Fodor's Expert Review Sawamoto

$$$ Tosho-gu Japanese

Charcoal-broiled unagi (eel) is an acquired taste, and there's no better place in Nikko to acquire it than at this small and unpretentious place with only five plain-wood tables. Service can be lukewarm, but Sawamoto is reliable for a light lunch or dinner of unagi on a bed of rice, served in an elegant lacquered box. Eel is considered a stamina builder: just right for the weary visitor on a hot summer day.

Japanese Casual Lunch $$$

Quick Facts

1037–1 Kamihatsuishi-machi
Nikko, Tochigi-ken  321-1401, Japan


Known For:
  • Simple, beautifully prepared unagi
  • 90 years of history
  • Simple, comfortable atmosphere
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner

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