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[Feature] Nanokamachi Gotenzeki! Itsumo-no-Tokoro café & restaurant

Hoshi Mama

Hoshi Mama

I moved to Yamagata with my family on the occasion of the U-turn of my husband (coming back to work to Yamagata where he is from). I was fascinated by the people, nature and food in Yamagata, and now I am totally captivated. I will do my best to let many people outside the prefecture know the charms of Yamagata! Also, I am also running a personal blog named Yamagata Kurashi ( with the theme o​ Enrich your life in Yamagata. I will continue to share information on Yamagata from various angles in the future.


The 6th special feature of the historic site Gotenzeki of Nanokamachi in Yamagata City!
This time, I had lunch at the Nanokamachi branch of the popular café Itsumo-no-Tokoro (^-^)

The kanjis for “basho” are read “tokoro,” both meaning “place.”
In addition to the inside of the store and the food report of recommended dishes, we also talked to Abe-san, the manager.

1. Itsumo-no-Tokoro Nanokamachi branch

Gotenzeki is one of the five former weir (irrigation canals) areas in Yamagata City.
It was used to carry agricultural and domestic-use water for over 400 years, and part of Gotenzeki also flowed to the moat of the Yamagata Castle.

The area was redeveloped in 2010 utilizing the old-fashioned masonry canal and was renamed Nanokamachi Gotenzeki, now a place of relaxation for citizens and tourists.

On the 2nd floor of the Gotenzeki building is located the Nanokamachi branch of Itsumo-no-Tokoro.

In April 2015, it was relocated from the 1st floor of Seven Plaza to the 2nd floor here.
Located in the most downtown area of Yamagata, it is a recommended location to take a break between sightseeing, shopping or dates.

The lunch menu includes ladies’ sets and children’ menus, so it can be used in various cases such as girls’ or moms’ meetings.
What I would like you to pay particular attention to is the abundance of desserts…
There are more than 10 types of parfait alone! !! !!
Some of them are for a limited period only, so I’ll have to come back again (^-^)

One of the major features of the Nanokamachi branch is that it becomes a bar where you can drink alcohol in the evening…

There are also the Dainome and Emata branches in the city, but the Nanokamachi branch is the only one that turns into a dining bar in the evening, so it has plenty of alcohol selections.
It is also recommended for a drinking party or a second party in terms of location.

You can spend a relaxing time in a different atmosphere, a cafe during the day and a dining bar at night.

2. Exterior of the shop

It is the appearance of the Nanokamachi branch of Itsumo-no-Tokoro.

The Gotenzeki building itself is a long building starting at the main street, which Itsumo-no-Tokoro faces.

As soon as you go up the stairs, the entrance to the shop is in front of you.

3. Inside the shop

Inside it looks like this.

It is an open space with few obstacles and a view to the back.
The spacious space and the sunlight shining through the windows are also impressive, and it felt nostalgic and cozy even though I visited for the first time (^-^)

There are also terrace seats, overlooking the streets of Nanokamachi.

4. Menu

Pasta set… 1,190 yen
Mentaiko spaghetti… 890 yen
Eggplant with colorful vegetable tomato sauce… 850 yen
Mentaiko cream spaghetti… 890 yen
Basil spaghetti… 890 yen
Gratin & eggplant with colorful vegetables… 1,050 yen
Cheese in hamburger & eggplant with colorful vegetables… 1,150 yen, etc.

[Children’s lunch]
Children’s curry… 490 yen
Children Napolitan… 490 yen, etc.
* With orange juice or melon soda

Tomato and bacon doria… 890 yen
Pumpkin & cheese doria… 890 yen, etc.

Gratin & chicken pilaf… 890 yen
Hamburger & shrimp pilaf… 890 yen, etc.

Cheese on pizza… 800 yen
Seafood pizza (squid and shrimp)… 1,100 yen, etc.

[Curry and rice]
Hamburger steak set… 990 yen
Spicy dry curry… 650 yen, etc.

[Desserts and drinks]
Chocolate parfait
Strawberry parfait
Matcha parfait
Chocolate crepe
Strawberry crepe
Caramel crepe
Ice coffee
Ice Royal Milk Tea
Orange juice
Lemon tea, etc.

5. Recommended items

① Mentaiko spaghetti

I tried the chilled mentaiko (pollock roe) spaghetti recommended by the manager!

It looks refreshing (^-^)
Japanese-style cold soup and moderately boiled pasta are recommended for the body with a bit of summer heat.

The flavor of the perilla leaves and the bitterness of the trefoil accents make it a perfect dish in summer.
The taste of mentaiko and grated radish dissolved in soup was irresistible (≧-≦)

The pasta is served cold in summer, but it is a popular menu throughout the year because it is served hot in winter.

② Chocolate parfait

The recommended dessert is the classic chocolate parfait!
And a perfect classic is delivered!

My mouth reacts unconditionally just by seeing it being carried from a distance (^^;)

Corn flakes, whipped cream, kiwi, peaches, ice cream, cherries, etc., it can’t be anymore delicious (^-^)
After the pasta, I got a go at the parfait.
“It’s as big as a meal,” said Abe-san.

Even if you don’t have an appetite at lunch time, some people come to only eat the parfait.

6. Café that is easy to use even with accompanied by children

Itsumo-no-Tokoro is a café recommended for people with children.
In addition to chairs for them, there is also a diaper changing space in the toilet.
After all, I’m grateful that there is a children’s lunch on the menu (^-^)


7. Parking Lot

There is no dedicated parking lot for the Nanokamachi branch, but there is a partner parking lot.
If you eat and drink for 3,000 yen or more you will receive 1 hour free of charge for parking at the Nanokamachi Parking Plaza 2.

Detailed information

Nanokamachi Parking Plaza 2

Nanokamachi Parking Plaza 2

2-1-17 Nanokamachi, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture


8. Message from the shop

The manager Abe-san was originally a hairdresser.
It seems that his reason for working here was that he fell in love with the logo of the shop at first sight (^-^)

“It’s a space where people of all ages can spend time chatting.
We also take measures against infections, so please come and visit us when you have time. “

Detailed information

Itsumo-no-Tokoro Nanokamachi branch

Itsumo-no-Tokoro Nanokamachi branch

2-7-6 Nanokamachi, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture


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