Japanese Gastronomy: Oden at Ogawa in Shizuoka City!

Service: friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: old-fashioned but clean
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: 4uthentic traditional Shizuoka Odenya. Oden of course and bentos.

Shizuoka is famous for many products and its gastronomy, but there is one particular specialty that most Japanese have heard about, namely Shizuoka-Style oden!

If you decide to visit the imposing Sengen Shrine, you will find Ogawa Oden “Restaurant” halfway between the giant red torii/shrine gate and the Sengen Shrine entrance on the right side of the street.
There you will find authentic oden cooked/prepared in Shizuoka style!

You can’t miss the noren/entrance curtain!

You might be tempted by the Shizuoka local oranges on sale outside!

Or you could purchase a large boiled egg to accompany your bento!

If you are tempted by the oden, check the delicious and traditional home-made bentos!

Ogawa Odenya, for all its seemingly quiet atmosphere is known all over Japan and many a celebrity has left his/her signature!

The shop is no less than 60 years old, probably the oldest oden-specialized shop which has not changed address!

True Shizuoka-style oden cooked in dark stock where you can choose tidbits with colors varying from dark to very dark. They say that the darkest oden are found in Shizuoka!
The lady-in-charge will help you with the first serving and you will take care of yourself from the second service.
When you have finished the sticks will be counted to determine the total price. keep in mind to tell how many eggs you ate as they are pierced with two sticks to avoid paying twice!

This was our first order!
You can choose from fish paste, egg, potatoes, konyaku, beef tendons, daikon, tofu and what else!
Make sure to choose your favorite color!

The Missus ordered an egg, konyaku and two kinds of fish paste!

I ordered a potato, an egg, daikon and fish paste balls!

Shizuoka oden are served with aonori/mixture of dry seaweed and dashi stock powder and Japanese strong mustard!
I doubt you will find aonori outside Shizuoka Prefecture!

Our second order!
We were hungry at lunch time!
Incidentally alcoholic drinks are also available!

The Missus ordered suji/beef tendons, ito konyaku/konyaku vermicelli and fish paste!

i ordered tofu and two fish paste, the bottom including gobo/burdock root!

I very much doubt you will find tofu cooked to that dark color anywhere else in Japan!

420-0867 Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Baban Cho, 38 (along the Sengen Shrine Street)
Tel.: 054-252-2548
Fax: 054-252-2549
Opening hours: 10:00~18:30
Closed on Wednesdays
Sets of 30 and 40 oden with 2 different stock soups can ordered from all over Japan!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

4 thoughts on “Japanese Gastronomy: Oden at Ogawa in Shizuoka City!”

    1. You are right, the great comfort food in winter.
      Actually I go to a secret (i will never report about it!) small oden-ya twice or thrice a week during breaks or after work. I make sure they have good sake and shochu (I keep introducing them to the Mama san who is from Akita Prefecture. I only pay a token 500 yen, whatever drink I bring!)!


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