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Octopus Cracker in Kamakura

Try tako-sembei (octopus cracker) when visiting the Great Buddha and Hasedera Temple in Kamakura.  Strange but tasty treat for those who like weird Japanese food.

Purple Sweet Potato Soft-Serve

In Kamakura, there are many shops that sell soft serve ice-cream; "Imo Yoshi" (いも吉館) is one of these quaint little ice-cream shops. "Imo" translates as potato, while "yoshi" means good luck. Imo Yoshi located a short walk away from Daibutsu (The Great Buddha) in Kotoku-in temple, so stop by before or after your visit to the temple (or both times!). The store also sells purple sweet potato croquettes, if you're feeling a little peckish as well.

Kamakura Ume Cider

Just as Naoshima is famous for its Shio (salt) cider, Kamakura is famous for its Ume (plum) flavored cider. Plum is grown locally in Kamakura, and so popularly used in dishes in the city that even the 100 yen stores have packaged ume! The Kamakura Ume Cider does not taste like Umeshu (plum alcohol) but instead the ume used has a gentler, more refined flavor. The flavor is softer, as the sweet tang is complemented by the fizziness of the carbonation. The glass bottle preserves the flavor well, offering you the best quality product.

Café Goatee

Indie music lovers take note: in the midst of the temples and shrines of central Kamakura is a little coffee shop that serves up a great selection of Americana, blues, and singer-songwriter music alongside the caffeine and whiskey, Café Goatee.