Tour around the traditional Japanese-style house of Ushimado. Head to a wooden spoon workshop, a café/shop, and a Japanese-style eatery

Enjoy local gourmet and sweets while gazing at the Seto Inland Sea

A nostalgic townscape still remains in Ushimado, facing the Seto Inland Sea, and fantastic shops and eateries inside old farmhouses are dotted around in the midst of that old townscape.

First, try visiting the wooden spoon workshop/shop “Sajiya,” which has relocated to Ushimado from Tokyo. The first floor is the workshop of wood craftsman Atsushi Sakai. They say that he receives constant orders from round the country, and that his carved spoons are warm if you take one, and hold it gently to your mouth. The gallery and shop run by his wife, Kayo, on the second floor, holds items that he has made, and also introduces pieces by associated creators and their backgrounds. Try searching for a treasure that appeals to you amongst the hand-made pieces in this store, with views of the Seto Inland Sea.

sajiya studio
sajiya studio
sajiya studio

There are 15-20 varieties of spoons available, including Individual Spoons and Renge Spoons from 4,860 yen each, and My First Spoon for babies at 4,536 yen

sajiya studio
sajiya studio
sajiya studio

The gallery shop on the second floor

Next, visit Ochaya-ato, and be welcomed at a huge nagayamon, the gate of a row of houses. This is a select shop in a regenerated modern residence constructed in the Meiji era (1868-1912). The items here are selected from domestic or foreign “items that suit this space,” and are arranged in good taste, with French antique furniture and tableware on the first floor, and Western-style clothing, accessories, and works by artisans on the second floor. There is also a café further in on the second floor, a good place for a break from shopping. Views of the Seto Inland Sea and Maejima Island across the waters extend outside of the window, and visitors can relax and enjoy this scenery, changing with the seasons and the weather.

OCHAYA-ATO
OCHAYA-ATO
OCHAYA-ATO
OCHAYA-ATO
OCHAYA-ATO

Items are available on the second floor, including YAECA products

OCHAYA-ATO

The café on the second floor

OCHAYA-ATO

For lunch during your walk, head to the eatery Shiosai, located in a building that is part of the residence of a noble family. This hanare, or detached cottage, was built 130 years old, and is a charming, elegant space, recreated using as much of the contemporary design as possible. As well as the Anago-ju (grilled conger eel with sauce on rice) made with local ingredients from 1,400 yen, there are also sweet dishes like zenzai, red miso soup, for 640 yen, and visitors are soothed by the gentle flavors here.

Ushimado Chaya Shiosai
Ushimado Chaya Shiosai

Shiosai Bento, incorporating local fish and vegetables: 1,600 yen

Ushimado Chaya Shiosai

Try dropping in a store that has been familiar to the locals for a long time. Nakamitsu Shouten, a well-established kamaboko (fish ‘cake’) store that boasts a 70-year history, offers kamaboko fried with carefully chosen ingredients, including seasonal vegetables from Ushimado. In addition, in the 70 years since its founding in 1947, the well established Japanese sweet shop Kibiya Kashiho has continued to create handmade products with carefully selected ingredients, and you can buy Karako-odori Manju, a famous confection from Ushimado, for 115 yen here.

Kibiya Kashiho

Dishes such as Ushimado Cabbage Sticks (210 yen) are available in Nakamitsu Shouten

Kibiya Kashiho

Kibiya Kashiho’s Olive Yokan (adzuki bean jelly): 650 yen

sajiya studio
Address
3012 Ushimado, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-869-24-7637
Open
11:00~17:00
Closed
Sunday to Tuesday
Parking
Use the public car park by the sea
Access
Take the Ako Line for around 30 minutes from JR Okayama Station, and alight at Oku Station. Take a Tobi Bus from Oku Station towards Ushimado for around 20 minutes, and the studio is a one-minute walk from Ushimado bus stop.
Credit card
Not Accepted
URL
Website

MAP

OCHAYA-ATO
Address
2833 Ushimado, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-869-24-8815
Open
10:00~18:00
Closed
Wednesday,Thursday
Seats
8
Parking
2
Access
Take the Ako Line for around 30 minutes from JR Okayama Station, and alight at Oku Station. Take a Tobi Bus from Oku Station towards Ushimado for around 20 minutes, and 4minutes walk from Ushimado bus stop.
Credit card
Not Accepted
URL
Website

MAP

Ushimado Chaya Shiosai
Address
2448 Ushimado, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-869-34-2636
Open
11:00~15:00(Last Order14:30)*Open in the evenings for those with reservations
Closed
Thursday
Seats
45
Parking
70
Access
Take the Ako Line for around 30 minutes from JR Okayama Station, and alight at Oku Station. Take a Tobi Bus from Oku Station towards Ushimado for around 20 minutes, and 8 minutes walk from Ushimado bus stop.
Credit card
Not Accepted

MAP

Ushimado Kamabokoya Nakamitsu Shouten
Address
3178 Ushimado, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-869-34-2159
Open
9:00~17:00
Closed
Wednesday
Seats
5
Parking
12
Access
Take the Ako Line for around 30 minutes from JR Okayama Station, and alight at Oku Station. Take a Tobi Bus from Oku Station towards Ushimado for around 20 minutes, and 2 minutes’ walk from Honrenji-shita bus stop
Credit card
Not Accepted
URL
Website

MAP

Kibiya Kashiho
Address
3883 Ushimado, Ushimado-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama [Map]
TEL
+81-869-34-2316
Open
9:00~18:30
Closed
Thursday
Parking
2
Access
Take the Ako Line for around 30 minutes from JR Okayama Station, and alight at Oku Station. Take a Tobi Bus from Oku Station towards Ushimado for around 20 minutes, and 3  minutes’ walk from Honrenji-shita bus stop
Credit card
Not Accepted

MAP

(This information is as of July 2018)

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