Minatogawa is quickly becoming one of my favorite areas to dine, admittedly I have only been there twice now but I am itching to go back to try all the different eateries there and do a little window shopping too!
This small area in Urasoe was once military housing which has been turned into a variety of businesses from cafes, bakeries & coffee shops to vintage clothing stores, beauty shops and even a wooden toy play place/shop for kids!
‘Stateside town’ has one ‘main’ road used for parking and then 10 side streets named after various States in America. The first time we went we parked right at the beginning and explored the area on foot, which I highly recommend doing because the streets are narrow and surprisingly its quite busy down there, and more importantly this way you wont miss any hidden treasures.
About 1/3 of the 62 properties are either empty or appear to be private residence, which is kind of a shame; selfishly I would love if ALL the properties were turned into businesses.
I found it really interesting seeing the ex-military family housing, its surprising (and at the same time not surprising) how small they are! Some are run down with chipped paint while others have had a fresh, often bright, new coat; they are all charming in their own way.
We arrived a little before lunch and started at one end and worked our way down to Michigan Street where we settled on dining at Cafe Rich Epi…it was delicious. The menu was limited (from memory there was a chicken, curry, beef & one other option) but the set came with the most delicious salad and a glass of juice. They also had a kids set which was pretty decent size so the girls shared this.
After lunch we quickly checked out Arizona & Oregon streets before making our way back to oHacorte for some beautiful tarts to share…of course we devoured them before I could take a photo.
I suggest you head down to Minatogawa to taste the tarts, and everything else out for yourself.