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Kanten (agar) dishes

In Yamaoka-cho of Ena City, agar is actively produced by utilizing its fine weather in winter and large temperature differences between day and night. The name of "kanten" came from "tokoro-ten" or gelidium jelly exposed to cold weather and "kan (cold)" in Japanese. As the name suggests, gelidium jelly is exposed to the cold weather in winter, whereby the water in it is frozen and melted repeatedly to be dried eventually.
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Healthy House Yamaoka Station
Yamaoka-cho, Ena City

Address3058-4 Yamaokacho-Tazawa, Ena City[Map
Phone Number0573-56-3140
Opening Hour9:00~17:00 (April~October) /9:00~16:00 (November~March)
HolidayMondays (or Tuesday if a national holiday falls on Monday)
Parking Capacity20 cars
Access At Akechi Railway "Yamaoka Station"
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Enjoy the taste of agar in a wide variety of ways
Since its opening in 2014, they offer various dishes using agar, the local specialty of Yamaoka. "Kanten gozen" is a popular set meal which provides different dishes using agar. The noodle is made of agar and the broth is prepared with a specially developed recipe to enhance the taste of the dish.
Service periodAll year round
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<Messages from the Staff> Hosokanten can be enjoyed in ramen bowls, sushi or salad. We wait for your visit.

Forest Train Café, Healthy House Yamaoka Station
Yamaoka-cho, Ena City

Address3058-4 Yamaokacho-Tazawa, Ena City[Map
Phone Number0573-56-3140
Opening Hour10:00~15:00
HolidayOpen only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Parking Capacity20 cars
Access At Akechi Railway "Yamaoka Station"
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Enjoy agar dishes in a train café next to the Agar Museum
"Forest Train Café" next to Yamaoka Station is a restaurant using a renovated train car from "Akechi No.1" which used to run in this area. The originally installed 26 seats in the car are still used as they were. Enjoy anmitsu sweets or cake made from Yamaoka specialty "hosokanten" as if you are travelling in a train.
Service periodAll year round
Please call us to confirm.
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<Messages from the Staff> Our Forest Train Café is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday when it is a national holiday.