Sunday, February 8, 2015

Smiley Cafe in Anbo

What better way to end a
trip to Yakushima than with
a hot cup of Joe at a quaint
cafe with a view of the port?

Residents of Anbo know that the best way to pass time away is to sit along the river bank and stare out at the ocean.

For those of us who happen to have a sweet tooth or a coffee craving,  the best location is Smiley. My impression of Smiley is clean, cozy, cute and above all cheerful. Here, food is appreciated not by quantity, but by the thoughtfulness served with each creation, from soups and muffins to custard parfaits.

Since much of Yakushima runs on island time -- either you're up and going at 4am or you're not going to open your eyes until mid-morning -- finding breakfast anywhere outside of your hotel can be a bit tricky. But in Anbo a slow morning begins at 9:30am at Smiley.

Left: The seasonal speciality of winter 2015: French toast!
Right: Ooh! Yakushima-themed cookies!

Location: Anbo, near the river between the port and the bridge. (30.31432,130.6565)
Hours: 9:30-6pm. Closed on Tuesdays*

*Hours of business may change, so please check the website or call ahead.

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