Japanese Food Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Usaburou
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 2727-344
    This local cuisine restaurant located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture is where you can taste country cooking such as okowa (sticky rice mixed with vegetables or other ingredients), kenchin zoni (mochi with soup) and suiton (wheat flour dumpling soup) in a shop that is like a private house filled with nostalgia. The mochi glutinous rice without preservatives or additives is characterized by its stickiness and slight sweetness. It can also be used as a tea house or sweets shop to enjoy ankoro mochi (rice cake with bean paste) and ice cream using matcha green tea.

    那須高原へのドライブ。 ランチはこちらでと目指してくると昼前に到着。 まずは駐車場待ち。 その後は1時間以上待って店内へ。 木立に囲まれた古民家です。 庭の紅葉が色づき始めています。 入り口付近には古い農機器具が置かれていて、入り口が引き戸で、かがんで入るほどの高さ。 寒い場所の知恵ですね。 席は入り口付近だっただのでトイレついでに店内を見学。 囲炉裏や縁側もあり、良い雰囲気。 隣の席には、地元の...

  • Menkappo Nakagawa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Tori 2-2659
    This soba restaurant is located in 2 Chome, Tori, Ashikaga City. They serve hand-made nihachi-soba noodles. They're made with a high-quality mix of 80 percent buckwheat to 20 percent udon flour and spring water from the Watarase Mountains. They also typically have over 100 kinds of sake available. Enjoy some with fare like their Tennuki gozen soba noodle set that comes with candied herring and tempra in a hot soup for an old-school soba-shop experience. The shop's also known for its ties to the poet Mitsuo Aida through his relationship with the first owner.
  • Restaurant Steam Locomotive
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 24-2
    This restaurant is located at the Nasu SL Land steam locomotive theme park. It is notable for the 1/5 scale locomotive that rides through the restaurant and brings customers their food. It offers a wide variety of items including their Jokiyaki set meals, kid's lunches, and more. The entrance and interior are decorated with locomotive-related goods, making it especially popular with families with children.

    This place specializes indoor jin-gisu-kan style barbecue with lamb and beef. Taste is second priority. The interesting thing is that trains will carry uncooked meat and vegetables to your...

  • Takase Kanko Yana
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Yata 210
    This seafood restaurant is in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Come try fresh sweetfish cuisine while looking at the clear waters of the nearby Nakagawa River. You can even try your hand at catching sweetfish with their Yana traps. Enjoy robata-yaki in the tatami rooms and food cooked directly in front of you. The restaurant is open from June to November each year in accordance with the sweetfish fishing season.

    清流に上がる天然鮎のつかみ取りができるやなです。天然鮎は小さめでしたが元気飛び跳ねる鮎が掴めました。雰囲気の良い店内で食べた鮎はとても美味しかったです。

  • Irori Ryori Yoichi
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 1338
    This Japanese restaurant is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. It offers a menu featuring dishes made with seasonal local ingredients from Nasu and Tochigi such as their popular Tochigi Wagyu steak-don (steak on rice) and their Nasuben lunch plates, the latter of which is limited to 20 servings a day. Its interior features table seating and a traditional Japanese-style sunken hearth. Certified by the Tochigi Agricultural Produce Marketing Association as an establishment that promotes the use of local food, the restaurant is visited by many people.

    囲炉裏料理のコースをお願いしました。鮎が炭火でじっくり焼けるのを待ちながら、サラダやお刺身、湯葉を頂きます。茄子や椎茸、エビ、那須牛とボリュームたっぷり、多すぎて鳥モモが要らないくらいです。

  • Ebisuya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Shimohatsuishimachi 955
    This restaurant specializing in local cuisine is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. It is famous for offering Nikko yuba (tofu skin), a local specialty. Their full-course yuba cuisine meals use tofu skins in every part from the appetizers and the main dish to the dessert. The restaurant, which has a relaxed Japanese-style atmosphere, is equipped with tatami seating and is visited by many tourists.
  • Shunsaigura Senya
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Fujihara 1357
    This restaurant specializing in local cuisine is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Some of its offerings include yuba (tofu skin) cuisine made with fresh tofu skins sourced every day as well as soba noodles made with local buckwheat flour. The restaurant's interior, which is finished in reclaimed wood, has notable warmth that makes it a great place to relax while enjoying a meal. It also has a miniature gallery of Mashiko ware.

    We stopped here for lunch while exploring the national park and the temples, and had a wonderful meal here. All of the various sushis (we ordered a lot) were freshly made and delicious, the tea was...

