Enjoy true alpine cuisine in this hidden gem of a restaurant, tucked away at the foot of the Hira Mountains
In front of the gates to Myō-ō-in Shrine in the very heart of Hiei Mountain is Hira Sansou, whose name means ‘Hira mountain villa’. Sure enough, this restaurant began its life as a villa for those people climbing the Hira Mountains, situated to the west of Lake Biwako.
Here diners will be treated to authentic Japanese mountain cuisine, carefully crafted from the seasonal produce taken directly from the nearby rivers and forests. In spring, diners will enjoy a plethora of mountain vegetables; in summer, fresh fish from the river, in particular sweetfish; in autumn, delicious matsutake mushrooms, and in the winter, a special dish of tsuki-nabe, or ‘moon hotpot’ containing the rare delicacies that are bear and wild boar meat.
In this traditional Japanese building full of classical character, lying in a peaceful mountain village surrounded by untamed nature… What better place to enjoy these wonderful, flavoursome dishes that bring out the natural tastes of the woodlands and rivers?