Cafés

Kanon Kaffee

In this family café, nestled among quiet mountains, enjoy a taste of country life and locally produced food.


Address: Ka-54 Sugaike-machi, Hakui City
Phone: 0767-26-1128
Website: http://kanon-cafe.seesaa.net/
Hours: 11:30 - 17:30
Closed: Tuesdays and Sundays
Parking: 7 spaces
 
■Take a break in an old house near the woods
A large hook suspends a pot over a traditional Japanese hearth next to a Western-style sofa in the tatami room, while Western music plays in the background. Inside this 70-year-old house, Kanon Kaffee has created a comfortable space where people like to linger. Muto Ichiju and his wife Kaori run the café. He is a qualified coffee meister and junior vegetable and fruit meister (vegetable sommelier). The café is famous for its curry, which uses locally grown vegetables and rice, as well as for its coffee - the beans are self-roasted. The curry ingredients change with the seasons, with summer vegetables, bamboo shoots and pork & radish used as available, as well as an original spice mix.
Kaori-san is in charge of bread and sweets. She also uses many local ingredients to prepare such treats as baked pumpkin cheesecake. The owner's goal is to produce local food for local consumption. They rely on the knowledge of older people in the town to grow rice and vegetables.

The daily curry is limited to 20 servings. The A set, which comes with coffee, is 1,200 yen.
The daily curry is limited to 20 servings. The A set, which comes with coffee, is 1,200 yen.
  Baked pumpkin cheesecake is 400 yen. The type of cake changes daily.
Baked pumpkin cheesecake is 400 yen. The type of cake changes daily.
 

Nizami Coffee Café

Enjoy highly-rated coffee at the directly-managed shop of a popular roaster.


Address: 7-30-1 Iida-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-7023
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (- 18:00 in winter; please call)
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
Parking: 7 spaces
 
■Gourmet flavored coffee can be enjoyed in a casual setting.
This is the second shop of "Nizami Coffee Shop Funagoya", which Yoko Nizami opened in Kinoura after she returned home to Suzu from Tokyo, where she learned coffee bean roasting. Her coffee became popular by word of mouth, attracting enthusiastic fans throughout Japan, and this cafe was opened in response to strong demand for a place to taste her coffee. The shop interior has a bright atmosphere featuring white plaster walls and wood grain. The concept is to provide a space where anyone, including local old men and middle-aged women, can feel free to come and relax.
Placing great importance on freshness, beans are sent directly from Kinoura every day. There are roughly 14 kinds of beans in the display-case to select from, including special blends and straight coffees from various counties. The most popular brand is the Funagoya Blend (500 yen), which has an exquisite balance between bitterness and acidity. Along with the coffee, the handmade cakes are not to be missed (from 300 yen; three types available; changed daily).

   

Open Café Ki no Koe

A café inside a temple.
Take a short rest in this corridor café with round windows.


Address: Kyoganji temple, O-123 Kanakura, Machino-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-32-0892
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays, irregularly from December to March (inquire beforehand)
Parking: 20 spaces
Access: About 30 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange; about 25 minutes by car from Noto Airport

■A café inside a temple
Terraced rice fields spread out in the Kanakura area of Wajima City. In this quiet mountain community, the open café Ki no Koe is located inside this temple, which was built about 600 years ago. It's found in the corridor with circular windows that connects the main temple building and the priests' quarters. If you plan to eat there, the Onigiri Lunch (reservations required) at 800 yen is recommended. It includes onigiri rice balls made from rice harvested from the local terraced rice fields and Kodai rice, and comes with traditional Kanakura foods and side dishes with lots of vegetables. Be sure to give the thanks to the land for this meal, which is good for both body and soul.
The café is managed by the wife of the priest of Kyoganji temple, Fumie Hyuga. "I want people to taste the local ingredients," says this former nutritionist. She makes good use of her experience in making homemade pizzas and cakes. Food preparation doesn't begin until an order is received, you'll naturally have to wait. Leave your watch at home and plan for a leisurely meal.

This old water mill is a symbol of the Kanakura district.
This old water mill is a symbol of the Kanakura district.
  The Kodai rice is also grown in Kanakura. The Onigiri Lunch changes daily.
The Kodai rice is also grown in Kanakura. The Onigiri Lunch changes daily.
 

