On Hakata Island, the second island after Imabari along Shimanami Kaido, there is a café that focuses on lunch and cake. Numerous people from outside the prefecture visit it.
Tamaya is a stylish café that you’ll definitely want to visit at least once if you’re in the area.
In a previous incarnation, Tamaya was a Japanese sweet shop. However, Mr. Kaoru Kunisada, the current owner and a patissier, now runs the café.
The café building is very stylish and chic. As you enter you see beautiful Seto Inland Sea scenery from the large glass windows.
On the other side of the glass you’ll find a terrace with the sea spreading out right before your eyes.
On the day we visited to research this article, there happened to be some customers from the UK and France who were having a meeting on the terrace.
The scene was so picturesque, I just had to ask them if I could take a photograph.
This is the beautiful sea as seen from the terrace.
The name Arouzu, this area of Hakata Island, is slightly unusual. There is a legend related to the origins of the name.
The sea may seem very calm, but this is actually a point where tidal currents are very strong (Funaori Seto). The empress in the legend, Empress Jingu was thrown ashore by the strong currents when she was sailing by. She was amazed by the violent currents that bit the stones on the shore and washed its sands, and gave the area the name “Araitsu” (‘Washing harbor’). It is said that the name was later corrupted into Arouzu.
This is a café where visitors can enjoy delicious cakes while admiring scenery beautiful enough to be a part of legends.
Sorry to keep you waiting! This is Croque Monsieur, a Tayama lunch you’ll want to try at least once.
All I can say is that it’s purely delicious. Fresh vegetables paired with melted cheese… Just one really isn’t enough.
Other lunch options, which have also received high praise, include seafood curry, pizza and even quiche!
This is Tamaya’s super popular cake!
The recommended product last autumn was the chestnut brûlée (left back). On the back right is the shortcake of the season, and in front the chestnut tart.
The cakes made with love and carefully selected ingredients make customers happy… If you try them once, you’ll want to try it again, guaranteed!
As the cakes change according to season, some people visit each time they change…
Naturally, all the cakes are amazing, but my personal favorite is this chestnut brûlée. It’s a sweet I could eat every day.
On this day, I ate 5 different kinds of cake. It may be the first time I’ve eaten so much in one sitting?
The location, the building and the flavors are all loved by ladies. If you happen to visit Shimanami Kaido, do come for a visit.
Patisserie T’s Cafe Tamaya
Location: 2328 Arouzu, Hakata-cho, Imabari city, Ehime prefecture
Open: 10:00-19:00 (Café until 18:00)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Maki Ohashi
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