【 CONTENTS 】
- This is the place for an ‘eating tour’ and searching for lovely Kamakura souvenirs!
- I want to buy this, and eat that! Enjoy strolling around looking at the variety of shops.
- The candy-colored bean snacks enjoyed by everyone! “Kamakura Mameya”
- Open for a limited time only! Awesome handmade bracelets at “Kamakura Brace”
- Let’s eat shirasu-don at “Kamakura Karari”
This is the place for an ‘eating tour’ and searching for lovely Kamakura souvenirs!
When you leave the east exit of Kamakura station, you’ll see a red Torii on your left. This is the entrance to Komachi-dori, a shopping street 360 meters long connecting Kamakura station’s east exit and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
This street runs parallel with Wakamiya-oji street and is the approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
This street, along with it’s side streets, are home to about 250 vendors selling such such things as crafts, pottery, pickles, Japanese and Western sweets and snacks, general goods, clothing, and accessories. There are also restaurants and cafes serving dishes using shirasu (whitebait), native to the area nearby Kamakura, and Kamakura’s own vegetables.
This street is always full of life, because tourists visit not only on weekends, but also on weekdays. Enjoy shopping and eating in and around this area!
I want to buy this, and eat that! Enjoy strolling around looking at the variety of shops.
You’ll find well-established shops selling traditional products, such as lacquer-works (Kamakura carving), Kamakura beer, and Japanese paper crafts. You’ll also find more modern shops selling various goods and jewelry with a nostalgic Kamakura taste.
It is the best place to browse, so let’s walk through Komachi-dori!
The candy-colored bean snacks enjoyed by everyone! “Kamakura Mameya”
The special bean snack shop, “Kamakura Mameya” on the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu side of Komachi-dori is always crowded with locals and tourists.
There’s a wide variety of products with an old world taste that use various natural and nutritious beans, such as peanuts, soy beans, peas and broad beans.
You’ll find new seasonal products like, kyoho and muscat grapes, soda yogurt, and summer tangerines.
These products are very cute because those have vivid bright colors; purple, light blue and orange. They are very popular with foreign tourists, because they are very healthy.
Sampling the products will help you choose your favorites!
The top 3 selling products are Mayonnaise-peanuts, Wasabi, and Squid-wasabi-mayonnaise.
Sample packs offer assorted flavors and are a great souvenir.
# Sweet purple potato soft ice cream at “Imoyoshikan”
This shop offers assorted products specific to the sweet purple potato.
The most popular product is the sweet purple potato soft ice cream, now a specialty of Kamakura!
Its a strange colored soft ice cream with a pale purple color. The potato has a light sweet taste and is considered a healthy food, containing more anthocyanin than a typical potato, which good for the eyes.
It is popular among men because it has a strong rich taste, but with a hint of sweetness.
The soft ice cream menu has been revamped this September.
There are 9 types of soft ice cream, including standard matcha, vanilla, and mixed flavors.
You’ll find many people walking around eating this soft ice cream.
Open for a limited time only! Awesome handmade bracelets at “Kamakura Brace”
This bracelet shop is only open for a limited time, selling awesome bracelets made in a classical Japanese motif.
Don’t you think they represent Kamakura, even in a modern sense?
Every bracelet is unique because they are all handmade.
The bracelets are reasonably priced, starting at 800yen. How about purchasing one for a friend as a small gift?
This shop is only temporary, renting its space on Komachi-dori between spring and autumn every year.
They are open until October 22nd this year on Komachi-dori.
Please look for this shop while strolling around.
Let’s eat shirasu-don at “Kamakura Karari”
Shirasu-don (Whitebait rice bowl) is well known as specialty food of the Enoshima and Chigasaki areas. Komachi-dori in Kamakura, located near these areas, has many places that serve this dish (both raw and boiled).
Whitebait may be not familiar to foreign tourists. If you like eating sushi and don’t know what this tiny clear fish is, try eating it tempura-style first?
“Kamakura Karari” is a tempura restaurant, located near Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu, just after passing through Komachi-dori.
You can enjoy Shirasu-don with crispy whitebait Kakiage (Tempura fritter), instead of the raw version, which many restaurants of Komachi-dori serve.
It may be easier to eat it even if you don’t like raw whitebait!
Grated Japanese radish is spread over the boiled whitebait and is very delicious. Plus, it won’t give you bad breath.
People consider tempura restaurants high-class, but this restaurant has a casual atmosphere with reasonable prices. It’s great if your dining alone and offers reasonable prices.
Try visiting on your way home from Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu.
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