2015.2.10
Gourmet Kagawa

Restaurant Kamitsubaki: The Only Shiseido Parlour in Western Japan!!

With a 100+ year history serving Western sweets and cuisine, “Shiseido parlour” is a long-established Ginza shop. There are several restaurants focused around the Kanto area, but in western Japan, there is only one place where you can enjoy the flavors of the Shiseido parlour. Well then, where is this shop located?

The answer is: on the road to “Konpira-san” shrine (Official name: Kotohira-gu)!

Konpira-san is the most famous shrine in Kagawa prefecture. During the Edo period, it is said to have been one of the two shrines that everyone wanted to visit once during his or her lifetime! The other was Ise Grand Shrine. There are 785 stone steps to the main shrine, and the cafe & restaurant Kamitsubaki is found right around the 500th step.

It was raining on the day we visited, unfortunately. However, this photograph of the wild forest outside the window turned out even more dreamlike than reality, and we were able to enjoy the divine atmosphere… This untouched forest is another of Kamitsubaki’s great charms.

 

The Parlour is divided into a cafe on the first floor and a restaurant underground. Yours truly had the “Special Plate” (JPY2500) lunch at the restaurant.

A soft and juicy hamburger steak ♪ Let’s enjoy the Ginza flavor amidst abundant nature!

 

Shiseido Parlour is famous for its Western sweets. I also enjoyed a proper dessert!

Within the Parlor you can also purchase original Kamitsubaki amenity goods made by Shiseido. This is the Koto Musume Eau de Parfum. It is said they gatherjd the camelia flowers that grow quietly near the path behind Konpira-san, and created this fragrance in their image. How romantic…

 

Featuring the same aroma as the eau de parfum, this oil blotting paper is also sold at the Parlour. It’s a popular present for any female friends or family!

In July 2014, a footbridge was built between Kamitsubaki and the parking area. The name of the bridge is befittingly “Egaomiraibashi” (Smile future bridge). It was created with the wish that we can walk steadily towards happiness and a bright future with a cheerful smile.

Konpira-san is filled with visitors wishing for happiness today, as well. A lovely restaurant that satisfies is waiting within the forest…

Cafe & Restaurant Kamitsubaki:

Address: 892-1 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado District, Kagawa Prefecture
Business hours: Lunchtime 11.30-14.30 (Everyday, all year round), Evenings 17.00-21-00 (Reservations only, not on Mondays)
Tel: 0877-73-0202
Homepage: http://kamitsubaki.com/ (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa

 

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Izumi Furukawa

Izumi Furukawa

Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!

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