Their local ingredients are so delicious! 5 Recommended Lunch Spots in the Kamakura/Shonan Area

The Pacific coast of Kanagawa that is located south of Tokyo is called Shonan and it is an area that is home to many famous sightseeing spots. One such spot is Kamakura, a town that is crucial to the history of Japan. Here are five recommended lunch spots in the Kamakura/Shonan area.

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BISTROT La PEKNIKOVA is a small bistro in the quiet neighborhood of Kita-Kamakura. Here, guests get to enjoy French cuisine with simple flavors that strictly use vegetables produced in Kamakura and local seafood from the nearest harbor. There are two lunch sets available at this restaurant: the light Course A (2,500 JPY (incl. tax)) in which guests get to choose between fish and meat courses and the filling Course B (3,800 JPY (incl. tax)) that treats guests to the flavors of both fish and meat dishes. This restaurant was also listed in the 2015 Special Edition Michelin Guide.



The GARDEN HOUSE is a spacious restaurant with cozy terrace seats that is housed in a renovated old atelier that is surrounded by lush greens. The design of this restaurant is inspired by the concept of “handcrafted and community-based.” Here, you can taste the handmade hams from the traditional ham makers of Kamakura, fish in season and vegetables harvested from local farms. For lunch, the Buttermilk Pancake Combo (2,000 JPY (incl. tax)) with sausage and bacon is recommended. Try the set of freshly made Kamakura draft beer and an ala carte dish (3,800 JPY (incl. tax)), with minimum required order of two servings, too!

3. Kamakurayama Club

Kamakurayama Club is a ryotei (traditional high-class Japanese restaurant) that sits quietly in Kamakurayama, an area that used to be a holiday home area. This restaurant has a total of five private rooms and only serves five groups of diners per day. The courses served here are “kaiseki ryori” (traditional course meal) that lavishly use vegetables harvested in Kamakura and fresh seafood from local harbors. There are three types of lunch sets available: Yuki (snow) (5,200 JPY (excl. tax)), Tsuki (moon) (6,800 JPY (excl. tax)) and Hana (flower) (10,000 JPY (excl. tax)). You can even have the dessert in a separate room. If you plan to come, though, note that you have to make a reservation at least a day ahead. This restaurant earned a one-star designation in the 2015 Special Edition Michelin Guide.

3. Kamakurayama Club

4. GARB Enoshima

GARB Enoshima is a dining place that is located along the coast where guests are treated to a view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The dishes that they serve use a lot of fish and vegetables, with emphasis on local ingredients, and come in large servings. For lunch, they have a full lineup of lunch sets (1,600 JPY (incl. tax)) that will let guests choose from a one-plate dish, two pastas, hamburger and six pizza flavors. This restaurant also offers a package for barbecuing on the rooftop (except during winter) and a package that comes with a pair of tickets to the nearby Enoshima Aquarium.

5. Shonan Pancake Enoshima Branch

Shonan Pancake is a California-style cafe that is famous for its delicious pancakes that use Shonan flour that is manufactured in Kanagawa. During lunch, diners can have various plate dishes such as the All-Day Breakfast (1,480 JPY (incl. tax)) of pancakes with bacon and scrambled eggs, and the Shonan Seafood Curry (1,280 JPY (excl. tax)) that uses local seafood from Kamakura. You can even bring your pets if you're dining at the terrace.

5. Shonan Pancake Enoshima Branch

All the lunch sets featured here use local ingredients! So, enjoy a tasty lunch and then set out on a trip around Shonan!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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