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Odawara`s Hakone Beer Bar

Welcome to Odawara

Hakone and Odawara have become on of the most popular destinations in Japan for vistitors. There are hot springs, castles, views of the mountain and sea, traditional experiences, and historical sites to explore in the area.
Most visitors to Hakone use Odawara Station as their transit point for their visit to Hakone and the surrounding areas. Just a few hours in Odawara allow you to explore traditional shops, visit the majestic castle, and try the local beer.

The Hakone Beer Shop

Opened just this year, the Hakone Beer shop just steps from the station give you a convenient and easy chance o explore the tastes of the area. Hakone Beer is an award winning Japanese brew that has been perfected and refined over the past 20 years. Past acknowledgements have included winning multiple awards at the Japanese Beer Festival, International Beer Cup, Asian Beer Contest, and more.

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There are usually two main beers and seasonal brews on tap at this warm and inviting shop. A golden Pilsner and a rich Ale welcome you, but there are also some woderful seasonal tastes to explore.

In spring, discover the flavors of fresh hops with the Harumeki Pale Ale.
Summer brings the smooth and refreshing tastes of the Ashigara Weizen.
Fall has classic Koyurugi Brown, a rich beer with a malty and sweet aroma.
And winter has the warming roasted malt flavors of Kazamatsuri Stout.

In addition to these seasonal treats, Hakone Beer releases wonderful brews that challenge and entertain our tastebuds. Past creations have included Green Tea, Citrus, Strawberry, and many more.

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Local Food and Local Beer

The Hakone Beer shop also has a local food to pair with your exploration of Japanese beer. Takoyaki is a popular Japanese snack consisting of pieces of octopus wrapped in ground fresh fish and grilled. The takoyaki has a different delicious textures and tastes that are popular with locals. The takoyaki can also be topped with different sauces to make your own unique snack. One of Hakone Beer`s reasons for development was that there was a lack of domestic beers brewed to compliment and enhance the deep subtle flavors of Japanese food, washoku. Take the time to visit the beer stand in front of Odawara Station have a wonderful culinary experience during your time in Japan.

Kamaboko Takoyaki

Takoyaki, or octopus dumplings, is a traditional food most closely associated with Osaka.  It’s a cheap vendor-style treat made from grilled batter with a chunk of boiled-octopus in the middle.  It comes in bite-sized round shapes. It’s an acquired taste, I call it “three textures for the price of one” – a soft outer shell, gooey (boiling hot) batter inside that, with a chewy octopus center.

Suzuhiro has recreated this popular Japanese food, originally Takoyaki is a light meal you’ll find served all over the place from food stands at train stations, tourist spots and festivals all over Japan.  They’re topped with “aonori” (thinly-ground seaweed), “katsuobushi” (dried bonito fish flakes) then one of the following three toppings – mayonnaise & “uista” (worcestershire) sauce, salt, or “ponzu” (a citrus sauce).

Suzuhiro Takoyaki replaces the wheat flour dough, with a rich and tasty surimi (ground white fish meat), high quality fish paste. The redone snack includes the reinvention of the classic topping. Sauce toppings differ with store, but you can have a choice of Japanese Shiso Herb, Olive Oil and Pepper, Local Umeboshi pickled plum, or Aurora Tomato Sauce with your order.

You can find this delicious treat at three locations. Odawara, Asakusa, and Hakone. These tasty treats go great with the local brew, Hakone Beer. Most of these places have Hakone Beer on tap to pair with your takoyaki. Hakone Beer is a local brew that was made to go well with the subtle flavors of Japanese foods. Enjoy the dining experience!

Pro-tip: Suzuhiro Takoyaki can be enjoyed in Odawara, Asakusa, and Hakone…goes great with the award winning beer on tap as well.

4/29 – 6/19 Hakone Marquetry Special Exhibit

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Hakone Marquetry is known as Yosegi Zaiku and is recognized by the Japanese government as one of Japan`s most important traditional crafts. Yosegi Zaiku started in the mountain village of Hatajuku in Hakone. There are still craftspeople there continuing this centuries old local tradition.

