Although Mt. Fuji has been around for thousands of years, and the subject of countless paintings and photographs for hundreds, Japan has taken a new interest in its most famous mountain following its 2013 designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filled with pride, designers have spent the past year churning out Mt. Fuji merchandise, with everything from umbrellas to masking tape on offer.
But if you can’t find the time to go to the mountain, now the mountain can come to you, or your dinner table, at least, with one hotel’s special Mt. Fuji menu items.
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Mt. Fuji’s international recognition, the Highland Resort Hotel and Spa, the official hotel of Yamanashi Prefecture’s Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, will be serving Fuji-inspired dishes at three of its restaurants.
The most opulent option is available at the hotel’s flagship Japanese restaurant, Fujimi no Sato Kokorogi. At 22,300 yen (US$219), the Fujimi Delicacy platter doesn’t come cheap, but the hotel claims it will feed five to six people. Aside from ise ebi, one of Japan’s most highly-prized types of shellfish, the set includes various types of sashimi cut into the shape of Mt. Fuji, plus similarly-styled vegetables including lotus root, the most delicious anti-hay fever agent that mankind has yet discovered.
Fuji fever has also spread to the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Shanghai Saikan, where mountain-loving gourmands can dine on Mt. Fuji steamed egg custard for 2,230 yen, or a selection of Mt. Fuji hors d’ oeuvres for 3,776 yen. There’s also a fruit-topped Fuji dessert which will add 2,230 yen to your bill.
Finally, the most budget-friendly Fuji foods are available at the Gaspard and Lisa restaurant, where 1,500 yen will get you a plate of Fuji-shaped wild rice and curry in either the keema style, which includes ground meat, or surrounded by an extra-large helping of summer vegetables.
July 1 marks the first chance diners will have to dine on these edible Fujis, and they’ll be around until August 31. The real Mt. Fuji, thankfully, will still be around in the fall.
Highland Resort hotel and Spa / ハイランドリゾート ホテル＆スパ
Address: Yamanashi^ken, Fujiyoshida-shi, Shinnishihara 5-6-1
Source, images: Tabelog