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An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.5 [Local specialties, gifts and souvenirs]

In the retro Showa town “Shima Onsen”, there are quaint cafés such as “Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)” which has latte art featuring the Onsen symbol, “Ginsen Chaya (銀泉茶屋)” where one can enjoy local specialties such as “Okirikomi Udon (おきりこみうどん)” and “Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう)”.For souvenirs and gifts, you can find various merchandise featuring “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)”, which is one of the area’s “yurukara (ゆるキャラ)” : local mascots that represent various Japanese prefectures.

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  • Have an onsen cappuccino while enjoying the retro atmosphere of “Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)”
  • Shima’s local specialties:“Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)”, “Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう) “ and “Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”
  • For souvenirs and gifts: yurukara “Gunma chan” and cosmetics made from natural hot spring water

Hello, this is Fujiko.
This article is the 5th installment following An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.4 [Spending Pleasant time at Your Accommodations: Onsen, Tatami Mats & Buffet] with a Featured Hotel List.

In this article, I will introduce the area’s local specialties, gifts and souvenirs.

An Onsen Cappuccino at “Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)”

Left: Homemade pudding - 290JPY  Right: Onsen cappuccino - 525JPY
Left: Homemade pudding - 290JPY Right: Onsen cappuccino - 525JPY

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The café was converted from an old folk house built in early Showa era
The café was converted from an old folk house built in early Showa era

The café not only provides a variety of coffees and homemade desserts, but meals and alcohol drinks as well.
How about having a cappuccino during your break between visiting several hot spring facilities?

Irish latte - 525JPY(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
Irish latte - 525JPY

“Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)” is a famous and popular café.
At lunch time, practically all the seats are taken after the shuttle bus arrives.
※The website states that the café is open everyday but when I visited it was closed on Thursday.

Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)

Shima Nakanojo 4237-1 Google Map
0279-64-2414
10:00-18:00 (L.O.17:30), no store holiday
WebSite


Local specialties “Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)” and “Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう)”

Start walking from the bus terminal down through the shop street, and after walking for a few minutes you can find the Japanese style café, “Ginsen Chaya (銀泉茶屋)”.
You will feel at home in the shops old and simple atmosphere.

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A rare potbelly stove still being used in present day.
A rare potbelly stove still being used in present day.

A kotatsu, which is a small table with an electric heater affixed underneath.
A kotatsu, which is a small table with an electric heater affixed underneath.



Local specialties “Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)” and “Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう) “

“Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)”are similar to Hoto (Yamanashi Prefecture’s specialty), which are boiled flat noodles served with a variety of vegetables and miso or soy sauce - 700JPY
“Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)”are similar to Hoto (Yamanashi Prefecture’s specialty), which are boiled flat noodles served with a variety of vegetables and miso or soy sauce - 700JPY

“Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう) “ is baked/steamed bread filled with sugary miso.160JPY
“Yakimanju (焼きまんじゅう) “ is baked/steamed bread filled with sugary miso.160JPY

“Mountain vegetable soba noodles (山菜そば)” and homemade “sweet fermented rice drink (あまさけ)” were also good.

“Mountain vegetable soba noodles (山菜そば)” - 550JPY
“Mountain vegetable soba noodles (山菜そば)” - 550JPY

Homemade “sweet fermented rice drink (あまさけ)” - 160JPY
Homemade “sweet fermented rice drink (あまさけ)” - 160JPY

Ginsen Chaya (銀泉茶屋)

Shima Nakanojo 4170 Google Map
0279-64-2670
10:00-15:00 no regular store holiday
WebSite


“Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”at the Tonkatsu Restaurant “Asunaro (あすなろ)”

Pork cutlets, called tonkatsu in Japan, made from local pork called “Joshu Mugi Buta” is the most popular item in the restaurant “Asunaro (あすなろ)”
But this time, following what the menu referred to as “the specialty of the restaurant”, I ordered “Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”.

“Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”- 990JPY(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
“Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”- 990JPY

“Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)” is rice on seaweed, eggs, chicken, green onions, with chicken soup poured over top.
The soup is light with a plain taste, not salty.
The container is filled with rice, so I quickly became full just off of “Danbemeshi (だんべえめし)”, but for those who can eat more, it might be nice to supplement your meal with the pork cutlets from the a la cart menu.

Incidentally, the miso noodles were also great.

Miso noodles - 790JPY(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
Miso noodles - 790JPY

Asunaro (あすなろ)

Otsu Shima Nakanojo 4231 Google Map
0279-64-2159
Store holidays: Wednesday, 2ndTuesday
Open on national holidays
WebSite


Hello Kitty Café “Café Floresta (かふぇふろれすた)”

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The café is located in the corner of Shima Grand Hotel

The curry and rice dish is called “Haikara curry (ハイカラカレー)” - 900JPY(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
The curry and rice dish is called “Haikara curry (ハイカラカレー)” - 900JPY

All Hello Kitty lovers (and even those not so familiar with the brand) will jump for joy when standing in front of rows of confectionaries decorated with the cute Hello Kitty logo.

