Hikage Chaya restaurant opened in Hayama about 400 years ago. Since then has been serving traditional Japanese cuisine according to the rules of art. Waitresses in kimonos, a beautiful garden, good luck fishes swimming in a water pound : that’s the authentic Japanese spirit.
In between luxurious and colourful meals toped with lotus flower, sashimi, soups, fried seafood and vegetables, the waitresses keep bringing hot tea made of grilled rice, to make sure it’s not getting cold.
Tip : ask for a bean soup as a dessert « Dzenzai harismaka ». “Itadakimas ” (means enjoy your meal)
On the beautiful beach a bit outside of Hayama you’ll find Tomorrowland’s bar called Caban, all made out of wood. It’s the perfect chill-out spot, with nice music, and good vibes. We went there on Sunday, and it was crowded. Sasaki San, the owner, told us to try their famous hot lemonade, but they only make fifty a day and sadly we missed it. But we did enjoy the view on the tiny island of Enoshima.
Best shopping spot in Hayama : Sunshine & Cloud. This very minimalistic store with fun posters and beautiful flower arrangements is all about quality and good fabrics. You could bring back tons of their colourful t-shirts and we love the one with “Big” written in the front and “Hug” in the back. They also have those beautiful scarves with a map of Hayama on it. While driving in the car with Hayato, the owner of the shop, the scarf was used to show us our exact location.
Kilometre Recommends :
At Hikage Chaya, try the “Chokado bento” a very special and expensive meal, not the kind you would eat every day. Even in Japan.
A thing :
We just love the traditional kimonos we saw in Hayama. Fun fact : for women you have to close it from right to left.
either it be an authentic handcrafted wood table or a piece of cutlery, one must absolutely treat himself to buying something at the (name of wood shop that Hayato took us to).