular item on their menu is the [Family Set] (2,400 JPY, available to order for 2 people or more). It’s a plentiful meal with 12 different items, including 8 different cuts of meat, salad, rice, and other dishes. For a la carte orders, try the [Thickly-cut Salted Tongue (1,250 JPY)], made with beef!

Sumibi Yakiniku Himawaritei

Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:15 pm)
Closed: Tuesday *Open on Tuesday if it falls on a national holiday
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Address: 7364-2, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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2. Kappo Nanakusa (Kawaguchiko - Japanese Cuisine)

2. Kappo Nanakusa (Kawaguchiko - Japanese Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This restaurant is located along the main road extending from Kawaguchi-ko Bridge that stands on Lake Kawaguchi. With parking space for 20 cars, this is a great place to dine if you’re driving. The restaurant focuses on serving dishes that highlight the deliciousness of the freshly made food. The [Nanakusa Age-mochi] (450 JPY plus tax) is a popular item here. Rice cake with a filling that incorporates ingredients like mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and kelp is fried in oil and then eaten with grated daikon (radish) and a special sauce made with dashi (broth). Sashimi-grade sea bream is served with sesame-flavored sauce in their [Tai Chazuke] (980 JPY plus tax), which is another popular dish. Order their [Mini Kaiseki] (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) (2,500 JPY plus tax) to taste both of the mentioned dishes, as well as 5 other dishes!

Kappo Nanakusa

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:50 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: Wednesday *Open on Wednesdays if reservations are made in advance
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 1667-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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3. Tontaro (Kawaguchiko - Yakiniku)

3. Tontaro (Kawaguchiko - Yakiniku)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This restaurant is around a 15-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station. Though it’s housed in a building that looks like a traditional Japanese residence, they actually serve Korean cuisine and yakiniku. Do try the [Sandan Bara Set] (1,200 JPY per person, available for 2 people or more) if you're looking for yakiniku. You’ll get to sample some pork belly of local branded pork. The staff will keep an eye on the meat and cut it for you, so you can relax, chat, and enjoy some drinks! They also serve [Kaisen Chijimi] (1,180 JPY) (Korean seafood pancake) with shrimp, squid, shellfish, and other delicious ingredients in it!

Tontaro

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 780 JPY
Address: 6871-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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4. Dining Sakura (Kawaguchiko - Creative Cuisine)

4. Dining Sakura (Kawaguchiko - Creative Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
Co-residing with Nagahama Ryokan on the west shore of Lake Kawaguchi, this restaurant is where the recipe for Fuji mabushi - a famous local dish made with freshwater fish - was conceived. Their [Kawaguchi-ko Shinmeibutsu Ganzo Fuji Mabushi] (800 JPY, advance order required) is a must-try dish. Fuji mabushi is a dish of rice cooked with trout. You can enjoy it in 3 ways: Start by eating the rice as it is, and then add some condiments. Lastly, add some dashi. No reservations are needed for dinner if you’re not ordering a course menu. You can enjoy their a la carte dishes for reasonable prices, too!

Dining Sakura

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) *Reservations required for lunch, Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm) *Reservations required for course meals
Closed: None *Have some irregular days off
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Address: 795-1, Nagahama, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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5. Aburi - Tei - (Kawaguchiko - Seafood Izakaya)

5. Aburi - Tei - (Kawaguchiko - Seafood Izakaya)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This izakaya (Japanese pub) is located around 5 minutes from the Kawaguchiko Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. Here, you can enjoy reasonably-priced dishes made with fresh seafood. Be sure to order their set lunches! The [Maguro-don] (rice bowl dish with tuna) is topped with lots of sashimi, the [Beef Steak] is deliciously tender, and their [Chicken Katsu] (fried chicken cutlet) comes in a generous portion. A total of 10 different sets are available, each for a low price of just 680 JPY. The rice is even all-you-can-eat! If you go for an a la carte order, try the [Maguro no Hoho-niku no Steak] (900 JPY) (tuna cheek steak). There are only 2 pieces that can come from each tuna, so it’s a rare cut!