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Hello Kitty is an icon for everyone(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
Hello Kitty is an icon for everyone

Nice river scenery viewed from the window(Shima Hot Spring vol.5 gifts and souvenirs)
Nice river scenery viewed from the window

The guests can take pictures with Hello Kitty drawn on the panel.
Some children were happily taking pictures together with Hello Kitty.

Café Floresta (かふぇふろれすた)

Shima Nakanojo 4228 Google Map
0279-64-2211(Shima Grand Hotel 1st Floor)
10:00-15:00
Store holiday: Same as the Shima Grand Hotel
WebSite


Sweets or Snacks for Souvenirs and Gifts

Find your favorite from various sweets and snacks.
Baking-soda-leavened steamed bread with bean paste or Japanese pickles, “Momigiya (もみぢや)”, is big and filling.

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The store has other confectioneries, such as normal-sized steamed bread with bean paste, as well as “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)” sweets and so on.

Momigiya (もみぢや)

Shima Nakanojo 4226 Google Map
0279-64-2409
8:00-19:00
WebSite


Sweets and Snacks in Shima

Left: Konyaku cakes with toasted bean flour 400JPY Center and Right: Shima specialty flower beans 230JPY
Left: Konyaku cakes with toasted bean flour 400JPY Center and Right: Shima specialty flower beans 230JPY

Flower beans and konyaku cake, which are simple and soft, go well with green tea.
Flower beans and konyaku cake, which are simple and soft, go well with green tea.

These potato chips are flavored using Gunma’s specialty “Shimonita” green onion!

Potato chips - 354JPY
Potato chips - 354JPY

I bought confectioneries above at the store in Shima Grand Hotel.

“Morinokoe (森の声)” in Shima Grand Hotel

Shima Nakanojo 4228 Google Map
0279-64-2211
Closes: 21:00
Store holiday: same as the Shima Grand Hotel
WebSite


The local mascot “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)” who was awarded the grand prize in the 2014 “yurukara (ゆるキャラ)” contest.

There are various items such as socks and plush toys featuring “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)”.
There are various items such as socks and plush toys featuring “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)”.

I bought these above at “Ginsen Chaya (銀泉茶屋)” where I had “Okirikomi Udon (おきりみうどん)”. You can get many other kinds of “Gunma Chan” goods at the other stores as well.

Gakki (Japanese actress Yui Aragaki) and a Japanese blended tea “Jurokucha (十六茶)”collaborated with “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)” on the vending machine picture.
Gakki (Japanese actress Yui Aragaki) and a Japanese blended tea “Jurokucha (十六茶)”collaborated with “Gunma chan (ぐんまちゃん)” on the vending machine picture.


Cosmetics made from natural hot spring water, folk arts and local sakes

For gifts and souvenirs, I would like to recommend facial lotion and soaps made from natural hot spring water, as well as handmade bookmarks made of local timbers.

From the left, Shima Onsen spray mist lotion - 1,080JPY, bookmarks - 170JPY, soap - 880JPY
From the left, Shima Onsen spray mist lotion - 1,080JPY, bookmarks - 170JPY, soap - 880JPY

I bought these above at “Kashiwaya café (柏屋カフェ)” where I had an Onsen cappuccino.
The café has other Japanese-style goods as well.

A local sake, Kankeiroku (燗渓醁) - 752JPY
A local sake, Kankeiroku (燗渓醁) - 752JPY

I bought this at “Nakamuraya (中村屋)”, which has various local sakes, and also serves as an inn for tourists.
The most popular sake, “Shimagawa (四万川)”, was sold out on that day.
I also recommend trying a local beer.

“Nakamuraya (中村屋)”

Shima Nakanojo 4237-33 Google Map
0279-64-2601
8:00-20:30
WebSite

Make sure of the store holidays and shop hours before you visit, because some stores have holidays without notice and sometimes close early.
Information about other shops in Shima >> the Shima Onsen Association official website.

Lastly, I hope all visitors have a fantastic experience in Shima Onsen.
Find your favorite restaurants and stores while strolling around Shima village and try for yourself!

The Shima trip series:

An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.1 [Aboard the comfort bus “Shima Onsen GO”]
An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.2 [Enjoying the Restful Footbaths and Public Baths]
An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.3 [Taking a Stroll through Retro Town]
An Old Style trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.4 [Spending Pleasant time at Your Accommodations: Onsen, Tatami Mats & Buffet] with a Featured Hotel List

※本記事は、2015/06/25に公開されています。最新の情報とは異なる可能性があります。
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