Strolling the historical Omori district near Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (Oda, Shimane Prefecture)

Aya Satoh Hoshina
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Arima Koeido sweets shop

After strolling for a couple of hours, we started getting a little hungry. We stopped by Arima Koeido, a sweets shop that has been in operation for over 200 years.

Arima Koeido sweets shop

A specialty here is “Getanoha.” Made out of wheat, eggs, brown sugar and white sugar, it’s somewhat similar to cookies — but also has a resemblance to “senbei,” or Japanese rice crackers. It’s been said that miners who used to work in Iwami Ginzan ate Getanoha as a snack.

"Getanoha" snack at Arima Koeido sweets shop

"Getanoha" snack at Arima Koeido sweets shop

Cafe Juru

We continued walking toward the entrance of Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft and stopped by Cafe Juru for lunch.

Cafe Juru

I fell in love with all the small, unique decorations outside.

The inside was cozy, with jazz playing in the background.

Inside Cafe Juru

We had a special lunch set (3,000 yen) that needs to be booked in advance. The cafe features various menu items that use locally-grown vegetables.

Special lunch set at Cafe Juru

I especially enjoyed the chicken grilled in miso and “ume” plums.

Special lunch set at Cafe Juru

We were now a short walk away from Ryugenji Mabu — which will be a topic of my next blog entry.

Omori district, Oda, Shimane Prefecture

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Arima Koeido sweets shop
Address 141 Omoricho, Oda, Shimane Prefecture
TEL 0854‐89‐0629
Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cafe Juru
Address 206 Omoricho, Oda, Shimane Prefecture
TEL 0854–89–0866
Hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.