RENOWA YASHIMA: An Old Apartment Complex Becomes the Center of the Community!

Located about 30-minutes drive from central Takamatsu, Yashima in Kagawa prefecture is a wonderful place to live. It offers quick, easy access to the charms of both the ocean and the mountains.

In this cozy, quiet suburban area, there is an apartment complex that had for a long time been mostly unoccupied. However, it has been renovated and reborn.

And the name of that reborn apartment complex is “RENOWA YASHIMA”.

RENO comes from the word ‘renovation’ and WA comes from the Japanese word referring to the circle of people, which suggests that this a place that cultivates relationships. It’s a project lead by the Hidamari real estate company that has worked on the renovation of several properties in Kagawa.

Aripan is one of the shops that has opened in this new environment. “Today it’s more than yesterday, and tomorrow it will be more than today.” This is the ‘slogan’ of the young owner, Mr. Arimitsu, who works everyday to make ever more delicious bread. After training in Osaka for years, he took a U-turn to Kagawa and now bakes bread daily while bringing out the best out of the ingredients he uses.

While we especially recommend his freshly baked baguettes, you can also find bread made from a Danish pastry dough made with plenty of fermented butter. The snack type breads filled with local vegetables such as broccoli and shitake mushrooms make your eyes wander, too!

A couple of doors along, past the nail salon, is the HIDAMARI COFFEE STAND. It offers amazingly delicious lunches, cakes and coffee that are all carefully and personally prepared by the owner. At lunchtime, you can also enjoy Aripan breads straight from the oven!

The shop owner is very particular about the ingredients used, and sources all vegetables locally. Another important point that the owner pays attention to is freshness. Even fried chicken orders are fried only after receiving the order. The coffee is delicious, too…

For new habitants, for people who want to open a shop, and for visitors, this apartment complex offers an ideal way of life.

How would you like to enjoy a cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere that feels almost as if you live in the neighborhood? Be careful, you just might actually start feeling like you want to live there! 😉


Location: RENOWA YASHIMA Room 103, 2453-20 Nishimachi, Yashima, Takamatsu city, Kagawa prefecture
Open: 8.00-19.00 (Closed if bread sells out)
Closed: Mondays, and the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month
Tel: 087-880-5151
http://www.aripan.net/ (Japanese)
*Please note that they may not be able to answer the phone during business hours. Furthermore, also please note that bread often sells out early in the day.


Location: RENOWA YASHIMA Room 101, 2453-20 Nishimachi, Yashima, Takamatsu city, Kagawa prefecture
Open: 7.00-17.00
Closed: Mondays, and the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month
Tel: 087-880-3535

Setouchi Finder Photo-writers:
Text: Tomoko Kawai (Dream Network Activity)
Photographs: Takabumi Yanagisawa (Dream Network Activity)

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