enoshima_topEnoshima is a popular summer beach front located just southwest of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture. The area is well-known for numerous attractions around the island, its long stretch of sandy beach, great wind-surfing spots, and the quaint little tourist shops and restaurants along the walk to the water’s edge. Japanese vacationers and tourists alike come to this area because of it’s close proximity to the big city and coastal charm.

First-time travelers to Japan might not know, but over in the land of the rising sun, walking while eating food is considered a social faux paux. It may be the same in other countries across the world, but North Americans often find this aversion to eating on-the-go a bit surprising at first. But fear not because there’s an exception to every rule. Japan loves their food stands in the summer and bends the rules when it comes to deliciously portable fare like yakitori, takoyaki, and other festival food.

The walk to Enoshima beach and the island beyond is full of stands and small eateries, so feel free to pick up some dango on your way to the beach and munch with your companions! Here are some recommended stops for delicious take-away food to nibble during your vacation stroll.

Whole Roasted Octopus Crackers at the Asahi Main Store

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These portable treats of batter and octopus meat have been featured on traveling shows and in magazines. The secret to the tasty treat is that they put whole octopi in the crackers! You can visit the main store and even watch them mash the small sea creatures in the snack press!

Get a single roasted octopus cracker for 300 yen (about US$3), or buy bags of them to take back to your friends and family.

Otome Manjuu at the Kinokuniya Main Store

enoshima_02Made right at their store, these sweet steam buns known as manjuu are a common treat in various places around Japan. The sweet bean paste filling and supple steamed coating is a traditional flavor that can take a bit of getting used to for some foreign pallets. The bean paste flavor is considered sweet like a dessert, but the mild sweetness is refreshing as an appetizer before moving on to more confectionery treats.

Each manjuu is 100 yen ($1), making it both affordable and delicious.

Kushi-nure Okaki at the Terakoya Head Office

enoshima_03This skewered food looks almost like meat, but it’s actually rice cake mochi. Originally a delicacy from the Kyoto area, the guys at Terakoya make enjoying fried mochi easy while you walk toward the beach. The sauce is a mixture of sweet and salty soy sauce flavor, a perfect combination with an ice cold beer. You have your choice of toppings, including black pepper or mayonnaise.

Get one stick for 200 yen ($2) and snack on your way to the next tasty venue.

Ice Monaka at the Inoue Head Office

enoshima_04Enjoy the extremely popular Japanese version of an ice cream sandwich! Inside a cone-like shell, this restaurant puts a healthy dollop of your choice of vanilla or green tea-flavored ice cream on a bed of sweet red beans that you can take on-the-go! Don’t be scared off by the beans. Even people that normally shy away from the milder taste will be fully satisfied with the delicious combination of sweet ice cream and koshi-an bean paste.

Take it with you for 250 yen ($2.50) or stick around and eat it at the store for 300 yen ($3).

Shirasu Bread at Tobiccho

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThe light, squishy bread is seasoned with sardine flavor. Even so, this treat isn’t overpoweringly fishy, just enough to give you a nice taste of the sea. Not merely a place to grab a quick snack, Tobiccho is a lovely restaurant full of delectable seafood for you to enjoy if you’re not in a hurry to get to the surf.

The bread sells for 250 yen ($2.50) for three small pieces.

Fried Mollusks and Other Shellfish at Kaisaku

enoshima_06Over on the island itself, you can find this seafood store right after stepping off the bridge. Specializing in the biggest, juiciest mollusks and clams you’ve ever seen, this is a good place to stop and have a meal full of freshly caught local sea life cooked right on-site.

So head on over to Kanagawa Prefecture and enjoy some delicious hand-held foods, many of which are straight from the sea of the Enoshima area.

Source: Naver
Top image: Kamakura Tiger
Inset images: Asahi, TabeLog