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Gastronomic Destinations: Kamakura & Enoshima (January 2013)!

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Just came back from a 3-day trip in Kamakura City, Kanagawa prefecture!
Here is a simple picture report on what you could find in and away from the touristic landscape of this famous city not far from Tokyo which deserves a good visit!
Note that this is the off-season now and I would advise you to visit it at such a time as crowds can be a real pain in that beautiful corner of Japan!

Tobira Restaurant

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Tobira
Kamakura City, Komachi, 1-6-20, Tobira Building, 2F
Tel.: 0467-25-0505
Opening hours: 10:30~19:00
Closed on Mondays or on Tuesdays if Monday is a National Holiday

You will find Tobira on the left just outside kamakura City JR Station.

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The boxed lunch as served!

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The boxed lunch opened!

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Plentiful and yummy!

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They also serve a great omuraisu/rice omelet!

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A lunch fit for a Westerner’s appetite!

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that omelet is a real delicacy, fluffy and light!

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You will find this sign in the main street of Kamakura City atop a famous cake shop. See below:

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Kamakura is famous all over Japan for its biscuits, especially “Rabbit Half Moon#!

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Once you start you’ll never stop eating them!

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They also make some exquisite wagashi for vegans!

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You will find plenty of shops selling Shonan Craft Beer!

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No, you cannot eat clothes sold upstairs, keep to ground level!

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All local beers and japanese sake!

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Kamakura City is also famous for its sembei/rice crackers!

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Hot work, even with temperatures below zero outside!

O Sakana Tei Japanese Restaurant

248-0025 Kamakura City, Shichirigahama, 3-1-9
Tel: 0467-31-9890
Opening Hours: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Thursdays
Cards OK

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Kamakura Craft Beer

O Sakana Tei is an old but very traditional Japanese Restaurant serving great sushi at very reasonable prices.
The specialize in local sardine cuisine!

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Great craft beer indeed!

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The specialty of the house: Deep-fried sardine sandwiched in shiso/perilla leaves!

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Sushi plate!

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Delicious Japanese soup with sardine surimi balls!

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Kamakura sake?

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Only in name as it is brewed in Gunma Prefecture for a private label!

Tobicho Japanese Restaurant

251-0036 Fujisawa City, Enoshima, 1-6-7
Tel.: 0466-23-0041
Opened from 11:00 a.m. till evening
Reserve!

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This time we managed to have lunch at Tobicho, a place where you will have to join endless queues on week-ends or in peak seasons!

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Have a good look at the seafood they also sell outside including local shirasu/sardine whiting!

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Like in most Japanese restaurants you can also have a look at a plastic model of the dish you are looking for displayed outside!

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A great way to allure customers inside, isn’t it?

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Very simple and explicit menus, too!

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This is the limited seasonal menu that the Missus chose!

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Simple, but beautiful and yummy!

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Salmon, octopus and albacore secured on thin slanted slices of cucumber!

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My order!

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Japanese style crab omelet on a bowl of rice topped with shirasu!

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During our visit to a temple in Enoshima Island we found this food store atop the mountain…

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What is he cooking?

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Paper-thin senbei/crackers made with real fresh octopus!

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A very rare treat!

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If you have the time do try and visit the natural grottoes at the back of Enoshima Island which have been used by humans since AD 552.
You will even find a dragon hidden inside!

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Atop Enoshima you will find a small diner (Japanese-style) with a terrace overlooking the sea called Uomitei/魚見亭.
A great place to enjoy craft beer.

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This one is called Shonan Enoshima Beer!

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Unfortunately it is brewed in Niigata Prefecture as a private label!

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Back in Kamakura City we couldn’t escape from the beautiful sembei/rice crackers!

Ocean Harvest COCOMO Italian and Oyster Bar
248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura City, Hase, 2-8-8
Tel./fax: 0467-33-4584
12:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
■Lunch Time
12:00-15:30(Last Order-15:00)
■Cafe Time
15:30-17:00(Last Order-16:30)
■Dinner Time
17:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE
Credit Cards OK

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Along the Shonan Beach there are some restaurants of note and our favourite is Cocomo, an Italian oyster bar!

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Local vegetables Banya Cauda!

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Succulent grilled oysters!

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Their fries is a must!

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They also eminently enjoyable pasta!

KOSUZU Soba/Buckwheat Noodles Restaurant
Kamakura City, Komachi, 2-83-4
Tel,: 0467-25-6210
Opening hours: 11:30~18:30
Closed on Mondays

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Back in kamakura City, away from the touristic center and along the way to the Tsuruoka Hayata Jingu Shrine stands a very good soba/buckwheat noodles shop we regularly visit, namely KOSUZU!

