People come to Omihachiman and queue up to buy Club Harie's wonderful baumkuchen. This cake shop chain has stores all over Japan, but I'm betting the store in Omihachiman is the only one with a tree of sparkling crystals in the garden! After visiting Himure Shrine and exploring the canal area, Club Harie's attached cafe with it's beautiful decor is the perfect place to go for perfect coffee and perfect cake.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.