In recent years, a myriad of trendy cafés have opened around the Shimanami Kaido area.
Today we’ll be introducing one of the best!
This is Oshima Island, one of the islands through which Shimanami Kaido passes.
As you travel along the shoreline on the east side of the island, suddenly a cute building pops up. You can’t help but turn back to look at “Shokudo Mitsubachi”!
Apparently, the owners renovated the former villa themselves, and even added the café space with its truly chic blue walls.
Since it opened in December 2011, word of the café has spread throughout the whole of Japan. Nowadays, it’s highly popular among local women, and on weekends, the parking area is filled with cars from other prefectures.
As you enter the café, you see a large table and a comfortable-looking sofa – the ambience is very cozy.
Even the counter is really fashionable.
Here you can also find photographic collections and guidebooks about the island.
This is the café area with its impressive blue walls.
As you can see the calm Seto Inland Sea right in front of your eyes, the real pleasure of the café is that you can spend some relaxing island time admiring the view.
In the menu written nonchalantly on the window, you can also see the owner’s good taste.
For lunch, I recommend the daily fish special, which is made of the local catch.
Both the fruit of the sea and the bounty of the land are on offer…
For teatime, I recommend the cake set.
The lovely cakes and puddings change every now and then…
These are the cute benches placed in front of the building.
It’s a perfect spot for taking photographs, as well.
How about spending some relaxing island time enjoying delicious local fish and handmade cake while gazing at the Seto Inland Sea? Heaven on Earth!
Location: 1876-1Nie, Yoshiumi-cho, Imabari city, Ehime prefecture
Open: 11:00 -16:00 *Lunch 11:00- 14:30
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
*No reservations, no smoking seats
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Maki Ohashi
> There are only 2 places like this in Japan! This is a composite beach resort where you can experience astronomical observation! / Hiroshima Prefectural Beach and Kure City Astronomical Observatory Hall (Kure-shi, Hiroshima)
> Let’s enjoy walking and the great scenery of the Setouchi Inland Sea on Ikuchi-jima Island on the Shimanami Kaido! /A National Treasure, the three-story pagoda of Kojo-ji temple and the townscape of Setoda (Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima)
> Experience the ancient way of salt making on Kamikamagari-jima Island on the Tobishima Kaido in Aki-nada! / Kamagari Ancient Salt Making Remains Restoration Pavilion & “Amabito-no-Moshio” (Kure-shi, Hiroshima)
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