Serves meat, veg options available. This cozy 15 seat restaurant has a small selection of noodle dishes, 6 of which are vegan. The owners speak limited English, but there is an English menu. The noodle and veggie dishes are satisfying, and you might get a piece of fruit for dessert at no cost and without asking. The walls and ceiling are covered with business cards and mementos from people from around the world. Write a message on your train ticket stub, a dollar bill, etc., and the proprietor will give you a thumb tack to hang it up. Directions: walk up the main street from train station for 15 minutes, keep eye out for the restaurant on the left side of the street, there's a picture of a samurai on the building's front. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Japanese, Non-veg
1011 Kami-Hatsuishi
Nikko, Japan
Closed now

Mon-Sun 11:30am-7:00pm

  • Cash only


First Review by rockcita
  • vegetarian

Not as vegetarian-friendly as advertised

Posted on 11 / 03 / 2014

Be careful. The clearly marked "Vegetarian" dishes may not be vegetarian at all. The one that we ordered had naruto (fish cake) in it. When asked, the server lady told us straight-faced that it was fish. This made us suspicious that the "vegetarian" noodle soup may also contain fish broth.

We don't speak Japanese so we can't inquire further. But I would recommend avoiding any noodle soup dishes in this restaurant. The yasai yakisoba and yasai yakiudon might still be vegetarian. And the yuba sashimi is safe. But this doesn't make Hippori Dako more vegetarian-friendly than any noodle shop in Japan.

  • vegan

One of a kind restaurant

Posted on 11 / 27 / 2010

Hippari Tako is a unique restaurant to say the least. Although its small in size (3 tables), its big on hospitality. You'll be warmly greeting upon arriving, and will be given an English menu. (Other languages are also available.) The six veggie noodle dishes are simple but ample and satisfying, and at 700 yen, the price is right. There are a few soft drinks available along with beer.Although there is not a restroom, there are sanitizing hand wipes on the tables. The walls and ceiling are covered with messages from diners, so be sure to leave a message tacked up anywhere you can find the space.

Pros: large portions, very welcoming atmosphere, great prices
Cons: only seats 15, so might be a short wait


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Last updated: 2014/05/16


Added: 2010/11/25


Added by: rockcita