When Kamakura keeps surprising you
Kamakura, located south of Tokyo, is a beautiful seaside city known for its monumental statue of Buddha, ancient houses and greenery. Japan’s capital in the 12th to 14th centuries, the city is now appreciated for its traditional vibe and quiet surroundings.
Among the numerous temples and shrines attracting many tourists and local residents every year, there is one place that stands out a bit.
A 100 years-old European-Style house, built during the Taisho era (1912–1926).
Used until recently as a summer residence, “Kogatei” (the house’s name) has been entirely renovated last year and transformed into a french restaurant. Located on top of a hill, the former villa is surrounded by a 1500 m² garden where nature grows freely to create enchanted landscapes.
Kamakura became a popular resort during the Meiji Era among members of the Japanese nobility, royal families, business leaders and foreigners residing in Japan, and so many Western-style houses were built.
Kogatei is one of them. For the record, it has been designed by Kotaro Sakurai, who also designed the Marunouchi building in Tokyo station. The former summer residence has seen many owners over time, each of them probably adding their personal touch until Kogatei was Kogatei.
The current owners of the place took the opportunity of a mandatory renovation to transform the house into a french restaurant, that became quickly famous.
Au menu, foie gras, salad, fresh vegetables and brown rice for the “Kamakura course” (¥3800), the restaurant’s most famous course. The cook Masayuki Omachi (who did his training in France and Japan) pays great attention to the quality of the ingredients, and only use vegetables grown by local farmers.
The restaurant also has an outdoor café, where you can enjoy a full lunch course for ¥2900. The menu change according to seasons, providing customers with a unique experience with each new dish.
Customers can enjoy the city view from the terrace before dinner as they relax in a chair while eating a savoury aperitif.
It is also possible to order something as simple as a coffee or a tea for ¥300, and for ¥900, you can have a taste of the local “Kamakura beer”.
Name : Kogatei (古我邸）
Address : 1 chome-7–23 Ogigayatsu, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 248–0011
Business hours : Lunch 11:00~15:00 (L.O 14:00) Dinner 17:00~21:00 (L.O 20:00)
Holiday : Wednesday
Phone number : 0647–22–2011