The shopping mall ASTE Kawanishi is located near Smith’s School of English Kawanishi. I like to go there for dinner when I’m in Kawanishi to give English lessons. The inside of this shopping mall is interesting. There is open space in the center and you can see the floors above or below you which is cool. There is a Hankyu Department Store and many other shops, including restaurants. A place I like to eat there is HIROTA SWEETS CAFÉ located on the 3rd floor. It has no ceiling in the dining area and faces the open central area, offering a great view of the inside of the mall.. The feeling the large open space gives is relaxing for eating. Other restaurants I’ve been to there are SHIROKUJICHU (四六時中) and WAGURUME (和ぐるめ), also located on the 3rd floor. The food at all three restaurants was delicious.
Last year ASTE Kawanishi had nice Christmas trees with a cute Santa and snowman on the bottom floor in the central area. They were cute. This shopping mall has many bells outside that ring every hour, playing cute tunes which gives the surrounding area a nice atmosphere.
It’s nice having this nice shopping mall in Kawanishi so close to my English school. It’s a place worth checking out if you come to Kawanishi. Enjoy!