Japanese Food Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku (Yamanakako Restaraunt)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Yamanaka 234
    This restaurant located in Yamanakako Village, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture specializes in koshu hoto, the regional delicacy of Yamanashi. The hoto offered by the restaurant is notable for being made with plentiful amounts of Japanese pumpkin, potatoes, taro, leek, and other vegetables and for the springy texture of their carefully-crafted noodles. Each serving of hoto is cooked upon the order in an iron pot so assure it arrives at the customer's table steaming hot.
  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku Lake Kawaguchi Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 1638-1
    Located along Prefectural Route 707 south of Lake Kawaguchi in Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko Town, this shop specializes in a dish called “hoto.” The chewy hoto noodles along with the vegetable-base soup stock and original locally farmed miso are boiled one by one in an iron pot to create the finished dish. There are plenty of varieties as well, including the popular “pumpkin hoto” as well as “pork hoto” and “azuki (red bean) hoto.”
  • Specialty Houtou Fudou Higashi koiji Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu Koiji 2458
    Even among the number of “Houtou Fudou” stores which this chain has around Lake Kawaguchi, the Higashi koiji store among others has the most characteristic appearance. There are roughly 300 seats available within the white round building which is similar to a snow dome, so even large numbers of people can feel relieved and use it with confidence. The miso base soup which has been flavored with the savory taste of vegetables and mushrooms has a gentle flavor which goes very well with the homemade noodles.
  • Speciality Houtoh Fudo Lake Kawaguchi North Main Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 707
    This is a specialty hoto noodle restaurant located in the northeast area of Lake Kawaguchi. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing meal in the warm atmosphere of traditional folk-style restaurant. There is something simple and warming about firm homemade noodles with pumpkin, edible wild plants, and mushrooms and the taste of the foothills of Mt. Fuji. The flavor is outstanding.
  • Fujisan Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail Naka no Chaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Kamiyoshida 5601-1
    In between the Umagaeshi point and the climbing gate of Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine, this tea house sells light meals like dumplings, and provides tourist information. Around the facilities are National Natural Monuments and a cluster of fuji-zakura (otome-zakura) cherry trees-which have been designated as Fujiyoshida City's official flower-so it is now known for its flowers. The Fujizakura Festival is held during Fuji-zakura cherry tree's peak season in early May, to the delight of many hanami visitors.
  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku Isawa Station Street Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Isawachoukubonakajima 73-3
    This is one branch of a popular chain of local cuisine restaurants in Yamanashi and Nagano. The most popular dish, the pumpkin hoto noodle stew is the basis for Koshu hoto stew. With one bite, the sweetness of the pumpkin and the flavour of the stock will fill your mouth. Hoto with game such as soft-shelled turtle or bear, chilled hoto only available seasonally and oyster hoto are all superb.
  • Hotokura Funari Kawaguchiko Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 6931
  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku (Kofu Station Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1-7-2
    Hoto noodles, a regional cuisine of Kai province, are thought to have been popularized due their use as field rations? by samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. Their high vegetable content is believed to give people beautiful skin and help prevent cancer. Located in front of Kofu Station, this hoto noodle shop, part of a chain, is popular not just for the taste of its hoto noodles as well as its convenient location.
  • Hotokura Funari Fruit Line Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Manriki 1091
    This restaurant established in 1979 is popular for their golden hoto noodles made exclusively with ingredients sourced from Yamanashi Prefecture. It even won first place at the Shosenkyo Gorge Hoto Noodle Competition three years in a row. Their exquisite premium golden hoto noodles luxuriously combine their famous golden hoto noodles with boiled abalone, a Yamanashi Prefecture delicacy.
  • Minaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoutodoriki 1372
    This udon and hoto noodle shop is located inside of a 130 year-old Japanese zelkova wood house. Guests can freely roam the restaurant's garden, which blooms with seasonal flowers, making it a great choice for families with children. Their additive-free homemade miso (soy bean paste) is crafted the old-fashioned way exclusively with non-GMO soybeans and malted barley. Their excellent hoto and udon noodles are certain to become a habit after one taste.
  • Honjin Tsukasa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Motosu 120-9
    Honjin Tsukasa is a noodle shop along National Route 300 on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi in Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture. Among its signature dishes is Hoto (noodle and vegetable soup in a miso-based broth), a typical soup of the Koshu region, made with homemade noodles and natural water from the Fuji watershed. Other noodle dishes include Sanshu Soba is topped with tempura, wild plants, and grated yam; and Goma Udon, made with ground sesame. In addition to noodles, customers can enjoy Yoganyaki Beef, made with Koshu beef cooked on a slab of igneous rock, Shikaniku Curry made with venison shot by local hunters, and Shikaniku Tataki (lightly seared sliced venison with a dipping sauce). Dishes featuring wild plants are highlighted in the spring, and in the fall, mushrooms, wild plants, and wild game are highlighted.
