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1. Meiji no Yakataken/Flickr
As one of the valuable buildings from the Meiji Era, Meiji no Yakata is also registered as a tangible cultural property. One of their recommended popular menu items is their omelette rice (omurice) which uses thick, flavorful ketchup for the chicken rice, with fluffy egg placed on top and a special demi-glace sauce. Eating lunch in the ambiance of the restaurant is quite exceptional. After visiting Nikko Toshogu, you should definitely go there.
Business Hours: 11:00-19:30
HP: www.meiji-yakata.com/meiji/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2339-1 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1431 (Google Map)
2. Asaya Resthouse
Asaya Resthouse is located right in front of the World Heritage Shinkyo bridge and there you can try various dishes made using one of Nikko’s famous foods, nama yuba (raw tofu skin). The colorful yuba lunches are recommended for their heart portions and variety of items! Because of its beautifying properties, it’s a particularly recommended spot for anyone particular about their looks.
Business hours: 9:00-16:00
Holidays: Open every day of the year
HP: www.nikko-asaya.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1111 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
Kamaya is famous for their “NIKKO Don” made of yuba (tofu skin) and roast beef. In addition to the NIKKO Don, they offer a delicious and reasonably priced menu with abundant choices like a hamburg steak lunch which uses A5 rank Japanese Black beef, curry lunch, pasta lunch (with various selections), pizza lunch and more. No matter the dish, all are exquisite and give you the taste of delicious ingredients from Nikko. It’s a restaurant that’s also highly popular with the locals.
Business hours: 11:00-17:00
Address: 12-6 Matsubaracho, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
4. Nikko Tokanso
Nikko Tokanso is situated in the same area as the Nikko Yamauchi shrine grounds and can only be used during lunch. While experiencing the natural beauty of the seasons, you can enjoy cuisine that boast of being made with the finest hand-selected ingredients. Their lunch menu is plentiful so you can relax and pass the time.
HP: www.tokanso.com/taiwanese/ (中文)
HP: www.tokanso.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2335 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
5. Kanaya HotelHidetsugu Tonomura/FlickrHidetsugu Tonomura/Flickr
At Kanaya Hotel you can eat a mellow yet flavorful exquisite curry rice just the kind they ate in the Taisho era. In addition, you can savor special seasonal lunches made with seasonal ingredients. Since it’s a hotel you can calmly relax. Either lunch is delicious and it’s a rather popular spot.
HP: www.kanayahotel.co.jp/nkh/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
Enya offers high quality meat dishes at a reasonable price. During lunch you can savor extensive menu offerings like hamburg, steak, grilled chicken and more. In addition to tourists, the store is also popular with the local people. This restaurant is recommended for when you want to eat a hearty amount of food.
Business hours: 11:00-14:00 17:00-23:00
HP: www.nikko-enya.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 443 Ishiyamachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
7. Guruman’s Wagyu
You can eat Nikko’s special wagyu (Japanese beef) at Guruman’s Wagyu. You can eat top grade wagyu sirloin steak for lunch and there are many people who visit from afar. It’s recommended in the cases where you feel like indulging in a little luxury for lunch. The sirloin steak is delicious but the garlic rice is also superb!
Business hours: 11:30-14:00 17:30-19:30
HP: www.g-wagyu.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1541-297 Tokorono, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
8. Sobadokoro Daikokuya
Sobadokoro Daikokuya is a popular soba restaurant in Nikko. You can savor the taste of genuine hand-made soba and flavorful dashi soup. They offer a delicious soba menu. There’s kakiage soba with large portions of fried seafood and vegetables on top, sansai soba with fresh mountain vegetables, tororo soba, zaru soba and more. It’s a restaurant where you can experience a Japanese flavor and even the aftertaste is refreshing.
Business hours: 11:00-15:00 17:00-20:00
Address: 680 Kinugawaonsen Ohara, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
Bishamon is a famous shop that always has a line. Yaki udon, their popular menu item comes out on a piping hot iron plate! The noodles are perfectly done; flat but springy in texture. The inside of the shop is roomy and comfortable so you can take your time and savor the food.
Business hours: 11:00-15:30
Address: 138-4 Hiragasaki, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
10. Yubatei Masudaya
At Yubatei Masudaya you can savor healthy yuba cuisine. During lunch you can have your fill of a luxury course (kaiseki) lunch. The rich, velvety yuba has a sweetness to it that’s delicious. You can look forward to enjoying a variety of yuba like sashimi yuba, kumiage yuba, fried yuba and more.
Business hours: 11:00-15:00
Holidays: Wednesdays (irregular during winter）
HP: www.nikko-yuba.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 439-2 Ishiyamachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)
11. Nikko Suien
At Nikko Suien, a popular restaurant in Nikko, you can have genuine Hong Kong style food. Their seafood yakisoba has fresh ebi and squid, and their lunch menu has a hearty range of excellent dishes! Also, not only do they offer substantial meals, their homemade annin tofu (almond jelly) has just the right amount of sweetness and is delicious. This well-known restaurant has many loyal fans.
Business Hours: 11:00-14:00 17:00-20:00
Address: 6-42 Yasukawacho, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken (Google Map)