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Founded in 1934, Hatsuhana Honten (main store) has been in business for over 80 years in the heart of Hakone, Hakone Yumoto. When you talk about soba restaurants in Hakone Yumoto, its name is mentioned first and foremost. To make their distinctive noodle, they use buckwheat flour, local eggs and sticky yam called Jinenjo. The noodle is crafted without wheat flour or water at all. Jinenjo contains abundant minerals and vitamins, and it is said to be good for your health and beauty. The yam is even sticker than other sticky kinds of yam. Its distinctive flavor matches very well with buckwheat. You can see Hayakawa River from the restaurant and enjoy your meal listening to the sound of the stream.
- 635 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Hakone-Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Tetsudo
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00-19:00 Closed on Wednesday （If it falls on National holiday, closed on the day before or day after）
- Official Website
- Other Information
- *Average price （per person）: from 1,000 yen*Menu: Seiro Soba （cold soba with dipping sauce） 1,200 yen, Teijo Soba （cold soba topped with Jinenjo yam） 1,000 yen*Credit cards accepted
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Superb Soba Created by the Former Owner
Soba is usually made with buckwheat flour, wheat flour and water. However, at Hatsuhana, only buckwheat flour and Jinenjo yam are used. The former owner chef came up with this recipe when he couldn't obtain wheat flour during the war. The spirit of searching for delicious and healthy soba has been handed down as well. They use different kinds of Japanese-grown buckwheat flour depending on the season and use only organic Jinenjo.
Enjoying the Jinenjo Soba Itself
If you want to enjoy Jinenjo soba, we recommend Hatsuhana's original Seiro Soba （1,200 yen）. You will experience the distinctive chewiness that is created without a single drop of water. Try the noodle itself first, and then dip it in the Jinenjo.
Savoring the Proudly Crafted Jinenjo Soba
Teijo Soba （1,000 yen） is cold soba topped with Jinenjo and an egg. You will mix the noodle and Jinenjo before eating it. The sticky Jinenjo and the rich flavor will delight your taste buds.