Tsujiguchi Hironobu Confectionery Art Museum Le Musee de H

He won a victory in the world cup of western sweets, La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.
He wants to produce patisseries that spread their wings from Noto to the world.


Address: Wa-bu 65-1 Wakura-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-4000
Website: http://www.kagaya.co.jp/le_musee_de_h/contents/wakuraConcept.html
Hours: 9:00 - 19:00 (Museum is open from 8:00 - 17:00)
Closed: Open 365 days a year
Fee: Museum entry 600 yen (includes entry to the Kado Isaburo Museum)
Parking: 20 spaces

■An array of Noto-only sweets
At the age of 29, Hironobu Tsujiguchi won the prestigious La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, establishing himself as the top sweets maker in the world. He opened his own Museum and Café, where he offers a variety of sweets, from jelly rolls to Japanese confectioneries.
The café space has a very open feel, with a great view of Nanao Bay. Enjoy something to drink while trying the variety of cakes available. Noto-only sweets made from Noto ingredients, such as milk from organically raised Noto cows and natural salt from the Agehama Salt Farm, are particularly recommended. Try the Vogue, a cheese mousse filled with a compote of figs stewed in Noto wine at 550 yen, or the Kaga Bocha Roll, which is a Kaga bocha-flavored cake rolled around Noto Dainagon azuki bean paste, at 420 yen, or any of the many other varieties. The lineup changes with the seasons, so the anticipation of not knowing which sweets will be available just adds to the enjoyment.
In the museum are displayed works that fuse sweets and art, such as a 6m tall mural created using candy.

   

Teahouse Wafuan

The teahouse of the time-honored Japanese sweets shop, famous for its Maruyubeshi, a specialty of Wajima.


Address: 4-bu 98 Kawai-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-22-9555
Website: http://yubeshi.jp/index.html
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Closed: Open 365 days a year
Parking: Use the Asaichi parking lot
Access: About an 13-minute walk from Michi no Eki Wajima Furatto Ho-mu
 
■Breathe in the culture of Wajima in this teahouse
Yubeshi is a representative sweet of Wajima. The pulp of a yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) is removed, and replaced with sweetened mochi (sticky rice cake). The yuzu is then steamed and dried slowly for about six months. In 1910, Yubeshi Sohonke Nakauraya was founded, and this traditional sweets shop has continued to use yuzu to create a variety of sweets since then. Wafuan is on the 2nd floor of that shop.
A set menu that includes Maruyubeshi and your choice of coffee, tea or green tea runs 700 yen. The sweetness of the thinly sliced Maruyubeshi lingers amid the bittersweet taste and fragrance of the yuzu.
The charm of Wafuan is the local style of the space. The materials for the interior decorations are all from Wajima. The panels decorating the ceiling and walls are lacquered. The coffee and sweets serving containers are all Wajima lacquer ware. In this teahouse, you can really feel the history of this lacquer-based culture.

   

Sabo Sanchome

An orthodox coffee house on Asaichi Street.


Address: Asaichi Street, Kawai-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-22-5793
Hours: 7:00 - 16:00
Closed: The 10th and 25th of each month
Parking: Use the Asaichi parking lot
Access: About a 15-minute walk from the Michi no Eki Wajima Furatto Ho-mu
 
■An oasis on Asaichi Street
 Many street stalls line Wajima's Asaichi Street. It's popular with tourists, and they throng the street, but amidst all this bustle, you'll find Sabo Sanchome. Take one step inside, and it's as though you've entered another world from busy Asaichi Street. Most of the wood in the shop is mahogany, and jazz music fills the calm atmosphere.
The shop was opened 36 years ago. Coffee is of course the star of the menu. The coffee beans are roasted and ground inside the shop, and the water used to make the coffee is drawn from an underground well using a special pump. In the summer, you can taste a cup of cold-brew coffee using the water dripper in the center of the table. This coffee is slowly, carefully brewed overnight; only 25 cups are served a day. The shop master puts all of his experience and consideration into each cup of coffee he prepares.
If you need a break from shopping or strolling around, the cake set is an excellent choice. Select from 10 different types of cake, and add a cup of coffee for 700 yen. The coffee is made from an original blend of 5 types of beans for a smooth coffee without bitterness.