Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum

Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum, Odawara: Hours, Address, Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum Reviews: 4/5

Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kamaboko is a traditional Japanese seafood whose history dates back to the 12th century. The museum has wonderful programs and classes that give you the opportunity to get hands on in making, creating, and tasting your own Kamaboko. While you are here, you can watch Suzuhiro's craftsmen using state-of-the-art traditional techniques and gain insight on the tradition and history of this popular Japanese food. Next to the museum, there are a Kaiseki restaurant, a buffet styled cafe, the Hakone brewery, 200-year-old Japanese buildings, a Japanese garden, and shops that sell more than 200 kinds of seafood products, sweets, local beer and sake, and crafts by local artists!
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Peter Choy
Hong Kong, China4,867 contributions
Jan 2020
Checking out from Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo we drove to Odawara, a city in Kanagawa, and the first stop was this famous producer of fish cake, or kamaboko, a traditional Japanese delicacy dating back to the 12th century, enjoyed by samurai and nobility. Suzuhiro is a company founded in 1865, committed to using all-natural, sustainable and local ingredients.

Originally we booked a kamaboko making class but because there was serious traffic congestion on the way from Tokyo, we had spent more than double the time on the road, missing the time for the class. Rather unfortunate, we toured the museum instead to try to learn more the process of making kamaboko through the exhibits.

Beside the museum, in the village one can also visit the Suzunari market selling the products from the company as well as other local products. There are also a few restaurants, one that we went for lunch and had a truly amazing experience, which would be covered separately in the blog.

A good place to drop by if you are going to Hakone from Tokyo.
Written February 26, 2020
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Seb I
Bangkok, Thailand51 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Visited the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum / Kamaboko village located near Odawara, which is just over 1 hour from Japan. There are lots of different types of Kamaboko on sale but the best thing is that there are lots of FREE tastings of the different types of kamaboko. You can also buy cooked kamaboko and rice on a stick which was delicious. It was amazing to see all the various shapes, sizes and colors of kamaboko. Across the road there are some restaurants but I was so full from all the free kamaboko I didn't buy lunch. There was also other food items on sale such as icecream and rice-cakes. There was also lots free sponge cake to taste.
TIP 1: If you are travelling from Tokyo, take the Odaku line from Shinjuku to Odawara.
TIP 2: Spend a little extra money and travel in comfort on the train called the Romance Car. You will get to Odawara quicker and you are guarenteed a seat.
TIP 3: From Odawara, you will need to take another train but it is a short trip (only two stations). Get off at KAZAMATSURI station.
Written August 3, 2016
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Thank you for coming! The kamaboko and rice on a stick that you mentioned is one of the most favorite items! This is called "Ottotto rice" and sold at Suzuten store in Kamaboko Village. Next time, please try our award winning beer with the Kamaboko samples. This local beer uses the fresh water from the aquifers flowing beneath Hakone mountains!
Written December 23, 2016
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NyaNya24
Melbourne, Australia290 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Interesting museum to show you how fish cake was made. You can also participate in the fish cake making class for a small fee. Class is conducted in Japanese. Reception staff was adamant I can only join if I can speak Japanese to the point he almost wanted not to let me in. I do speak a bit of Japanese so it wasn't too big an issue for me. Plus, you could just watch and copy what the teacher does. Overall was a fun experience. Beware you do need to wait for the fish cake to be cooked and there's not a lot to explore around there.
Written February 18, 2017
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Thank you for participating in our Kamaboko workshop and we are glad you had a fun experience. Thank you so much for coming. We are always looking to improve the customer experience and appreciate your feedback on how we interact with guests. Our staff is friendly and welcoming, and many of our staff are still improving their English skills, and working on having confidence to speak English. This could cause some misunderstandings in communications. I don't know whether the staff spoke English or Japanese to you when you visited. But we are sorry that the staff made you feel that participants have to understand Japanese. We always welcome everyone. As you mentioned, it is easy to follow what to do by watching a craftsperson or other participants. We also have an English guidance for classes. In addition, we have a map around the museum. We will remind our staff again to hand it out to guests. There are a restaurants and shops around our museum where you can drink our awarded craft beer using Hakone mountains spring water, and eat local seafood and vegetables. One of restaurants is built more 150 years ago (no nails used) and has a Japanese garden. There are temples and a natural museum within walking distance. Thank you so much for helping us improve our customer service and we look forward to welcoming you.
Written May 1, 2017
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Didz Ybanez
Cebu City, Philippines250 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
A very unique museum in a way edible fish products are being presented, featured, made and how modern technologies were used to preserve its taste from when they were cooked during the ancient times. The museum presents a video, in Japanese, as well as showcases the materials that were used in the past. You can also participate, for a small fee, in a do it yourself fish cake making activity. And inside the store, you can fill your tummy up to your heart’s delight an unlimited FREE taste of fish case which is re-filled each time it almost goes empty. And if the FREE taste isn’t just enough to satisfy your shouting taste buds, a restaurant inside is available to fulfill this need. A truly enjoyable and unique experience that is worth including in one of your itineraries in Kanagawa.
Written January 4, 2016
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Thank you for coming. We renovated the museum this past October. More Make-your-own classes!! For example, a make-your-own-fried Kamaboko class and a making Kaiseki styled Kamaboko tapas class. We will have English explanations for exhibitions soon. Hope to see you coming back soon.
Written December 12, 2016
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cb1_10
Bethesda, MD101 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
A very interesting exhibit including some the possibility of making fishcake. A useful video is also presented. Much of the museum is dedicated to artistic transformations of the fish cake board.
Written April 13, 2015
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Thank you for coming. We started the fish cake board art contest in 1983 to advocate that we can reuse the board for artistic purposes after eating fish cake instead of throwing away. (the board is a key component for fish cake. Wooden board can absorb extra moisture from fish cake so that fish cake can last longer without any preservatives) Our collection of the board arts is more than 10,000 artworks!
Written December 23, 2016
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manoatruck
Wahiawa, HI66 contributions
Jul 2017
Very informative on all aspects of Japanese fishcake production to merchandising . Hands on great for kids and adults .
Written June 28, 2018
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Thank you so much for visiting our museum. We have make-your-own Kamaboko (fish cake) classes as well. We hope that we will see you in the near future again!
Written July 18, 2018
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Jassie0323
Oroville, CA5 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
You can make fish cake which is a Japanese food that's very tasty and goes well just with soy sauce and wasabi. Even if you don't understand Japanese, there is a monitor so it's easy to understand what to do. It smells like fish which some people won't like but It's fun experience to do with family and friends. It'll be a nice additional thing to do while you are in Odawara.
Written August 31, 2017
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We are glad to hear that you liked the Kamaboko making class. We hope you can come back someday in the future. We brew beer using spring water from the Hakone mountains in front of the museum and it would be a great pair with your own Kamaboko. Have a wonderful trip in Japan!
Written September 13, 2017
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tokyoite_94
Tokyo, Japan74 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Super easy to get to from the Kazamatsuri Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway. We started off by going to the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Honten, which is connected to the station and made our way to the Museum.