  • Mizuhokura
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto Shinrin 357-32
    This restaurant is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. It offers items such as its Inakazen and Inaka Suitonzen set meals, each made with local Tochigi rice and handmade miso. Located inside of a kominka (old Japanese-style house), guests can enjoy a meal while relaxing in the restaurant's nostalgic atmosphere. The restaurant also sells rice, miso, and other items.

    5年ほど前に一度利用して仕事で那須へ行く機会があったため再度訪れてみました。 今回はすき煮善を頂きました。 素材の味を感じられる料理屋さんが最近はないのでそれぞれの野菜の美味しさなどを感じる事が出来ました。 お米も釜で炊いているためおこげの香ばしいさが最高に美味しかったです。

  • Japanese Restaurant Takaiya
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Honchou 4-9
    This venerable restaurant specializing in kaiseki cuisine in Nikko City was founded in 1805. Guests can enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as items like yuba (tofu skin), a centuries-old Nikko tradition, sashimi, stews, and more. Visitors can feel the seasonal scenery in the restaurant's old garden, which enshrines stone statues of the seven lucky gods. The restaurant is used for a wide variety of purposes included important family events, business negotiations, and more.

    We were lucky enough to have a local recommend this restaurant to us. We wouldnt have found out about it otherwise. The meal was degustation with no selections required and consisted of about 10...

  • Hanasaryo
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsenohara 652-1
    This traditional Japanese-style restaurant is in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Come enjoy a refined traditional course meal made from seasonal ingredients served in a building built in a Sukiya style. The meals are made with carefully selected ingredients including wild vegetables, tofu-skin, tofu, and sashimi, and visitors can enjoy the tasteful meals while taking in views of Kinugawa River Valley. It is located in the same building as a bathhouse and the Mitsuo Aida Museum.

    静かな渓谷沿いにあります。キレイな 紫色の暖簾をくぐると水が流れていたり、人力車が置いてあったりと和の風情を醸し出しています。中に入るとサッパリとした内装で落ち着いた感じです。入ってすぐ左側に相田みつをさんの美術館があり、お土産コーナーもあります。以前は日帰り温泉もあったのですが震災後はやってないので残念です。いつ行ってもしずかでゆっくり出来るのでおすすめです。お料理も美味しく量が少なく女性向きで...

  • Fudan Kaiseki Nagomi Chaya
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kamihatsuishimachi 1016
    This is a restaurant for kaiseki-ryori (Japanese course cuisine) located alongside a romantic old Japanese highway in Nikko City’s Kamihatsuishi Town. Guests can easily enjoy kaiseki-ryori which uses plenty of seasonal local ingredients such as Nikko yuba (bean-curd skin). Part of the appeal of this restaurant with the appearance of an old Japanese-style house is its ambience that is even easy for single customers to enter. The “Yuba Kaiseki Lunch” that contains stewed agemaki yuba with a gentle flavor is a popular offering on the menu. This is a famous restaurant that has even been introduced on television.

    Had the yuba (a dish this area is known for) kaiseki and it was amazing (even to my carnivore husband). The staff was so wonderful, and did a fantastic job of communicating with us in English and...

  • Akatsuki
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 4231 Forest within Mashiko
    A creative cuisine restaurant located in the Forest Mashiko inn. The restaurant’s dishes are primarily made with seafood shipped direct from Hakodate and local vegetables. The fresh fish assortment is particularly popular. Akatsuki also offers over 15 varieties of sake as well as over 10 varieties of shochu. The staff at Akatsuki will recommend the perfect beverage to go with the season and the seasonal ingredients used to make your meal. The restaurant’s location adjoining Mashiko Prefectural Nature Park is also outstanding. At night, a star-filled sky stretches overhead, creating a charming atmosphere.

    Akasuki Restaurant is located on the grounds of the Forest Inn. If youre traveling to Mashiko, I recommend spending the night at the Forest Inn, too. We made reservations the week before we arrived...

  • Shiori
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Shimohatsuishimachi 957-2
    Shiori is a restaurant specializing in creative cuisine situated along the Japan Romantic Road in Shimohatsuishi-machi, Nikko City. The restaurant serves a range of creative dishes made with local ingredients including their boiled tofu eaten with their homemade ponzu sauce and three kinds of condiments including peppers from Nikko, mabo-dofu (tofu in a spicy sauce) served in a piping hot pot, Yashio trout, and Tochigiyume pork.

