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What to Eat at the Fuji Five Lakes

With all the energy you’ll use on the numerous outdoor activities available around the Fuji Five Lakes, and especially after climbing Fujisan, the next best thing to do is find a generous warm meal or a snack along the route to keep you going to regain a few calories. Yamanashi has everything that makes good food: fertile soil, plenty of farmland, a geography that includes rivers, lakes and mountains, and a vibrant local culture. Do not leave the lakes without trying these out:

Index

  • Local Snacks

  • Reel Café

  • Horse Meat Udon

  • The Steak at 55 Steak

  • Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

  • Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

  • Oruson San no Ichigo

  • Yama Boushi

  • Chill Spot Sugeez

  • Local Snacks

    Local Snacks

    Local Snacks

    Two snacks you ought to try while staying at the Fuji Five Lakes are oyaki and Mount Fuji tofu. Typically, oyaki is a buckwheat flour dumpling filled with pumpkin, red bean paste (anko), or other fresh vegetables. At the Narusawa Michi No Eki, you’ll find this awesome snack with the same ingredients but prepared more like a tortilla than a dumpling. This is the perfect treat after checking out the ice and wind caves nearby. Mount Fuji tofu may come as a small snack but it’s big on flavour thanks to an added scoop of homemade miso and a drop of soy sauce. You can find it as you stroll through the Sacred Ponds at Oshino Hakkai springs near Lake Yamanakako.

    Local Snacks

    Local Snacks

    Oshino Hakkai Springs
    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunoshinomura Shibokusa
    Phone
    0555844221
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  • Reel Café

    Reel Café

    Reel Café

    Just off of Yamanaka lakeside, with a view of Fuji once you step out the front door, Reel Ramen is regarded as one of the top spots for noodles in the prefecture. The shop has been part of a complex that includes the Yamanakako Teddy Bear World Museum, so keep that in mind if you love both ramen and teddy bears! The miso ramen is the star of the show, but the shop also does a highly limited (ten bowls a day) ramen with a chicken broth and local fish. Like any highly regarded ramen shop, seating is limited and queues are to be expected. Roll in a while before the shop opens (11:30AM) and, especially in less touristy months, the wait should be minimal.

    mizumimenya Reel Cafe
    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Hirano 493-111 Lake Yamanaka Teddy Bear World in the Museum
    Phone
    0555202800
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  • Horse Meat Udon

    Horse Meat Udon

    Horse Meat Udon

    One of the main dishes in the Fuji Five Lakes area is udon and with over 50 shops serving different versions of these popular noodles it is easy to try it out. Inside Kawaguchiko Station you can taste the horse meat udon which is a typical dish of Fujiyoshida City and thus is locally known as Yoshida Udon. Together with the fact that the noodles are served with horse meat, this local dish comes with firm noodles. This is one special treat to have in this region and the dish served up in the train station is not only delicious but also convenient.

    Kawaguchiko
    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu
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  • The Steak at 55 Steak

    The Steak at 55 Steak

    The Steak at 55 Steak

    A great way to end a fun-filled day at Lake Kawaguchiko is by treating yourself to a juicy and freshly grilled piece of steak. 55 Steak is a steakhouse located along Road 139 (aka Fuji Panorama Line) and nestled inside a forest. The setting is perfect to try out the steakhouse’s signature burgers and steaks which are made with A5 grade Kuroge wagyu beef. On top of serving up luscious steaks, the chef provides the codes which allow customers to trace their meal back to the farm where the beef was raised.

    55 steak
    Address
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Katsuyama 3367-1
    Phone
    0555728855
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  • Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

    Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

    Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

    If there’s one dish that characterizes the Fuji Five Lakes region and Yamanashi Prefecture, it’s hoto noodles. This generous bowl of udon noodles is one heart-warming dish that must be tried at least once and Hoto Fudou serves one of the best versions alongside Lake Kawaguchiko. On the surface, hoto might appear to be your standard udon dish, but to locals this delicacy is in a category of its own. The noodles, which are made in a similar way to dumplings, are then served in a thick soup of miso and vegetables, in which pumpkin plays a big role. The result is a hot and flavourful dish that will leave you happy and quite satisfied. If you’ve just climbed Fujisan, this is the perfect reward for the iconic feat.

    Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

    Traditional Hoto Noodles at Hoto Fudou

    Roadside Station Narusawa
    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunnarusawamura 8532-63
    Phone
    0555853900
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  • Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

    Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

    Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

    Sit around a traditional hearth in an old farmhouse, grilling lake fish and local vegetables. There is no more quintessential dining experience. Sanrokuen, just south of Lake Kawaguchi, specializes in robata done the old-fashioned way. There are courses of meat, vegetables and fowl, all cooked over the coals. The meal finishes in a typically Yamanashi way, with the cracking open of a pot of hoto nabe, simmered at the edge of the hearth while you cook. In this local udon variant, flat noodles are simmered in a vegetable and miso broth—hoto nabe is as Yamanashi as it gets.

    Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

    Robatayaki at Sanrokuen

    Sanroku En
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    Address
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko Machi Funatsu 3370-1
    Phone
    0555731000
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  • Oruson San no Ichigo

    Oruson San no Ichigo

    Oruson San no Ichigo

    Another spot on Lake Kawaguchi, in a fun neighborhood not far from art museums and walking trails, Oruson San no Ichigo has hamburger steak and pasta on the menu, but the specialty is a strawberry parfait and the other desserts made from local strawberry. After stopping by the cafe, head over to the associated Kawaguchiko Konohana Museum, devoted to recreating manga illustrator Ikeda Akiko’s fictional town of Tashiel and her Wachifield setting.

    Olson Sannoichigo
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    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3026-1
    Phone
    0555766789
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  • Yama Boushi

    Yama Boushi

    Yama Boushi

    A garden cafe with a view of the mountains, Yama Boushi is a fine spot to stop and chill before getting back to exploring Yamanashi. A simple cafe menu is executed with elegance and passion. The gardens are particularly beautiful in late summer, making the terrace even more inviting.

    Yamaboshi
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    Address
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko Machi Kodachi 1106
    Phone
    0555732022
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  • Chill Spot Sugeez

    Chill Spot Sugeez

    Chill Spot Sugeez

    Not far from Lake Saiko, Chill Spot Sugeez is run by a local fellow that, apart from making a credible hamburger, also has great taste in vintage dub reggae records. Appreciate the soundclash vibe inside or on the patio, with a menu of the best burgers west of Shinjuku. Burger patties are made in house—rarer than you might think—the burgers come with three healthy dill pickle slices. Pound a Chili Cheese Burger before heading out on a hike around the lake to burn off those extra calories. (Sugeez also runs an occasional popup at Fuji Q Highland and also a food truck, if you’re lucky enough to catch either of those.)

    Sugeez Nishi Lake
    Address
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Saikonishi 8-10
    Phone
    0555285322
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