Kamakura 24sekki & Naturalia (Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan)

In June, I went to Kamakura to explore it’s numerous temples and see Kamakura in the height of あじさい  (Hydrangea) season.  While there, I set out to explore two of Kamakura’s vegan cafes: Kamakura 24sekki, near the Daibutus (Giant Buddha), and Naturalia, near Hasedera Temple. You can also visit Kokusai Cafe Sorafune, which is about 10 minutes from Kamakura Station, and Sairam, a more expensive restaurant near Jojuin Temple.

I.  Kamakura 24sekki – Natural Bread & Vegan Cafe (Kamakura Station, Kamakura, Kanagawa)

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Location:  TokiwaKamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Type:  All Vegan; Bakery, Sandwiches
  • Hours: Thu-Sun 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Price: $$ – Moderate (Lunch Sets about ¥1200)
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website
  • Close To: 10-15 minute walk from Daibutsu (Giant Buddha), 20-25 minute walk from Kamakura or Hase Station
Kamakura 24sekki

Kamakura 24sekki

Location & Map:

Address, Train Access & Contact:

  • English Address: 923-8 Tokiwa, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
  • Japanese Address: 〒248-0022 神奈川県鎌倉市常盤923-8
  • Train Access: 20-25 minutes from Kamakura Station and Hase Station
  • Phone Number: 0467-81-5004

Google Map:

Restaurant Review:

Kamakura 24Sekki is an all-vegan cafe and bakery located about a 15-20 minute walk from the Diabutsu (Great Buddha). It’s in a residential area off of a major road, which makes it a little bit tricky to find, but honestly I think it’s worth the walk.

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For lunch, they had 2 sandwich & soup sets. The Soy Meat Sandwich Set was ¥1150 and the Chinoise Sandwich Set was ¥1275.  They also have a bread-and-soup set (¥850) if you’d prefer a light lunch.  I ordered the Soy Meat Sandwich Set (¥1150).  The Sandwich Set took a little while to prepare (perhaps 15-20 minutes or so), but was worth the wait.

The sandwich had two layers: one layer with “mayo”, lettuce and carrots, and the next with soy meat and more “mayo”. It’s very similar to the types of layered mayo-laden sandwiches you see in Japanese convenience stores. I’d always wanted to try one, but given that they were chock full of animal product I’d never had the opportunity. So I was really happy to have a chance to try something similar! Also, the bread was incredible – I’m sure it’s vastly superior to the wonder bread-esque bread used in the convenience store sandwiches.  The soup was also incredible – it had a delicious vegetable broth filled with cooked onions, baby carrots, greens and yellow squash.

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Soy Meat Sandwich (¥1270)

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Kamakura 24sekki is also primarily a vegan bakery.  They have an array of pastries for sale, including homemade loaves of bread, scones, cinammon rolls, bagels, and Japanese “Melon Pan” (melon bread).  When I visited, I ordered the Melon Pan (¥270) and Cinnamon Roll (¥270).

Bread Selection at Kamakura 24sekki

Bread Selection at Kamakura 24sekki

Scones

Scones

Cinnamon rolls & Bagels

Cinnamon rolls & Bagels

The Cinnamon Roll was a little disappointing – there was no frosting or cream, which to me is just a necessary ingredient to cinnamon rolls.  It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it tasted more like a cinnamon swirl bagel than a  cinnamon bun – it just wasn’t creamy or rich enough.

Melon Pan

Melon Pan

I was really excited to try Melon Pan, a very popular Japanese pastry with a cookie-like exterior.  The kind I’ve seen in convenience stores is enormous (basically the size of your face), so I was sad that these ones were so small.  But, it was really wonderful to get an opportunity to try such a distinctive pastry.  It was pretty good – the inside had a mild taste & squishy texture like a dinner roll, while the outside was crunchy and sweet like a cookie.  Sadly, having never had non-vegan Melon Pan, I don’t know how it compares to the original.  At ¥270 it was pretty pricey, but I think it’s definitely worth trying!

Next stop…

II.  Naturalia (Yuigahama Station, Kamakura, Kanagawa)

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Location:  Near Yuigahama Station, Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa
  • Type:  All Vegan; Organic, Veggie Burgers, Vegan Ice Cream
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Price: $$ – Moderate
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Facebook Page
  • Close To: Hasedera Temple
Naturalia's Storefront

Naturalia’s Storefront

Location & Map:

Address, Train Access & Contact:

  • English Address: Hase 1-11-11, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, Japan 248-0016
  • Japanese Address: 〒248-0016, 神奈川県鎌倉市長谷1-11-11
  • Train Access: 5 minute walk from Yuigahama Station
  • Phone Number: 0467-84-8997

Google Map:

Restaurant Review:

I also went to Naturalia, another vegan restaurant located in Kamakura. Naturalia is a sweet little cafe serving lunch sets (usually 2 available), vegan ice cream, and some vegan baked goods.There’s only a few seats, but there’s also outdoor seating available. They also have a selection of vegan grocery items available, which is very convenient for those living in the area.

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Naturalia in Kamakura, Kanagawa

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Grocery Selection at Naturalia

I didn’t stop by for a meal, but I did get dessert: a chocolate brownie with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.  Sadly I lost my record of how much it cost (I had it on my old phone), but it was pretty expensive – something around ¥400 or so, which for Japan is pretty cheap for a dessert.  The brownie was really rich and fudgie and the ice cream was just right – it was creamy and rich.

The staff were also really nice – it was late in the day and they were almost out of ice cream, but they were able to scrape out the last bit for me after searching in the freezer.  If I’m ever in the area again, I definitely want to stop by to try their lunch sets!

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Brownie & Ice Cream from Naturalia

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