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Nikko, Japan a Destination for Autumn Culinary Delights


Fried yuba (tofu skin) with fresh autumn vegetables


The Nikko region of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, including Kinugawa Onsen (both about two hours north of Tokyo along the Tobu Railway line), are well known locales for enjoying nature, especially the robust mustard, amber, and crimson-colored leaves of autumn.

However, autumn is also recognized as the best time for enjoying the richness of the harvest.  From mushrooms to puddings and seasonal vegan fare, Nikko and Kinugawa are perfect destinations for exploring and sampling these seasonal tastes. Some of the best examples of the autumn's fresh bounty can be found at area hotels and restaurants.


Yuba (tofu skin) and seafood course at Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel


Hotel Dining

Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel


This longstanding luxury resort hotel, known as the "Villa in the Valley," carries on the spirit of its founder Senji "John" Kanaya, combining traditional Japanese service with modern hotel amenities.  You'll forget the passing time as you savor the delicate flavor of traditional, in-season kaiseki-style (multi-course) meals, with a hint of Western influence. https://kinugawakanaya.com/en/




Seasonal French fusion at Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel


Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel


The historic Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel, poised on Lake Chuzenji, is one of the most popular hotels in the area.  It beckons guests with its excellent access to nearby tourist sites and a superb outdoor bath "Sora-Buro." However, it is also renowned for its subtle, seasonal cuisine, which carries 140 years of tradition. https://www.kanayahotel.co.jp/eng/ckh/ 



Shojin Kaseiki at Giyoshintei


Great Choices for Health-Conscious Diners

Gyoshintei: Vegetarian Shojin cuisine


At Gyoshintei, diners can partake of traditional Buddhist vegetarian Shojin cuisine that reflects the 1200-year history of Nikko, while looking out on the Japanese garden. Nikko is famous for yuba (tofu skin), and Gyoshintei features this delicacy from one of Nikko's oldest yuba purveyors, along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  http://www.meiji-yakata.com/en/gyoshin/


Flavorful, colorful, seasonal vegan cuisine at Shizensaryo Meguri


Shizensaryo Meguri: Vegan Cuisine


Shizensaryo Meguri is a well frequented café located in a renovated building that was originally constructed as a traditional home in Japan's pre-war Taisho era. It serves a vegan menu from appetizers through dessert with the finest natural ingredients. http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/features/muslim/?page=10 



Fresh Milk and Egg Custard Pudding at Nikko Purin-tei

Simple yet Satisfying Fall Desserts

Nikko Purin-tei


Nikko Purin-tei is another establishment housed in a renovated traditional house.  It is situated by Tosho-gu Shrine, Nikko's main UNESCO World Heritage attraction. It specializes in custard-style puddings made using: milk from nearby Kirifurikogen Ozasa ranch, locally-sourced Nikko eggs, and other specially selected ingredients from area businesses. Popular limited-edition, seasonal fall pudding flavors include pumpkin and chestnut.  http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/news/207.html  



Information about TOBU Railways


The TOBU Railway Group, LTD. is a major Japanese corporate conglomerate consisting of approximately 90 companies. The Tobu Railways cover the longest operating distance in Metropolitan Tokyo and lead to many tourist attractions including: Asakusa and Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN in Tokyo; Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, famous its world heritage sites and hot springs; the Tatebayashi and Ashikaga area, known for beautiful blooming flower fields; and Kawagoe, where the atmosphere of the old Edo era lives on. Explore destinations around Tobu Railway Group at TOBU JAPAN TRIP: http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/

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