You are probably already familiar with Nikko Toshogu (日光東照宮), a Shinto shrine in Tochigi Prefecture that was established in 1617. Many people around the world would like to see this shrine, making it a popular tourist destination. There are various things to see around the area which makes it an exhausting day for tourists. Many of them get hungry so they find nearby lunch spots to eat valuable meals. Here are three restaurants near Nikko Toshogu where tourists usually dine in.
Asaya Resthouse is located in front of Shinkyo Bridge (神橋), a sacred bridge standing at the entrance to Nikko’s shrines and temples, providing easy access to the World Heritage Sites.
Asaya Resthouse is popular for Nikko yuba (湯葉) cuisine, or soybean curd skin. This is served in healthy portions and a colorful manner which is appealing to the eyes. It is said that yuba was popular among the monks in the early times due to its protein content which was necessary for their hard practices.
Some of their popular plates are the following: Kurenai-no-zen plate (2,000 yen), Ainozen plate (1,500 yen), Miyabi-no-zen (1,500 yen), Moe-no-zen (1,300 yen), and Vegetarian plate in bishop Tenkai style (1,500 yen). There are other set meals such as Set Meal with yuba (2,500 yen) and Set Meal with boiled tofu (1,500 yen).
This is a cafe where you can try several kinds of dishes – pizza, pasta, salad, soups, and so on. What’s great about this place is the cordiality of the staff. They can also speak English! The pasta here is great and they offer a wide range of beverages. They are also popular for Nikko don (rice bowl) made of tofu skin. Food served here are made from popular ingredients in the area.
If you’re really hungry, you’re in the best of luck as service here is very quick. The place is also very clean which makes it relaxing and comfortable. It is open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This is an elegant 18th-century Western-style restaurant in Nikko popular for serving tea and cheesecake. Its stone architecture is European style. The restaurant is located inside Nikko Fudoen (日光不動苑), a historical site with 1,200 years of existence which used to be the summer home of an American trader in the 1990s.
This is probably the best place to taste authentic Western dishes in an elegant atmosphere. Many visitors come to this restaurant just to have some cheesecake. Some of their famous dishes worth trying are the Shrimp Pasta, Hayashi Rice, Escargot, and Kabocha Purin.
It is open from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM. This place is highly recommended by many travelers whether you are traveling with your family and kids or solo. It is just a walking distance from the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, thus you can easily come to the place if you’d like to sit down or have some rest.
Tasting the best of Nikko would only be possible if you get to visit one of these lunch spots. Not only do these restaurants serve great lunches but are also accessible to several tourist destinations near the shrine!