While Ushimado is a prosperous port, there are many lovely spots in the yamasato area.
In the middle of nowhere, deep in the mountains, though only 15 minutes from Ushimado port, there is a café called Akatsuki café & Something, which includes a tree house located in a Japanese bead tree, the symbol tree of Akatsuki.
The actual café is located right next to the tree house. Mr. & Mrs. Suda, the owners, worked hard to renovate a traditional Japanese house, and the café was opened in 2012.
The interior of the café oozes with the couple’s good taste. There is also a shop with secondhand goods, containers, and plants among other products to enrich everyday life.
The concept of Akatsuki is a day trip… At Ushimado’s yamasato, you can feel in touch with nature and enjoy the changing of the seasons in a calm, relaxing way completely separated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Each carefully hand-dripped cup of coffee is an Akatsuki original blend of Okayama city Toya-cho’s Musashino coffee.
The shop is usually open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We recommend checking days when the shop is open in advance using their home page. (Days are scheduled to change during spring 2015.)
Deep in the mountains of Madouchi, you can spend a dream-like time almost as if you’d found your personal secret base.
If you visit with an adventurous spirit, you can enjoy a first-rate coffee time.
Akatsuki Café & Something:
Address: 448 Senzu, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi city, Okayama prefecture
Open: Fri, Sat, Sun 12.00-17.00 (Last order at 16.30)
Homepage: http://akatsuki-web.net/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai / Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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