Updated: June 18, 2019
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Best Shirasu Bowls In Kamakura Area


In Japan, shirasu (whitebait) is used in many dishes during the spring season. In Kanagawa, the collection of shirasu usually starts in March, and this is also when restaurants begin serving shirasu bowls in the Kamakura area. Here are some of the best places to get Shirasu in Kamakura!

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Japanese Spring Shirasu (Whitebait)

There are several places in Japan where shirasu gets collected, but one of the main areas is the Kamakura/Shonan area in Kanagawa prefecture. The Spring Shirasu that gets collected from mid March has a sweet aftertaste to it, and can be enjoyed from around April to May. Although this is the prime season to enjoy fresh shirasu, it can also be found through the summer and fall until around December.

Here are three places to get some great shirasu in Kamakura:

1. Shirasu-ya

This restaurant is located right across from Koshigoe Fishing Port, so they serve very freshly collected shirasu.
The most popular dish here is the Two-colored shirasu bowl. You can enjoy both the raw and boiled shirasu at the same time. This store specializes in serving shirasu during spring season, and if you want some freshly collected shirasu, this restaurant is highly recommended!

2. Kama-Kama

This restaurant serves each bowl in a small hot pot, and adds seasonal toppings. Many of their bowls use shirasu, but they also mixe shirasu with other toppings, which makes for some delicious bowls. The most popular bowl in the store is the Tri-color shirasu bowl, which consists of sea urchin, shirasu and salmon roe.
They have a nice variety in their menu, as well as seasonal bowls that can only be eaten during the spring season such as the Shirasu and Sakura Shrimp bowl.

3. Akimoto

The concept of this restaurant is to serve dishes that can only be made in Kamakura. Therefore, the ingredients, including vegetables and shirasu, all come from Kamakura. Their shirasu bowl uses "Shonan Shirasu" that the chef gets every morning during the spring season from the local fisherman.

Both raw shirasu bowls and boiled shirasu bowls are available on the menu, as well as other traditional Japanese dishes that use freshly picked Kamakura vegetables. This is a great option if you want to eat food that can only found in Kamakura.

Don't leave Japan without trying shirasu!

These are three of the best places to have shirasu in the Kamakura area. Of course, there are many more restaurants that serve shirasu, but these are our favorites. Raw shirasu is generally available between April and December, so if you're in the area during that time, don't miss out!

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