Hakone is a hot spring city, and every year its visitors can taste some delicacies made with pure Onsen water. This type of cuisine is very healthy, and it also brings new flavors, so it’s worth a try! If you’re planning a long stay though, you may also want some European cuisine. No need to worry, Hakone restaurants are well aware of all your needs and provide a lot of different food choices!

Black Eggs (黒たまご) in Owakudani

Undisputed Hakone specialty, Black eggs take their color from a chemical reaction that occurs when they’re boiled in hot spring water. Thanks to the nutrients that thermal waters confer to the eggs, it is a very healthy food and the most recommended when in Hakone. There is also a popular belief that eating black eggs (not more than 2) will bring you good fortune, so why don’t add a bit of luck in your Hakone trip?

Owakudani Kurotamago kan http://www.owakudani.com/kurotamago (Japanese only)

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Sengokuhara 1251

Price:  5 pieces ¥500

Red Snapper Rice (Taimeshi) from Yoraku

With its mild nutty flavor, the red snapper is a highly versatile fish that fits well with healthy set menu options. Some Hakone restaurants got the red snapper potentials and created a business over an original presentation of the dishes using this particular fish. For example, you can find it at “Yoraku” restaurant, where the meals are served in special snapper-shaped plates, making the food taste really good even before you start to eat it!

Restaurant Yoraku website: http://www.youraku.co.jp/english.htm

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Tosanosawa 84

Price: ¥3,000 – ¥5,000

Super Healthy Local Food from Yamagusuri

For a nature-oriented experience, try this super healthy food options while watching some beautiful Hakone landscapes. One of the best places to taste this kind of cuisine is “Yamagusuri”, where you’ll have the chance to try some local delicacies like the wild potato starchy barley, or the dried fish from Odawara. This restaurant also has a great view as it’s located on a mountain’s high spot, and the staffs share the same philosophy: they always want to offer fresh and local food.

Restaurant Yamagusuri website: http://yamagusuri.com/ (Japanese only)

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Miyanoshita 224

Price: ¥2,000 – ¥3,000

French cuisine at The Fujiya in Fujiya Hotel

You can also try a very good quality French cuisine in some of the Hakone Onsen’s hotels. The most recommended one is “The Fujiya”, renowned for its classy and elegant interns and, of course, for its French restaurant. While relaxing in a gorgeous environment, you’ll have the opportunity to try some gourmet beef curry and other European-style fish dishes.

The Fujiya in Fujiya Hotel website: http://www.fujiyahotel.jp/en/restaurant/thefujiya/index.html

Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Miyanoshita 359 Fujiya Hotel

Price: ¥3,000 – ¥15,000

Onsen stew bread from Watanabe Bakery

The specialty of Watanabe Bakery, one of the most antique bakeries in Hakone, the “Onsen stew pan” is a round loaf of French bread that contains a delicious beef stew! It is a very interesting dish both for the sight and for the taste, and the bakery, understanding its popularity, has started to serve the Onsen stew pan even for breakfast. This will surely be the best start for a sightseeing day!

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

Price: ¥500 – ¥1,000

Hakone Tofu at Ginkatsutei

Hakone Tofu is very famous for his healthiness. In fact, being made using hot spring waters, it offers a delicate taste and a lot of nutrients. You can try the best boiled and interestingly, deep-fried tofu at Tamura Ginkatsutei, a traditional Japanese restaurant that every year gathers a lot of crowds, especially on weekends. The staff advises to book in advance through the restaurant’s e-mail service, so you can savor this local delicacy without the stress of waiting time.

Ginkatsutei website: http://ginkatsutei.jp/ (Japanese only)

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Gora 1300-739

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000

Sandwiches at Isshikido Saro in Gora Park

The bread is still soft but lightly toasted, and the filling is made of scrambled eggs or vegetables. The sandwiches of Isshikido Saro, a café located in the Hakone Gora park, are sure to offer the best lunch break ever. The intern provides a high roof and very big windows, to sustain the feeling of being still deep in the green of the park.

Isshiki do Saro website: http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/gorapark/map/isshikido/ (Japanese only)

Address: 1300 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000

Italian Pizza from La Terrazza

Hakone is full of restaurants that serve a lot of different style cuisine, and of course Italian is also an option. So, if you’ve been eating Japanese food for some days and you start craving for pizza, you better stop at “La Terrazza” restaurant. They provide a huge variety of pizzas (with more than 30 toppings) but you will also find some special dishes that change seasonally. Finally, as the restaurant’s name stands for “terrace”, you’ll have the chance to eat out and enjoy the natural landscape.

La Terrazza website: www.ashinoko-terrace.jp/restaurant.html (Japanese only)

Address: 61 Motohakone Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

Price: ¥2,000 – ¥3,000

Soba made with natural spring

Hakone’s hot spring water is used to make a huge variety of nutritious dishes, and Soba is not an exception. These thin noodles are so popular in Hakone restaurants that sometimes take the place of rice in the set menu option. One of the best spots to taste them is “Hatsuhana Honten”, that offers one of the best quality soba using only first-class ingredients. One other good point of soba is that you can eat it either cold or hot, so it’s always a safe option in both winter and summer.

Hatsuhana soba website: www.hatsuhana.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Yumoto 635

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000

Onsen Manju

Finally, the dessert. The most traditional one is the Onsen Manju, consisting of a steamed bun filled with sweet bean paste. This one too is made with hot spring water, and you can find it basically anywhere near an Onsen resort. It’s very practical to eat, and it’s the best match with Japanese tea, so you can have it for a break or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. The Onsen Manju has become really popular over the years, so it’s also a very good souvenir!

Marushima website: www.marushima-honten.com/index.htm (Japanese only)

Address: Kanagawa prefecture, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Yumoto 706

Price: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000


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- 10 Best Museums in Hakone to Appreciate Art, History, and Nature

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