Aburi - Tei -

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 680 JPY
Address: 3371, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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6. Chante LeVente (Kawaguchiko - Western Cuisine)

6. Chante LeVente (Kawaguchiko - Western Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
Located just around a 6-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station, this restaurant - which is great for light meals - can easily be spotted by the eye-catching sign saying “Original Curry” that’s been placed at the carpark in front of the restaurant. The popular dish here is as the sign suggests: the [LeVente Original Curry] (800 JPY) is made from minced Koshu beef that's stir-fried with onions and slowly cooked over 2 days on low heat. Thanks to this cooking process, the ingredients seem to melt in your mouth, and you can test the sweetness and delicious umami (Japanese savory taste) of this dish. It’s popular with both the young and old, so there are many repeat customers!

Chante LeVente

Open: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: 800 JPY
Address: 1513-4, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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7. Akakara Kawaguchiko Branch (Kawaguchiko - Izakaya, Yakiniku, Dinner)

7. Akakara Kawaguchiko Branch (Kawaguchiko - Izakaya, Yakiniku, Dinner)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This izakaya is just around 5 minutes from Kawaguchiko Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. It’s the branch of a chain that started in Nagoya. The [Akakara Nabe] (990 JPY) is their most famous dish - made with red miso and red chili peppers - where you can choose the level of spiciness. Other popular dishes include rarely-seen seseri (back of a chicken’s neck) that's been grilled with miso and Nagoya-style fried chicken wings. Some dishes are only available at this restaurant. [Akakara Hoto] (980 JPY) is their version of a udon (thick noodles) dish from Yamanashi Prefecture. Enjoy a host of ingredients like mushrooms and pumpkin with the tinge of spiciness from chili peppers.

Akakara Kawaguchiko Branch

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Address: 6854, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi ()

8. Kin Kao Kon (Kawaguchiko - Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Cuisine)

8. Kin Kao Kon (Kawaguchiko - Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This Thai restaurant is located along the main road that can be reached by crossing the Kawaguchi-ko Bridge and heading towards the town center. The key characteristic of Thai cuisine is that many spices and herbs are used to create spicy, sour, salty, sweet, and bitter flavors. It’s also known for being very colorful. A popular Thai dish is [Thai Suki] (Thai-style shabu-shabu, which is sliced meat parboiled with vegetables). The soup base varies from restaurant to restaurant. Here, they use a soup that’s colored pink from a condiment made with fermented tofu called "funyu". The mildly sour soup gets better as you cook it!

Kin Kao Kon

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday, 2nd Wednesday of the month
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,280 JPY
Address: No. 7, 2F, Ohashi-dori Tenant, 288-1, Funatsu, Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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9. Yakiniku Ichiro (Otsuki - Yakiniku)

9. Yakiniku Ichiro (Otsuki - Yakiniku)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This is the place to be if you want to try domestically-produced Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) at affordable prices. It is located in front of Otsuki Station, which is where people stop by to change trains if heading to Mt. Fuji. Stop by the restaurant to try the [Otsuki Loin] (1,750 JPY plus tax) - a cut of meat that’s both tender and just fatty enough to be flavorful. If you can’t decide, you can also try the [Omakase Course] (from 2,000 JPY) that includes various popular cuts like tongue, rib meat, and offal.

Yakiniku Ichiro

Open: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Address: 1-2-23, Mitachi, Otsuki-shi, Yamanashi (Map)
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10. Restaurant Hamakko Main Branch (Fuji Yoshida - Western Cuisine)

10. Restaurant Hamakko Main Branch (Fuji Yoshida - Western Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This restaurant is around 5 minutes by car from Mt. Fuji Station, which acts as the entrance to climbing Mt. Fuji. It has been serving Western-style Japanese cuisine for 3 generations and is well-loved by the locals. The exterior looks like a ship and the light from the lighthouse on its premises is eye-catching at night. Inside, the decor reminds one of a tropical country. They’re famous for their [Jumbo Fried Shrimp] (2,450 JPY) that features 2 large shrimps that are sometimes as big as 20cm in length! Another great dish is the [Kuroge Wagyu Stew] (1,900 JPY). The meat is cooked till it’s soft and tender, and the flavor of the stew spreads in your mouth when you take a bite.