Suzuhiro is proud to present one of the finest collections of Yosegi work in the world. This collection also holds marquetry works from other part of the world. This is a rare event showcasing the techniques and art from hundreds of years ago. The exhibit is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and is free to the public.

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Hakone Zaiku uses the natural colors of different woods and the meticulous hands of the craftspeople to create world of art. Wood of different color and consistency are connected to form geometric patterns in blocks. These blocks are then shaved producing a intricate and complex pattern with warm natural tones.

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A special exhibit at Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village of 150 items from the world`s finest collection of Hakone marquetry from the private collection of Teruhiko Kaneko. Hakone marquetry is the local woodcraft with roots in Hakone`s Hatajuku going back hundreds of years. It is recognized as one of Japan`s traditional crafts. It has gained world attention for the craftsmanship, detail, and beauty of each handmade item.

smal yosegi boxTheSuzuhiro Kamaboko Village is located between Hakone and Odawara. Just steps from Kazamatsuri train station. The exhibition is on the 3rd floor of the Kamaboko Museum, a part of the Kamaboko Village.. Accessible by bus or train. You can also enjoy the local craft beer brewed here and a Kamaboko making experience, Odawara`s local culinary speciality. Open 9:00 to 5:00

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Suzuhiro, celebrating Japan`s culinary traditions

Handred is a website/ celebrating the tradition and art of Japanese handmade goods. On the website soy sauce, miso, sake, vinegar, and Suzuhiro Kamaboko are featured.

Sake, soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, kamaboko, and tea.“HANDRED” is a group formed by six craftsmen of these traditional Japanese foods.

The name “HANDRED” is derived from the fact that these foods are:
Made by the HANDS of skilled craftsmen To preserve Japanese taste and tradition that is vanishing (RED)
With the intent to pass them down to future generations of the next HUNDRED years.

Delicate handmade taste which cannot be achieved through mass production and handed down for generations since as early as Edo period; High skills, depth and potential that permeates Japanese food culture; These are the things we strive to increase awareness of and spread to the world and to the future through various activities.

Enjoy Asakusa

The Asakusa area of Tokyo has many culturally significant sites, historical buildings, and lots of wonderful food to try.

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The compact nature of the area allows you to explore on foot. In Asakusa, Suzuhiro has craft beer and freshly roasted Chikuwa that you can take out on a walk through the wonderful neighborhood.

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A “Good Fortune” is the them for many products and the Chikuwa is especially unique. The warm freshly roasted fish cake is served on a bamboo stick. Be sure to check your stick to get your fortune!

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About Suzunari Market

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The Suzunari Market is a wonderful place to explore the tastes and products of Suzuhiro and the Odawara area. There are a number of different places to eat, shop, or just learn more about the area and Kamaboko.

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The Kamaboko bar is a great chance to get an introduction to the tastes and differences in Kamaboko. Sit at a counter and order a small plate of Kamaboko with an assorted arrangement of different Kamaboko. Choose a local green tea, local craft beer, or sake to compliment your tasting. The small Kamaboko bar gives you a chance to interact with staff and learn more about Kamaboko.

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Suzuhiro has a wide selection of different products in addition to Kamaboko. You can walk the floor of the market and taste different products. Local craft beer, fresh fish, gelato, and much more is here for you to discover.

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Take a break and enjoy a traditional Japanese sweet with a cup of local green tea at the Koyurugi Cafe. “Ohagi” is a rice based sweet with different toppings that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The most common ohagi are coated with sweet red bean paste or kinako, sweet powdered soy bean.

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The Shiokaze Cafe is a comfortable and relaxing area to enjoy cakes and sweets. Many of these products used local fruit from the hills and fields around Odawara. Enjoy the popular fruit jams and creamy gelato while watching the trains pass. The Suzunari Market is a wonderful place to explore and discover local products and taste traditional Japanese foods at your own pace. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.