Discover the tastes of Japan
The most famous specialty from Odawara is Kamaboko. Kamaboko is a processed and steamed fishcake which is used in various Japanese dishes. In Odawara, there are 13 different Kamaboko brands which are all located around the Kamaboko street. Visit the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village to make your own or explore the many wonderful shops along Kamaboko Road near the beach.
Visit a famous fish market! Taste some of the freshest fish in Japan at the harbor and enjoy different restaurants with seafood directly from the ocean. Walk around the bustling harbor, see a special side of Japan, and even visit restaurants where you can choose seafood on your own and grill it directly outside your table. The harbor is just a short 5 minute walk from Hayakawa Station.
Oden is a Japanese popular winter dish made by filling a simmering pot with a dashi soup stock and various ingredients such as daikon (Japanese radish), boiled egg, multiple types of fish cakes, and konnyaku (yam cake). Oden seasonings differ by regions in Japan. Every spring there is an “Oden Summit” in Odawara, bringing together regional versions of the dish from around the country.
SAKE & BEER
The spring water of the area and rich soil give local sake makers and beer brewers excellent resources to work with. There are 5 different sake producers in the area and two beer breweries. You can visit a sake brewery on a tour or taste the locally produced sake at one of the many restaurants around Odawara Station. Hakone Beer is an award winning local craft beer and a pioneer of craft in Japan. Asahi beer also has a factory close by.
Ramen is one of the most popular foods in Japan. The flavors, types, and shops are never ending. Take the time to taste the local Odawara Ramen or walk the streets to find one from another distinctive part of the country! Many Odawara ramen are soy sauce based and use local ingredients. Contact us directly for specific recommendations.