Restaurant Hamakko Main Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:45 pm) *Weekday-only lunch L.O. 1:30 pm
Closed: Tuesday, 3rd Wednesday of the month *Open if it falls on a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Address: 2548-1, Shimoyoshida, Fuji Yoshida-shi, Yamanashi (Map)
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11. Soramame (Fuji Yoshida - Izakaya)

11. Soramame (Fuji Yoshida - Izakaya)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This relaxing izakaya is around a 3-minute walk from Mt. Fuji Station. They’re known for their various hot pot dishes (from 780 JPY) and [Helmet Yaki] (980 JPY), which features grilled horse offal, lamb, beef, and pork, along with their original homemade sauce. The most popular route up Mt. Fuji is the Yoshida Route, and the bus to its starting point at Mt. Fuji 5th Station (halfway up the mountain) departs from Mt. Fuji Station. Grab a bite at this izakaya before making your way up!

Soramame

Open: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: 2,000 JPY
Address: 2-9-10, Kamiyoshida, Fuji Yoshida-shi, Yamanashi (Map)
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12. Irori (Tsuru - Japanese Cuisine)

12. Irori (Tsuru - Japanese Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
Located between Lake Yamanaka (Yamanaka-ko) and Lake Kawaguchi, this restaurant is can be found right next to Oshino Hakkai, which consists of 8 beautiful natural ponds filled with water from the melted snow on Mt. Fuji. They serve local cuisine like [Hoto] - a dish of thick, long noodles cooked with vegetables in a miso broth. Another recommended dish is the [Gomoku Karubi Ojiya] (950 JPY). It’s a pearl barley dish made with over 20 different ingredients like vegetables and meat. There’s also sesame oil, eggs, and grated garlic in the dish, making it a delicious meal that warms the body as well.

Irori

Open: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm) *Closed from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: 2,000 JPY
Address: 200-1, Shibokusa, Oshino-mura, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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13. Nagomi (Yamanakako - Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Kaiseki, Izakaya)

13. Nagomi (Yamanakako - Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Kaiseki, Izakaya)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This Japanese restaurant is located on the west shore of Lake Yamanaka. All the seats here are horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table), so you can stretch your legs comfortably. From a la carte dishes to kaiseki cuisine, all the dishes here are ones that bring out the original flavors of the ingredients. Koshu beef - a locally-reared branded Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) - has several unique characteristics: it is very tender, bright in color, and extremely flavorful. The [Sukiyaki, Shabu-Shabu Course] (1,980 JPY - 16,000 JPY, available for 2 or more people) includes generous portions of this beef. Gaze out at the beautiful lake while enjoying this delicious course meal!

Nagomi

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm *Reservations required
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 21, Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi (Map)
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14. Oshokujidokoro Taiho (Yamanakako - Creative Cuisine)

14. Oshokujidokoro Taiho (Yamanakako - Creative Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This restaurant is located near Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park. This is a great place to sample creative Japanese cuisine made with local ingredients like vegetables grown at the foot of Mt. Fuji, branded pork from Yamanashi Prefecture, locally-produced branded chicken eggs, and trout from Katsura River (Katsura-gawa). Do try the [Braised Pork] (800 JPY) - a dish of branded pork cooked to tender perfection - or the [Dashimaki Tamago] (800 JPY) (rolled omelet) that's made with flavorful eggs. Their original [Salt Hoto] (1,200 JPY) with a dashi (broth) that's flavored with sea bream is also worth trying.

Oshokujidokoro Taiho

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday *Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 865-919, Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi ()

15. Plumeria (Tsurubunkadaigaku-mae - Izakaya, Creative Cuisine)

15. Plumeria (Tsurubunkadaigaku-mae - Izakaya, Creative Cuisine)15 Must-Try Restaurants When Visiting Mt. Fuji
This izakaya is a 5-minute walk from Tsurubunkadaigaku-mae Station, which is between Otsuki Station and Mt. Fuji Station. Everything from the menu and the Bali resort-like interior decor is handmade by the mother and daughter team that runs the place. There’s a focus on handmade food as well, and the dishes are both healthy and original. Check out the [Plumeria Queen] (700 JPY), which is a dish where tomatoes are wrapped in pork alongside cheese or perilla leaves and then fried. For lunch, there are 8 different 500 JPY menus available, making it very popular among university students.

Plumeria

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Monday, Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 500 JPY
Address: 2-13-19, Tahara, Tsuru-shi, Yamanashi (Map)
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Use this guide when you visit Mt. Fuji and try out all the delicious foods that the area has to offer!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Apr 20 2018 Update-date: Feb 14 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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