  • Hoto-Dokoro Ishihara
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoufuji 928
    This restaurant specializing in regional cuisine is located inside of an old folk home in Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Their menu includes simple dishes like homemade houto noodles, a specialty of Yamanashi, as well as yumori udon noodles and cold hiyamugi noodles. Guests can enjoy the flavors of Koshu-style family cooking.
  • Nagashi Somen En-e-mon
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Ikarichou 423
    "This restaurant in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture offers “nagashisomen (flowing noodles)"" at two table types: one using the traditional bamboo half-pipes, and another made of marble with clear water flowing through the middle. It also serves a full menu including the simple but rich local specialty hoto, with thick noodles stewed in miso, as well as udon, soba, tempura and more."
  • Ikkyu-an
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Koshu-shi Enzan Oyashiki 2289-2
    This is a restaurant located in the precincts of Erin-ji Temple, which is the clan temple of Takeda Shingen, in Enzan Oyashiki, Koshu City. It offers a menu featuring vegetarian dishes, set meals, and lunch boxes, with an emphasis on Yamanashi local cuisine such as hoto noodle soup. The restaurant also has Noh stage seats and outdoor seats.
  • Kazumiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Koshu-shi Katsunumacho Kyusoku 1625
    This restaurant specializing in hoto noodle soup is located along the Daibosatsu Line in Kyusoku, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu City. It offers hoto made with vegetables grown in its own kitchen gardens with minimal use of agrochemicals and homemade miso using domestic soybeans and natural salt. In addition to hoto, you can also enjoy individual dishes such as gyoza and motsunikomi (organ-meat stews), and cold hoto called ozara in the summer.
  • Ikkyu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Kofu Takehinatamachi 830
    This restaurant is located along the Shosenkyo Green Line in Takehinata-machi, Kofu City. Along with hoto, Yamanashi's famous noodle dish, you can get soba, udon, pot rice, salt-fried rock fish, and other foods and desserts. Located in Shosenkyo Gorge, one of the best sights in the Kanto region, you can also see Kakuenbo stone from the restaurant.
  • Mingei Chaya Shimizu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Yamanashi-shi Mitomi Kawaura 339-1
    "This restaurant specializing in local cuisine is located along National Route 140 in Mitomikawaura, Yamanashi City. It offers dishes featuring ""inobuta"" pork. This crossbreed between a wild boar and a female pig is a specialty of Mitomi. Guests can savor inobuta pork in a variety of dishes such as inobuta barbecue, inobuta ramen, and inobuta hoto noodles."
  • Ajisaian
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Minamikoma-gun Minobucho Nishijima 380
    This restaurant located in Nakatomi Washi- no-Sato in Nishijima District, Minobu Town serves regional cuisine and country cooking. They pride themselves on nostalgic flavors like those you might have tasted as a child at your grandmother's home in the countryside. We recommend their ozara, a dish featuring springy handmade noodles served with a soy sauce-flavored dipping broth that contains vegetables, ground meat, and other ingredients. Their takesumi ozara, a variant of ozara with bamboo charcoal powder made by a local cooperative blended into the noodles, is also recommended. Another popular item is their croquettes, which feature a filling of okara (tofu dregs) made from rare and precious Akebono soybeans.
  • Regional Cuisine WAJUUROU
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Yamanakakomura Yamanaka 232-7
    A restaurant serving local cuisine located opposite Yamanakako Yacht Harbor. The restaurant's tables command views of Lake Yamanaka from large windows. There's also a tatami mat seating area which can be used for a variety of events, and the establishment offers free Wi-Fi. In addition to the cold zaru soba noodles and tempura, the restaurant's most popular selection, customers can also enjoy dishes such as hoto noodle soup made with local Koshu chicken, seafood hoto made with an original miso which draws out the flavor of the shrimp and crab, deep fried battered Japanese pond smelt, and Koshu motsuni stewed giblets. There's also the Sumatran curry, a dish you'll find no place else.
  • Yume no Ki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Yamanakakomura Hirano 548-47
    A 20-minute drive from the Yamanakako Interchange and 30 minutes from the Gotenba Interchange. This boarding house is located next to the Mori no Naka no Ehonkan and serves teppanyaki and wine. The popular inn has been featured in various media. Attention has been paid to every detail - for example, all of the guest rooms have a view of Mt. Fuji. The inn's private reservable bath is available from 7:00 a.m. The inn's meals are made with an abundance of local ingredients, including Koshu wine beef, rainbow trout raised in the spring waters of Mt. Fuji, and wines from Yamanashi Prefecture. In the morning, the inn serves fresh made hot sandwiches. You can also enjoy dinner here without being a guest.

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Yamanashi prefecture is the proud home of one of Japan’s most celebrated icons: Mount Fuji. Although the mountain straddles both Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the most breathtaking views of Fuji-san can be seen from the Fuji Five Lakes north of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture. The plethora of outdoor activities in and around the lakes all have the benefit of the country’s highest mountain as their backdrop, and we can assure you that it is an unforgettable sight.

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