It’s also more than big food; it is made with ingredients grown locally in Shizuoka Prefecture!
When it comes to extravagant food, of course you’ll find the most options in big cities like Tokyo. But if you travel a little off the usual paths, you may find something truly special.
At the top of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, home to stunning oceans, fresh seafood, and southern views of Mount Fuji, is a small town known as Mishimaknown primarily for Mishima Taisha, remembered by history as the favorite shrine of Shinto Minamoto no Yoritomo during his exile in Izu before becoming the first shogun of the Kamakura period in 12th-century Japan.
But there are other things worth traveling the two-hour train from Tokyo to the region for, including a small local food market and a self-proclaimed “food theme park” known as Izu Eki no Mura. There they have a local egg shop and a cafe called Tamagoya which offers delicious Hinode egg dishes that are harvested from chickens raised at the nearby Hakone Seiroku farm.
Tamagoya is offering a huge treat in its cafe this month as part of the Strawberry Fair: giant strawberry parfait weighing over five kilograms (11 lb). This huge dessert, called Deluxe Strawberry Mont Blanc Parfait, is made not only of locally grown Shizuoka strawberries. Inside the creamy looking solution, fluffy pancakes, Hinode egg cream, strawberry sauce, crunchy chocolate, strawberry whipped cream, strawberry jelly, and strawberry pudding is hiding.
His enough to feed eight to ten people and costs 11,000 yen (US$80.59), so if you want to conquer this baby, feel free to bring a few friends (or maybe two or three of our seasoned reporters). Reservation is required, so make sure you plan your trip ahead of time and book the Deluxe Strawberry Mont Blanc Parfait at least three days in advance, otherwise they probably won’t have enough time to do it for you.
▼ If five kilos of parfait seems a bit much to you, don’t worry. They have too regular sized Strawberry Mont Black Parfait for 1,300 yen, which contains the same tantalizing ingredients and is much easier to finish by just one person.
If you want to make the most of the Tamagoya Strawberry Market, there are plenty of other dishes to try. For example, Super Fluffy Tamagoya Pancakes they are one of the most popular items on their menu and now they sell it together with strawberries, it fits perfectly with cream cheese mousse. Inside the mountain of sweets, there is also a Hinode egg pudding and vanilla ice cream, making it the ultimate pancake dessert. This monster candy costs 1,900 yen.
The store also sells disposable Shizuoka strawberry tarts and cakes from 510 to 660 yen each, which would be a great home souvenir for family and friends!
The Tamagoya strawberry fair runs until December 25, when you can expect these wonderful specialties to disappear. If you’re craving delicious fruity desserts, definitely take a trip. It’s also not far from the coastal city of Atami, so consider visiting Mishima on your next beach resort vacation!
Information about coffee shops
Cafe Brunch Tamagoya / カフェブランチタマゴヤ
Address: Shizuoka-ken, Mishima-shi, Yasuhisa 322-1
Open from 9:30 to 17:00 (shop is open from 9:00 to 17:00)