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Kominka : 5 Cafe Restaurants in Kamakura You Must Visit

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Kominka : 5 Cafe Restaurants in Kamakura You Must Visit

Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination close to Tokyo. And, I am sure most of you must have heard about the Kamakura Daibutsu or the huge statue of Amida Buddha. It has a number of other sightseeing spots and historic temple.

But how many of you are aware that the “Kominka” restaurants and cafes are fun to visit too. Recent popularity of retro and vintage has led to the preseration and/or renovation of traditional Japanese “kominka” (old house) into stylish restaurants, cafes, etc.

Restaurant Watabe




This 80 year old renovated restaurant is considered the original “Kominka Restaurant” in Kamakura. Enjoy delicious French cuisine prepared using fresh local vegetables in a “charming old world” environs.

Address: 1-1 Sakanoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81 467 22 8680
Open: Lunch,12:00 - 15:00 hrs; Dinner, 17:30 - 21:00 hrs.
Close: Tuesdays. Only lunch time will be open Mondays.
Note: Closed on 3rd Monday and Tuesday of each month.





Sorafune is a 10-year-old, one-story macrobiotic restaurant located within 10 minutes walking distance from Kamakura Station. Serving Japanese home cooked cuisine using fresh organic vegetables it is indeed, very unique and healthy. Don’t miss their yummy sweets as well.

Address: 2-2-2 Oomachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa.
Phone: +81 467 38 4085
Open: 10:30 - 17:30 hrs.
Note: Closed On Wednesdays and on an irregular basis in May.





Love Italian food? Try their specialty meat dish and pasta with natural wine at this pleasant Kominka restaurant. This exotic looking restaurant is located in a quiet housing area, just 5 minutes walk from Hase Station (Enoshima Dentetsu).

Address: 1-14-26 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81 467 24 3007
Open: Lunch, 11:30 - 15:30 hrs [Last Order at 14:00 hrs]; Dinner, 18:00 - 21:00 hrs.
Note: Closed on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, every month.

Kissa Minca




You might almost pass by this small, house-like cafe where the Showa retro interiors creates a nostalgic feel. You must try their healthy vegetable bento (lunch box) and original pudding.

Address: 377-2 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Phone: +81 467 50 0221
Open: 11:30 - 17:30 hrs.
Note: Closed on Thursdays and Fridays

Itsuki Garden




When you walk along the scenic hiking trails, the outdoor garden-style cafe suddenly appears ahead of you. Itsuki Garden is sometimes called “cafe in the sky” because of its unique location. The cafe is built on the surface of a mountain and it appears as if the tables outside are floating over the beautiful forest. Breathe in the fresh forest air and enjoy the panoramic view of Kamakura city with a cup of refreshing coffee in hand.

Address: 917 Tokiwa, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Open: 10:30 hrs until sunset.
Note: Closed irregularly depending on weather conditions (esp. closed on rainy days).
Website (in Japanese): http://itsuki-garden.com/index.html

There are a lot more than just famous temples and historic monuments. These Japanese retro-chic cafes give you a unique dining experience on your trip to Kamakura.