Kameya Nagusa

Kameya Nagusa 亀や和草 A Japanese sweets shop with a variety of senbei (rice crackers), cookies, candy, and more. They are known for their tomato daifuku, a sweet mochi rice cake with a whole tomato inside. It seems to be rare even within Japan, but it's very good! It comes in a regular and small size.... Continue Reading →

Kimura Peanuts

Kimura Peanuts 木村ピーナッツ   Peanut fans are in for a treat at this small store with over 20 different kinds of peanuts and surprisingly good peanut soft-serve ice cream.  According to the Kimura Peanuts website, they have been planting, harvesting, and selling their products for 45 years. Supposedly, they are also the only place in... Continue Reading →

Sakana Club

Sakana Club さかな倶楽部 Highly recommended! This is a seafood restaurant that gets its fish straight from the bay in front of the building, with reasonably-priced lunch sets that are delicious and guaranteed to fill your belly. Menu items include sashimi, whole-boiled fish sets, fried-fish sets, and more. Some items are limited to one dish per... Continue Reading →


Orto (イタリアンキッチンオルト) is one of many good Italian restaurants in the Minamiboso-Tateyama area. Located just off the bypass in a unique yellow building with circular windows, Orto provides quality foods in a pleasant atmosphere for a reasonable price. Stepping into the small, intimate restaurant feels like entering another world, with its cozy decor and large... Continue Reading →

Cafe Polaris

Cafe Polaris カフェ・ポラリス Photos by Amy Conley © Polaris is a haven for any cafe-lover. They have tasty food, amazing and fresh coffee from around the world, and most importantly a very friendly and talkative staff. I would live there if I could. Highlights: Polaris has about 30 types of coffee beans from around the... Continue Reading →


Hacci ハッチ HIGHLIGHT: This restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall located behind Yawata Shrine in a quiet residential district. Their kitchen is equipped with a stone oven where they bake their pizzas (although sometimes the oven seems a bit too hot). They also have a good variety of pasta. The place is known for their pork cutlet... Continue Reading →


Sakagura 栄蔵 HIGHLIGHT: Although it is smaller, this yakiniku place has tastier meat than the big chain restaurants. It also offers cool almost-frozen beers along with many types of mixed drinks, sake, and shochu. The best part is that you can enjoy your meat without smelling like it all night. Their grills have fans built... Continue Reading →

Restaurant Yamaguchi

Restaurant Yamaguchi レストラン やまぐち HIGHLIGHT: Enjoy individual dishes or a course meal at this quiet French restaurant tucked in the residential area of Tateyama City. From the outside the restaurant looks a bit hard to find, but there is a small sign marking their parking lot across the street. There are different price levels and courses,... Continue Reading →

Senya Yosaburo

Senya Yosaburo 千屋与三郎 HIGHLIGHT: Have some Kansai-style casual food at this small eatery. Their takoyaki octopus balls and okonomiyaki savory pancakes are fluffy, but the wait is long so don’t come extremely hungry. They also have some less well known but locally loved dishes like dashi-takoyaki, a Kobe style of takoyaki that’s served dipped in... Continue Reading →

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