Chojiya (丁子屋) in Mariko, the 20st station of the Old Tokaido Highway made famous by Utagawa Hisroshige’s (real name: Ando Hiroshige) wooden prints, has served traditional tororojiru (grated yam soup) for no less than 400 years. Actually, many think that the inn featured on Hiroshige’s woodblock print is Chojiya.
Service: Friendly and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Old but very clean
Strong points: Traditional Japanese food in a traditional environment full of history
Chojiya under the rain
In 1596 Shojiya Heikichi/丁子屋平吉 established this tea house in the post town of Mariko to serve the many travelers using the Old Tokaido Route from Edo/Tokyo to Kyoto.
History is all around you in this tradtional Japanese inn. Take as many photographs as you wish, but bear in mind this is a busy place.
You will dine under the benign protection of giant Hina Dolls, which are used to celebrate Girls Day on March 3rd and Boys Day on May 5th. They are on constant display!
Do not forget to visit the little museum at the entrance where you will discover a genuine Ukiyoe wooden print
And you savor it with chopped thin leeks, the perfect dish for a vegetarian
You will also have the opportunity to enjoy great local sashimi
I’m not too keen on grated yam soup myself, but the staff readily agreed to replace it with vegetables served as tororoage/vegetables deep-fried in tororojiru. Lovely and such kind and great service!
|Opening Hours||11:00～19:00 ※Closed on Thursday and the last Wednesday of the month|