{  Kyoto Cafes  }

Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

“Machiya cafes” have become quite popular in Kyoto these days. They are basically cafe’s which are created out of an old/traditional-style house and converted into Japanese organic cafes. They are typically located in residential areas of Kyoto and are a little hard to find but we came across one of them and had a nice dinner so I thought I’d share this place. Actually, there were quite a few Machiya Cafes on the same street after we were walking back to the main streets so I suggest to walk along this street and check them out if you’re interested.

{ Omo Cafe }
Address // 499 Umeyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan‎ (map)
Phone Number // 075-221-7500
Website // http://www.secondhouse.co.jp/omoya2_cafe-top.html

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Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

After having dinner at Omo Cafe, we walked towards Kamogawa and decided to chill at one of the nicer Starbucks in town. The terrace seating happens to be on top of the river and it’s a great spot to chill and sip on some coffee. Lots of love birds were hanging out along the river too. Nice romantic place for sure♡

{ Starbucks Sanjo Ohashi Branch }
Address // 113, Nakajimacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 075-213-2326
Website // http://www.starbucks.co.jp

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Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

Right before heading back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen (bullet train), we tea-ed at Malebranche inside of Kyoto station and had a nice treat. My Matcha-ore was yummm.

{ Malebranche/マールブランシュ }
Address // Inside Kyoto JR Station
Phone Number // 075-661-3808
Website // http://www.malebranche.co.jp/

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This will be the last post of my Kyoto trip series. Hope you enjoyed them :)

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1) Hirobun
2) Nakamura Tokichi
3) Kyoto Trip
4) Kyoto Cafes




{  Nakamura Tokichi — 中村藤吉  }

Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉
Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉
Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉
Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉

Nakamura Tokichi is a restaurant/cafe located in Uji, Kyoto. Uji has become quite famous for their Matcha/green tea and Nakamura Tokichi is one of the most popular places to dine in the area. They serve meals such as matcha soba as well as matcha sweets in a very traditional setting/ambiance. Since the main branch and the nearby Byodoin branch are walking distance from each other, you can choose to dine at one or the other depending on which has a longer wait. We actually ended up going to the Main branch first but it was way too crowded so we walked over to the Byodoin branch and got a seat right away.

We ordered the matcha soba noodle lunch set for 1100yen and the seasonal cha soba special lunch set for 1200yen. The set comes with rice, pickles, and a small dessert as well. Everything was tasty and enjoyed our meal. Both locations are beautifully designed so I think you would enjoy either one. Don’t miss this place if you are near Uji, Kyoto.

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Address for Main Branch // 10, Ichiban Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number for Main Branch // 0774-22-7800
Address for Byodoin Branch // 5-1 Renge Uji, Uji-shi Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number for Byodoin Branch // 0774-22-9500
Website // http://www.tokichi.jp/english/

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{  Kyoto Trip  }

Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Kibune Shrine/貴船神社 and the area around Kibune
Had lunch on kawadoko here!

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Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Nanzenji Temple/南禅寺
What a beautiful temple with multiple areas to see and walk around. Lots of great spots for photos.
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Kyoto Trip

Kamogawa/鴨川 near Sanjo/三条 and Shijo/四条.
This area is THE hang out place in Kyoto. So many shops, cafes and places to dine on Sanjo and Shijo streets near and around Kamogawa.
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Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip
Kyoto Trip

Eikando Temple/永観堂
Absolutely zen and beautiful. A must see especially during foliage season.
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Pictured above are some of the places I visited during my trip to Kyoto and absolutely LOVED. Since I’ve already been to many of the main stream temples and popular places in Kyoto, I am finally getting to visit some of the less known and less traveled places. We were fortunate to have our friend drive us around everywhere so it was easy getting around to all of these places. It’s always a treat to travel with locals who know the area well :) We totally want to come back during the fall foliage season in November if we can. Kyoto is definitely one of our favorite places in Japan outside of Tokyo♡

xoxo,
Maki

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{  Hirobun — ひろ文  }

Hirobun ひろ文 (ひろぶん)
Hirobun ひろ文 (ひろぶん)
Hirobun ひろ文 (ひろぶん)
Hirobun ひろ文 (ひろぶん)
Hirobun ひろ文 (ひろぶん)

I recently took a trip to Kyoto with some friends and had a blast! I’m planning to post some of the places we visited + yummy Kyoto eats that we enjoyed so stay tuned :)

Did you know there’s a place in Kyoto where you can have nagashi-soumen on top of a river while enjoying a waterfall view? (Note: it’s a seasonal event and is usually open between May-September). “Kibune/貴船” is located about 40min north of Kyoto Station by car and is all the way up in the mountains. It’s a place where people go during the hot summer season to cool down. The best part is that you can dine on top of a “Kawadoko/川床”, a man-made floor that sits on top of a river. Traditional Japanese cuisine (Kaisekiryori/懐石料理) is also available and is quite an experience surrounded by beautiful greenery, water, and nature.

Instead of having the kaisekiryouri, we opted for the nagashi-soumen which is a fun way to eat cold noodles. The noodles come sliding down a pipe that you have to catch with your chopsticks as it passes in front of you. They time it so you get your noodles one bite at a time and they make it so you’re only sharing your pipe with your own party so you don’t have to share it with other guests. We had a party of four so the noodles came sliding down 4 at a time and were spaced about a minute in between each bite. The noodles were surprisingly good and overall was a decent sized serving. We all loved the experience even though the wait was 2hrs long(!) It wasn’t too bad though because we visited the nearby Kibune-shrine and walked around the area during our wait. There’s also a covered tatami area next to the nagashi-soumen where you can put your legs in the river and wait. It’s 1200yen per person which you pay at the top before you head to the waiting area.

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Address // 87 Kuramakibunechō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 075-741-2147
Website // http://hirobun.co.jp/index.html

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{  Shoraian — 松籟庵  }

Shoraian 松籟庵
Shoraian 松籟庵
Shoraian 松籟庵
Shoraian 松籟庵

What a treat. Shouraian is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, where the beautiful bamboo forest and the famous Togetsukyo (渡月橋) “Moon Crossing Bridge” are located.

Shoraian, a restaurant that specializes in Tofu cusine (豆腐懐石) is tucked away in the middle of the mountain and a little bit difficult to find, but it is worth the journey and every penny of the price. Beyond the precise detail of the presentation of Japanese cusine, the location and intimate beauty of the surroundings are unbeatable. The fact that you get to dine right next to the river overlooking the lush and colorful mountain makes this the ultimate Japanese dining experience in Kyoto. We ordered the 3800yen Matsuba lunch course and everything was absolutely delicious… it’s really amazing how much they can do with tofu!

This place is by reservation only so make sure you call in advance to reserve a spot.

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Address // Sagakemonoocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 075-861-0123
Website // http://www.syouraian.jp/

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