Sweet Spot :: Chimoto Yumochi Shop, Hakone

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After a lunch at Hatsuhana Soba Noodles, we made our way over to a local favourite: Chimoto Yumochi Shop. While other souvenir shops and confectionaries encouraged us to taste test prior to making purchases, Chimoto asked us instead to head next door to their café to enjoy a cup of tea and a sweet treat. While that would usually put us off, this mochi confectionary is a well-recommended souvenir shop (over 60 years of history!), so we decided to stay for a snack.  It turned out for the better since we were tired and thirsty from our walk around the charming streets of Hakone.
Quite the quaint café (I’m talking kid-sized tables and chairs), I felt like I entered a modern-esque Snow White’s cottage. Arriving just in time for the afternoon tea special, we ordered the shop’s two special mochis, the yumochi (a treat made from glutinous rice with pieces of yohkan, a jellied red bean dessert) and the warabimochi (a jelly-like sweet made from bracken starch covered in kinako) with a cup of pure matcha green tea on the side. This is my first time trying the concentrated tea even though I’m a big matcha green tea latte fan. Knowing it has an abundance of health benefits, it was a bit bitter to my liking; however, it paired quite nicely with the mochi sweets. Also, it comes in the cutest packaging, making it the perfect souvenir for those sweet tooths back home.
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neon green tse parfaitChimoto Yumochi Shop (map here)
690 Yumoto, Hakone-machi 
Ashigarashimo-gun, Japan
t: +81.460.85.5632
h: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on Wednesdays)



Tourist Action

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Whether it’s a plane ride or a road trip, I’m always sure to dress comfortably. That almost always includes a pair of leggings. So during my trip to sightsee Mount Fuji and my lunch at Hakone’s Hatsuhana Soba Noodle Shop, I opted for a statement coat that was warm enough to stand outside for short periods of time, and light enough to wear indoors without overboiling. And thanks to the aesthetic of this tartan blanket-esque coat with leather sleeves, I can basically dress as lazily as I want on the inside (In this case, I wore a turtleneck sweater for the extra warmth) for maximum comfort without being sartorially judged.
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.: Outfit :.
Coat :: All Saints
Turtleneck :: Tommy Hilfiger (Old but love this one here too)
Leggings :: Lululemon athletica
Bag :: Balenciaga
Boots :: Rag & Bone

Lunch Spot :: Hatsuhana Soba Noodle Restaurant, Hakone

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We’ve practically tried everything on our list of Japanese food, from sushi to ramen to Harajuku crepes. All was left was a good bowl of soba noodles.

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Hakone, Japan

After our relaxing hot spring retreat in Atami, we stopped by Hakone for the afternoon. Being a particularly cold winter day after sightseeing Mount Fuji, all we needed was a delicious bowl of noodles to warm our tummy. Knowing there was a recommended soba house (thank you trusty travel guide) in Hakone, we decided to have our lunch there.

Making noodles since 1934, Hatsuhana Soba is a household name in the soba noodle industry. Tucked away in the quieter part of town right by the canal, Hatsuhana gave off a very homey feeling. From the traditional architecture to the aesthetically pleasing interior design (a ribbon of windows on one side of the restaurant to admire the view), it made for the perfect lunch spot.

Back home we tend to favour the cold soba (we’re big fans of making it with a side of avocado, cucumber and baked salmon), but because of the chilly day, we decided to go with their hot savory broth option. While my sister ordered it with a side of tempura, I was boring and ordered the original, which included a soft-boiled egg. If you’re vegetarian, they also offer a veggie version with plenty of greens and mushrooms.

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Hatsuhana Soba (Map here)
Yumoto 47, Ashigarashimo-gun,
Kanagawa Prefecture, Hakone
t. +81-460-85-8287
h. 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)