A Forest Escape that Serves Pizza
So this place presented itself to us during one of our many "location trips" where we try to find a certain place and again have just managed to get ourselves lost. Driving up in the northern part of Okinawa can be very rewarding with all the scenic views sunsets while you seem to be driving an endless road, old villages that make you feel like you're in the past and lush green forests where you can easily get lost (the latter was our case). After a few minutes of frustration our curiosity peaks as we see a green wooden sign repeatedly on the side of the road. Hungry, we give in to the wooden painted signs and follow it's directions. To our surprise we find ourselves in a charming little garden home that serves the best stone oven baked pizza in the forest! ( or at least to our standards)
Cafe Ichara is a small home converted to a restaurant in the middle of the forest that gives off a private and quiet vibe where you can enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You have a choice to sit in the beautiful outside wooden deck or in the cool inside relaxing tables and tatami mat areas. The outside deck is surrounded by plants with make shift wooden tables and plastic chairs that surprisingly works very well with the overall theme. The inside is a more Japanese cabin feel with low light wooden walls and nature/animal themed art decorated throughout. Either inside or outside is an enjoyable experience that the food definitely carries. The outside deck and inside sections are directly connected where you will be expected to remove your shoes and use the provided slippers. The whole place assimilates into the forest making you feel one with nature as you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of good food and gentle music.
The best part of Cafe Ichara are the gorgeous and tasty pizzas they cook. Pizzas can range from about 800 to 1500 yen depending on toppings and size. Being in Nago we chose the Hawaiian pizza where pine apple is grown and wildly popular. We ordered another pizza for a bit of variety which was mostly topped off with vegetables. The pizzas are served on a sort of baking paper over a banana leaf for a more natural look at all the ingredients, so fresh and enticing the garden backdrop all around you just makes everything better. They also have a wide juice selection to choose from since the atmosphere just screams enjoy a nice cool drink while you leisurely wait in a forest utopia for your delectable food. Curry with rice are among other selections to pick from the menu but we all know the star of the menu are the pizzas. If you're up in the northern part of Okinawa and are tired of the usual Pizza in the Sky run this place offers pizza at whole new level and atmosphere. I would recommend this place as your go to spot after a hike from Tadake Falls.
PLACE : Ichara Cafe
ADDRESS: 2416- Izumi Motobu Kunigami-gun Okinawa 2416-1
GPS: 26.646737 127.951266
DIRECTIONS: From the Nago expressway exit follow 58 until you hit 84 then take a left as if you were going to the pineapple park. Follow 84 straight pass the pineapple park on your right keep going for about 5 minutes until you start seeing little green wooden painted signs that say Ichara turn left and follow path towards the cafe.
HOURS: 11:30AM - 5:00PM
PRICE: 1000 to 1500 yen
PAYMENT: Cash only
PARKING: Yes (limited)
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