Translated by Piyo
The Most Delicious Rice Ball in Japan!? Yuba Rice Ball in Nikko
Written by HashimotoAkane
On the avenue from both the JR Nikko Line Nikko Station (JR日光線日光駅) and the Tobu sky-tree Line Tobu Nikko Station(東武スカイツリーライン東武日光駅) towards the three famous sanctuaries(*1) in Nikko, you'll come across "Japanese sweets Fudaraku flagship shop (和菓子処 ふだらく本舗)" after walking down the street for fifteen minutes.
（*1）The three sanctuaries are Nikko Toshogu Shrine(日光東照宮), Rinnoji Temple(輪王寺), and Futarasan Temple(荒山神社).
This shop is famous for its "Yuba rice ball(ゆばむすび)".
The "Yuba rice ball" is a rice ball wrapped in Yuba (*2). The rice is cooked in a special soup like bouillon. Yuba is one of the local specialties of Nikko. You won't find this kind of rice ball anywhere else but here.
The rice ball is so delicious. You can enjoy the amazing combination of nicely flavored rice with the smooth taste of Yuba!
(*2)Yuba is Tofu skin, basically a food product made from soybeans. (Ref. Wikipedia)
This product is so popular that it sells out everyday.
Its Popularity is Nation-Wide
Yuba rice balls are loved by many tourists who come from other parts of Japan. As you can assume by its name, "Japanese sweets Fudaraku flagship shop", there is a variety of delicious sweets and Japanese pickles other than the rice ball. I'll show some of them to you.
These pickles are served with rice balls and were not on sale as a single product. However, the pickles attracted so many people that they eventually came on sale.
The Madam is the Secret to its Popularity
If you have questions on the products, don't hesitate to ask the madam of the shop. Her cheerful personality is the secret to the popularity of the "Fudaraku flagship shop".
You'll feel like staying in the shop as long as possible thanks to its relaxing atmosphere.
When you have a chance to visit Nikko, why don't you go to "Fudaraku flagship shop"? If you would like to eat Yuba rice balls, I absolutely recommend calling the shop to make a reservation in advance.
Shop: Japanese sweets Fudaraku flagship shop (和菓子処 ふだらく本舗)
Address: 〒321-1405 Ishiyamachi 406-4, Nikko city, Tochigi
Opening Hours: 9:30A.M.～5:30P.M.
Closed Days: unknown
Credit Cards: available
Menu Language: unknown
Station: Nikko Line, Nikko Station
Access: 5 minutes walk from Nikko Station on Nikko Line
Price: one packet of Yuba rice ball 400 yen
Religious Information: unknown