Tofu in Kōya-san

Kadohama specialises in goma-dōfu (sesame tofu) prepared several ways. The lunch sets come beautifully presented in bamboo baskets with eight small dishes around a larger one – evoking the eight-lotus-petal symbolism of Kōya-san. Vegetarians should note that, appearances aside, this is not shōjin-ryōri: some dishes are made with dashi (fish stock).

Sweet options include matcha-flavoured goma-dōfu served with anko (sweet red-bean paste). Look for the dark-wood building.