Clank, clonk, clank, clonk… Slowly crossing in front of us, a train just departed Kotoden Shido station.
Located almost close enough to touch the trains, this time we visited Baisenmoto Waraku (on the right in the photograph).
The shop interior is filled with the aroma of coffee. The master of the shop roasts coffee from morning till night to fill orders from all over Japan.
The reason we went to visit the shop was to find this unique product!
It’s called “Kotoden Shichikei Densha Coffee” (‘Kotoden 7 View Train Coffee’). In the packages you can find the Kotoden (Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad) local line that just crossed the way in front of the shop, captured together with beautiful scenery.
In the box you’ll find 7 drip bags with 7 different photographs printed on them. This is from the moat side of Takamatsu Castle, this is in front of the shopping district arcade, and this is the Seto Inland Sea seashore… Even if you’re not a railroad fan, the lovely photographs catch your eye. “Train coffee” came into being by chance when Ms. Masami Tsubouchi, a local Kagawa photographer, happened to visit the shop in 2006.
In the package there is a Brazilian based medium roast coffee with a full-bodied fresh flavor.
The restroom at the back of the shop has a door from an out of service train!
By the way, I first got to know this shop through the product below.
It’s a ‘drip bag style’ authentic coffee jelly made by pouring in hot water and then cooling it. The image on the package is of Hiraga Gennai, a Shido-born inventor. Inside Baisenmoto Waraku you’ll find products so unique they’d even surprise Mr. Gennai!
After getting home, it is of course coffee time, and I enjoy it with some Waraku original caramel latte flavor waffles. I enjoy a relaxed moment while thinking about the Kotoden train running along the plains of Sanuki.
Kotoden 7 view train coffee can be purchased either from the shop or through the website below (although the number of products is limited). Do have a try of this delicious coffee while giving a thought to the small local train line.
Location: 365-9 Shido, Sanuki city, Kagawa prefecture
Closed: Sundays & Mondays
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: 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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