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When visiting Kamakura as well as its coastal neighbour Enoshima, there’s one dish that’s an absolute must-try. Shirasudon is a ricebowl topped with raw or cooked juvenile fishes (known as whitebait or shirasu). This tender delicacy has a slightly salty flavour; shirasudon can be found throughout the area, but one restaurant in particular draws many keen eaters for its tasty shirasudon as well as other delicious dishes using shirasu: Shirasuya (しらすや).

That’s Enoshima itself on the horizon.

Shirasu, key ingredient for shirasudon

But it’s these little guys we are here for at the moment!

restaurant in Enoshima that sells shirasudon
It’s a sunny day, thus a short wait seems unavoidable. Just look at this many people eager to try some shirasudon themselves.

stall selling shirasudon and bento box in Enoshima
Getting a bentobox to enjoy at the beach in Enoshima is of course a very good alternative!

intricate woodwork of table


The table has quite some intrique woodwork.


Some fresh appetizers.

shirasudon, which is famous in Enoshima.

The main course, shirasudon!

gratin dish with shirasu inside

Can you also spot the shirasu in this dish?

gratin dish with shirasu inside

Maybe now?

Rests to say that the dishes at Shirasuya (しらすや) are truly delicious and has a bountiful flavour while the portions are also very generous. So next time you’re in Enoshima please make sure to try this local delicacy!


Name Shirasuya (しらすや)
Category Restaurant
Address 2-10-13 Koshigoe,Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0033
Access [map]2-10-13 Koshigoe,Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0033[/map]
Opening Hours 11:00-22:00 Closed on Thursdays
Price Range 1,000-2,000 yen
Payment options Both
Brian Kold

Brian Kold

Hi! My name is Brian from the Netherlands. Since arriving in Japan about two years ago I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to not only explore this amazing country, but also to practice my beloved hobby, kendo. Every day I have met wonderful people each with their own story and perhaps one day when you come to Japan you too can share your story!

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