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)



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.



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.




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!



New,easy to understand shop signs.




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






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Teacher at フレンズ英会話 "Friends"English Conversation School
Resident in Kyushu for over 20 years and fortunate to be living in this beautiful corner of Aso close to a number of onsens including Kurokawa, which I love to visit with friends or my guests from overseas. Keeping this semi-official blog in English for the Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association now gives me the perfect excuse...I just HAVE to try all the (public outdoor) baths I possibly can!

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