We have made a careful selection of cafes and restaurants with great views of Setouchi! These are the places which local writers have confided in us and said, “to tell the truth, we don’t want to let you know about these places…!” because they know that they are so nice and cozy.
1｜A cafe restaurant along the seaside with picturesque scenery of the world-longest suspension bridge: “N’OCEAN” (Kobe-shi, Hyogo)
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest bridge in the world, as recognized by Guinness World Records.
And you can fully enjoy the scenery, with this world-famous bridge, from this café restaurant.
As you see, the terrace is right along the sea, and this location makes you aware of how close you are to the sea.
Address／7-15-40, Kariguchidai, Tarumi-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
https://noceankobe.wixsite.com/nocean Japanese only
2｜A “hideaway” café where you can get the whole view of Miyajima: “Tenshinkaku” (Miyajima, Hiroshima)
Miyajima has been called an island of deities since ancient times. The location of this comfort cafe “Tenshinkaku” allows you to see the entire view of Itsukushima Shrine, which is designated as a world heritage site, right below your eyes. Moreover, the home-roasted coffee and home-made sweets are so delicious!
Address／413, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
https://itsuki-miyajima.com/shop/tenshinkaku Japanese only
3｜A hillside café at a resort which provides you a beautiful view of Setouchi: “cafe Misaki” (Suo’oshima, Yamaguchi)
Suo’oshima island in the Seto Inland Sea is known as “Hawaii in Setouchi” because of its great and beautiful location. “café Misaki” is located on a small hill on the island, so we recommend you to get a seat on the open deck where you can see a beautiful view!
The popular menu item here is curry and rice, and there are several varieties of curry, such as seafood curry, which is made with local fish and shellfish.
Address／Sea Wind Resort Kuga, 469-7, Suo’oshima-cho, Oshima-gun, Yamaguchi
http://cafemisaki.com Japanese only
4｜A cafe restaurant with nice scenery located at the southernmost point of Yamaguchi Prefecture: “Serika” (Kaminoseki-cho, Yamaguchi)
Kaminoseki-cho is located on the Murotsu Peninsula, which is the southernmost part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and also where you can find the café restaurant “Serika.” The specialty of this café is a Spanish cuisine – paella! As you can see on the photo, local seafood is fully used in this dish! (Paella requires a reservation made at least one day in advance.)
Cafe Restaurant Serika
Address／619-3, Nagashima, Kaminoseki-cho, Kumage-gun, Yamaguchi
http://www.caferest-serika.com Japanese only
5｜A place surrounded by an olive grove, where you can have food made with ingredients from the island: “Café Chuzaemon” (Shodoshima, Kagawa)
Shodoshima is the island where 90% of Japanese olives are produced (of course, this is the No.1 place for olive production in Japan).
“Café Chuzaemon” is run by an olive garden on the island, so it serves many specialties of Shodoshima. One of recommendations is “Hishio-don,” a bowl of rice topped with fresh local ingredients and soy sauce. You will be healed by the scenery and the local cuisine served with fresh olive oil!
Address／2267-5, Ikeda, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa (Inside of Inoue Seikoen)
http://www.inoueseikoen.co.jp/cafe Japanese only
6｜A trendy vintage-style cafe near the port: “umie” (Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa)
Takamatsu port is one of the entry points of Shikoku, and many people visit and use this port as a base for a trip to the islands during Setouchi Triennale. This café is located in “Kitahama Alley” nearby Takamatsu port. Its concept is “time passes by comfortably here.”
Maybe it is a chance to read some books with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a donut, or to enjoy chatting with your friends while having some beer, wine, and pizza. Enjoying the stylish and comfortable atmosphere is also a very nice way to spend your time.
Address／Kitahama Alley-h, 3-2, Kitahama-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
http://www.umie.info Japanese only
7｜A must-visit place when you go to Shimanami Kaido: “Patisserie T’s Cafe Tamaya” (Hakatajima Island, Imabari-shi, Ehime)
This patisserie cafe “Tamaya” is one of the most recommended spots to visit when you come to Hakatajima Island along the Shimanami Kaido. You can enjoy the lovely scenery of Setouchi from the big window which occupies the entire side of the building looking toward the sea.
Also, please try some pieces of handmade cake, all made with carefully selected ingredients!
Patisserie T’s Cafe Tamaya
Address／2328, Arouzu, Hakata-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime
Facebook @Patisserie T’s cafe 玉屋 Japanese only
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