3 food shops you should visit in Komachi-dori, the must-go shopping street in Kamakura!

The “Must-Go” place in Kamakura: Komachi Dori Street
Great for shopping and eating with over 19 million visits each year!

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Walking around Komachi-dori and buying souvenirs

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When you leave the east exit of Kamakura station, you’ll see this 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 shrine.

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This street runs parallel with Wakamiya-oji street, which is the approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
This street, along with its side streets, is home to about 250 shops selling 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.

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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.
This street is always full of life because tourists visit not only on weekends but also on weekdays.

Here are 3 food shops you should visit while shopping for souvenirs!

Kamakura Mameya “Candy-colored bean”

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The special bean snack shop, “Kamakura Mameya” on the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu side of Komachi-dori is extremely popular among the locals. It’s easy to find: it’s always crowded!
There’s a wide variety of products with an old world taste that uses various natural and nutritious beans, such as peanuts, soy beans, peas and broad beans.
When you go, you can find exclusive seasonal products; examples from the past include muscat grapes, soda yogurt, and summer tangerines.
These products are very cute because those have vivid bright colors; purple, light blue, and orange. Japanese people, who are very concerned by the visuals of the presents they do, like to offer them to their friends as a present from Kamakura.

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You can taste some products to help you make your choice.

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Sample packs are nicely packaged and the assorted flavors make them a great souvenir too!

Kamakura Mameya

  • Address:1-5-38 Yukinoshita, Kamakura city, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Getting there:A 5-minute walk from Kamakura Station
  • Opening hours:10:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week
  • Website (Japanese only)http://www.mame-mame.com/tenpo.html
    *See the map below

Imoyoshi Yakata’s Purple Sweet Potato Ice cream

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If you see people walking around eating ice-cream on komachi-dori, it certainly comes from here! This shop offers assorted products specific to the sweet purple potato (called imo in Japanese).
The most popular product is the sweet purple potato soft-serve ice cream, now a specialty of Kamakura!
It’s a strange colored soft-serve ice cream with a pale purple color. It has a strong rich taste, but with a hint of sweetness.

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Other types of soft-serve ice cream, include green tea, vanilla, and mixed flavors.

Imoyoshi Yakata

  • Address:2-8-4 Komachi, Kamakura city, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Getting there:A 4-minute walk from Kamakura Station
  • Opening hours:10:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week
  • Websitehttp://imoyoshi.com/(Japanese text only)
    *See the map below

Eat a great Shirasu-Don at Kamakura Karari Tempura restaurant

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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, but the Japanese eat it a lot so it’s a food you may want to try at least once.

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“Kamakura Karari” is a tempura restaurant, located near Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu, just after passing through Komachi-dori.
The other shops in Komachi-dori will only serve whitebait as raw, but in this restaurant you can enjoy Shirasu-don with crispy whitebait tempura fritter (called kakiage in Japanese), which makes it even better!
People consider tempura restaurants are high-class, but this restaurant has a casual atmosphere with reasonable prices. It’s great even if you’re dining alone.

Kamakura Karari

  • Address:1-8-25 Yukinoshita, Kamakura city, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Getting there:A 9-minute walk from Kamakura Station
  • Opening hours:11:00am-7:00pm, 7 days a week

*See the map below

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