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小町通り Komachidori

  • Other Walks / City Walking
  • Kamakura
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Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa 248-0006, Japan
  • Other Walks / City Walking
Date of post:2015/06/16

Talk a walk along the Komachi street to discover Kamakura's specialties

  • City Walking

Kamakura is a very attractive destination with many historical places such as shrines and temples, but it's not all. After visiting these places, you may want to buy souvenirs or try local food in Komachi street.

If you look on the left-hand side from JR Kamakura station, you will find a red torii (entrance gate of Shinto shrine). This is the entrance of the Komachi street and it extends toward Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine. On both side of this 500m-long and narrow street you will find more than 260 shops (including side streets). There are many souvenir shops, food markets, art galleries and restaurants.

One of the famous souvenirs from the area is Kamakura-bori which is a beautifully carved lacquerware. They make tray, tableware, footwear, etc. There are about 30 shops who sell Kamakura-bori.

Regarding the restaurant, if you are a seafood lover, I recommend Shirasu-don (whitebait bawl) which consists of mainly baby sardine on top of steamed rice. You can eat it raw or boiled. Also you will find many other sea food restaurants and sweets shops.

Date of post:2015/06/15

Shop and eat!

  • City Walking

Komachi-dori street is a 350-meters-long shopping street which connects JR Kamakura station to the Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine. The street is lined with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Most of the visitors to Kamakura (which can be as many as 20 million per year) walk through this street. Especially during the weekends, there are lots of visitors and you’ll see some queues for restaurants. But you’ll never fail to eat despite the queues, as there are many stalls where you can take away your food or snacks such as rice crackers, crepes, ice cream, croquettes and several kinds of dumplings… you name it!

Also you’ll never forget to buy souvenirs here for your family, friends and for yourself !

There is a time-honored coffee shop called “Iwata coffee” where you can eat a certain type of Japanese pancakes which are about 5 centimeters thick. It’s a famous story that John Lennon and Yoko Ono ate these pancakes. It comes with butter and maple syrup. It is so thick that it takes about 20 minutes to bake but it’s worth waiting for.
After eating something sweet, how about having some tasty curry and rice? The curry and rice restaurant “Callaway” always has a long queue of people who want special curry roux with about 30 spices. If you don’t want to wait for a table for a long time, you can buy authentic German sausage at “Chozume-ya”, the smell of the grilled sausage makes you go right to this shop.

“Hato Sabure”, or dove shaped biscuit is something you might want to try. The dove is a symbol of peace, also due to the legend of Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine, it has its motif of doves, Hato Sabure is always popular as a souvenir of Kamakura. You will see lots of people on the Komachi-dori street with the yellow shopping bags of the shop.

Opening hours differs depending on shops.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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