Restaurants & Food

Juice cleanse at Retreat wabi-sabi Shimoda

Juice cleansing at Retreat wabi-sabi

Retreat wabi-sabi is now offering juice cleanse packages. We have taken the best of our Juice Cleanse and Yoga Retreat to offer a package that can be provided as an extra service at ¥10,000 per staying guest. Please try to … Read More

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Takenoko steak at Takenoko mura

Takenoko Mura (village)

I’ve always loved bamboo shoots aka takenoko. I never made Thai green curry without the water packed version that comes vacuum wrapped from the grocery store. Then one day one of our lovely neighbors here in Kisami dropped off a … Read More

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Retreat wabi-sabi Granola

Vegetarian in Shimoda (and tips for vegans in Japan)

When I first came to Japan 20 years ago, it was a real challenge to remain vegetarian. There were very few restaurants that catered to non-meat eaters and very few servers understood when I asked for something without meat, “niku … Read More

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retreat wabi-sabi cafe shimod

Retreat wabi-sabi Cafe

We have come to accept and even embrace the idea that we will never ever finish renovating, growing, developing, designing, and creating. We have grown yet again and still have lots of ideas and plans in the works. Please come and … Read More

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Tobiishi

Tobiishi is our favorite Japanese breakfast spot. For 600 yen you get a perfectly grilled fish, rice, pickles, miso soup, an egg, and some nori (dried seaweed) and natto. If you don’t like your egg raw, the friendly obasan is … Read More

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Shimoda sushi

Sakanadonya

Kaitenzushi is a sushi shop where nigirizushi rolls up to you on a conveyer belt and you get to take your pick of Japan’s most celebrated culinary tradition. Sakanadonya is on the 2nd floor of Shimoda’s Michi-no-eki (road station), right … Read More

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Shimoda Burger

Shimoda Burger

At the Ra-Maru Diner in Michi-no-Eki they serve a fish burger made with Shimoda’s most popular fish, kin-me-dai (aka splendid alfonsino). ¥1000 may seem a little pricey for a fish burger and some chips, but it’s a tasty change from … Read More

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Michi-no-eki japan

Michi-no-eki (road station)

道 (Michi) means road, の (no) is a possessive like our ‘s, and 駅 (eki) means station. Together you have “Road Station“, which have all of the conveniences of a train station but is made for drivers and their cars. … Read More

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South Cafe

I have been meaning to write about South Cafe for a long time. And so I bring my camera with me every time I go but then as soon as the food arrives, my mouth waters and I dig in … Read More

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Tobiishi Kisami Ohama Shimoda

Tobiishi

Tobi Ishi is our favorite Japanese breakfast spot. For 600 yen you get a perfectly grilled aji, rice, pickles, miso soup, an egg, and some nori (dried seaweed) and natto. If you don’t like your egg raw, the friendly obasan … Read More

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Shimoda Bakery Morinookurimono

Morinookurimono Bakery

Shimoda’s wood-burning-oven bakery is set in the heavens above. The scenic drive through the country side, then a hair-raising thrill ride up a steep and narrow mountain road is so worth your test of faith (and brakes!). Once you are … Read More

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Gorosaya Kinme fish

Gorosaya

Shimoda is jam-packed with restaurants, cafes, and bars which can make it really difficult to choose. Well at least that is what happened to me a few years past when I really wanted to try some good local seafood. Eventually … Read More

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fontaine bakery and cafe

Fontaine Bakery & Cafe

I think most foreigners living in Japan would agree that there are not enough breakfast places around. So I am happy to have discovered a great new spot with fluffy omelettes, toast, Italian coffee and freshly squeezed OJ.  UPDATE:  I’m … Read More

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Cafe Mellow

Cafe Mellow

For those of you who have been visiting the Kisami area for sometime, you may have noticed that Paradise has been lost and in it’s place Cafe Mellow has set up shop. Although some of the changes will take some … Read More

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Naocacoan

Naocacoan

If you have been in Japan a while and are trying to maintain a plant-based diet, you know that your options can be pretty limited if you want to eat out. I was a fairly strict vegetarian when I came … Read More

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Happy Buddha Smoothies

Happy Buddha Smoothies

Happy Buddha Smoothies is a little hard to find but totally worth the extra effort. To get there take the main road and turn at the entrance for Irita Beach (between Re-mix and the Chinese restaurant). Instead of following the … Read More

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Maru Cafe Kisami Shimoda

Maru Cafe

Maru Cafe is set in a quaint old Japanese house just steps from Maiso Beach to get there you need to cross the river. We recommend taking the wooden board-walk along the river then use the overhanging bridge, Maru Cafe … Read More

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mamp Himono seafood shimoda

Manpo Himono

When Japanese people travel to the sea they naturally want to eat fish. It makes sense, what’s local and in season, is tastiest! Overseas a great majority of Japanese restaurants serve sushi but within Japan, the percentage of sushi shops … Read More

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Cub Star Cafe Sandwich

Cubstar Cafe

If you love a good sandwich, like I love a good sandwich, you have got to check out cubstar in Shimoda. They have a Panini lunch special to please everyone. A veggie version with mozzarella and cheese, the pescetarian special … Read More

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On the Beach

On the Beach

On the Beach is not actually on the beach but their BBQ sets are all wrapped up to go so you can certainly take it to the beach, or to the boardwalk, or back to your room, or anywhere else … Read More

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