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Kamakura's Komachi Street Top 10 Food Guide

Kamakura's Komachi Street Top 10 Food Guide
Charmain
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Kamakura is a quaint seaside city located just an hour away from Tokyo. It is known for its numerous temples and shrines with brilliant, intricate architecture, reflecting the rich history of pre-modern Japan. If you are looking for a getaway from the concrete jungles of Tokyo to experience traditional Japanese culture and traditions, Kamakura is the perfect place for your retreat. You always need food to fuel your day-trip, don’t you? From the sweet to the savoury, here’s Kamakura’s Komachi Street Top 10 food guide that will keep you fully satisfied all day!

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1. Tempura Karari - Tempura rice bowl

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Kamakura Karari is a tempura restaurant located a stone’s throw away from the Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine. The variety of set meals allows you to pick different types of tempura and combine it with soba, served hot or cold. Priced reasonably at 1000 JPY (9.90 USD), the “Zaru soba mini ten-don set” that serves fried tempura and soba is the restaurant’s most popular meal. In Kamakura, an area famous for its shirasu (a type of Japanese anchovy), you definitely need to try the “Shirasu ten-don set” that serves rice topped with shirasu together with kakiage (tempura fritter). The shirasu freshly caught from the seas of Kamakura and Shonan areas has a slight salty scent and a fluffy, soft texture. A jug of ice-cold Kamakura local beer perfectly complements the saltiness of the shirasu and the fried tempura.

Kamakura Karari is located within the Komachi district. The restaurant offers a causal setting, having 12 counter seats and one table of six seats on the first floor; the second floor has seats to accommodate more customers as well. Whether you are coming with friends or dining alone, this restaurant offers reasonably priced and stomach-satisfying food! You may drop by for lunch before or after your visit from the shrines and you wouldn’t miss the store due to its central location. You can always refer to the English menu there if you are still unsure of what to order. The restaurant may be crowded during lunchtime and a queue may be expected.

Kamakurakarari

Address: 1-8-25, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 11am - 7pm. Open on Sundays

Contact: +81 467-61-0570

Kamakurakarari

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2. Hannari Inari - Inari Sushi in a different twist

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Many people are familiar with inari sushi at sushi restaurants – the fried tofu pouch filled with sushi rice. This brown, tofu pouch is cooked and seasoned very sweet to complement the rice stuffed inside, and finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top.

Hannari Inari specialises in inari sushi and serves it with a unique twist. They are famous for their Inari Sushi Cup (780 JPY or 7.70 USD) with shirasu, salmon roe, rice and chives inside. Roll-type inari sushi (230 JPY or 2.20 USD a piece) that is bite-sized and easy to bring along while walking are also sold. And of course you cannot leave out the Shirasu-tamago on a stick (240 JPY or 2.40 USD)! A good handful of shirasu is rolled together within the layers of cooked egg and this special type of tamagoyaki can only be found here at Kamakura.

More than selling food on the go, the restaurant also has dine-in options. For all seafood lovers, you’ll really enjoy the fresh, raw and delicious shirasu don, a true gourmet of Kamakura.

The shop is slightly small with a few counter and table seats inside. Nonetheless, it is still very popular with customers, especially during the peak holiday season. Look out for the shop’s prominent yellow sign!

Hannari Inari Kamakura Komachi Street Main Store

Address: Tinkle Komachi Nakasugi Building, 2-9-7 Komachi, Kamakura-city

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm

Access: 5-minute walk from Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line

Contact: +81 467-23-7399

Hannari Inari Kamakura Komachi Street Main Store

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3. Kamakura Tenshin - Bun with pork fillings

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Have you heard of chūka ryōri (Japanese-style Chinese food) before? Kamakura Tenshin is famous for their piping hot, handmade buta-man (bun with pork fillings)! The store owners only use high-quality, seasoned pork together with a good mix of vegetables for the bun fillings, making it a nutritious and handy snack that can be eaten on the go. Priced at 400 JPY (4 USD) per piece, the size of the buta-man is rather large and definitely worth the price you’re paying!

In addition, Dongporou-no buta man (stewed pork seasoned in deep flavour soy sauce used as the bun filling) is another hot item on the menu. Fresh from the steamer, the buns have a mochi (chewy) texture and oozes meaty juices at your first bite. Check out their other bun delights like spicy pork buns, spicy beef buns, seafood buns and shumai (steamed pork dumplings)! You can always freeze the extra buns and steam them when you want to.

Kamakura Tenshin

Address: 1-8-14 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm. Open on Sundays

Contact: +81 467-61-1601

Kamakura Tenshin

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4. Imbiss Kamakura - German sausages

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Kamakura is not all about traditional Japan; it has its modern twist too! At Yukinoshita area, a short walk from Komachi Dori, Imbiss Kamakura sells an assortment of German sausages, hams, sandwiches and locally crafted Kamakura beer. The grilled sausages are all handmade by the owner, Takahiko Sato, using traditional German methods, and no preservatives and frozen meat are used. The fresh meat is then seasoned with salt and spices, making it flavourful and juicy when grilled.

The Bremen (white sausage) is the most recommended sausage here. It is slightly plump and has a soft, smooth texture. Topped with ketchup, handmade mustard grain sauce and pickles, you can taste a flavour of Germany right here in Kamakura.

The prices are as follows: Plain – 350 JPY (3.50 USD), Herb (basil and lemon) – 380 JPY (3.80 USD), Pizza filled with cheese – 380 JPY (3.80 USD), Chorizo (slightly spicy) – 380 JPY (3.80 USD). Get a set of 3 sausages for 1050 JPY (10.50 USD) and 5 sausages for 1750 JPY (17.50 USD) (you can always share it with your friends!). Popularly featured on TV and in magazines, this is surely a must-try snack in Kamakura.

