With a popular Japanese heavy metal teenage girl band blaring over the speakers, Abhi graciously drove us to the Shimoda train station where we bid our goodbyes. 3 hours later by train and we were at the final destination of our Japan trip: the ancient seaside city of Kamakura (an hour south of Tokyo).
One of the main reasons we chose our AirBnB was because it advertised 2 cruiser bicycles to explore the city with. A must in a small place with limited transportation. Well thank goodness mine came with a flat tire! Nothing says enjoy your ride more than pumping up your tire and hoping it lasts just long enough …
Our first stop was to explore one of the oldest and most important shrines in Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
Back on our bikes and across the city to take in the shoreline.
Dinner reservations were at our first ever Michelin 1-star restaurant. Bonzo, specializing in soba noodles, was so unassumingly tucked away in a residential neighborhood that even after spotting the “open” rock, we still questioned if we were committing a B&E!
In a tiny restaurant with only several tables, soft 70s American rock played quietly on vinyl as we were treated to an epic set menu feast of 3 different types of soba dishes, sesame tofu, a variety of tempura and the most amazing grilled duck this mouth has ever tasted! All hand made, cooked, served and presented in Japanese (and then English for us) by one chef that looked more the part of an ancient samurai, with his large muscular physic and long black hair in a ponytail.
Best meal of the trip!?! That smile sure says so …
Satiated and a long way from our AirBnB (with a lot of hills to climb), flat tire don’t fail me now!