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Kosaku/
Kofu: Izakaya
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This down-to-earth
izakaya is best
known for their hoto
- flat udon noodles
served with pumpkin
and other vegetables
in a buttery miso-
based broth. While
you can find hoto
noodles in a few
spots in Tokyo, it
really doesn't com-
pare to the flavors
you'll find in its
home base of Yamana-
shi - the broth is
richer and tastier,
and the local vege-
tables are fresher
and more plentiful.
Kosaku offers a
choice of 14 differ-
ent versions of
hoto, along with
other drink-friendly
izakaya fare.

The hoto here comes
in a very hot iron
cauldron, and the
rich pork-flavored
broth is filled with
big chunks of kabo-
cha (pumpkin), haku-
sai, carrots, sansai
(mountain vegeta-
bles), and snow
peas. Portions are
large. Menu options
include pork, beef,
duck, turtle, mush-
room, oyster, wild
boar and bear. The
bear hoto is a novel
choice, and while it
does have an inter-
esting, gamey fla-
vor, the meat itself
is fatty and tough -
the duck and wild
boar are better
suited to this dish.


Other interesting
menu choices include
the venison sashimi
(served freshly
defrosted, so let it
thaw out awhile at
your table) and the
horsemeat sushi.
This features three
different cuts of
horsemeat, served
with ginger and
garlic, and while
the meat is tasty it
can be on the tough
side. Drinks include
a couple of local
sakes and local
Yamanashi wines by
the glass. The at-
mosphere is typical
salaryman izakaya,
with old-fashioned
farmhouse decor and
a TV set going in
the background. The
slightly more tou-
risty main branch is
on the south side of
the station, and
eight more branches
are scattered around
Yamanashi Prefec-
ture.
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Kofu City, Kitagu-
chi 1-4-11. [from
the plaza at JR Kofu
north exit turn
left, then right (1
min. from exit).
Kofu is 90 minutes
from Shinjuku]
 Open 11am-10pm
daily.
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