Friday, February 12, 2010

St. Michael's Church - Nasu, Tochigi. Class Act or Kitch Wonderland?

Map Location

We've driven past St. Michael's many times. Its a rather kitch looking castle that fits into its Nasu Tokyo visitors paradise environment. We've never been tempted to go in. After 2 very positive visits it seems we have to admit we were mistaken.

Coffee Shop
We stopped in hoping to have our lunch there. We know their sister restaurant in Nasu Garden Outlet to have rather good Italian food. We were too late for lunch but had very good desserts and ok coffee there for not much more than 1000 yen a head. The service was great.

So we decided to have a meal there. Warning: Its not as cheap as the places we normally write about. When we went they had set menus for 6000 and 9000 a head and an a la carte menu. We all ordered the 6000 yen set menu. It was excellent quality with interesting dishes and diverse tastes, well worth the money. The restaurant was beautiful and the service very attentive. We felt very out of place in our Nasu hiking gear. We're going to need to go back for good photos. Next time we have a plan to stay up in Nasu and go there. The food would definitely pair well with a good wine.

Event Venue
I still think the chapel is a bit kitch. The main building is pretty nice and the dinning hall is great!


owenandbenjamin said...

This is in Nasu? I didn't know there was a place like that up there.

I was back in Otawara a week and a half ago. Cold and snowed a couple days, including a lot on Saturday. I was worried I wasn't going to get to my bus from Utsunomiya to Narita on Sunday. But the roads were clear.

davidfromoz said...

Yup, up near Sanraku. There is also a nice looking spa hotel within walking distance (and incidentally a really good soba restaurant which I haven't blogged yet). I'm thinking a weekend away. The spa hotel has rooms without dinner.

It bucketed down last week on Friday night. Cars sliding off the roads. Then again this week, but less heavy.

You should email me some time when you come out this way!

Kevin said...

I went here the other weekend and found it to be tacky, not because the place is badly done, its not, but the idea of having Japanese people having a fake church wedding just seems ridiculous to me.

davidfromoz said...

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for your comment. Pretty much, thats Nasu Highlands! (and, I might add, Japanese weddings). It is tacky, but I like the food and the service.

Great blog you have there! (the travel/japan one) I have quite a bit of reading ahead of me.