If you’ve never been up to Godaisan, there is an old observatory that apparently used to have a cog train going up to it. After the train stopped and was removed, the building was left in a fairly unkept state, but people continued to freely go up for a look out over the city.
With the addition of Panorama on the second floor in the observatory building, you can now enjoy the excellent view of the bay and the city in a relaxing cafe setting. Go in, have the soup curry with saffron rice (my favorite), and then pop up on the deck to get an excellent view of the city–returning back to the cafe to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and maybe some ice cream.
The cafe is very large, and the atmosphere is extremely laid back–it’s all self serve. I also love the eclectic decor and art scattered around the interior, although there is one piece that is highly disturbing. You will have to go look for it yourself because I couldn’t look at it long enough to take a picture…
There are only a few choices on the menu, but they all seem to be pretty solid. Definitely a great place to go when you’ve got a few hours to kick back, even stopping on your way down the mountain to visit Chikurenji or the new tropical green house at Makino Botanical Gardens.
If you’ve never been up there to see the city from above, I really recommend this place! Check out this night time panoramic shot to see what you’ve been missing.
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