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Discussion in 'Japan' started by BMWRX, Oct 13, 2019.
My (equal) favourite.
Really, we found heaps of great little places to eat, we never had enough time to try all of them [excuse to go back] and we only went to Wandano and Happo, never even got to Echoland
Rabbit Hole was the only place we tried in Wadano. It was Happo that we wandered around. Nothing really jumped out as somewhere to eat. We actually found a great little place a few houses down from Rhythm (old lady and her husband, who tripped over themselves serving you) that served sensational udon and ramen. We ate there a couple nights.
If it survives
That was one of the places we wanted to try, but was either booked or closed
Don't say that!
There is some big money going into Iwatake. Not to say the ramen shop won't go or maybe moved. All season resort. They already have one of the best mtb trail set ups in Japan. The carpark was full most weekends last year. Last winter showed they require some investment into snowmaking on their lower run down to the gondola. I am sure that will be in the plan.
Peak season you need to book your meals and be willing to walk/bus/taxi a bit if you want to eat the best the valley offers. Here's my top ranked recommendations, there are many others that are good too.
Ramen - Tottsun
Yakatori - Sumiya Jun
Yakiniku - Miyama
Sushi - not a lot of quality choices IMHO but Kikyo-ya is pretty popular and probably the pick.
Izakya - Hie
Steak - Nikumasa
Cheap/Cheerful - Emu
Western - Mimis (mid to high price). The chestnut ravioli is epic.
We often book all those for our guests although you cant book Tottsun. Its where we eat too.
A key thing to remember to help the owners of the cheap places like a Ramen joint and other such places including Emu is please eat and leave promptly after finishing eating as they survive on volume and need to turn over the tables 3+ times a night to survive. Sitting on 1/2 a beer for 45mins and chatting whilst people wait outside in the cold is just not cool either.
If you want a night out with a longer dining experience head to Izakayas, Yakatoris etc as they are places you eat and drink and enjoy the night. The exception to that is when they are timed seatings. Note though they are effectively bars and a big part of their cash flow is alcohol, so if you arent drinking please order/eat quickly and leave so they can hopefully reseat that table.
From 1st hand experience and knowing many owners, none of the restaurant owners in town are killing it and by doing the above it helps those still in business get through and what ever you do, if you book, turn up!
FWIW: I liked ‘The Pub’ Near Rhythm as a change from cooking at my lodge.
Maybe a bit twee but I liked the Austrian/UK-blend look with with some Aussie fare thrown in. Staff were cheerful and Food was good. Reasonable beer choice too.
Oh and some good Canadian Ski videos running in one corner - good when travelling solo.