**permanently closed (Apr 2021 Update)
The sound of chicks chirping, the gentle breeze, the drip drop of coffee. Not a car engine or chitchat can be heard.
Kirakugoya, a cafe self built from scratch, is a place engulfed in the warmth of people and trees. Welcome to an alternate reality that let’s you forget about time.
A Self Built Cafe Surrounded By Nature
Just under a 10 minute drive from Motomachi Port on Izu Oshima island, the cafe is located down a narrow path alongside Oshima High School. Closer to the parking lot are two buildings. The one on the right with a lovely lush garden is Kirakugoya. Upon opening the door made of wood, you are met with the scent of trees. There’s hardly any noise. This is a place where time passes peacefully and calmly.
The cafe was built by the hands of the owner himself. Even the table is handmade, boasting the splendour of wood in Oshima. It felt as though the table and even the cafe itself still continued to breathe. The stove, which the owner personally bought and fitted, matches perfectly with the atmosphere of the cafe.
There is a terrace outside, perfect for sipping tea while enjoying the view of the garden.
Popular Dishes Using Oshima Ingredients
The menu comprises of an array of dishes, including those that use local ingredients. There’s fried rice made using ashitaba, a popular local herb, as well as pizza and pasta topped with specialty seaweed. It’s a child friendly menu, so the whole family can enjoy a good meal here. There’s also fresh juice, we noticed one that uses homemade blueberries, for a delectable treat from mother nature herself.
Green Garden With Cultivation
A predominant feature of Kirakugoya is its ample garden space. Growing in the garden are blueberries and many more fruits.
Admiring this view while drinking delicious coffee and sampling delectable food… what a blissful way to spend time.
A variety of souvenirs are available, but the homemade cookies and jams are a must have.
The jams made from self grown fruits and other such souvenirs are only to be found here. We highly recommend it.
Treating your body and soul to some tranquility and forgetting the passing of time. Kirakugoya is just the place for a time of such meditative need. Warmth and tranquility awaits on just the other side of the door.