Montague: The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

Hi there it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce you a double-decker bus cafe in Okayama this time.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

It is located on public highway (Nishi-bypas) in Okayama City. I’d passed by many times and always thought it was an abandoned bus. Turns out, it is a bus cafe!

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague
Looks outstanding at night as well.

 

Access

It has parking space for 10 cars or so.

11 Higashinoyamachō, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama

 

Business Hours

11:30-14:00, 19:00-23:30

 

Contact Number

080-4555-5328

 

Gallery

Step through the (bus) door then a waiter (not the guy in the picture below. Hehe), the owner would be waiting over the counter. He’d welcome and lead us to seats upstairs. The owner told us that it took him a year for renovating this bus turning it into a cafe! That must’ve been a lot of work.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

 

Tada. It looks quite nice, huh? Let’s have a seat. I suppose the tables were installed for this cafe but some seats seem to be the original bus seats. Very cool. Some extra interiors match as well.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

 

Shall we get some drinks and sweets? It has food menu as well. Ring the bell whenever you are ready. He’d come over.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague
Mrs. Wada and her friend thinking.

 

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague
You could take a look at available sweets downstairs. It varies everyday.

 

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague
Mr. Wada relaxing on a comfy seat.

 

Here it comes. These are coffee, melon soda, cheese cake, and a muffin, I think. See this table is like a travel baggage? Hehe, cool.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

I recommend to visit this place at night because it feels more relaxing and the car lights (passing) kinda look cool as well.

The Double-Decker Bus Cafe in Okayama: Montague

 

Lastly

How do you find it? I found the food (sweets and drinks) pretty good and the bus itself is surely cool and entertaining. Please take a visit when you get a chance!

See you around!

Hilly Town Shimotsui in Kurashiki City

shimotsui in kurashiki

Hi there its Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like share our trip to Shimotsui in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture.

Hilly Town Shimotsui in Kurashiki City

Shimotsui is in northern Kurashiki, facing Seto Inland Sea and right beside the Great Seto Bridge that connects to Shikoku Island. I always see octopus from Shimotsui at sushi restaurants and wondered how this town would be like. Let’s see what we discovered in this small hilly town. Deeper Okayama, I’d say.

shimotsui in kurashiki
Under the Great Seto Bridge.

 

Great View from Tatsunourani-Mashimasu Shrine

It feels a bit nostalgic that reminds me of my dad’s hometown. By the way, we’d encounter cats very often (too bad we couldn’t take pics). They seemed friendly enough but try not disturb…. Since there’s an animation movie set in Shimotsui, you’ll notice there are many pictures of scenes from the movie on the street (pics below).

shimotsui in kurashiki
See this character is running on this street?

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
The shrine is up there.

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
The shrine, very compact.

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
So the view would be like this huh? We will see….

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
Tada! Sure a nice view as seen in the picture, isn’t it? (pant pant)

 

Access

1-15-30 Shimotsuitanoura, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama

 

Lunch Time at Shimotsui-Tei

I couldn’t help thinking about having octopus since we were in Shimotsui. We found this ryokan where it serves fresh seafood for lunch. That’d meet my demand! Perfect.

shimotsui in kurashiki
Octopus, Tai (sea bream), and some more sashimi with side dishes. Might not be in big portions but yummer! (1,200 yen)

Access

4-1-3 Shimotsui, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama

 

Shimotsui Train Station (Closed)

This closed station seems to be another popular destination in Shimotsui.  Shimotsui Station had been opened between 1914 to 1991 (!) and now it is being preserved as a part of Shimotsui’s history by local community. We can still stop by and enter the platform. Neat.

shimotsui in kurashiki

 

Alright. Let’s call it a day.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It is certainly a minor destination in Okayama but for getting to know more of REAL Japan, this would a good starter. Hope it helps.

See you around!