The 10 unmissable restaurants in Near Tokyo, January 2020

Publish-date: Feb 04 2020 Update-date: Mar 19 2020
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Near Tokyo, January 2020

Planning a trip to Near Tokyo and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. Ochanoma Shubo MONTA

Ochanoma Shubo MONTA cuisine
Ochanoma Shubo MONTA floor
You can casually visit [Ochanoma Shubo MONTA] and enjoy their cuisine and alcohol. They serve domestic chicken skewers and fresh seafood from Odawara Fishing Port in Numazu. Their No.1 recommendation is [Home-Made Smoke Dish] where white liver, cheese, and bacon are smoked in hot and cold ways, depending on the ingredient. A wide variety of alcohol is also available, including 50 different kinds of home-made fruit liquors. Every month, they offer six different fruit liquors, where seasonal fruits are in brandy and vodka. The space is chic and relaxing. There are Japanese-style private rooms with horigotatu (sunken kotatsu tables), and semi-private rooms with tables. Have a relaxing moment in the Japanese ambience.

Ochanoma Shubo MONTA

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. for food 1:00 am / L.O. for drink 1:30 am) [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. for food 1:00 am / L.O. for drink 1:30 am) [Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. for food 11:00 pm / L.O. for drink 11:30 pm) 
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 15-minute by car from [Gora Station] / 1-minute walk from [Sengoku] or [Sengokubara Shogakko-mae] Bus Stop on Hakone Tozan Bus
Address: 17-1, Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Asigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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2. Moshiri-Soba Nakamura

Moshiri-Soba Nakamura cuisine
Moshiri-Soba Nakamura floor
[Moshiri-Soba Nakamura] offers soba (buckwheat noodles) which feel good on the way down. Their soba uses high-quality unpolished buckwheat flour called Gen-soba, which is stocked from a contracted producer in the Moshiri district, Horokanai, Hokkaido, and ground with a stone mill to bring out its nice aroma. Their savory home-made dipping sauce takes 3 days to be cooked. The exquisite combination of the soba and sauce will surely stimulate your appetite. They also carefully-select other ingredients, such as [wild brine shrimp], [Oyama Chicken] from Tottori, home-grown [organic vegetables], and [mushrooms] harvested directly by the owner. You can enjoy different tastes with seasonal ingredients along with the seasons. English menu is also available, so that tourists from abroad can also fully enjoy the [local tastes].

Moshiri-Soba Nakamura

Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (L.O. 6:30 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,200 JPY
Access: 30-second walk from [Chokoku-no-mori Station] on Hakone Tozan Line
Address: 1156, Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Map
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SUBZERO cuisine
[SUBZERO] is a place where you can savor colorfully presented fine seasonal dishes with the beautiful view of Minato-mirai district. It has a sophisticated ambience with blue and white tone. From the glass-walled restaurant, you can look out the evening view of Minato-mirai district spreading in front of you. Their Italian cuisine has a fine balance of "delicate" and "bold". The quality of their house made ham, salsiccia, and hand-made pasta are all the product of their experience. They especially care about aroma and spices. You can also enjoy the well selected ingredients from Tohoku area, where the chef's hometown is. There are 84 table seats, and the 16 counter seats facing sea can be used as a bar. This is a great place for special occasions like dating and anniversaries, as well as casual dining.


Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *open only on Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays during April - October *open on weekdays as well during July - September / [Weekdays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm) / [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from Nihon-odori station Exit No.3. It is on the 2nd floor of Osanbashi
Address: 2F, Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, 1-1, Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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4. Taverna Luce

Taverna Luce cuisine
Taverna Luce floor
In the busy city of Motomachi, Yokohama, [Taverna Luce] keeps you out from hassles and welcomes you with heart-warming atmosphere. Taverna means "little canteen" and Luce means "light" in Italian. Inside the nicely confined restaurant, a wood pattern bar counter and dining tables are seen, where you enjoy the owner's delightful dishes. Serving "seasonal" seafood and vegetables is the key, delivering passion of the suppliers. Mr. Komiyama, the owner, offers in accordance with the best ingredients of the day, so don't miss out what is written on the blackboard when you visit! Here is the place where you can relax and enjoy the Italian food and wines.

