Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa #7: Terakoya Senbei (Rice cracker) Shop

Wasabi (horseradish),red pepper,sweet plum….these are just a few of the unusual,mouthwatering flavours of rice cracker on sale at Terakoya Rice Cracker Shop  (寺子屋煎餅店)on Sakuradori Street. We couldn`t resist the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked crackers,and ended up buying a few to take out and eat while we wandered around town.

 

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Terakoya Rice Crackers

 

The selection of flavours made it hard to choose…..I tried a sugar plum crispy cracker,which was huge,and my son tried Wasabi. One of the specialities at this store are the `semi-soft’ (mochi-yaki) crackers,which are smaller and served on a skewer like a kebab,but I was worried about maybe losing a filling and opted for the full crunch variety of cracker.

 

Selection of semi-soft and crunchy crackers

Selection of semi-soft and crunchy crackers

 

Inside the shop are further varieties of crackers packaged ready for edible `0miyage` (souvenir) shopping ,with detailed descriptions in English and starting at around ¥130 per cracker. There`s also a small area where you can sit and rest while you eat your take out cracker.

 

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Red pepper? You must be crackers!

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Detailed descriptions of the various flavours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

Open daily 9:30 to 17:30

Credit cards not accepted (even though this store is one of a chain,also located in Yufuin and other tourist spots 😕 )

Detailed signs in English

 

 

 

Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa # 6: Yumekurodo Gift Shop

Exploring a section of Sakuradori Street this rainy afternoon…and it was difficult to keep my purse closed at the first stop, Yumekurodo (夢蔵人).

 

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Entrance to Yumekurodo

 

Such a colorful array of small,light and easily transportable presents such as socks,handkerchiefs,wall hangings and jewellery in traditional Japanese designs,with many of the smaller items selling at 2 (or 3) for ¥1080 (that pesky 8% tax!) . I was almost tempted to start my Christmas shopping!

 

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Socks (tabi) and hankies going for 1080yen for three. Must go back for those sushi socks!

 

Popular items here are the original Kurokawa T-shirts and tote bags. T-shirts and clothing are hard to find in Kurokawa,these T-shirts are perfect for the warmer months if you find you need to add to your wardrobe on your travels,children`s sizes and adults up to XL available.

 

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Cool T shirts

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Tote-ally cool totes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Daily: 9:30 to 17:00

Credit cards accepted

Some signs in English and Korean,a little English spoken.

 

 

 

 

Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa #5: Goto Liquor and Corner Shop

It`s 9pm and you find yourself suddenly in need of a packet of tissues, a bottle of pop (or something stronger) or a few postcards and last minute presents. Where should you go? Well, just pop round to Goto Liquor and Corner Shop (後藤酒店) on Sakuradori Street, a stone`s throw from the Visitor Center and open every day (except the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the month)  from 8:40 to 22:00.

 

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Goto Liquor / Corner shop

The shop is quite large and the corner shop side has a fairly good array of daily necessities,including snacks ,local dairy produce and drinks .There is a small selection of fresh fruit/veg and  even a few packaged lunch boxes and sandwiches on sale too.  By the door on the liquor shop side there are also some tasteful postcards and small gifts for sale. A variety of Japanese sake,spirits,local brews, as well as foreign wines and imports etc are sold, and apparently there are sometimes opportunities to try a taster of  some of the alcoholic beverages (but please make sure you are not driving later that day!)

 

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Turn left for daily goods…

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….and right for alcohol and gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the left: local beer,local cider (lemonade)` and ramune` (soda pop).

 

 

SUMMARY

OPEN DAILY (except 1st and 3rd Weds ) 8:40 to 22:00

A little English spoken

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

Eating and Shopping in Kurokawa #4 : Yunon Cafe and Gift Shop

Want to get some shopping and snacking done in the same place? Why not pop into Yunon  (湯音)Café and Gift Shop along Shimokawabata Dori ,the main shopping street by the river in the center of Kurokawa. Open every day from 9am to 6pm,it`s a busy and popular place with overseas and Japanese tourists alike.

 

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Yunon Cafe and shop front

 

One side of the shop is filled with a selection of popular Kumamoto `omiyage` (souvenirs) of the edible kind,with a crunchy  snack in several different flavours called `karin-to` currently ranking #1, small bottles of flavoured cooking oil ranking at #2 and baumkuchen containing Oguni Jersey milk ranks at #3.

 

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Tasteful selection of edible souvenirs

 

On the other side of the premises you can sit down at the counter with a glass of hot or cold café au lait (¥270) again made with Oguni Jersey milk, a soft ice cream cone (¥330) ,a beer, a horse meat croquette….or some plain fried chicken….there is certainly an interesting variety of snacks,and the menu and sign board outside do include clear photos with English printed under the Japanese.

 

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Take away is also available!

 

I opted for a sweet and tasty `ikinaridango` which I took out, and then I continued my stroll around the streets on this rainy afternoon….

 

 

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Rainy Kurokawa stroll…

 

 

 

SUMMARY

OPEN DAILY: 9:00 to 18:00

ENGLISH MENU: Yes

CREDIT CARDS: Yes

Eating and Shopping in Kurokawa #3: Roku Cake shop

I find it impossible to walk past this bustling little cake shop without popping in for their speciality choux cream buns,freshly-filled to order (¥220) You can perch at the small table in the shop or on a bench outside and gobble them down straightaway (coffee is served too sometimes,but this may depend on how busy the shop is) or have them carefully packaged up with dry ice if you are taking them home for later.

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Choux buns ready for filling!

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ROKU shop front

 

Located in the narrow Shimokawabata-dori Street, ROKU (麓パティスリー)is on the corner just across from a small temple. It can get very crowded at times,with tourists buying boxes of cakes just after checking out mid-morning and before travelling home. Opening hours are from 9am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays. The cakes on display are mouth-watering,ranging from Apple pies to Swiss Rolls and cheesecakes and other seasonal choices.

 

Please note that ROKU is primarily a cake shop,not a sit down cafe,although they do let you perch for a short time to devour your recently purchased goodies!

And a polite request from the staff…..PLEASE do not touch any unwrapped cakes before you purchase!!! I know it can perhaps be hard for some of you to control yourselves….but it`s a no-no!

 

SUMMARY

OPEN DAILY (not Tuesdays) 9:00 to 18:00

A little English spoken

CREDIT CARDS: Yes