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Kamakura is a top tourist destination. Locations by the sea, shrines, temples, historical buildings, and streets lined with stylish variety stores and cafes make it the perfect place to take a stroll. Kamakura is also a sweets heaven! Starting from Japanese sweets, homemade senbei (rice crackers), churros, and delicious soft serve take a nice walk around its beautiful townscape and enjoy the unique desserts offered by its many eateries, including a relaxing taro-themed cafe!
1. Hanamizuki Main Branch
Hanamizuki Main Branch is a shop that sells Japanese goods like tabi (Japanese socks), geta (Japanese sandals), and bags. In the sweets corner, you can either buy popular souvenirs like the [Kamakura Langues du Chat] or [Choco Chunk Cookies], or order a cup of coffee, shiso juice, mango tea, and other drinks. Their flagship item, called [Cremia], consists of a luxurious soft serve that comes in a langue de chat instead of the regular cone. With its 25% butterfat content, their soft serve has a particularly rich taste and smooth texture. Available flavors include [Amaou] (cultivated strawberries) and [Chocolat], so you can pick your favorite!
Hanamizuki Main Branch
2. Patisserie Yukinoshita
Patisserie Yukinoshita is located in the furthermost corner of a narrow street. The 1st floor hosts the cafe corner and the shop where you can purchase baked sweets and cakes made by the patissier, while on the 2nd floor there's a restaurant specializing in Kamakura vegetables. If you're looking for a souvenir, go for their [Macarons], whose almonds, salt, and all the other ingredients are carefully selected. Customers who take a seat will get to enjoy the [Tart Cafe]. The balance between the salty-sweet tart made of salted caramel and walnuts and the bitterness of the coffee mousse is just amazing. Another highly appreciated item is the [BONSAI], a uniquely looking dessert served with a berry macaron and a rum-filled syringe. The atmosphere inside is very relaxing, so it's great for a break during your shopping or stroll.
3. Gyusha North Plain Farm Kamakura
Gyusha North Plain Farm Kamakura is a small shop along Wakamiya Street. It offers soft serve and yogurt made of milk from a farm in Okoppe-machi, Hokkaido. Their soft serve is made with freshly squeezed milk without using any emulsifiers or other additives at all. Following an intense flavor of milk, the refreshing aftertaste of their [Milk Soft Serve Cream] is extraordinary! You'll be able to choose among classic flavors like [Caramel], [Matcha], and [Mixed], as well as seasonal limited edition options like [Pumpkin and Azuki Beans].
Gyusha North Plain Farm Kamakura
4. Komachi Chaya
Located on the 2nd floor of i-ZA Kamakura, a commercial complex in Komachi Street, Komachi Chaya is a Japanese-style cafe with a simple design and a laid-back atmosphere. Made with plenty of [Shonan Kinako], a soy flour obtained from rare beans cultivated in Tsukui, Kanagawa Prefecture, their [Special Warabi Mochi] are prepared just for you right after you order them. Enjoy to your heart's content the authentic flavor of these superb bracken starch dumplings. If you have a sweet tooth, other than the popular [Ozen Shiruko] or [Matcha Shiruko] (shiruko is a sweet red-bean soup), don't miss their kakigori (shaved ice) topped with their homemade sauce, or their [Komachi Dorayaki], kneaded with Shonan kinako. You can even stay for lunch and have soba, donburi (rice bowl with toppings), and many other delicious meals.
Open: [Weekdays] 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1F, i-ZA Kamakura, 1-6-15, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
5. Tomoya Komachi Branch
Near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Komachi Street, sits a shop specializing in the manufacturing and sale of products like dango and manju (sweet rice dumplings). Order their [Yomogi Manju] or [Black Sugar Manju] filled with plenty of sweet bean paste, and you'll be served freshly steamed piping hot dumplings! If you're in a hurry, feel free to order them to-go, even just one piece. There are 4 types of [Dango] fillings: sweet sauce, red bean jam, konbu dashi (kelp broth), and kinako. In particular, if you go for the quite unusual [Konbu Dashi], you'll get to enjoy a unique light flavor. They also have [Amazake] (sweet drink made from fermented rice), [Shiruko with Grilled Dango] and 4 different flavors of [Imagawayaki] (Japanese muffins with red bean filling). Do drop by when you get hungry!
