One of the highlight of traveling to me is food. I love trying restaurants that are popular among local people. Here are some foods we tried during our trip in Kamakura.
HACHINOKI HONTEN (HACHINOKI ORIGINAL)
When you visit a city with many temples, the chances are that you will find a “shojin ryori”, vegetarian cuisine which developed in Japan after having been originally brought from China along with Buddhism. It is what Buddhist monks in Japan eat. My parents took all of us to the “Hachinoki Honten”, the original restaurant of “Hachinoki” in Kamakura. My mom, who is vegetarian, found out about this restaurant through her friend. Since I love vegetarian food, especially Japanese vegetarian meals, I enjoyed every bite of the course meal, but I am afraid that it was a bit too plain to the taste of my carnivorous husband. He didn’t complain a bit and ate most of it though. Kudos to him. If you would like to know more about this restaurant, please click here.
My husband likes to eat ramen when we go to Japan. When it’s hot outside, it’s refreshing to eat cold ramen! Thinking about it makes my mouth water. I found this “Hanabi” restaurant on a guide book. I had a warm ramen and shared it with my daughter. The soy base soup and the ramen noodles were an impeccable combination. This was actually my snack after my lunch which I had a couple of hours prior to this. We were jet-lagged, so we ate food at odd hours. Hanabi is located near Yuigahama station on the Enoshima Dentetsu. Yuigahama is the second stop from Kamakura. After you exit the station from the only exit it has, take a right and cross the rail road and keep going. You come to a T-junction with a stop light. Take a right. (Side note: If you turn to the left and keep going, you will come to the entrance of Hasedera Temple. To go to this restaurant, you’ll be walking away from the Hasedera.) About 100 meters (very rough guessing) from the T-junction, you’ll find the restaurant on your left. If you read Japanese, you can also check out this site.
NAKAMURA-AN (SOBA RESTAURANT)
My family went to soba restaurant for lunch after we visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu near Kamakura Station. This restaurant is not far from the Kamakura Station. It is a tiny restaurant on this small road that branched off of “Komachidori”, which I will post about later.
Get out of Kamakura Station from the East Exit. Look for Komachi Dori which will be to the left of the bus terminal with a big red tori gate standing at the entrance. Right next to the tori gate is Baskin Robins. If you see McDonald’s sign to your left, you’ll see Baskin Robins and the red tori gate for sure. Walk 2 small blocks and turn right at the corner of a watch/clock store. The restaurant will be on your right. The restaurant doesn’t take a reservation, so there are usually people queuing outside. They are closed on Thursdays and sometimes they close in case of emergency or bad weather. The hours are from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm. If they sold out, they close the door at that point for the day.
Ryokan Food (Hotel Food)
I love staying at a Japanese style hotel that comes with dinner, a course meal. To me it makes our stay at a hotel an even more fun and unique experience. The food was great and we walked out of the dining room feeling stuffed! They also prepared kids meal for our girls, but because they were so jet-lagged and too tired to eat dinner, they didn’t eat much of the delicious food. Sigh. Well, because they didn’t eat much, I have got to eat some from their plate and it was great!