I think most foreigners living in Japan would agree that there are not enough breakfast places around.So I am happy to have discovered a great new spot with fluffy omelettes, toast, Italian coffee and freshly squeezed OJ. They even have an outdoor deck. And on top of it all, it is less than 15 minutes away on a bike and cost less than ¥1500. Everything was fresh and tasty! What a great way to start the day!
Fontaine Cafe and Cake shop is just a little south of Kisami on the 136. You can take a bike from tabi-tabi or find it on our recommendation map here.
Open: 10:00 – 19:30
Last order: 18:00
We are getting ready to expand! We are working hard to offer a second location for Guesthouse tabi-tabi in Shimoda. We have already moved in and are now renovating and updating this secluded house on the hill. Surrounded by nature, we wake up to the sound of birds every morning and since we are a mere 4 minute walk to Kisami Ohama Beach we can listen to the sound of crashing waves as we nod off to sleep at night. As you can probably tell, we are very excited about this new spot and hope to be welcoming guests by July 2014.
For those of you who have been visiting the Kisami area for sometime, you may have noticed that Paradise has been lost and in it’s place Cafe Mellow has set up shop. Although some of the changes will take some getting used to, we were impressed with the food, service, and reasonable prices. Despite the name, staff are attentive and dishes are served up quick. Cafe Mellow offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta, curry, and appetizers from 11 am til 11 pm.
The day we went for lunch we had a Grilled Broad-bill Swordfish Sandwich which came with fries and a bit of salad on the side for ¥800, and the Basil Sauce with Shrimp and Avocado Pasta for ¥1050. Both were fresh, yum, and plentiful. The sandwich I thought could use a smear of mayonaise and a good dash of pepper which they were more than happy to provide.
For those of you arriving late on Friday night from Tokyo, Cafe mellow is the perfect place for a late night drink to help you mellow out from the big city buzz.
Open: 11-00 – 23:00
To get to Kisami from Izukyu Shimoda Station you can take a bus from the rotary right outside the station. Look for the big orange signs. Busses departing from bus stop 2, 3, and 4, all stop at Kisami Bus Stop. You can walk to Ohama beach and Guesthouse tabi-tabi from there. You can find a map of the area here. The 10 minute journey costs ¥260 which you have to pay when you get off the bus. Don’t forget to grab a ticket when you are geting on, it shows where your trip originated from much like a train ticket.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi from outside the station for about ¥1400. Most taxi drivers know “Guesthouse tabi-tabi”, otherwise give them our address:
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Bus Stop #2 Departures:
8:04 / 8:26 / 8:46 / 9:00 / 9:36
Bus Stop #3 Departures:
6:50 / 7:35 / 8:40 / 9:20 / 10:20 / 11:20 / 11:55 / 13:00 / 14:05 / 14:50 / 15:30 / 16:20 / 16:45 / 17:45 / 18:10 / 19:05 / 20:00 / 21:20
Bus Stop #4 Departures:
6:55 / 7:46 / 8:20 / 9:00 / 10:35 / 11:30 / 12:05 /
12:35 /13:20 / 14:25 / 15:10 / 16:00 / 17:15 / 18:25
*** Please be aware that the bus schedule can change a few times a year so best to have a look at the schedules yourself when you arrive.
Just a short stroll from Guesthouse tabi-tabi a Jerk Chicken Shop has opened up. Their cozy nook, Bingo, is situated right next to Kisami’s shrine so on late evenings in September you can listen to live taiko drumming, shamisen, and bamboo flutes while filling up on their Jamaican Style BBQed bird, and draft beer.
Open: 11:30 – 20:00
You can also find it on our recommendation maps here and here.
Here is a picture of the Kisami area of Shimoda. From left to right, Goishi Beach, Ohama Beach, Maiso Beach, Irita Beach, Tatado Beach, and then more rocky coast line.
Tobi Ishi is our favorite Japanese breakfast spot. For 500 yen you get a perfectly grilled aji, rice, pickles, miso soup, an egg, and some nori (dried seaweed). If you don’t like your egg raw, the friendly obasan is happy to cook it for you. Natto is an extra 50 yen. She’s stays open late (weekends until 11 pm) and serves up other common Japanese dishes like soba, curry, and ramen. She’s got cold beer and a good selection of ice-cream in the freezer. This place hasn’t changed in years, perhaps 30, as the beer ads with women in highcut bathing suits reveal.Tobi Ishi is a 5 minute walk from tabi-tabi, you can also find it on our recommendation map here.
There is no direct translation for the word “natsukashi” but it is exlaimed when Japanese people talk about the good old days, that song that brings you back, or that warm and fuzzy feeling of waxing nostalgic. Check out this fabulous montage of still shots and 8mm film of Ohama, and Minami Izu that will take you back to the mustardy hues of the 70s.The very first part of the video is in Nakagami which I believe is in western Tokyo. Don’t think the peninsula has ever seen snow. Tokyo, however, does get a wee bit of the white stuff every winter season. Enjoy!