The Monster Ryokan Meal

Traditional Japanese inns serve value for money meals

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

I have to admit that I have only eaten a ryokan dinner once and not because it wasn’t good enough. On the contrary it was excellent.

I spent one night at a traditional ryokan called Nikko Tokanso where it was suggested that I buy dinner for 3000 JPY. At the time it was a tad out of my budget but as the ryokan was located away from other dining options, I had no choice but to agree. After all day of walking in Nikko National Park and observing its numerous temples, then soaking in an onsen, I felt really hungry and hurried to the dining room. Though it was for me only, the set I was served seemed to be enough for two or three people!

The meal consisted of many dishes, including shabu shabu meat, numerous side dishes featuring fish, pickled vegetables, tempura, chawanmushi, miso soup, steamed rice, mushrooms and greens. And that was not including the tea and traditional dessert.

Though the dinner was too much for me I tried my best to eat it all. I did want to be respectful towards the hosting ryokan and, well, it was actually excellent! I'm glad that did.

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Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!