    I enjoyed a nice meal with my family at Shiori. Food was good and affordable. COVID measures (eg temperature taking, cleaning or door/window handles) were exemplary

  • Nikko Yubamaki ZEN
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kamihatsuishimachi 1007
    A restaurant specializing in creative cuisine situated along the Japan Romantic Road in Kamihatsuishi Town, Nikko City. ZEN offers creative dishes using yuba (tofu skin) which is a special product of Nikko. Popular dishes include their Nikko yubamaki with Tochigi wagyu beef and seasonal seafood and vegetables from the prefecture wrapped in yuba, and their Nikko yubamaki course meal made up of many seasonal small dishes of yubamaki (rolled yuba).

    Zen is accurately named. A beautiful, quiet and welcoming family owned restaurant. Absolutely meticulously prepared food all presented on gorgeous pottery from regional artisans.

  • YUBATEI MASUDAYA
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Ishiyamachi 439-2
    You’ll find this specialty Yuba cuisine restaurant along the Japan Romantic Road in Ishiya Town, Nikko City. It provides sashimi, boiled dishes, vegetables with dressing, and other fresh yuba cuisine using “Nikko Gozen Yuba” ingredients provided by longstanding Nikko Yuba restaurant “Ebiya Chozo.” In addition, they also offer the “kaiseki zen” and “Nikko zen” courses, which feature salt-grilled trout and other fresh yuba dishes.

    I was given the tip by locals to try this restaurant. Not only is it beautiful but its presentation of food is out of this world and yuba, a special local form of tofu is absolutely memorable. This...

  • Honkaku Kaiseki Yuba Nikko Yotaro
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Shimohatsuishimachi 965
    This yuba tofu cuisine restaurant is in Shimohatsuishi-machi, Nikko City. This establishment uses various types of tofu skin made from high-quality soybeans, such as “hikiage,” fresh, and “taguri,” obtained from the “Ebiya Chozo” shop, where Nikko tofu skin originated. This allows the restaurant to offer healthy and authentic multi-course “kaiseki” tofu skin meals. Also available are the “tofu skin lunch,” “tofu skin grilled fish lunch,” tempura set, tempura box lunch, and more.

    This is a small unassuming restaurant, very traditional. I think we had the only western-style table and chairs. The hospitality and the food were amazing. My sister and I were on a day trip from...

  • Mizuguruma
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Nasushiobara-shi Shiobara 708

    ランチの為に2名で訪問したが、「今いっぱいで無理です」との返事。 店内外に待つ客はおらず、席は埋まっているものの、何時間もかけて食事をする店でもなく(メニューはラーメン、丼など)「〇分程待っていただければ」という返事を期待していたので、商売っ気のなさに驚く。ご縁がなかったのでしょう。

  • Unagi no Chojiya
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2746
    Chojiya is an eel restaurant with a history going back 300 years since its establishment and its storehouse has been designated as a Nasu Town Cultural Property. It uses fresh eel from a fishpond where the water is drawn from the Nara River, and the eel which is carefully grilled on charcoal has many fans. Booking is recommended before visiting on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Its menu items include unaju (rice topped with broiled eel and served in a box), grilled liver, deep fried bones and deep fried eel.

    老舗らしく、常時混んでいるので昼時を少し外すと良いと思います。正直、格別では有りませんが普通に美味しいです。芦野地域で食事処に困ったら是非、お薦めです。

  • Dengaku Abuden
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Kauemonchou 5-27
    This old shop was founded as an oil shop during the Edo period, but then went on to manufacture miso. They use domestically-produced soy beans to make their “aburaden miso” —naturally fermented in a traditional wooden barrel, with no additives, to produce a rich, aromatic taste. At the dengaku miso shop in the corner, you can try konnyaku dengaku, tofu dengaku, and sato-imo dengaku. The five buildings, including a Meiji-period storehouse, are designated as National Tangible Cultural Properties, as well as a charming fireplace in the back.

    何とも趣のある歴史を感じさせる建物でした。味噌田楽盛り合わせ(3本セットで550円)をいただきました。炭で時間をかけて焼いています。味の異なる味噌が3本それぞれにつけられています。 建屋の中も歴史そのもの。太い梁が何本も見られ、大正あるいは明治時代(?)の電話もそのまま。囲炉裏も。 歴史のある雰囲気に身をおきながら、落ち着いたひとときを過ごしました。

  • Restaurant Kanahan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Yorozuchou 5-2
    Only open for lunch, this restaurant is nestled in a corner of a ryokan lodge established back in late Edo period. The “irodori gozen” —a nine-item set of sashimi, grilled items, small bowls, and the famous “kanahan tokusei-don” are popular. Only available by reservation, the “Edo gozen” features an assortment of Edo-period and modern cuisine.

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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