152-1 Kayama, Odawara City, Kanagawa
The food is great. This restaurant isn`t cheap but for a very good meal in
very pleasant surroundings. I recommend it! --Kevin
139-1 Maekawa, Odawara City, Kanagawa
The Fujiya Hotel (French)
Located in Hakone area. I stayed at the Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita as well last year and it was great. Lots of history in that place. What I found kind of weird was that even though the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, everyone spoke English. I didn't expect that. Aside from that, I blew a ton of yen on the French dinner and wine in the great dinning hall and thoroughly enjoyed the meal(I should have brushed up on my formal dinner etiqutte, though). What I really liked was the private hotspring you can reserve(I think it is called the Mermaid Bath). I believe it is something like 2000 yen for 40 minutes. The garden out back is great, too and the cherry blossoms around the hotel would be something to see. By the way, has the hotel finished repairs to the section that had a fire a few weeks ago? --Shawn Thir
On the Fujiya Hotel (French) Did you know that the Fujiya Hotel chain runs a great special only for foreigners!? The Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita, Hakone is 122 years old, and is a lovely place. On weekdays and Sunday, they offer a twin room for only US $122(Additional $50 on Saturday). That breaks down to about 7500 yen per person, to stay at a magnificent hotel! (No meals included). The offer also applies at 'The Hakone Hotel' on the edge of Lake Ashi (a VERY expensive place); 'The Fuji-View Hotel' on Lake Kawaguchi; and 'The Yamanakako Hotel'. I stayed at the Miyanoshita Fujiya on a Friday. It really felt like I had stepped back into the past. I swam in the indoor heated swimming pool, took more than one dip in the onsen, strolled through the manicured grounds, ate scones in a small tearoom overlooking a lovely garden, had drinks in the lounge of yesteryear, and splurged on a fancy dinner in the gorgeous dining room. There is even an outdoor pool in the summer!It is a really good deal. Oh! Japanese are welcome at the same price, if they accompany a foreigner! If they are alone, prices start around 20000 per person! Call the Fujiya Hotel at 0460-2-2211, in English or Japanese, for more details. --Sandra Golinski
1-6-1 Shiroyama, Odawara City, Kanagawa
A very good French restaurant.
L'Ecailler is located at 1-6-1 Shiroyama, Odawara City, just outside and to the left of Odawara Station, the Shinkansen side. This is not your standard restaurant, this is a place to go for a dining 'experience'. There isn't a typical menu, just a few 'sets'. The least expensive dinner set is 3000 yen. Depending on your tastes, there are other sets at 4000, 5000,... Sounds expensive, right?! Well, you get what you pay for. We chose the 3000 yen set. It included two pre-determined appetizers (both fantastic); freshly baked bread with real butter;, for an extra 500 yen, we included a delicious Gobo soup; a choice from 2 mains (on the night we went, mutton or fish - I had the mutton, my friend the fish, both melted in our mouths); dessert; and coffee or tea. The food was beautifully presented, unique, and incredibly delicious. The service was also inpeccable, we were never rushed, never waited for our food, and everything came out at the temperature it was supposed to be. It took us about 2 hours to finish our meals, and we were very satisfied. During coffee, the chef came to our table to ask us if we had any questions about the food we had eaten, or if we had any comments. It was a nice touch. I will definitely be eating there again in the future. L'Ecailler is open from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and again from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. They are closed on Sunday. Their telephone number is 0465-35-2335. Wedding parties, etc. are often held here, so you might want to call ahead, just in case.
Bistro Be et Bo
1-4-27 Naka-cho, Odawara City, Kanagawa
1-11-10 Sakae-cho, Odawara City, Kanagawa
Crazy Crepes in Odawara`s Robinson Shopping Mall in Kamonomiya
208 Nakazato, Odawara City, Kanagawa