Anyone who speaks English probably knows the proverb, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” In Japanese we also have a very similar saying: 郷に入れば郷に従え（go ni ireba go ni shitagae). It means that if you enter a foreign country or region, it is wise to follow the customs and ways there.
I believe that travelling is about not only seeing new sights, but also learning more about another country and culture.
However, during a long journey you will naturally miss the customs of your home country. We Japanese sometimes visit Japanese restaurants abroad. I think this is because many of us become homesick while travelling. Of course, I also believe it is a benefit for international travellers to step out of their comfort zone and learn about other cultures. That’s why I highly recommend staying at a Japanese ryokan.
The accommodation of Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan usually includes dinner and breakfast (one night stay and two meals per day).
You can enjoy your stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan that has Japanese features such as tatami rooms, an Onsen (hot spring), and Japanese cuisine.
We are happy to have received a lot of good comments and reviews, especially about the cuisine.
The dinner in the evening is truly the best bit though… A 12 course meal with so many different things to try from Japanese cuisine…
The food was amazing, they happily accommodated my vegetarian request and the in-room dinner and breakfast made the stay feel like a real traditional Japanese experience.
Breakfast is served downstairs, but dinner is served in your own room – both are a delicious parade of more than ten different dishes!
Recently the number of guests at our Ryokan from overseas has been increasing.
In the last four months alone (January to April) this year, we have welcomed guests from more than 30 countries and regions.
So, we have also had variety of requests for special menus (especially vegetarian and vegan).
Therefore, Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan has created five special menus.
Regular dishes that we usually serve and many of our guests enjoy.
2. Menu with no meat
Substitute other ingredients for all meat in the regular menu.
Seafood, egg, dairy products are still used.
3. Vegetarian A menu
No meat and seafood, but a basic element of Japanese cuisine, ‘Katsuo Dashi’ (Japanese-style broth with dried bonito(fish) ) is used. Egg and dairy products are also used.
4. Vegetarian B menu
This meal does not contain meat, seafood, egg or dairy products, although ‘Katsuo Dashi'(Japanese-style broth with dried bonito) is used.
As it was mentioned above, ‘Katsuo Dashi’ is a basic element of Japanese cuisine.
5. Vegan menu
This menu does not contain meat, seafood, egg or dairy products. Special broth with edible kelp, mushrooms, and vegetables is used instead of ‘Katsuo Dashi’ (Japanese-style broth with dried bonito). There is an extra charge of 2,000yen per night per person.
We are afraid that we cannot accommodate fully for food allergies.
We will try to do our best. However, some ingredients may contain allergens, and allergens are handled and prepared in the same environment with all other food items, so trace amounts of these allergens may be found in all dishes.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
We are sorry to say that we cannot currently prepare halal food.
It is difficult for us to divide our cookware and utensils to prepare a halal menu.
In addition, some seasonings contain a little alcohol.
Please choose one of the five menus above, if possible.
We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Likes and dislikes
We highly recommend that you try Washoku (Japanese cuisine). It is a great opportunity to enjoy it. There may be some dishes and ingredients that you are unfamiliar with, but they are worth trying.
Please let us know any of your menu requests in advance.
We may not able to accommodate you if ordered on the same day.
Mainly with Gunma Local Ingredients, our well-experienced cook mix Japanese traditional technique and new technique, which is beyond Japanese. Not only the taste, but also looking you can enjoy.
I will introduce dinner menu every time the version is changed at this blog.
For dinner menu in early summer in 2016, I combined Gunma made ingredients, such as vegetables and wheat pork, and a little early summer ingredients, such as Ayu and winter melon, resulting in gentle style.
Chef, Norihiko Sakamoto
Plum wine “Osakazuki”
Plum wine is made with Japanese Sake, “Osakazuki”, of brewery in the foothills of Mt. Haruna. Gunma is also one of the most producer of plums in East Japan.
Hanamame (beans) and Sashimi Konjac handmade by the landlady
Well evaluated classic menu.
The key points are handmade and local Agatsuma production.
Soy milk is mixed with early Hokkaido corns and made to deep taste Tofu-yose. Continue reading →
There are varieties of fun at staying at Onsen Ryokan.
In particular, if it is your first time of staying at Onsen Ryokan, you will experience new things one after another and cannot help saying “Amazing!”
Natural environment at Onsen resort, atmosphere of Onsen town, buildings of inns, Japanese-style room, Onsen, and so much others.
Every one of them is a typical experience in Japan.
And one of the highlights is meals.
As you can see the “Washoku” has been registered as UNESCE intangible cultural heritage, Japanese traditional meals are valuable culture, which we can be proud in the world.
Although the dining style of dinner at Ryokan has been gradually changing, the main stream is “Kaiseki Ryori,” which is a course style meals used for parties and banquet, and its arranged styles by each inn.