Deep in Hirakata city, in a quiet neighborhood on the top of pretty large hill is the lovely café called 'Cafe Hinode'. Hinode means sunrise in Japanese and is a Japanese sweets specialty and coffee shop that opened its doors in June of 2013. It's sits on the groundfloor of a stand-alone house with a large parking next to it where usually a classic grey Toyota Sprinter 1600, Coupe GS from the 70's is parked, so you can't miss it.
The entrance of the café is to the side of the building, up the porch and under the small canopy. Inside you will find the kitchen on your left and the cafe/seating area on the right. The walls of the café are white with a contrasting dark brown wood ceiling, floor and rustic furniture pieces that include bowback chairs and Harwich highback windsor chairs. Additionally the space is decorated plants and dry flowers that give the café a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere .
Hinode sells mainly wagashi (daifuku and dorayaki) but they also serve pasta lunch or hamburger bentou. The delicious and stylish looking wagashi (Japanese sweets) sold at Cafe Hinode are made by the father and mother of the cafe's owner at their own shop 日乃出餅 Hinodemochi in Nara which has been in business since 1976. One of the wagashi is called Nerikiri and is a type of Japanese wagashi made by kneading and mixing sweetened white bean jam, Chinese yam, and rice flour and is often served at tea ceremonies. These are beautiful small artistic Japanese confectionery that are mixed with different colors and shaped into, flowers, animals, and other beautiful shapes according to the season.