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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, giving birth to a million puns about octopus balls on your chin. 😉  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 serum, 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, Umeboshi pickled plum, or Aurora Tomato Sauce with your order.


The takoyaki dough is made of wheat flour, water and egg, but sometimes also contains bonito sauce or other secret ingredients such as soy, milk, sugar, or miso.  Additional toppings include diced green onion, red pickled ginger, “tenkasu” (crunchy bits of deep-fried dough), or red shrimp.

Pro-tip: even if the outside seems cool to eat, beware of the boiling hot batter interior! 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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Odawara Station Beer Bar

A new addition to all the wonderful culinary experiences you can have is the standing beer bar located just steps from Odawara Station. The Hakone Beer bar features a number of local brews created and produced by the local Hakone Beer Brewery.

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Odawara Station Beer Bar

There are interesting and delicious brews on tap that reflect the character and personality of different local regions. You can choose from Odawara Ale, Hakone Pilsner, Ashigara Weizen, Koyurugi Brown, and Kazamatsuri Stout. The beers are made made using the finest ingredients and from spring water from the base of the Hakone mountains. The Hakone Beer has won a number of awards in domestic and international competition for it`s wonderful blend or hops and barley.

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Hakone Beer is made by Suzuhiro in harmony with nature and to compliment the subtly flavors and tastes of Japanese foods. The beer bar also has an eclectic menu of local specialties, such as kamaboko, that go incredibly well with the local beer. Kamaboko is a local Odawara specialty that resembles a pate or sausage of fresh ground fish.

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The shop is just steps from Odawara station. The convenient location makes it a great stop on your way to or from Odawara Castle or when you are on an exploration of the beautiful city. The shop closes at 6:00pm so enjoy early.