Le Risa

A new restaurant whose dishes are so delicious they should be in grandma's recipe book. It has a local coffee-shop vibe with a wide selection of coffee drinks, smoothies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, mouth-watering dishes, and some of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. The chef's tomato basil pasta was (from an American perspective)... Continue Reading →

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Satomi Chaya

Satomi Chaya 里見茶屋 "Delicious tea and dango shop"   Dango 団子 Usually dango is just balls of saucy mochi (glutinous rice cake) on a stick, but this shop takes it to a whole new level. Get your dango slathered with your favorite flavor, ranging from red bean paste, white bean, green soybean, peanut butter, sweet... Continue Reading →

5 Rare & Tasty Treats

Five delicious and local treats you won't find often elsewhere! 1. Biwa Ice Cream True to its name, Tomiura Biwa Club sells everything biwa (loquat), and the most famous of these is biwa ice cream. It comes hard-serve, soft-serve, or as sherbet. You can get it in a cup or cone. The premium soft serve... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Oyatsu Marche

Oyatsu Marche おやつマルシェ HIGHLIGHT: “Oyatsu Marche” means “snack market,” and that’s exactly what it is. The shop’s main specialty are Liege-style sugar waffles that you bite into like a cookie. You can have them fresh at the shop, perhaps drizzled with some ice cream. Otherwise, they are also delicious to eat at home after sticking... Continue Reading →

CAFE TSUMUGI

CAFE TSUMUGI カフェ ツムギ HIGHLIGHT: Claim one of their many sofas and relax at this laid-back cafe located right by the beach and Tateyama Bay. Their menu includes the standard cafe drinks as well as gelato and a dessert of the day. Their food menu includes many spicy dishes, like Thai green curry, Indian kima curry,... Continue Reading →

Seiei-dou

Seiei-dou 盛栄堂   HIGHLIGHT: This traditional sweets shop has been open for almost 100 years across from the beach in the Wada Area. The shop is famous for their “sazae-monaka,” a Japanese wafer that’s shaped like the locally caught turban shell sazae and filled with sweet red, white, or green bean paste. You can also... Continue Reading →

Mountain Cabin Cafe: Kaze no Michi

Mountain Cabin Cafe: Kaze no Michi 山小屋カフェ 風の道 HIGHLIGHT: Climb a narrow winding road deeper into the mountains of Shirahama until you see the parking lot to this cute cabin. The wooden interior and exterior both have a very cozy feel. You can sit at their tables, or in the lounge area that feels like you’re... Continue Reading →

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