We made reservations in advance for the age-kamaboko (fried kamaboko) experience for my wife and 2 year old daughter. They both speak fluent Japanese so there was no language issue. But I don't see why you couldn't participate by copying the teacher and the other participants. It is not difficult.

After you are done making your kamaboko (I think there were two per person) the staff fry them in their deep fryer for you, which only takes a couple of minutes. There is space on the same floor (3rd floor) to sit down and eat your treat. My daughter really enjoyed herself!
Written March 9, 2017
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Thank you so much for coming. We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the Age Kamaboko class. Thank you for pointing out and telling us of the fact that there is no guidance in English at the Age Kamaboko class. (We have the English guideline at steamed and grilled Kamaboko class.) We will absolutely work on that. We have seasonal festivals too like a GW festival/ summer festival so hope that you can come back. Thank you again.
Written April 27, 2017
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joshlty
Singapore, Singapore40 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
nice place to learn about making fishcakes.. classes are about 30mins. good to hang out for about 1hr plus.
Written November 19, 2017
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Thank you so much for coming to our museum. Our classes are changed seasonally to offer guests new and interesting activities. If you have a chance, please come and visit us again. Thank you!
Written December 15, 2017
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BambooHiker
Tokyo, Japan27 contributions
Jan 2017
A visit to this museum was recommend by friends and it was a wonderful time for us. It was conveniently located between the Odawara shinkansen station and the popular Hakone resort area. The Suzuhiro company has a history going back more than a hundred years! The museum had a wonderful experience that lets you make, design, and even eat your own kamaboko. The facilities were quite impressive and we even stayed longer than we planned to have lunch.

The museum is only one part of a large group of buildings that include restaurants, shops, and even the local brewery for the area. Suzuhiro also make the local Hakone Beer and there were some great flavors to try out. I am a big fan of beer, but what made this interesting is that they suggest food pairings with their interesting and eclectic brew options.

The website gave us lots of information and insight into helping us enjoy our visit even more. There is a lot to explore here and wish we had more time. Definitely worth a stop on your way to or from Hakone.
Written January 11, 2017
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Thank you so much for visiting not only Kamaboko museum but also other buildings (restaurants and shops) in Kamaboko Village! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our beer too! What was your favorite? Our Hakone Pilsner received the best award at ALL the three most famous beer competitions in 2016! (Japan Brewery Cup, Asia Beer Cup, and International Beer Cup) We have seasonal beers too. We hope that you will come back soon.
Written February 13, 2017
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