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by rockcita

Review: I got there on a Sunday around 5 and was told that reservations are a must, so I didn't get to eat there. The staff does not speak English, so it might be a challenge to dine there if you don't speak Japanese. Its a nice sized restaurant, and looks very organized and clean. Getting there can be a bit of a challenge. From the platform at Kita Kamakura Station, turn right and go through the small station. At the end of the street, turn left. (Reference points are a police station across the street at the streets end, and about 1/2 block down of the left is a park with stairs leading to Engakuji Temple. About another block down on the right is a stairway leading to Tokeiji Temple.) Go about 1/2 block past Tokeiji Temple and the resaurant is on the left. The Hachi part of the name is in kanji and the noki is in hiragana on the sign. I've rated this with 3 stars only because I don't know what the food is like.


Jan Hicks
Posted by Jan Hicks on Monday, July 23, 2012
We had the same experience - arrived at around 5 p.m. on a Sunday, without a reservation. The restaurant was empty, and a member of staff was taking in the signs from outside the door. When we asked if we could eat, he told us "Reservations Only". If he'd said that they were closing, I would have understood, but he didn't. It made us wonder whether you have to be dressed a certain way (we were wearing casual clothes, having spent the day on Enoshima and caught the train up to Kita Kamakura on our return to Kamakura station) since the restaurant was empty and not having a reservation shouldn't have been a problem.
Posted by eatinggreen on Friday, September 12, 2014
The reason why you need reservations in this sort of restaurant is because they begin the preparation process the day before and often only get in just enough food to make what they will need, to avoid waste (in accordance with Buddhist philosophy). They weren't being mean or judging your clothing, it's just the way they roll :)
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