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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. On the weekends you can enjoy the buffet from 9:30-5:00pm.

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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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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.

 

Experience the Making of Kamaboko

A visit to the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village in Odawara will give you an opportunity to try your skills and hands at making this artful culinary treat. There are certified “Kamaboko Master” who have trained for years to make the perfect shape and texture of our Kamaboko. The “Kamaboko Masters” ¬†will take part in the Kamaboko making class and show you the technique and beauty to making a perfect Kamaboko.

340_152There are classes held everyday of the week and consist of making a Kamaboko on a small wood pallet and a Chikuwa on a bamboo stick. However only the Chikuwa making is available on Wednesdays because of the Kamaboko making schedule.

kamaboko odawara chikuwaThere is no reservation needed, but classes often fill up quickly on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, and it is a good idea to reserve a space ahead of time through the internet reservation platform or a call to the Kamaboko Museum. A walk in is also possible if there are open spaces. The classes often last about and hour and a half and will be hands on. The tools and instructions will be provided. The skill level required is very low and is suitable for children to enjoy as well.

experienceWe start by having you wear an apron and hair net to ensure cleanliness and have you wash your hand thoroughly. The area you will be making your Kamaboko and Chikuwa will be designated ahead of time when you reserve a space in the experience. Walk up to the table and start your experience.

4 kneadingThe classes will be guided by trained staff and the explanation is well done using a projector and proximity to the staff. Enjoy your time and have fun comparing your creation with the professional`s.

kamaphoto02-3After you make your Kamaboko and Chikuwa the Suzuhiro staff will cook them for you. The Kamaboko will be steamed and require about an hour to be picked up after your class finishes. The Chikuwa will be grilled and take less then 20 minutes until you can enjoy your delicious creation. Have fun and enrich your visit to Japan by making a wonderful traditional Japanese food!

Hand made Soba Noodles

Hand made noodles in a wonderful old building is an option for lunch when visiting Suzuhiro. Soba is made from ground buckwheat and one of the most popular Japanese foods loved by kids, salary men, and ladies out for a lunch. The soba noodle is a food eaten during significant times of the year for the Japanese. Soba is especially popular during the New Year as the length of the noodle symbolizes the hopes for a long and healthy year ahead.

sobaSoba is typically eaten with chopsticks, and in Japan, it is considered acceptable to slurp the noodles noisily. This is especially common with hot noodles, as drawing up the noodles quickly into the mouth helps cool them.

The soba at the Mikura restaurant in the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village is well known for it`s quality and taste. The noodles are hand kneaded and use fresh spring water drawn from the base of the Hakone mountains. The delicate broth and wonderful items that accompany your dish make this a great culinary experience. Adding to the ambiance is the traditional building that has a long history.

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The tradition of eating soba originates from the Tokugawa period, also called the Edo period, from 1603 to 1868. In the Tokugawa era, every neighborhood had one or two soba establishments, many also serving sake, which functioned much like modern cafes where locals would stop for a casual meal. At that time, the population of Edo (Tokyo), was comparably wealthier than their rural counterparts and were more susceptible to beriberi due to their high consumption of white rice, which is low in thiamine. It was discovered that beriberi could be prevented by regularly eating thiamine-rich soba.

 

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Like many Japanese noodles, soba noodles are often served drained and chilled in the summer, and hot in the winter with a soy-based dashi broth. Extra toppings can be added to both hot and cold soba. Toppings are chosen to reflect the seasons and to balance with other ingredients. Most toppings are added without much cooking, although some are deep-fried.