Taverna Luce

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from JR Negishi Line Ishikawacho Station (400m)
Address: 1F, Hiei Bldg., 162-1, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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5. Hakone Akatsukian Main branch

Hakone Akatsukian Main branch cuisine
Hakone Akatsukian Main branch floor
[Hakone Akatsukian] offers the authentic soba (buckwheat noodles) supervised by Mr. Kunihiro Takahashi, a renowned soba master. Its soba is aromatic and goes down the throat smoothly. It is made with home-made buckwheat flour ground by a stone mill every morning, and renowned water from Hakone. A limited quantity can be prepared to offer the best-conditioned soba, they open only lunchtime. They also adjust the producing method depending on if the dish is cold such as [Zaru Soba (cold soba on a sieve basket)] or hot such as [Kake Soba (hot soba in a soup)]. Furthermore, only high-quality ingredients are carefully selected, not only for the soba's dipping sauce but also for tempura and a-la-carte dishes. Inside the restaurant has a somehow nostalgic atmosphere, with the seats surrounding a sunken hearth. Tourists and soba lovers from far away visit here to take their time and enjoy meals.   

Hakone Akatsukian Main branch

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday] 11:30 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:30 pm) [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (L.O. 3:30 pm)
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,700 JPY / [Lunch] 1,700 JPY
Access: 20-minute walk or 5 minutes by car, from [Hakone-Yumoto Station] on Hakone Tozan Train / Along Yuba Taki-dori Street
Address: 182-7, Yumoto-chaya, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Map)
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6. Yokohama Curry Alpin Jiro Flagship Shop

Yokohama Curry Alpin Jiro Flagship Shop cuisine
Yokohama Curry Alpin Jiro Flagship Shop floor
The predecessor of this restaurant was [Alpin Jiro] operated as a mountain cabin at Oze Tokura Snow Park. The natural interior design, reminiscent of the ambiance from that time, provides a comfortable time for guests. The original curry recipe, made with a blend of 12 thoughtfully-selected spices, locks in the delicious flavors of the ingredients. The curry has a superb balance of light, flourless curry sauce and the rustic-sized pieces of the ingredients. Koshihikari rice sourced from Sugiya Farm is served in the pot. With a crispy skin and juicy meat, the [Chicken Curry] is a recipe that carries on the traditional flavors of this restaurant. A perfect place to stop in after a date in Yokohama, the warmth of the atmosphere will envelop you like a mountainside cabin.

Yokohama Curry Alpin Jiro Flagship Shop

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm) 
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 1,400 JPY / [Lunch] 1,100 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Bandobashi Station or Isezaki-chojamachi Station on Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line
Address: 1F, 3-26, Yayoi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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7. Sushi Kappo Wamono Live Hinodechaya YOKOHAMA

Sushi Kappo Wamono Live Hinodechaya YOKOHAMA cuisine
Sushi Kappo Wamono Live Hinodechaya YOKOHAMA floor
[Relax and enjoy Edomae-style sushi and sake (Japanese alcohol) with bone of river fish] at this restaurant which opened in the autumn of 2019 in the area around Hinodecho Station, and near from Kannai Station in Yokohama. The level of their authentic Edomae-style sushi is as same as other renowned sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Their skillful chef with 25 years of experience, exclusively in the field of Japanese cuisine, creates hand-formed sushi using various high-quality toppings such as Pacific bluefin tuna. Their exquisite [Red Sea Bream, Barajime-Style], developed by the master chef, is said to be close to winning the stars soon. Also, enjoy their live Tsugaru Shamisen (Japanese three-stringed instrument) music everyday. The player is one of their staff and trained under a shamisen master who is active at the forefront. They hold mini-lives without extra charges, where you can enjoy the shamisen, koto (Japanese thirteen-stringed instrument), or rakugo (traditional comic story telling) everyday. Please visit this restaurant for Japanese enjoyments all at once. 

