Yuba is a specialty of Nikko. It is made of soy milk and is very nutritious. The soybean smell is quite nice too, abit nutty.
Yuba was first used as part of the vegetarian diet of the temples in Nikko. Now it is being enjoyed by all.
Most restaurants in Nikko will definitely have this. It comes in many variety of dishes. You can even eat it with ramen, eat it raw or eat it fried.
I personally like it fried. :)
I saw many many elegant shops or cafe along Nikko's main shopping street specializing in this sweet bean jelly called yokan.
They were all beautifully wrapped and there are actually corners in these shops that people can sit down at their leisure and savour yokan with tea.
The flavor of azuki beans is quite predominant, and the yokan does come with other varieties with chestnut or persimmon fillings.
People with a sweet tooth will really dig it.
And they make great gifts. ^_^
Meiji no Yakata is housed in a former colonial setting with a stone exterior and a European interior. The staff is extremely polite and the menu is written in English and Japanese. It is located near the main shrine in Nikko.
Favorite Dish: The Beef Stew is absolutely delicious and is served with puff pastry on top. We also ate cheesecake and pumpkin pudding for desert. These were also excellent.
Well, this is a small place on the main street in Nikko leading up to the Shinkyo Bridge. There is 6 seats and it feels like walking into your grandma's house. 2 lovely Japanese lady who speak limited English greet you and show you there small menu with pictures on it. I LOVED THIS PLACE !!!!! The price was 800 Yen for 3 chicken sticks, some rice, and some fried noodles. The place has been recommened by Frommer and Lonely Planet in there Nikko section. The walls have 1,000's of business cards and notes making it a great little place to sit and have a quick lunch. We loved it ... HIGHLY RECOMMMEND IT !!!! please see other pix's . The food is simple, good, and cheap.
After a day of visiting temples and hiking in the mountains, we were ready for some food. By about 7pm, the town of Nikko seemed deserted. Most shops and restaurants that boasted crowds of tourists earlier in the day were now closed, so we had some difficulty finding an open restaurant. Finally we noticed a restaurant called 元祖湯波寿司 寿司秀 (a bunch of words that roughly means Sushi Shigeru). At the door there was a small fountain and a bunch of odd trinkets. A sign in English said this was a shrine for tourists.
We entered the old, well worn restaurant and were welcomed by a giant of a man who could have been a professional wrestler. We took a seat next to a collection of several hundred Japanese maneki-neko cats. We scanned the menu and quickly decided to get their udon and soba meals (1,500 Yen each). The food was ready in about 10-15 minutes.
Each meal came with a large bowl of noodles, several huge pieces of tempura, some pickled vegetables, and some dishes made from the local specialty yuba, or bean curd skin. The tempura was excellent, the soups very good, and the tofu skin dishes interesting if not spectacular. I did eat everything I was given, so it must have been pretty good.
With my meal I had a Nikkoji Pilsner beer, for an expensive 760 Yen or so. The beer is local to Nikko, and OK, but not spectacular.
This cosy restaurant, nestled in the main street not far from the station, provides more than just inexpensive and heartening home-made dishes. The great attraction of this restuarant are its walls and ceiling - a mosaic of momentos from all its previous diners. Photos, business cards, drawings, tickets, money and many other treasures form the quilted curtain that drapes the family run restaurant and provides the customers with a spectacular visual accompaniment to their meal, as well as a great talking point. One can (and may wish to) spend hours examining the paraphernalia left by those who have gone before. The best part is you can leave you own souvenir (if you can find the space) for others to enjoy!
(ENGLISH MENU & VEGETARIAN DISHES AVAILABLE)
Favorite Dish: You can't go past the yakisoba! And if it weren't such a decent serving, you could order another given its cheap price. Also caters for VEGETARIANS.
The food was alright, but the service was horrible. I had the distinct impression that they were very anti-gaijin. The waiter was RUDE and it was obvious that they didn`t want our business, and they will not get it! I advise everyone against going there (see picture of the plastic food window for specifics) It is easy to pick out as it is the only one I`ve see with floating forks and pizza slices!
They have a menu in English and they cater for vegetarians must be good. Alot of places in Japan dont have English menus and although you canpoint to the plastic food, its very often difficult to tell weather its vegetaian.
Favorite Dish: Noodles for vegetarian if you are not they are famous for their chicken kebabs
Along the Romantic Highway an hour or so east of Nikko, there isn't much for the tired, bored or hungry traveler. We were searching for some food, and we saw lots of signs for fish, but it turned out they were ads for a pay to fish lake, not a restaurant. Luckily, within a kilometer we found a gem of a restaurant.
The name of the restaurant is 川のほとり, pronounced roughly "Kawa-no-hotori" which translates into "The Banks of the River," a fitting name for a restaurant along the shore of a large stream. Oddly enough, we stayed at a hotel called Hotori-an the night before in Nikko.
We sat down and were impressed by the nice, clean, yet rustic interior with its huge glass windows against log pillars and beams. Unfortunately the menu was entirely in Japanese, so we used our limited skills to determine they sold noodles. I ordered zari soba, or cold soba noodles, and Laura ordered a bowl of hot soba noodle soup.
The cold soba noodles were topped with bits of nori (seaweed) and served on a small bamboo tray called a zaru. Next to the noodles was a bowl which contained a raw egg, some a bit of granulated dashi (a broth base) and a small amount of mirin (a sweet rice wine). Next to this was a small cup of soy sauce and a dish of sliced scallions. I mixed the soy sauce into the other ingredients to form the traditional dipping sauce for cold soba, called tsuyu. The noodles I consumed by picking up a small amount with the chopsticks, and dipping them in the tsuyu before eating them. During the meal, the waitress brought a small pitcher of hot water, which I later realized was the water the noodles were boiled in, which is commonly mixed with the leftover tsuyu and drunk at the end of the meal.
Address: 〒 378-0414 Gunma Prefecture Tone-gun Katashina village Oaza Higashiogawa 4663-8
During our visit to Nikko, we stayed at a small ryokan called Annex Turtle Hotori An. Wehn we checked in the staff offered us a Western-style breakfast at either 8:00 am or 8:30 am for about 1,000 Yen per person. We decided to have breakfast at the inn.
The next morning we went for a short hike in the woods around the hotel, then we got back to the dining room around 8:20 am. Our table was reserved with a small place card with our room number, next to a hard boiled egg. We started with the self-serve coffee and orange juice. Soon the staff brought us each three pieces of fresh toasted bread and a plate of fruit: a half grapefruit, a half kiwifruit, and a half banana.
The breakfast was good and filling, though it was a bit expensive.
This is a Japanese snack that you can find in many places throughout Japan. It is konnyaku, a kind of vegetable that is made in a jelly form. Miso (bean paste) is added on top as sauce. I think it was around 300 yen or so for 3 sticks.
WHEN MY PARENTS VISITED, THEY WOULDN`T HEED MY WARNINGS, AND WE TRIED THIS RESTAURANT AGAIN. THEY WERE JUST AS RUDE AND OVERCHARGED AGAIN. WE PAID FOR TWICE AS MANY DRINKS AS WE ORDERED, AND THE WAITER KEPT CHANGING THE PRICES IN FRONT OF US. NEVER GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!