【Kamakura/Enoshima/Yokohama】Top 3 Shops Where You Can Dine in Kotatsu
An old-fashioned kotatsu (table with an electric heater) is definitely a must during the winter! Check out these cafes and shops, where you can relax and dine in a homey atmosphere.
Kotatsu is the Special Seat for Winter in this Cafe Housed in a Traditional Japanese Home
This is Tsubame CAFE. It is located in an over-80-year-old traditional kominka (old Japanese-style house) in a quiet residential neighborhood.
The lone kotatsu that is set up by the cafe's window is particularly popular. Savor their healthy dishes that use organic and seasonal ingredients while gazing at the garden in the warm sunlight.
This is the Okara Croquette-Zen (croquette of bean curd lees) (1,252 JPY) – a healthy lunch that does not have meat. The freshly fried okara croquettes are piping hot! It comes with germinated brown rice and a seasonal side dish.
They have a space where you can experience calligraphy for free, which is quite popular among foreigners. Your stature just might straighten when attempting it!
■ Tsubame CAFE
Address: 3-2-27 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Hours: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
Closed: Tuesday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays (shop will be open if Wednesday falls on a public holiday, and the shop may be closed on irregular days), December 31 (Sun), 2017, January 1, 2018 (public holiday)
Seating capacity: 18 seats ※Non-smoking
Parking space: None
Access: 10-minute walk from JR and Enoshima Electric Railway’s Kamakura Station East Exit
Enjoy Picturesque Views and Sweets Under a Western-Style Kotatsu
This is LONCAFE Shonan Enoshima Honten, a pioneering French toast specialty cafe that constantly sees long lines of customers outside its doors.
All six of the tables inside the shop are fancy Western-style kotatsu. The interior is an expansive space with glass doors that can be opened, so you will be able to see the magnificent view of Sagami Bay right before your eyes.
Here, the French toast that is cooked in an authentic French style is crispy on the outside and melty on the inside! Enjoy this cafe’s signature dish together with rich crème brulee.
■ LONCAFE Shonan Enoshima Honten
Address: Inside Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden, 2-3-38 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (last order at 7:30 pm), and from 10:00 am on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
Seating capacity: 47 seats ※Non-smoking
Parking space: None
Access: 30-minute walk from Odakyu Enoshima Line’s Katase-Enoshima Station
Enjoy "Kotatsu Drinking" on the Terrace!
Tosaka-na Dining Gosso Yokohama Shop is a shop that is famous for its stylish interior and Kyushu dishes, starting with yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), which is made by grilling aka-dori (red chicken) from Miyazaki over binchotan (a kind of high-grade charcoal).
Its rooftop terrace transforms into a kotatsu terrace only in winter! The two kotatsu and the light from the town below are sure to stir up the mood. The tables have heaters underneath, so you need not worry even if it’s cold outside.
Their Tomato Sukiyaki (995 JPY for one person, and order must be for at least two people) has Miyazaki’s aka-dori that’s grilled over binchotan. Try four kinds of chicken meat in sukiyaki stock fused with yakitori sauce.
■ Tosaka-na Dining Gosso Yokohama Shop
Address: 2-23-4 Tsuruya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Hours: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am the next day (last order at 12:00 am for food and 12:30 am for drinks)
Closed: December 31 (Sun), 2017 and January 1, 2018 (public holiday)
Seating capacity: 100 seats ※Separate areas for smokers and non-smokers
Parking space: None
Access: 2-minute walk from Yokohama Station West Exit on the JR Line, etc.
Snuggle and warm yourself under the heat of the hot kotatsu this winter!
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 12.13.2017]
*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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