Today, I’m going to introduce Onsentei, a popular buffet-style restaurant at Michinoeki Okutsu Onsen.
Onsentei’s Bountiful Buffet
Served as a buffet, it is easy to taste the warmth and kindness that goes into making the food at Onsentei.
Using miso made locally in Kagaminocho, the miso soup is cooked over an open hearth.
Even the tofu in the mabodofu is made locally. Indeed, many of the ingredients used at the restaurant are grown locally.
Including a hint of miso, the deliciously simple, yet deeply flavored curry uses vegetables such as burdock, konnyaku, carrot and taro – vegetables usually found in soup.
Even on weekdays the restaurant is packed with customers, most of whom are locals. Time moves slowly in this relaxing atmosphere.
Okutsu’s Famous Fish
Hirame, a fresh water fish abundant in the area’s clean rivers, is one of Michinoeki Okutsu Onsen’s popular products.
As seen in the picture above, you can also find the crispy, flavorful hirame-shaped hirameyaki. Perfect as light snacks, for hikes, or as souvenirs to take home, the somewhat adorable hirameyaki have been on sale since the fall of this year.
Come to Onsentei at Michinoeki Okutsu Onsen and enjoy a warming and reinvigorating buffet of homemade, local food created with warmth and affection.
Michinoeki Okutsu Onsen
Address: 463 Okutsu, Kagaminocho, Tomata District, Okayama Prefecture
March to November 9:00 -18:00
December to February 9:00 – 17:00
(Onsentei Baikingu) 11:00 – 15:00
Price: (Onsentei Baikingu) Adults 1,200 yen, children 800 yen
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Chiaki Sawasaka
Chiaki Sawasaka Born in Okayama Prefecture. Returned home in 2010. I used to work as a systems engineer, but since coming back, I have been working on producing local magazines, organization advertising, and organization management. I love discovering stunning natural phenomena that stops me in my tracks, and warmhearted people filled with kindness. I’m going to do my best to write about and convey interesting information on the good places, good people, and good things in and around Okayama.
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