DK, Days Kugenuma, -Kugenuma Kaigan

Located in a very edge of Kugenuma Kaigan shopping street, DK offers surf video, not-so-loud music and good service from friendly owners. It creates a very comfortable time for enjoyable hours to come.

DK is one of few cafe restaurants in Kugenuma Kaigan that opens till late. Last order is 11pm on weekends and 10:30 on weekdays if I’m correct. It’s rather late in  the area.

Highly recommended is grilled Kajiki, swordfish, plate. The fulfilling dish has fresh vegetable salad with mayonnaised pasta salad, rice and Kajiki from Tsukiji fish market with Cajun spice. And it’s just a little bit more than 1,000 yen. They have more selections of plate menu, plus many other dish such as pasta, pizza, curry and so on. The price range is about 800 to 1,500 yen per dish. And of course they have wide variety of drinks from cocktails to herbal tea.

I’ve noticed that many English-speaking people come to this place. I believe this owe is one of very few places that they feel comfortable. Maybe because one of the owners can speak good English where she acquired in the West coast while surfing so I heard.

This place is highly recommended for the taste, price and its atmosphere. For instance, I go there almost every week 🙂

Here is the detail of DK

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Paquet – Kugenuma kaigan

Paquet is a deli, not a restaurant. Even though it’s not a place you can eat, it still fulfills an important role of my life here.

The food is basically French. There are three great things aboutt Paquet.

First, it has wide variety of selection to choose from. I’ve never counted, but I’m sure that there are at least 15 different kinds of food. You can choose some meat, fish and then some salad and so on.

Secondly, it’s really cheap. Maybe because it’s not a restaurant so they don’t need some cost restaurants would do, but I’ve never spend more than 1,000 yen for one person. Usually I spend 800 to 900 yen for enough amount.

Finally and most importantly, they are really tasty! 95% of their food has been delicious. There’s only one time that I thought the meat was a bit too salty, but except for that, everything has been satisfying.

So, what I usually order is “sanpin” three box set with rice. You can choose three different “food”. I don’t know how I should call these individual food, but I guess you can see what I’m talking about from the images above. Maybe “okazu” or “tapas”? And I order two different kinds of rice by telling them “moriawase”, which means “combination”.

Deli is a great place to buy from when you are eating in and tired to cook or no time to cook. The quality is much much better than bento from convenience stores or super market. Well, I shouldn’t compare with them since it really is professional.

Please refer to the link below for more details. It’s closed on Sundays.

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Mt. Fuji -Kugenuma and Katase kaigan

You can see Mt. Fuji from Kugenuma kaigan. It’s clearer during winter since no humidity to block, but it is super clear right after the typhoon and if the weather is nice. Sometimes the typhoon takes out the dust in the air.  Anyway, you can see the Fuji in all season but better chances in winter. It’s beautiful 🙂 

From the bridge to Enoshima.

Also from the bridge. Below are from Kugenuma kaigan.

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Kabutos Cafe – Kugenuma kaigan

The closest restaurant from Kugenuma kaigan station. It’s just 5 steps from the exit. Well, you actually have to climb stairs to the 2nd floor. So if you sit by the window you can see people coming out from the station.

Anyway, it’s so called cafe-restaurant, meaning that it offers cafe style food which you can see the selection from the link below. I’m extremely satisfied with the food I have ordered so far. I will recommend Kabutos dry curry (healthy rice topped with crispy onions), Kugenuma burger (avocados, maybe-wagyu beef, crispy lettuces and soft bun) and crumble cheese cake. It offers take-out as well as screening such as world cup matches through a projector on a big white wall. Staff are friendly, so I hope they don’t mind putting a link here 😉

Kabutos cafe

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Diego by the river – Katase Enoshima

This restaurant has just opened in May (2010) and I believe this place is going to be fairly crowded very soon! Because it fills all the three criteria of a good restaurant. First, the staff there are very friendly. Second, cheap. And most importantly, tasty! Oh to add one more, the design concept of that is really cool. The balcony on the second floor looks nice (although I haven’t tried yet since it’s a little bit too hot out there now!).

It’s located along Sakai river and it’s just 5 min walk from both Katase Enoshima staion of Odakyu line and Enoshima station of Enoden line. It’s just along the river so you won’t miss it especially at night that the sign “Diego by the river” shinning yellow. I haven’t checked whether they have an English menu so I’ll check next time I go, but if you can read some Katakana, you can download the menu on PDF from their website here:

Diego By The River

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Kugenuma kaigan

Kugenuma kaigan, means Kugenuma beach. It’s an area in Fujisawa city. The kaigan is facing the Pacific ocean and Hikichi river splits the beach. You are not allow to swim on the west side, however, somehow, only surfers are allow to surf. Contrarily, the east side of the beach is hugely populated by locals and, in summer, tourists. And lots of them. The beach is accessible by either car or train. From Kugenumakaigan station,Odakyu line, to the beach take you about 10 min walk maximum. The way to the beach may be a bit complicated to strangers but just keep going south, you will eventually find the beach (see the map below!).

There are many places to eat along the road 134 which goes along with the beach, and a few nice restaurants near the station which I’m hoping to introduce in this blog in the near future. The beach itself is over valued by media thus the water is not as clean as how people are excited coming here. So don’t expect too much! Another distinctive thing about this area is that there are a lot of so called “Love Hotels” along the 134. It’s not for tourists to stay, but for a couple to make some love. Of course you can stay there, although I’ve never tried, and possibly it can be cheap. As far as I know, you are charged by room, not per person as how hotels are here in Japan. So maybe you can calculate…

Anyway, the beach maybe crowded, noisy, unclean, but that’s only true in summer. Winter is cold, but, the beach is clean, quiet, and sky is clear thus beautiful sunset. You can see Mt. Fuji and sunset altogether as the image above. You will see many people taking photos of the sunset during winter.

In later posts, I will upload more of bits and pieces of the area and Fujisawa city, so any comments and questions are welcomed although I may not be able to answer, I’ll try!

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