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