Kocha Romansho Shimano (Photo: Lynda Hogan)

Kocha Romankan Shimano

A traditional tea room in Kawagoe

Kocha Romansho Shimano (Photo: Lynda Hogan)
Lynda Hogan   - 2 min read

Kocha Romankan Shimano Tea room, Shimano for short, is a traditional tea room in Kawagoe. It is similar to a kissaten, the traditional tea shops of Japan, but with more of a British tea room feel. Apart from tea, you can get other beverages and desserts. They also serve a light breakfast and light meals such as sandwiches.

Shimano Tea Room

When I first came to Japan in 2000, kissaten style tea shops were still very popular. Over the years, many have sadly been replaced by chain and craft coffee stores. Ironically, Shimano only opened in 2002 after the boom of kissaten when chain coffee shops were becoming more popular. However, Shimano mimics the style of yore and even the servers still wear traditional British tea lady outfits complete with a white laced apron and head piece. This tea room, just before the main tourist strip, reminds me greatly of the tea shops of my youth back home in Ireland. They even have delicious scones like back home.

The Menu at Kocha Romankan Shimano Tea Room

I think this is the only walk-in café I have ever been to in Japan that offers a boiled egg on the breakfast menu. You can get it with toast or with a sandwich and a drink of your choice. They serve toast and sandwiches all day and they have a couple of rice dishes to choose from at 11 a.m., after breakfast time is over. All dishes can be chosen as a set that comes with a drink. The drink menu has an extensive range of tea. It is served in a tea pot with a strainer and timer so you can make the perfect cup of tea. They have some original dessert tea drinks with ice-cream and fruit pieces. Other desserts include pound cake, parfait and jelly dishes. I particularly recommend the scones. Each day they have a different selection of two or three from a repertoire of about twenty.

Getting there

Kocha Romankan Shimano Tea room is about a ten minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station and about 12 minutes from Kawagoeshi and Kawagoe stations. It is located just before the main tourist district. All of the tourist buses go nearby, the closest bus stop is Nakamachi.

No official parking, but there are plenty of coin parking lots in the area.

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experien...