Shopping and Eating in Kurokawa # 8: Fudo Cafe

Fudo (風°C) is a fairly new café that popped up on Sakuradori Street (gekkojyu) and has a covered deck area where you can sit and look out onto the street. Open from 11:00 to 17:00 every day the café offers a variety of drinks and snacks for eating in or taking out.

 

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Covered deck at Fudo Cafe

We chose to eat in ,as it was a cool and wet afternoon,but several customers were wrapped up in their yukata robes and tanzen  (short jackets) and enjoying drinks out on the deck. The large,juicy meatburger sold here (¥600) was a hit with my son,while my daughter and I sipped herb tea in real china tea cups. The hibiscus tea (¥200) was refreshing,but we were a little disappointed that other yummy-sounding teas (caramel and strawberry) advertised on the chalkboard menu were not available.

 

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A really meaty burger !

 

Pictures of items on the menu are clearly displayed on the wall and counter,so its easy to point to what you`d like to order. Prices seemed reasonable for the quality and amount of food,although a plate of sirloin steak would set you back ¥2500. Seasonal specialities are also available.

 

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Inside Fudo cafe

 

SUMMARY

Open daily 11:00 to 17:00

English menu/signs

 

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 #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 : Eating #1 Shiratamakko

A slightly new direction for this blog for the time being.  Since I have now covered all of the Kurokawa Onsen Association member outdoor public baths (those where an Onsen-hopping pass may be used),I`ll move onto the equally important topics of eating,drinking and shopping in and around Kurokawa.

I`ll include basic information,such as opening days and times,location,sample dishes and prices and my personal recommendations…..but please bear in mind that,in particular,opening times will vary according to the season and as most of these businesses are family-run,there will be times when unscheduled days off are unavoidable.  Also….a very important point is that some smaller shops will not be able to accept Credit Cards and there are no banks or cash machines in Kurokawa itself.  Please either bring enough cash in small notes on your trip,or ask at your Ryokan if they can help you with changing money if necessary (there are banks and cash machines in nearby Oguni Town,approx 15 minutes drive from Kurokawa,as well as a cash machine at the Family Mart in Minami Oguni)

EATING and DRINKING IN KUROKAWA  #1 Shiratamakko Japanese café.(Established 2003)

 

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Shiratamakko shop front

 

A central location by the river ,right in  the heart of Kurokawa, Shiratamakko Japanese café is open daily from 9:30 to 18:00 and offers an extensive choice of hot and cold drinks, Japanese style ice cream parfaits,mini sets and seasonal sets. The soft white rice dumplings are handmade by the owner using high quality ingredients and no additives. An English menu with clear photos and descriptions is available,and staff are welcoming and speak a little English. The café interior is simple,with seating for approx 24 customers, cosy in winter….fully air-conditioned in summer.

 

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Looking out from the cafe interior on a quiet day…

Shiratamakko is ideal for a sweet snack after your bath,or just relaxing with a cup of delicious green `Matcha` tea and watching the world go by.  My favourite warming dish here in winter is the  `Shiratama Zenzai` set (rice dumplings in a sweet red bean soup) for ¥918  and the coffee is pretty good too.

My son`s recommendation is the Matcha parfait…..the photo says it all. Everything piled into this parfait dish for ¥918.

 

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In summer…you may also want to dig into the amazing Fuji mountain of flavoured shaved ice ,but take a photo quickly before it disappears!

 

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New,easy to understand shop signs.

 

 

SUMMARY

OPEN DAILY: 9:30 to 18:00 (Last order for a set is 17:30) Winter opening times may vary.

ENGLISH MENU: Yes, a little English is spoken

CREDIT CARDS: Sorry,not accepted.

MINIMUM ORDER: One order per person please.

TAKE OUT: Available for some items on the menu