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This is the hot soba the Missus ordered!

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For a closer view of a real healthy meal!

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For my part I ordered cold soba with all kinds of toppings!

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For a closer view!

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A pot full of soba soup will be served to accompany the leftovers inside your bowl! Yummy!

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Vegans and all must try the exquisite warabi mochi (soft rice cakes)!

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Finally along the same street keep ypur eyes open for venerable shops such as this Japanese liquor shop!

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Weird Japan (30): Beware the Kites! The Birds, not the Toys!

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Found this sign in Hasedera Temple in Kamakura City yesterday!

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That sign was one of the may posted around the terrace atop the mountain on which the temple is perched.

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A little mistake here: the talons of kites are dull as they are scavengers, not predators, although their grip might be painful indeed!

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Kite is “tonbi” in Japanese.
Most signs were in English as the Japanese are very much aware of the problem!

Incidentally, real kites, i mean the toys, are also very popular in Japan!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Organic Delights in Kamakura

Kamakura beach and surfers

Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture is an internationally celebrated tourist post.

Unfortunately for all the beauty of the city, its mountains, old buildings, ancient culture and striking sea shore, the great majority of its restaurants and cafes are little more than traps for the crowds of tourists and surfers.

The perfect fried organic potatoes with anchovy and garlic savoury garnish at Magokoro!

But some locals belatedly realized that things had to change or else.
Heaps of organic food are grown or raised in Kamakura and its neighbourhood.
Just add to that the marine produce of the Pacific Ocean and you have the ideal combination to satisfy all tastes and priorities, be they omnivore, vegetarian or even vegan.

The same locals formed their own association, The Japan Vegetarian Society, in 1993 to help their fellow citizens and newcomers alike to discover restaurants, cafes and shops in accordance with their favourite food styles.

Since then they have grown into a small but extremely active non profit organization not only with their own blog/website but also a semi bilingual free pamphlet with a guide and map to no less than 51 establishments!

Blog address (Japanese)
Call 0467-25-2668 if you cannot find the map.

Organic Vegetables and fish (mackerel) Lunch tray at Magokoro

The pamphlet/map is a real little treasure as it features not only restaurants, cafes, confectioneries, fair trade goods shops, grocery stores but even “earth-conscious (ecological) shops”, temples, body-care-shop, bicycle rental shops, hiking courses, temples, cooking schools and tourist information desks!

Each establishment is represented with at least one picture with letters indicating whether it serves or sells vegan, vegetarian food. It also clearly explains through the same simple lettering system if the food contains seafood, seafood seasoning, dairy products, eggs or even if it does contain such produce as leek, Chinese chive (nira) Japanese shallot (Rakkyo), onion or garlic!

It goes as far as counseling people to double-check in some cases!
The whole literally backed up by an easy English/Japanese lexicon for tourists with special gastronomic priorities on the other side of the pamphlet!

The same very ecology-conscious association has initiated an unusual association of shops with their own currency: Beach Money and Beach Money Shops!

The all-organic vegetables lunch tray at Magokoro

One outstanding establishment among this unforeseen wealth is a café/restaurant located right in front of the main beach where surfers and wind-surfers practice their sport all year round: Magokoro/麻心!

Founded in 2001, it has become the reference to organic (for all tastes!) food in the city of Kamakura.
For lunch you can choose among trays of organic food containing only vegetables, or a combination of the same and meat or fish. They will make sure not to include any dairy products, egg or mayonnaise for vegans upon request.
Vegetarians and omnivores will want to sample the restaurant organic creations featuring pizzas, curry dishes, macrobiotic cakes, organic coffees and teas, hemp beer according to the seasons and times of the year.
Keep in mind you might have to wait as it is extremely popular!

In the afternoon it will be easier to enjoy the sea view from their bay window counter seats or relax surrounded by a décor all of wood, painted walls and charming artistic bric-a-brac, the more for it as the whole establishment is non-smoking!

Live music and events are organized in the evenings (also in daytime occasionally), including Colour Therapy Sessions.
Better check in advance!

The Organic & Hemp Style Café & Bar, Magokoro
2-8-11, Hase, Kamakura, 248-0016 (within walking distance fromHase Station)
Tel. & Fax: 0467-25-1414
Homepage (Japanese, but including pics of their food!)

Kamakura Welcome Guide Association
Tel.: 0467-22-3516
Homepage (English, French, Japanese, Chinese plus services provided in Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian)

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