Tomoya Komachi Branch
Arbrenoir sells seasonings used ever since ancient times in Japanese food culture, such as yuzukosho (yuzu citrus with chili peppers), shiso seeds, and garlic kosho (garlic and pepper). Along with the various condiments that go great with rice, there is also the [Kamakurayaki], a sweet similar to Imagawayaki made with matcha-flavored dough and branded with the word "Kamakura." The line of costumers who come to get this item as take-out never ends! Inside this fluffy dough kneaded with plenty of Uji matcha, [Kamakurayaki] encloses a sesame paste with a pleasantly mild sweetness. They're available in a small size, and the cost is relatively cheap, so they're perfect to eat while walking!
Founded in 1968, this historical dessert spot called Kurumi stands quite close to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. In its quiet atmosphere, you can savor Japanese sweets like anmitsu (agar jelly served with sweet red bean paste and other condiments), shiruko, and shiratama (another type of rice dumplings), along with konbucha (kelp tea), cream soda, coffee, and other delicious drinks. Order the [Matcha (with sweets)], and you'll get a set with moderately bitter matcha, accompanied by shiratama, sweet bean paste, and candied chestnuts. Many customers like the [Inaka Shiruko] because it's fairly sweet, yet leaves a refreshing aftertaste that reminds of old-school flavors. Alternatively, the [Cream Shiratama] is a simple Japanese dessert wherein shiratama are topped with ice cream, but it's super popular for being pleasantly chewy and not too sweet.
8. Waffle 21
Head to Waffle 21 to enjoy taco-shaped fluffy waffles stuffed with a slow-cooked handmade custard cream and high-quality whipped cream. If you sit on the 2nd floor, it may be a little hard to find for first timers. This waffle shop often goes sold-out on the weekend! They usually have 8 types of waffles on the menu, including [Custard], with a fantastic aroma of fresh eggs, [Rum Raisin Fresh], stuffed with whipped cream and rum raisins, and [Green Fresh], stuffed with whipped cream mixed with Uji matcha. The size is optimal, so they're perfect to take out and eat while you walk! If you want to take some home, they'll store them until you finish your tour.
KANARIA serves taro-based sweets you can pair with Japanese tea, matcha, and other drinks. It's a cozy cafe with an impressive retro atmosphere that feels like the perfect getaway from the daily grind. Frequently ordered in the summer, their [Taro Kakigori] is a fluffy shaved ice topped with colorful roasted mochi called "Oiri." This dessert is renowned for its cuteness and the fantastic flavor of its violet taro cream. In the [Hojicha Taro Jar Parfait] the hojicha-flavored mizu yokan (sweet bean jelly), the warabi mochi, the sweet potato ice cream, and the taro jelly are stacked one onto another maintaining a perfect balance among each flavor. It allows you to enjoy different textures all at once. Including [Taro Kamakura Strawberry Parfait] and [Taro Zenzai] (sweet red bean soup), the menu contains a lot of mouth-watering sweets!
10. Kamakura Ichibanya
Arbrenoir sells seasonings used ever since ancient times in Japanese food culture, such as yuzukosho (yuzu citrus with chili peppers), shiso seeds, and garlic kosho (garlic and pepper). Along with the various condiments that go great with rice, there is also the [Kamakurayaki], a sweet similar to Imagawayaki made with matcha-flavored dough and branded with the word "Kamakura." The line of customers who come to get this item as take-out never ends! Inside this fluffy dough kneaded with plenty of Uji matcha, [Kamakurayaki] encloses a sesame paste with a pleasintly mild sweetness. They're available in a small size, and the cost is relatively cheap, so they're perfect to eat while walking!
11. Kamakura Churros
At Kamakura Churros you can have freshly-fried churros made with a machine imported all the way from Spain. Once you order yours, the dough is squeezed out, cooked in front of your eyes, and served to you right away, so it's super crispy! You can choose from many different versions: [Plain] with no sugar, [Cinnamon Sugar], which is super popular, as well as [Uji Matcha Milk], [Strawberry], and many more. Other recommended options are the [Churros Sundae], soft serve topped with a freshly made churros, and the [Soft Cream], dressed with their special homemade sauce. Also, their original [Shonan Shirasu Pizza Churros] is considered a local specialty.
Open: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] up to 999 JPY / [Lunch] up to 999 JPY
Address: 1F, Tsurugaoka Kaikan No. 2 Bldg., 2-8-16, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)