Imbiss Kamakura

Address: 1-8-14 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 11am - 6pm

Contact: +81 467-25-5275

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5. Chakin - Japanese sweets

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Chakin is a Japanese sweets shop located just about five minutes’ walk from the Kamakura station east exit. They sell a selection of goodies: dango (a Japanese dumpling made from rice flour, put together on a stick), soft-serve green tea ice cream and gelato. They are also well known for their dried fruits like dried kiwi, strawberry, oranges, yuzu, banana and apples, and all fruits are locally produced in Japan. Sold at 100g for 600 JPY (6 USD), the array of colours will just leave you fascinated and in awe. Additionally, if you crave for more desserts, the shop has traditional Japanese desserts and parfait for you! This is one of the notable shops in Kamakura that attracts a huge crowd so make sure to include it in your itinerary!

Chakin

Address: 2-7-28 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm. Open on Sundays

Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Kamakura Station east exit

Contact: +81 467-61-3090

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6. Torigoya - Sweet potato croquette

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Croquettes are always everyone’s favourite finger food. If you’re craving for something filling and handy to eat, you’ll have to try Torigoya’s croquettes! The small bread crumbed food roll is lightly fried, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The shop’s purple sweet potato croquette is a big hit with locals and tourists! At just 200 JPY (2 USD) per piece, you can enjoy this convenient tasty snack. You might want to check out their No.1 most recommended beef croquette and other unique flavours like black sesame, chocolate matcha, yuzu and ume-shiso (refreshing plum and herb) as well! This shop is famously featured on Japanese TV programmes, magazines and tourist brochures too! Drop by to take a look!

Torigoya

Address: 2-10-4 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm. Closed on Thursdays.

Access: 3-minute walk from Kamakura Station east exit

Contact: +81 467-23-6800

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7. Kokuriko Crepe

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If you just haven’t got enough of sweet treats, Kokuriko Crepe is the perfect dessert restaurant for you. Opened in 1972, this restaurant has more than 40 years of history making crepes and desserts. Crepe is a very thin type of pancake made by pouring wheat batter onto a frying pan, with a trace of butter on the pan’s surface. You can choose to have a selection of toppings for your crepe like fruits, chocolate, cream, blueberry jam, apricot, lemon sugar… and the list goes on! The crepes are around 300 to 400 JPY (3-4 USD), and you can add 100 JPY (1 USD) for vanilla ice cream.

The fragrant crepes have a light crunchy crisp. On days when you want to have a lazy afternoon relaxing and chitchatting with friends, dining in at the restaurant for teatime is a good option. Alternatively, enjoy it as a take-out when you explore the streets of Kamakura! Kokuriko Crepe’s shop front has an eye-catching green colour and you can easily spot it. Pamper yourself to a lovely Kokuriko Crepe when you visit!

Kokuriko Crepe

Address: 1-6-4 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 10.30am - 6.30pm. Open on Sundays

Contact: +81-467-22-7286

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8. Kamakura J's - Shirasu filled takoyaki

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Takoyaki has evolved to have so many fillings today, but have you come across dried shirasu-filled takoyaki? Shirasu (Japanese anchovy) is a specialty of Kamakura as the city is located just next to the ocean, making it one of the best areas for fresh seafood. The takoyakis are crispy outside and super fluffy inside, perfect street food to eat while you walk! Six takoyakis cost just 450 JPY (4.50 USD) and they are definitely worth every yen!

Kamakura J's

Address: 1-5-35 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 10:30am - 5pm

Access: 6 minutes’ walk from Kamakura Station east exit

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9. Princess Kinoko - Deep fried mushrooms

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Street food lovers will definitely love this – freshly fried and bread crumbed mushrooms on a stick. Princess Kinoko is a favourite local spot that specialises in a gourmet variety of mushrooms, all of which are homegrown and fried on the spot. The thick shitake mushrooms battered and fried in oil is simply an irresistible snack for street food lovers! Big mushrooms costs 300 JPY (3 USD), Medium at 250 JPY (2.50 USD) and Small ones at 200 JPY (2 USD). Savour this juicy and flavourful delight at Princess Kinoko!

Princess Kinoko

Address: 1-5-35 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 11am - 5pm

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10. Imoyoshi Yakata - Sweet potato soft serve ice cream

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There’s one more reason why you’ll fall in love with Kamakura’s food. Sweet potato soft serve ice cream can only be found in Kamakura, and Imoyoshi Yakata is the place you want to go. For those unfamiliar with the taste of sweet potato, the vegetable gives a gentle, mellow taste. The sweet potato soft serve ice cream is natural and mild tasting, and it is a good alternative to good old green tea ice cream! The ice cream costs 400 JPY (4 USD), and you can choose to have a sweet potato croquette (150 JPY or 1.50 USD) to go with it. Located on the Komachi-dori steet, Imoyoshi Yakata’s sweet potato ice cream is a must-eat while touring Kamakura!

Imoyoshi Yakata

Address: 2-8-4 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa

Opening Hours: 9.30am - 6pm. Open on Sundays.

Contact: +81-467-25-6220

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A sprinkle of flavours to Kamakura's charms

These 10 wonderful foods at Komachi Street add so much more to the hidden charm of Kamakura. Being a seaside city, you can enjoy all the freshest ingredients used for the street food delights. Treat yourself to an indulgence right here at Kamakura!

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