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Published on 06.03.2016
Extraordinary space in an ordinary old house
Café Kakiwai sits on a hill looking down a magnificent view of Miyajima's five-story pagoda of Hokoku shrine and Ono-Seto, a part of Seto inland sea.
Hiroshima produces about half of the oysters of Japan and Ono-Seto is one of main producers. Kakiya, a Michelin listed restaurant specialising in oyster dishes in this area, is famous for its jar of oil oyster. Café Kakiwai, meaning ‘celebrating oysters’, was opened as a pilot shop for the product.
The café is situated at a quiet street which only local residents use, and it looks like just an ordinary Japanese old house from the outside, the same as the houses surrounding the café. You’ll be definitely wowed by its specious café space inside. The décor is minimalistic yet warm, perhaps because of the wooden long table that occupies the centre of the café. It’s made from the timber of an old warehouse nearby and gives a nostalgic feeling to the café. The view from its terrace is magical with the five-storied pagoda on the left and peaceful Ono-Seto sea in the centre. You could spend hours here.
What you should have in the café
Café Kakiwai offers a wide range of soft drinks and wines. The popular menu item is the ‘cake set’. At 1080yen, you can choose one cake out of 4, and one drink out of 3. Alternatively, why not try their famous oil oyster with a glass of champagne?
Around Café Kakuwai
Café Kakiwai is 5-minute walk from Itsukushima shrine and 2-minute from Hokoku shrine. Needless to say, Itsukushima shrine is famous for its beautiful torii gate in the sea worldwide, and one of the must visit places in Hiroshima. Hokoku shrine is less known, but it was built by the order of Toyotomi Hideyosi, Japan's second great unifier, and is well known for the spacious hall ‘Senjokaku’ which dates back to 1587. Café Kakiwai is the best place to rest your body and mind after your sightseeing in Miyajima area.
Address: 422 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
As Café Kakiwai is situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood and can only be accessed via alleyways, it’s rather difficult to find. Unfortunately, web maps mightn’t find the café by its address. It’s situated close to Komyoin temple, so type in ‘Komyoin, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima’ on your web map, or find Komyoin on your paper map. You’ll be guided to a hill with stairs. Climb up the stairs and continue going up the slope, then you’ll find a narrow slope leading to Komyoin. Climb up the slope and you’ll find the shop sign of Kakiwai on the right.
Open; 10.00-18.00 *please be aware of that this café closes before dinner time!
*the price and the opening time shown here is checked in September 2016 and subject to change.
Source: Japan Travel