Planning to escape the cityscape awesomeness of Tokyo? Need not look further. Kamakura, a small coastal town in the Kanagawa Prefecture is located an hour drive away at the south of Tokyo. This town is also in the top must-visit list of tourists in Japan since the area is known for its cultural celebrations as well as a site for ancient Buddhist and Shinto temples. This district is reminiscent of the pre-modern Japan, with the preservation of intricate architectural structures such as the Ajisai-dera Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, Hokoku-ji, Sugimotodera, and Hasedera.
If touring this temples and parks leave you famished, there is a wide array of restaurants and street food favors that can replenish your lost energy from all the walking and exploration. Let’s invade these gustatory treats Kamakura has to offer.
Delight yourself in the variety of courses offered at Ah Goo Japanese Cuisine and Kaiseki, which serves authentic Japanese dishes such as zosui (porridge), sashimi and soups with made of flavorful dashi. Kisho meals start at ¥6,480 and the menu may not be similar to the last since it changes every season. Meanwhile, for those would love to be adventurous with seafood and sake combos, visit izakaya Omaha and be amazed at how they make recommendations for the perfect sake to match your meal. Have an eggy dose at Tamagoyaki Ozawa which takes its eggs seriously and has perfected creating a fluffy and flavorful omelet. Pork rice bowls and udon, on the other hand, are the classic yet delicious offering one can dig in at Satono-udon Kamakura.
The streets of Kamakura also boast of grab-and-go treats that will surely whet your appetite. Tofu packets with rice or inari are offered with a bit of a twist at Hannari Inari, which is popular for its Inari Sushi Cup, a combination of shirasu, salmon roe, rice, and chives. Another must-try is the Shirasu-tamago on a stick. Small yet filling treats all at an affordable price. Craving for pork buns? Well, Kamakura has this famed chuka ryori or Japanese-style Chinese food spot, the Kamakura Tenshin, which is sought after for its handmade buta-man and stewed pork in deep soy sauce filling buns. Takoyaki with shirasu (anchovies) is the specialty of Kamakura J’s, a unique take on the popular Japanese street food takoyaki. For vegans and who prefer healthier options, Princess Kinoko’s mushroom skewers, which is breaded gourmet mushrooms deep-fried till crisp and golden brown, is surely a tempting street snack for everyone.
For desserts, Chakin offers dango in skewers topped with red bean paste and green tea soft serve ice cream. Deep fried sweet potato croquettes will fill your tummies at Torigoya. It also has flavors like beef, black sesame or seasonal tastes like plum and herbs. Cool off the hot weather with sweet potato soft serve ice cream at Imoyoshi Yakata.
Kamakura is definitely worth going the extra mile when in Tokyo. Its old Japan coastal town vibe is complimented with a combination of traditional and modern take on Japanese cuisine. Till our next foodventure!
Aleli is a wanderlust whose main itinerary is to culture soak in the places that she sets foot on, sinking her teeth in the gustatory offerings that the place has to offer and knowing the story behind it. Food for her is a marriage of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the rich history of every city she explores and uses the pen as her tool to share to the world each unique experience she unravels.