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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.

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.

Mikura Soba Restaurant

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Soba Mikura uses the delicious soba from the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with the famed spring water of the Hakone Mountains to make a wonderful homemade soba noodle. You can enjoy your meal in a renovated traditional Japanese building.

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The menu let`s you choose from a number of different options. “Zaru Soba” is a refreshing chilled way to eat soba noodles popular in summer. Noodles are dipped in a broth and enjoyed. There is also a soba dish with fried Kamaboko and more to choose from.

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The wonderful surroundings of the traditional building give a wonderful atmosphere to your meal.

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There are also Udon noodles available. Udon are thick flour noodles that are served in a rich broth. This is a Nabe-Yaki Udon set only served in the winter time to warm you on those cold Japanese days. There are other Udon dishes served throughout the year as well.

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Soba is also often enjoyed as a hot dish. There are different options to choose from. The one pictured above is hot soba topped with slices of roasted duck and a garnish of the yuzu citrus.

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Soba Mikura is open from 11:00 to 5:00 with the last order being at 4:30. There are no reservations needed.

Elennagosso Buffet Restaurant

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Elenagosso is a buffet restaurant serving local and fresh food from the Odawara area. The farm to table concept is on display in the fresh and eclectic choices. The options for lunch are plentiful and give you a chance to explore the tastes of the area. Menus change everyday, reflecting the season and freshness of the foods. You have to ability to taste and enjoy different Kamaboko, eat fresh vegetables, taste fresh tempura, and more.

Elennagosso is open on the weekdays from 11:00-2:45 and 3:00-5:00pm. Adults are ¥1,900 and children are ¥950 for lunch. From 3:00 -5:00 sweets and light meals are served for ¥1,300 and ¥650.

On the weekends you can enjoy the buffet from 9:30-5:00pm Adults are ¥1,500 and children ¥750 for the weekend brunch (9:30-11:00) and ¥2200 for adults and ¥1,100 for children at lunch times(11:00-5:00).

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The buffet style restaurant features fresh vegetables and a colorful assortment of fruit and desserts. There is a kitchen area that prepares an assortment of meat for you as well. Chicken, beef, and seafood are served and change to reflect the season and freshness of available products.

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The popular Odawara restaurant is a great opportunity to taste and enjoy the different types of Kamaboko that Suzuhiro produces. The good food can also be paired with the local Odawara craft beer, Hakone Beer, which is made right next door!

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The wonderful assortment of dishes gives you a chance to try different foods, styles, and products. This child friendly restaurant is great for everyone and offers diners wonderful options to taste and discover the flavors of Odawara, Hakone, and Suzuhiro.

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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

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.