Enjoy the long autumn nights ① Cheers to a Kyoto-like machiya bar!
Why don't we have a toast at a bar where we can enjoy the local features of the capital such as Machiya, traditional (merchant's) houses?One of my favorite bar is the "Bar Oku" which is located in the back alley of Shijo Takakura.Here is the "Green tea and baked sweet potato cocktail"!Don't you think Kyoto style matcha green tea and autumn taste, baked sweet potato liqueur is a must-try for the coming season?Bar Oku221-1 Takazaimoku-cho, Takakura-dori Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minute walk from Shijo Subway Station
Overcome the lingering heat with the superb shaved ice from Shimogamo Shrine!
It's still hot these days. I want to overcome the lingering heat with shaved ice.Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, which is known for the "Mitarashi Matsuri" introduced the other day, preserved snow in the ice room of Tadasu Forest long ago.In the summer, they presented ice to the Imperial Court, and people used ice to pray for good health.Based on this historical event, Kanmi-dokoro "Saruya", which operates a shop in Tadasu-no-Mori forest in the precincts ofShimogamo Shrine, offers pure white shaved ice just like the first snow in the summer season.Enjoy the ice that goes well with condensed milk and brown sugar syrup to remind people of the time.Saruya59 Shimogamo-Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from the city bus stop Shinaoi-bashi Bridge.
Aiming for the parfait of Ichijo-ji Nakatani
Ichijo-ji is an area perfect for walking around, full of fancy cafes and well-known temples.In this serene town, there is a shop called "Ichijo-ji Nakatani", which is a recommended spot for both Japanese sweets and pastry lovers.The cafe is managed by Japanese sweets master Mr. Nakabayashi and his wife - the pastry chef.An embodiment of the harmony of their ideas and skills, their sweets are loved by clients of all ages.What you want to eat, is the parfait with sweet beans jelly in their tea room!You can taste the most quintessential blend of Japanese and Western sweets.For more information about Ichijoji Nakatani check hereIchijoji NakataniKyoto-shi, Sakyo-ku, Ichijo-ji Hananoki-cho 5Near the City Bus stop "Ichio-ji Sagarimatsu-cho"
Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ③ "Oimatsu Kitano store" plum sweets
Near the Matsuhiro Shoten (clasp purse store), which we introduced last time, there is a long-established Japanese sweet shop, called "Oimatsu Kitano shop".Speaking of Kamishichiken shops, we speak about the front gate of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.Speaking of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, we speak about its main Deity Sugawara Michizanekō.And speaking of Michizanekō, we think of "plum"; as it is her favorite flower."Oimatsu Kitano shop" since old times, continues to make Japanese sweets reflecting the four seasons of Kyoto.In February, they sell the "Kitano no ume" (plums of Kitano).Using the red plump plum, the plum scent seems almost to comeout!When visiting Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, please go and check out this shop and try one of their plum sweets.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ①, viewing "Weeping plums" in "Jonan-gu Shrine" here.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ②, the store that sells Matsuhiro Shoten plum clasp purses is here."Oimatsu Kitano store"Kyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa Street, Onmae Street (East entrance), Shakenagaya-Chō 6755 minutes on foot from "Kamishichiken" bus stop
Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ② Plum blossom clasp purses, sold at "Matsuhiro Shoten"
Plum trees are in full bloom in this season, but instead of just viewing them, why not carrying some goods that portray plum trees patterns?It will be fun for sure.In that case, the clasp purses of "Matsuhiro Shoten" are what you are looking for: they implement the style, patterns and shapes proper of the traditional Kyoto style.Just putting one of them in your bag would be for you a great satisfaction.Pouches, bags and wallets are handcrafted by craftsmen.They are durable and each one of them has a unique pattern, not printed, but handmade, to make it unique.All patterns used in this shop will be different, according to the season they are made in.For this reason, it would be wonderful to use for several different types of items, one for each time you came to visit.Look, buy and taste plums in Kyoto ①, watching "Weeping plums" in "Jonan-gu Shrine" is here.Matsuhiro Shoten store in Kamishichiken-tenKyoto City, Kamigyo Ward, Imadegawa Street, Shinseichō 7162 minutes on foot from "Kamishichiken" bus stop
Loving the Pottery from "SIONE"
They call Kyoto's winter, "sokobie", a time when the cold weather continues.Although you are spending more time indoors, the pottery here can help you lighten up the mood.The brand is created by Shoko Kawahara, who came from the original "makuzu-yaki" tea pottery making.The brand has great works in which each of the patterns and shapes of the pottery tells a unique story.When you use the pottery for sweets, tea, and alcohol, you can feel the specialness.Enjoy teatime using the pottery from SIONE, which also directly managed cafes and shops near Ginkakuji.For more information about Shoko Kawahara from SIONE, please click here.
White Miso Zoni soup with mochi from "Ginkaku-ji Kimiya"
In your household, what kind of soup do you eat during the cold winter days?When speaking of Zoni soup in Kyoto, white miso and round mochi are the most popular.White miso with kombu dashi gives a mellow taste that will warm your whole body.During winter, many stores offer white miso soup, but I love the Zoni soup from "Ginkaku-ji Kimiya" the most.Even though our store is famous for its sweet beans, we offer Kyoto style white miso Zoni soup for limited time only during the cold season.You will be welcomed by the wonderful shop tender.
Our favorite is the "Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe"
"Blue Bottle Coffee" originates from California, and the coffee shop can be identified by its stylish logo .Located on the way from the Keage subway station to Nanzenji-Temple, "Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe" is based in a renovated building which has existed for over a hundred years, and with the shop retaining a Kyoto-ish vibe.The pillars, beams, and dirty floor from the past , co-existing with the modern counters and fragrant coffee combine strangely.It is a modern way of enjoying Kyoto, with a visit to the shrine and having a coffee to accompany your trip.
- Tsuchi Twist Experience
- Japanese candle painting experience
- Hands-on braiding experience
- Making woodblock postcards
- Mini Japanese umbrella crafting experience
- Kyoto fan painting experience
- Denim Kyo-Yuzen-Zome Experience
- One-Day Kadou (Flower Arrangement) Experience
- Cherry Blossom Tsumami Zaiku Workshop
- Making your very own tegaki cherry blossom yuzen
- Experiencing handmade Kyoto-style confectionery
- Tegaki (hand-painted) Yuzen Experience
- Kyo Zogan Making Experience
- Scented sachet crafting experience, delivered by our craftsmen.
- Hanayui(flower head dress)Photo Plan
- KYOYAKI・KIYOMIZUYAKI Kochi painting
- Tote bag dyeing
- Tsumamizaiku [Pinching-craft] flower box making
- Mizuhiki-zaiku's flower card
- Making original mini lanterns
- Experience carving wooden covers of the stamp book