Sushi Kappo Wamono Live Hinodechaya YOKOHAMA

Open: *Open everyday in December (close during lunchtime on Monday)
Closed: None.
Average price: [Dinner] 6,500 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: Go straight along the Isezaki Mall, and turn right immediately after passing the sign for [Isezakicho Blues]. 10-minute walk from Kannai Station / 8-minute walk from Hinodecho Station
Address: B1F, 3-43-4, Wakaba-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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8. Washokutei Rokkaku

Washokutei Rokkaku cuisine
Washokutei Rokkaku floor
The moment you open the Japanese-style entrance door, you can see the stylish interior accented with a high ceiling and beams. JAZZ flows through the restaurant, creating a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. Enjoy creative, Japanese-style cuisine using carefully selected fresh seafood delivered directly from Hokuriku. Fresh seasonal Hokuriku fish entertains the palates of gourmets. Have fun checking out the sake, sourced mainly from local Hokuriku, which aligns with seasonal ingredients. Champagne and wines are also available for special occasions such as celebrations and anniversaries. A sophisticated space suitable for social gatherings as well as business meetings and small assemblies.

Washokutei Rokkaku

Open: [Monday - Thursday] Normally 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) *L.O. for drinks 11:30 pm [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am) *L.O. for drinks 1:30 am
Closed: Sunday and  National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 10 minutes walk from Takasaki Station, 20 minutes walk from Kita Takasaki Station on JR Takasaki Line
Address: 114, Moto-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma (Map)
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9. Niku Bar x Cheese 29gaburi Urawa Nishiguchi branch

9. Niku Bar x Cheese 29gaburi Urawa Nishiguchi branch
The 10 unmissable restaurants in Near Tokyo, January 2020
1 year anniversary fair /  [Courses with all-you-can-drink for 2 hours : from 2,980 JPY] All private rooms for 3 - 40 people [Luxurious banquets in private rooms, for up to 40 people] Meat bar bistro / 2-minutes walk from Urawa Station [Banquet courses from 2 hours, with 7 dishes at 3,480 JPY or more] A plate with aged meat & carpaccio of the fish which were caught and sent from the fishing port that morning & selected wines / Garden filled with atmosphere / VIP private room with a table, sofa, and small door reminiscent of a tea ceremony hut.

Niku Bar x Cheese 29gaburi Urawa Nishiguchi branch

Open: Dinner 12:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,800 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Urawa Station
Address: Yamaho Bldg., 1-14-10, Takasago, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama (Map)
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10. Hakone Akatsukian Odawara branch

Hakone Akatsukian Odawara branch cuisine
Hakone Akatsukian Odawara branch floor
It's the second branch of the renowned soba (buckwheat) restaurant [Hakone Akatsukian Main branch] in Hakone-Yumoto. Their authentic soba with a rich savory taste is prepared every morning, using water from Hakone. Only carefully-selected high-quality ingredients are used, including not only buckwheat flour, but also the ingredients for tempura, duck meat, and vegetables to be served with the main dish. The various a-la-carte dishes with an abundance of the local ingredients from Odawara are also highly accepted. Located inside the West Exit of Odawara Station, which is extremely good access, and about a 20-second walk from the Shinkansen ticket gates. Therefore, many tourists heading for Hakone and Odawara visits this restaurant. There are also guests coming from far away by Shinkansen. In the early morning, workers often have breakfast before going to work. All of them enjoy the savory soba and other dishes.

Hakone Akatsukian Odawara branch

Open: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,300 JPY
Access: Inside the West Exit of  [Odawara Station] on each line
Address: Inside the West Exit of Odawara Station, 1-1-1, Shiroyama, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jan 29 2020 Update-date: Mar 19 2020

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