Yamaguchi Cafes: A Coffee List and Map

Hi there! This post has two parts. The first is a map of just Shimonoseki City’s cafes. The second part features cafes I’ve visited in different cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Part 1: Shimonoseki City Map This is a map of independent cafes in Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is based off of the Shimonoseki Saten Map (Japanese), which is available online. Shimonoseki is worth stopping over if you are on your way to Fukuoka using a JR Pass. There is the Karato Fish Market for fresh value sushi and pufferfish (fugu), the local specialty. It is open daily until 3pm. It is…

Yamaguchi Cafes: Former British Consulate 旧下関英国領事館

Just across the street from the Karatocho Fish Market, one of Shimonoseki’s main attractions, there’s a small, red-brick European building casually hanging around. It’s the former British Consulate, which is now open as a small museum with rotating exhibitions. Once you’re done looking around, head to the cafe on the second floor. It’s a restaurant and tea room by day, and pub by night. It’s brightly lit by the French windows, which offer a glimpse of the harbour outside. Even with a full room, the conversation remains hushed, more like a cozy sitting room than a busy cafe. While the…

Yamaguchi Cafes: Ruco Guest House

  If you’re near the Hagi Bus Centre and have an hour or two before your bus, this is the place to drop by. This place is a guesthouse with a cafe area meant for guests and locals to interact. True to the spirit of its name (‘流’ meaning flow ‘交’ meaning exchange), the man at the bar sheltered us from the morning rain and took our coffee orders even though the cafe officially opens at 4:00pm. The coffee is pretty standard Japanese: mild, slightly acidic. The highlight is perhaps the local Hagi cermanic cups they serve with. What I…

Yamaguchi Cafes: Zakka & COTOCOTO Cafe

On one of the main streets of Hagi’s historic Shitamachi, there will be a shop with a cafe menu. The building has its traditional shingles, wooden frame, and sliding door, just like all the other houses along the street. In some respects, this initial uniformity is a charm; it challenges a viewer to look for the details that differentiate one shop from the next. This, too, is a shop on the outside. By the windows facing the street, there are clothes and other designer items on display. However, if you wish to enter, you will have to do what people…

Yamaguchi Cafes: Himaar Coffee and Crafts

In the town of Iwakuni, there is a cafe camouflaged amongst the bland cement blocks. The walls are white-washed. The cut-out door could lead to a paint shop or characterless office. Only the small sign saying coffee gives it away. Once inside, you first see display of local pottery and handicrafts. Just behind, there are the tables neatly lined up one after another along the wall. Even with the odd patron, it is quiet. Don’t be intimidated, though. The Tsujikawas who run this place are friendly and happy to translate the menu. They are local returnees who opened the shop 4…