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【KAMAKURA】 -Darkness of Night- Unveil the Other Face of Town

【KAMAKURA】 -Darkness of Night- Unveil the Other Face of Town

Kanagawa 2014.05.21 Bookmark

Translated by Michiyo Nakashima

Written by Ito Kentaro

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People often complain that restaurants and shops are closed earlier than usual in Kamakura. Throughout the year, about 19 million people visit this place. However, only two percent of these people actually put up at accommodations in Kamakura. There are still places that are unknown to those visitors.

小町通り

This is what you usually see when you visit Kamakura.

The Komachi Street is filled with people during the daytime, but after sunset many of the shops there close their doors.

夜の鎌倉

photo: Frank O'Connor

It looks like the dead hours of the night on the streets. The whole town is stilled, making it feel like the bustle of the crowd during the daytime was an illusion.
Yet, there are in fact, around 80 restaurants that are open until midnight in the area. They are hidden under the veil of the bustle of the town during the daytime, but if you want to experience how the night in Kamakura looks like, it's worth missing the last 11 pm train to Tokyo.

8:00PM Let’s go out to town!

After dinner, I passed through Komachi Street. As you can see in the picture, there is not much business going on, but if you walk into an alley, you'll find another world…

夜の鎌倉

photo: Frank O'Connor

You'll see some lights alongside the street, that means some restaurants are still doing business.

8:15PM Found a hidden place!

ひぐらし文庫

Looks like there is a shop on the second floor.

Higurashi Bunko (biblioheca)

ひぐらし文庫

There it is, a tiny bar. All customers have to stand up in front of the counter and order food and drinks at the bar. You even have to talk to someone to pass through the space in this tiny place.

ひぐらし文庫

There are bookshelves on the wall. That is why this bar is called Bunko (bibliotheca). Those books surely are making a classic kind of atmosphere.

ひぐらし文庫

The prices of the food and drinks were reasonable! That made me want to order and try everything. The owner of the bar was very welcoming. He told me that you could see the main street from the window over there before the tall building in front of us was built. He seemed to be missing the sight of the main street from the window.

ひぐらし文庫

It was a cozy little bar where people seemed to be relaxed and having fun with new people. I saw men and women of all ages at that tiny place.

9:50PM Enjoy the drinks and the music

夜の鎌倉

photo: Frank O'Connor

There was a pleasant breeze from the ocean when I got out of the bar. Finally I was heading to the last bar for the night.

しゃるまん

photo: Frank O'Connor

Alongside Komachi Street, there's an even smaller alleyway and at the end of the alley. There you'll find a nice music bar called “Bar Sharman”. Yes, the last drinks of the night should go with nice music.

Bar Sharman

しゃるまん

As opposed to the Higurashi Bunko, the Bar Sharman has a different type of atmosphere.

しゃるまん

At the bar, Jazz and AOR, Adult-oriented Rock music were played. The western music played on the phonograph record, which has a stylus made in Japan. It made me imagine that as if there was a coexistence of Japanese culture and western culture on the Phonograph record.

しゃるまん

By the time I left the bar, I was immersed in an aftertaste of the music and the drinks from the bar.

11:00PM Time to go home

Oh, it's about the time to catch the last train to Tokyo.

夜の鎌倉

photo: Frank O'Connor

On the way to the station, I was very satisfied. It’s not the happiest moment, but the pleasant feeling made me relaxed for a while. Hoping to have a good night sleep. Oh, I should be careful not to miss my stop on the train…

【KAMAKURA】 -In the Morning- Early to Rise, Plenty of Time

Information

Higurashi Bunko (biblioheca)

Business hours:4:00pm~11:00pm
Location: 5 mins walk from JR Kamakura station
Costs: 100yen ~500yen
Call:080-2561-7419
HP:http://www.higurashi-bunko.com

Bar Sharman

Business hours: 7:00pm~ till the last train
No business day: Every Thursday
Location: 3 mins walk from JR Kamakura station
Costs: 800yen
Call: 0467-23-1010
HP:http://www.sharuman.com

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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