CONTRIBUTED BY KARA WALTON

Gold outside Gold garden

On shore duty a few weeks ago, my husband spotted a restaurant we had to try. Café Gold Hall is a Cave, Bonsai Garden, and Restaurant all in one. The building offers a casual dining experience mixed with that only-one-in-the-museum adventure feel.

Upon entering, we paid an 800 Yen entry fee each and were handed a map. The server pointed to different sections. We sat down in the Cafe section and ordered some food from an English menu, unaware of the looming adventure. There were a few options including taco rice, sandwiches, and soup, all reasonably priced. The coffee and drink menu was well- stocked. At dinner, there is a more extensive food and dessert menu.

Gold limestone Gold bonsai

Looking at the map revealed thirteen different sections of the restaurant. It is essentially a museum with good food, can’t top that! During out wait, we began the adventure through a limestone cave, garden, mirror room, and bonsai garden in accordance with the easy-to-follow map.

Gold table Gold view

During our exploration session, we came across many seating areas and different types of rooms. Some were outside with terrific views of the ocean and interesting table set-ups (ie. a wagon wheel surrounded by benches) but it was raining so we opted to remain indoors. The limestone cave section is literally a part of the restaurant built into a cave with a bar surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. The outdoor garden was beautiful with a waterfall, statues (including every American’s favorite lady, the Statue of Liberty), and many paths for exploring. The best part of the tour is on the roof of the building where bonsai plants are arranged in many different greenhouses.

Gold taco rice Gold steak

Gold cake Upon completion of the tour, we conveniently ended up by the Café and our food was promptly delivered. I ordered the taco rice, which was served in a heaping portion that would feed at least two. My husband ordered a steak sandwich. They were about 600 Yen a piece and as we finished eating, our server brought us two slices of complimentary delicious chiffon cake. That was an unexpected surprise, leaving us excited to return with friends.

Hours: 10am- Midnight, 365 Days a Year.

Phone: 098-968-3546

Payment: We paid with Yen and I did not see any signs for a Credit Card machine, although I was not looking. The entry fee is 800 Yen for adults and 500 Yen for children.

Address: 4272-1 Kin, Kin, Kunigami District

Google Maps Coordinates: 26.4526094, 127.91542070000003

Directions: Café Gold Hall is located in Kin Town, near Camp Hansen. Take the expressway North to Exit 8. Turn left onto 329 (at the end of the exit ramp) and continue through three stop lights. Just after the third light, make a right onto a small side street. It is after the “Little Kitchen” and just before “Club AJ’s”. If you reach Hansen Gate 1, you have gone too far. Follow this road until you see the restaurant on the left. There is a parking lot right beside it!

13 COMMENTS

  1. Took the fam here today. Wow! We all were quite impressed, and couldn’t understand why this place isn’t more widely advertised. Yet another one of the island’s best kept secrets.

    Wandering through the many rooms/sections did indeed feel like an adventure (our 9 y/o especially enjoyed “discovering” what was around each corner). The wooden furniture and carvings throughout were just breathtaking, and walking through the garden was very tranquil.

    We should’ve heeded your advice about the taco rice, though. Hubby and I each ordered it, and we each wound up getting half wrapped up to go. It was ginormous… but very tasty.

    The whole experience made for a great rainy afternoon activity, and we definitely recommend it.

  2. Went there for the second time. First time, at the end of the tour, everyone including the kids got a slice of cake and tea or coffee. This time around though, all we got was water and a discount coupon for the next time we go back. I think it’s 300Yen off the usual price of 800Yen. However, it was still a great experience. I would love to meet the owner someday!

  3. Take the 73 over to Ishikawa then follow 329 North to Kin. If you took the 6 to the 329 you’d be going backwards to go forward.

  4. VJ,
    I would go North on 58 and cut across the 6 to 329. Then take 329 (Left) North to Kin and follow the above directions from there! Enjoy.
    Kara

  5. Melissa,
    While I think strollers could fit most everywhere in this building it is multiple levels and there are many stairs. I am not sure it would be easy to navigate with a stroller. Sorry to disappoint!
    Kara

  6. They stop serving food at 7.

    At least they did last night (Tuesday) when we arrived at 7. We found this out after we paid the entrance fee and conpleted the tour.

  7. Wow, this was just up the hill from my house when we were stationed there. I never knew it was a restaurant. I always wondered about the statue of liberty though!! I always thought those trees,etc were very pretty and one day while taking a walk, I got a great photo of it.

  8. It’s nice to see this place reviewed for the new people.
    Sitting in my living room in El Paso, TX I remember the afternoon our family spent there.
    Thanks

  9. Wasn’t this place reviewed on here once before? I swear it was b/c I was wandering around Kin one afternoon and happened to see this place and thought to myself “Ah ha! now I know where that is!” but then when I got home I couldn’t find it. It was a long while ago though . . . . Am I the only one who remembers that?

  10. I’m glad to see this place reviewed. I’ve been curious about it since seeing an ad in one of the Okinawan magazines. It’s good to see a review of someplace near the northern camps too! I think we’ll try it with our kids soon. Thanks.

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