Let’s clarify two things. Not all beachside cafes in Itoshima are for only the young, and secondly, not all pancakes are equal! This recently opened beachside cafe restaurant overlooking the famous Meotoiwa (husband and wife rocks) on Futamigaura Beach offers a quiet, grown-up space for premium quality meals and beverages. Appointed with mostly wood and stone, the interior and exterior blend in nicely with the natural surroundings and shade is rolled out over the terrace to make it comfortable year-round. While fluffy pancakes are trending elsewhere, here they are firm and substantial masterpieces! Go the whole way with the Ricotta Cheese Mix Berry Pancake (¥1,500). Or for breakfast, try a simple Classic Pancake (single ¥500, double ¥800) with maple syrup or a set including choices of beverage, salad, grilled vegetables, pork & sausage, and egg. The kitchen also offers fresh pasta, grilled meats & fish, and salads made with local produce. Coming soon is live music and overnight glamping. Definitely a place to keep your eye on!
Ito-yui Guest House
Hiroshi Horikami, the onsite manager, ready with advice on what to do and see in the area.
Accommodations for budget travelers visiting Itoshima are few and far in between, but for those interested in experiencing a stay at a Japanese home, Ito-yui is for you. Located within a quiet cluster of homes near rice fields, it’s just 20 minutes on foot from Hatae Station, and just minutes from Itoshima’s famous Ito Sai Sai farmers’ market. The 100-year-old home was remodeled several times but still has that grandma’s home vibe. Sleep on a futon on tatami mats. Enjoy a Japanese style bath and inner garden, and cook your own meals using fresh Itoshima produce!
In late July, Hajime Dohi and his wife Mariko opened a new bakery near Kafuri, and it’s already booming! After perfecting his skills at many bakeries around Japan and overseas in Düsseldorf, Germany, he now bakes 25 to 30 varieties daily. The most popular include Anpan, Creme Pan, and Raison Creme Cheese. All the fillings are made on-site and some with vegetables from a family-run farm. With the shop name “Umegae”, understandably some first-time customers expect to find umegae-mochi (popular sweet from Dazaifu) on sale, but alas, the name is actually from Hajime’s family business, a noodle maker, so try his yummy Yakisoba Roll instead! The shop opens at 8 am and the earlier you get there, the better the selection! There’s an eat-in space, coffee, and juices too.
Umegae Bakery / 梅ヶ枝製パン所
• Open: 8:00~17:00 (or until sold out)
• 205-1 Kafuri, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Closed: Tue.
• Tel.: 092-329-0150
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn251, Nov. 2019)
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