Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop) – (Onomichi)

When I was in Onomichi, I was caught in a thunderstorm and nearly got hit by lightning.  After the main part of the storm passed, I was able to make my way down the mountain and back to the main shopping street of Onomichi.  Once I got there I quickly found a cafe and ducked in there for an hour or so.  It was a great little cafe and a great place to calm my nerves with a little tea.

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

This misadventure started off when I was up near Saikokuji.  It is one of the highest temples on the mountain side and when lightning struck less than 500 metres from my position, I was freaked out.  I was safe inside the temple for a bit and once the storm seemed to pass, I made a run for it down the mountain.  I first looked for a cafe nearby but since it was a Thursday, many of the shops were closed.  I finally got back to the main shopping street and looked for any cafe that I could enter and thankfully Kasen was right there.

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

When I entered, it was a nice little cafe/cake shop and the people seemed friendly enough.  I sat down and there were just a couple of old ladies (grandmas) there.  I took a corner seat and started reading the menu to calm my nerves.  I started to read the menu and saw some rooibos tea.  I remember hearing a certain southern barbarian talk with her south east barbarian about rooibos tea and I knew I had to try some.  I ordered some hot rooibos apple tea and it came out quickly.

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

While I was there, I started to realize that the cafe was not just a cafe but also a cake shop.  They had a lot of homemade cakes on display and even a nice older gentleman went in and ordered a big cake for some sort of event.  I tried not to listen in as it was rude, but I often do so when I am alone.  It’s hard to shut my ears off.

Rooibos Tea at Kasen

Rooibos Tea at Kasen

The tea at Kasen was really good and really helped calm my nerves.  The rain had started to stop and I was starting to finish my tea when the waitress, a nice older lady, offered to get me more hot water.  Since I was on a time limit to try to visit all of the temples sooner than later, I decided it was better to not get more water and just head back out.

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

Kasen (Cafe and Cake Shop)

I really did like Kasen and wish I had more time to go back and just try the cakes.  I will be back again if I go back to Onomichi.  If you happen to be in the area, be sure to try it as well.

Information

  • Kasen (Official Site – Japanese Only)
  • Kasen (Tabelog – Japanese Only)