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Nikko Yubamaki Zen

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Nikko Yubamaki Zen Description

Located just a stone's throw away from the iconic Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Yubamaki ZEN is a hidden gem in the heart of Tochigi, Japan. Specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine with a focus on tofu dishes, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience that sets it apart from the rest.

The menu at Nikko Yubamaki ZEN boasts a variety of meticulously crafted dishes, with a particular emphasis on yuba, or tofu skin. Indulge in their signature Yubamaki, a delectable dish that encapsulates the essence of Nikko's culinary heritage. The restaurant's dedication to using fresh, high-quality ingredients shines through in every bite, ensuring a dining experience that will leave you both satisfied and craving for more.

Step into the stylish and serene ambiance of Nikko Yubamaki ZEN, where every detail is thoughtfully curated to provide a tranquil dining atmosphere. Whether you're looking to enjoy a meal with family, friends, or colleagues, this restaurant offers a perfect setting for any occasion. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Nikko and embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the rich traditions of Japanese cuisine.

Nikko Yubamaki Zen Overview


1007 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1401


+81 (0) 288-53-3470


20 minute walk from Tobu Nikko Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Mon: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Thur: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-3:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List



Sake Selection

Stylish Interior

Nikko Yubamaki Zen Reviews

Nikko Yubamaki Zen Google Average Rating



Very unique teishoku sets which uses yuba as the main ingredient. The beef yuba sushi is quite an interesting match. The beef is surprisingly good as well and the yuba only adds texture instead of flavours. On the side, the other yuba dishes are also quite delicious but my personal favourite would be the yuba pudding! It was super good!

The queue tends to get quite long but we were lucky that there was no one queuing when we arrive. There are not much good dining options near the Tobu Nikko station so this is a good place to get legit food.


We waited for more than 30mins to get in even though quite a few groups of diners have paid up and left. It seems to be understaffed so it took a while for the tables to be cleared and cleaned, but it was well worth the wait to experience a full Nikko Yuba meal.

The Yubamaki set and Shabu-Shabu Gozen comes with a good variety of Yuba based ingradients, with highlights being the Yubamaki wrapped with Tochigi Wagyu beef and wasabi and raw Yuba that came with the Shabu-Shabu set. The Yuba are smooth like silk including the dessert which can easily be mistaken as Chawanmushi but they are not!

It is a must try Yuba meal in Nikko!


Japanese Yuba at its finest. Unique experience of all the six senses. Taste is clean and distinct. Pleasant Harmony of flavours. Service crews pay special attention to Non-Japanese speaking customer like myself to ensure all aspects of food served are well Understood. Nice Ambience. Strongly Recommended! Revisit for sure if in Nikko again!


Got the yuba sushi roll set. It came with the yuba rolls, a small bowl of miso soup, a soy dessert, a steamed snail, some vegetables dishes, and something similar to a chawanmushi. I wished the yuba rolls were a little bigger or more rolls. It was pricey. They have an English menu. The staff was great. Food came out quick.


Went on a weekday, lunchtime. It is cosy and quiet. The beef yubamaki is delicious. My favorite side dish is the Yuba with shrimp. The dessert is great too. It’s a must try when you’re visiting Nikko.

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