10 Gourmet Delights in Hakone: From Street Eats to Classic Diners!

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In this delightful exploration, we dive into the heart of Hakone’s culinary landscape, uncovering the best-kept secrets and local favorites that define the rich and diverse food culture of this picturesque region.

Join us on a journey to the heart of Hakone where the simple yet profound flavors of soba and yuba await, offering a true taste of the region’s culinary heritage.


The go-to for Hakone gourmet! “Yuba Don Naokichi”

First on the list is “Yuba Don Naokichi,” a well-known restaurant located about a 5-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station, along the Hayakawa River. The restaurant, famous for its Yuba (tofu skin) topped with egg in a fragrant broth, offers a unique and refined flavor. The fluffy, hot Yuba served over rice is a dish worth waiting in line for.

Yuba Don Naokichi(湯葉丼 直吉)

Address: 696 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
phone: 0460-85-5148
Business Hours: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Last Order at 6:00 PM
Closed on Tuesdays

For famous soba noodles, visit “Hatsuhana Main Store”

Located about a 6-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station, “Hatsuhana Main Store” serves luxurious soba noodles mixed with natural yam. The “Sadame Soba” shown in the picture, topped with natural yam and egg over cold soba noodles, is exquisite and beautifully presented. Located in a hot spring town, it also offers an authentic Hakone atmosphere.

HAKONE YUMOYO Hatsuhana(箱根湯本 はつ花)

Address: 635,hakonemachi Yumoto,Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone: 0460-85-8287
Business Hours:10:00AM-7:00PM
Closed: Wednesday (in the case of public holidays, the Sunday before, the next day, or the Sunday after next)
※Wednesday is basically a holiday, but there may be irregular holidays during the busy season.


Beef pot Ukon

Gyunabe Ukon,” a restaurant specializing in beef hot pot made with carefully selected Kuroge Wagyu beef from across Japan.

Located in the Hakone area, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience on a “kawadoko,” which refers to a special seating area extending over a riverbank, traditionally found in riverside eateries.

Kawadoko is often used for cooling off during the hot spring and summer months, but with kotatsu (heated tables) available at this restaurant, guests can enjoy the experience comfortably throughout the year, including the cooler autumn and winter seasons.

The restaurant boasts a serene and elegant Japanese ambiance, making it ideal for hospitality, business entertainment, or a slightly luxurious lunch.

The main attraction is the “Ukon Course” priced at 12,000 yen, featuring their popular rich and flavorful beef hot pot.

The course showcases the chef’s creative culinary skills, emphasizing high-quality ingredients.

Beef pot Ukon(牛なべ右近)

Address: 185-5 Yumotojaya, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

*Children are welcome, but only children who can eat one portion of the course meal are allowed.

*Reservations for course meals are accepted for a minimum of 2 people.

Business Hours:

[Lunch] 11:00AM -3:00 PM

[Dinner] 5:00 PM-9:00 PM(Course L.O. 7:00 PM, Drink L.O. 8:30 PM)

Beef pot Ukon

Take a break at the gourmet cafe “Cha no Chimoto”

Located about a 5-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station, the stylish cafe “Cha no Chimoto” offers Hakone’s famous sweet, “Yu Mochi,” which is mochi with a fluffy texture mixed with sweet bean paste. It tastes even better with matcha tea. Their seasonal limited shaved ice is also popular.

Cha no Chimoto(茶のちもと)

Address: 690 Yumoto ,Ashigarashimo, Hakone,Kanagawa Prefecture

Business Hours:[Weekdays] 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
[Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-5:30 PM
Closed: January 1st and a few undetermined days each year

Cha no chimoto

For street food, head to “Manju-ya Nanohana”

When visiting a hot spring town, you’ll want to try the hot spring manju (steamed buns). Famous for this is “Manju-ya Nanohana,” located about a 2-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station. While also known as a souvenir shop, they sell warm manju on the side for snacking on the go. Their homemade thin-skinned manju, with its mochi-like texture and smooth bean paste, are incredibly delicious.

Manju-ya Nanohana(まんじゅう屋 菜の花)

Address: 705 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access:30 seconds walk from “Hakone Yumoto” station

Business Hours:AM8:30 ~ PM5:30

Manju-ya Nanohana

Bakery & Table Hakone

Overlooking Lake Ashi, this popular café spot often sees queues even on weekdays.

The bakery shop on the first floor offers a variety of bread made with carefully selected ingredients, each rich in flavor and depth.

The café is located on the second floor, and there’s a restaurant on the third.

A must-try when visiting Hakone is the “King of Sandwich” served at the third-floor restaurant.

