“Mount Fuji Curry” Arrives at Lava Cafe in Fujisan World Heritage Center

11.May.2018 | FOOD

The Lava Cafe, located in the north block of the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture, has introduced the new Mt. Fuji Curry to its menu.

 

The blue coloured curry dish is made to look just like Mount Fuji while the pickles represent the surrounding forest at the base of the mountain Aokigahara, also known as the ‘Sea of Trees.’ This Instagrammable meal is aimed at both Japanese and foreign tourists.

 

富士山カレー

There have been many curry dishes on the market with rice formed in the shape of Mount Fuji, but this dish not only maintains the shape, but the colouring too. It took them over half a year to perfect the dish.

 

The cafe will also begin serving a ‘mega size’ version of the blue curry from June 22 to bring it closer to the size of Mount Fuji. They also plan to release a spicy red version in autumn to bring to life the scene when Mount Fuji appears red when the sun’s rays shine over it. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one either.

 

Head to the Lava Cafe to try eating this stunning curry that you can’t get anywhere else!

 

■Information

Lava Cafe

Address: Fujisan World Heritage Center North Block 2F, 6663-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Opening Hours: 09:30-16:30 (Last Orders 16:00)

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 0555-72-0259

Information: https://tabelog.com/yamanashi/A1903/A190301/19009495/

 

Mt. Fuji Curry

Price: ¥1,000 (Tax-Included)

*There is also a Halal option.

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    ■Information
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    Train – Change from Chuo Main Line at Otsuki Station to the Fujikyuko Line. Get off at Fujisan Station and board the Fuji Express Bus.

    TEL: 0555-72-1355

    Website: https://www.fujiyama-navi.jp/unjyokaku/

     

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    富士山サイクルアクティビティショップ BonVelo(ボンベロ)_MTB

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     富士山サイクルアクティビティショップ BonVelo(ボンベロ)TRS1

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