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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.

January 11:00am~6:00pm (Last Order 5:45pm)

Feb~Dec 11:00am~7:00pm (Last Order 6:45pm)

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.

Award Winning Hakone Beer

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.

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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.

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.

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. Asakusa, Hakone, and Gotemba 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!

 

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!