Yesterday I was cycling along the Warashina River at already quite some altitude in search of Aihama Shirahige Shrine when I reached a place called Kiyozawa No Sato Road Station.
Sato means village, hometown, etc. and Kiyozawa is the name of the area.
Road Stations is a Japanese concept meaning local shops basically serving and selling products!
local (top class!) Honyama green tea!
I asked local ladies/farmers busy preparing vegetables (on a Sunday!) if I was on the right way.
They kindly answered me that I was on the right way (they forgot to mention it was from near!).
I was about to take my when I noticed that flag sign!
Wild boar croquettes!
I was tired and hungry!
I didn’t hesitate! I pulled the bicycle on the side and entered the place!
It might be a small diner but they are quite famous as they are recognized by the Shizuoka Prefecture Government!
All kinds of customers from local kids to tourists and real cyclists kept coming in!
Local Japanese cakes filled with sweetmeats!
The wild boar croquettes! Still hot and only a couple of packages left!
You can eat them on site and the lady in charge even prepared my green tea!
the local wild boar are a real nuisance and some of them end up in these croquettes! Purely local!
Crunchy outside and soft inside!
Not only yummy but very healthy with local vegetables!
There was another remarkable product on sale!
Wild boar curry!
Incredible souvenir to take back home!
KIYOZAWA NO SATO NO EKI
opening hours: 09:00~16:00
Closed on Mondays (on next day if Monday is a National Holiday)
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