Cuisine

An Iconic Dish: Shokudo Kamecchi
Misaki Town, Okayama, Japan
Bright, Happy, Yellow

2022-02-03
Shokudo Kamecchi

 

It is a tradition to visit shrines and sacred places on special occasions like the New Year, spring, the start of new business, examinations, etc.

 

Did you also know that it is common practice to eat auspicious and lucky food to support wishes and bring about well-being?

 

Misaki-cho or Misaki Town in Okayama is famous for its eggs – nice, round and yellow – said to bring good health and good luck to whoever partakes of it.

 

It is home to one of the largest poultry farms in western Japan.

 

The iconic tamago kake gohan egg-over-rice dish is said to have originated in this town, with eggs soo good and delicious, one serving is simply not enough.

 

tamago kake gohan (egg-over-rice dish)

tamago kake gohan (raw egg-over-rice dish)

 

In Shokudo Kamecchi, you will have the chance to savour Misaki Town’s celebrated eggs in many different ways, paired with rice fresh from the nearby Ohaganishi Rice Terraces, one of Japan’s Top 100 Rice Terraces.

 

Inside the shop, you will see a simple table set up, made of gingko and cypress wood, with counter seating as well as outdoor options available. There are a number of menu choices, raw and cooked eggs, with unlimited refills of rice!

 

Shokudo Kamecchi

Shokudo Kamecchi

 

outdoors

outdoors

 

Guinness Book of World Records – for the most people to pass an egg

Guinness Book of World Records – for the most people to pass an egg

 

The dishes are served in sakurako-yaki, a kind of specialty ceramic ware from Misaki-cho, glazed with the ashes of the cherry sakura tree. There are various sauces for topping, specially formulated to complement the rice and eggs.

 

 

Set meal – Misaki-cho egg + kinu-hikari rice from Ohaganishi Tanada (Rice Terraces)

Set meal – Misaki-cho egg + kinu-hikari rice from Ohaganishi Tanada (Rice Terraces)

 

Warm rice + fresh eggs + sesame seeds + sauce was unexpectedly comforting. Nice and springy rice perfectly melded with the deep and rich texture of the eggs and soy sauce, almost like eating butter and honey.

 

Comfort food – nice and warm

Comfort food – nice and warm

 

 

Ginkou Kishida, a renowned journalist from the Meiji era, was from Misaki-cho. He is credited with spreading the popularity of tamago kake gohan (egg-over-rice).

 

Today, the town is actively promoting the “Happy Yellow Project” – which incorporates the popular eggs with the town attractions and the over-all feeling of lightness and happiness that come with living in harmony with oneself and nature.

 

Ohaganishi Tanada (Rice Terraces)

Ohaganishi Tanada (Rice Terraces)

 

Condiment set for tamago-kake-gohan (egg over rice)

Condiment set for tamago-kake-gohan (egg over rice)

 

Misaki-cho local produce center

Misaki-cho local produce center / market

 

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Flowers, Nature and Smiles = Misaki-cho

 

Kamenoko, the train station that leads to the Shokudo Kamecchi restaurant, is cute with the turtle design and all. There is a rock near the station that resembles a turtle, thus the inspiration for the design.

 

Turtle statue by Kamenoko Station

Turtle statue by Kamenoko Station

 

Kamenoko Station (JR Line)

Kamenoko Station (JR Line)

 

Turtle Rock (near Kamenoko Station)-2

Turtle Rock (near Kamenoko Station)

 

Outside Kamenoko Station

Outside Kamenoko Station

 

live turtles inside Kamenoko Station

live turtles inside Kamenoko Station

 

There are also real turtles inside the station and yellow handkerchiefs representing the theme for the town – kofuku 黄福, a play on words “yellow + luck/happiness,” where one may find many bright yellow things – food, people and scenery in Misaki Town, bringing joy and fulfilment.

 

yellow handkerchiefs at Kamenoko Station

yellow handkerchiefs at Kamenoko Station

 

Happy Yellow Project

Happy Yellow Project

 

Come to Misaki-cho – savour luxury in simplicity at Shokudo Kamecchi, and find your bright, happy, yellow spot under the sun.

 

Shokudo Kamecchi - grand set

Shokudo Kamecchi

 

Video: https://www.town.misaki.okayama.jp/soshiki/sangyoukankou/15536.html


Address

2155 Harada, Misaki, Kume District, Okayama, Japan 709-3717

 

Access

Train

  • 10 – 15 minutes on foot from JR Kamenoko Station (JR Tsuyama line)
  • 60 – 70 minutes by train from Okayama Station (JR Tsuyama line)

 

Car / Self-drive

  • 20 minutes by car from Tsuyama on the national interchange
  • 45 – 50 minutes from Momotaro International Airport (Okayama) – via Route 53
  • 65 – 70 minutes’ drive from Okayama City on Route 53

 

Hours / Information       

  • open everyday 9:00- 17:00 (last order 16:30)
  • closed during year-end / New Year

 

Telephone / Contact details

+81 086-866-1123 (Shokudo Kamecchi – Japanese)

+81 086-866-1118 (Misaki Town Tourism – Japanese)

 

Website

https://kamechi.net/ (Japanese)

https://misaki-tamagokakegohan.jp/ (Japanese)

https://www.town.misaki.okayama.jp/contents/kouhuku/tkg/index.html (Japanese)

 

Other interesting places nearby

 

Writer:  CKS

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