This oversized sandwich, reaching a height of 20cm, is not just big, but also delicious, a popular item.

Enjoy it at the counter seats, offering a panoramic view of Lake Ashi.

The desserts at the second-floor café are also recommended.

The “Lake Ashi Float”, representing the view of Lake Ashi with orange-flavored ginger ale and ice cream, is one of the unique drinks available.

Bakery & Table Hakone

Address: 9-1 Moto-Hakone, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access:by Lake Ashi/Lake Ashinoko, near the Hakone Pirate Ship, Moto-Hakone Port

Bakery: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Parlor: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Café: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Last Order at 4:30 PM)
Restaurant: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Last Order at 5:00 PM)

Bakery & Table Hakone

Watanabe Bakery

Founded in 1891 (Meiji 24), this long-established bakery is known for its “Onsen Stew Bread”, a Hakone specialty baked upon order, also available for takeaway.

Another recommended item is the “Umeboshi Anpan”, filled with pickled plum. The unique dough, made using Hakone’s spring water and designed to stay delicious even the next day, is a highlight.

On the day of the Hakone Ekiden (marathon relay), they serve Onsen Stew Bread to spectators.

The store always incorporates seasonal ingredients into its menu, making it a place you’ll want to visit every time you’re in Hakone.

Watanabe Bakery(渡邊ベーカリー)

Address: 343-3 Miyanoshita, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture

Business Hours: Wednesdays, and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays of the month (subject to temporary closures)

Watanabe Bakery


The specialty “Tai Gohan” (Sea Bream Rice) and seasonal dishes, including the popular sea bream collar simmered in broth, Youraku tofu, and dessert, make up the comprehensive “Youraku Tai Gohan,” which is the most popular item.

The Tai Gohan at Youraku is cooked with rice in kelp broth made with natural water from Mount Hakone.

The sea bream, grilled with natural salt from Ako, is then flaked and served with the rice.

Its simplicity allows you to savor the refined and robust umami of the sea bream in its entirety.

The Tai Gohan conveys a sense of warmth and gentleness.


Address: 84 Tonosawa, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture

Business Hours:

[Mon, Tue, Thu] 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Last Order)

[Fri, Sat, Sun] 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Last Order) 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Last Order)

By reservation only.


Chaya Honjin Hanaya & Cafe KOMON

Cafe KOMON “Komon,” located on the 2nd floor of “Chaya Honjin Hanaya” just a minute’s walk from Hakone-machi Port on Lake Ashi, offers an open atmosphere with its all-glass interior.

From the terrace seats, you can enjoy views of Lake Ashi, the pirate ship, and even Mount Fuji on clear days.

The staff’s recommended menu is the “Honjin Dango”.

Gather around a charcoal grill and enjoy conversation during your journey.

The dango, available in matcha, black sesame, and other flavors, are served with sweet bean paste, syrup, and grated radish.

The “Hanaya Special Pancakes”, served hot in an iron skillet, and the “Hanaya Blend” coffee, made with special-grade beans, are also part of their original menu.

The voluminous pancakes are perfect for sharing among 2-3 people.

The restaurant also offers a variety of hearty dishes like the “Honjin Hamburger”, making it a delightful spot to visit even during a short break before boarding the Hakone Pirate Ship.

Chaya Honjin Hanaya & Cafe KOMON “Komon”(cafe KOMON ​湖紋)

Address: 161-1 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

1F: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Varies by season. From July 26, 2023, to August 25, 2023, it’s until 5:45 PM)

2F: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last Order at 3:30 PM)

Closed: Irregular holidays
Chaya Honjin Hanaya & Cafe KOMON “Komon”

Jinenjo Soba Hakone Tsukumo

Jinenjo Soba Hakone Tsukumo” is a soba noodle restaurant in Hakone.

The specialty here is eating soba with natural yam (jinenjo), renowned for its rich aroma and the smooth texture of the noodles.

The soba, made with domestic buckwheat flour, is handcrafted daily, adjusting to the temperature and humidity.

The natural yam, cultivated in-house, is addictive for its flavor and stickiness.

Another highlight is the broth made from two types of high-quality bonito flakes.

Jinenjo Soba Hakone Tsukumo(じねんじょ蕎麦 箱根 九十九)

Address: 917-11 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Business Hours:10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Last Order at 7:30 PM)

Jinenjo Soba Hakone Tsukumo

Explore the rich flavors of Hakone, where each dining experience, from traditional Japanese cuisine to innovative café culture, offers a unique taste of the region. These handpicked eateries showcase the best of Hakone, from savory local specialties to delightful sweets, providing a memorable gastronomic journey

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