Log cabin cafe 「KAMONOSE CABIN」
Go north on Route 162 and along the road in the mountains through the Keihoku, there is the log house cafe "KAMONOSE CABIN" since 1982. The wild vegetables set you can eat in there is really delicious. (1,500 yen)Each dish has a dish made with wild vegetables.Details below. (From the upper right) Kogomi Pumpkin Itadori Shoot of sansho mountain pepper Bracken Fuki miso (using white miso) Sansho mountain pepper and small fish Bamboo shoots, butterbur, sansho mountain pepper Kelp and sansho mountain pepper Pickled myoga (Japanese ginger)Each dish is carefully made, and all are excellent.The cafe's master goes to the nearby mountains to pick wild vegetables in the springtime. He just returned from the mountain when I visit there.There is also a tempura set of wild vegetables you can order.They have an old-fashioned curry as well. (800 yen)There are three sizes: small, middle and large. I asked for the middle size, it was quite large, but I could eat it easily.Of course, they have coffee.It is a super light coffee that can taste sweetness more and has almost no bitter taste.This coffee is recommended for those who are not good at drinking bitter coffee.(Master doesn't like bitter coffee so much.) Also, they sell chiffon cakes and cookies.Mr. Omae, the master of the cafe, is a very unique and very punchy person.I like the master tells his opinion straight to the customers.Most of the customers of the cafe are regulars from Kyoto city and Osaka. Mr. Omae told me, "Many customers do not come again or become regulars."Maybe you can imagine how he is.On the day when I visit there, a few regulars were in the cafe.And one of the customers was talking about her life problem and the master was giving her advice.By looking at their conversation, I thought there is like a parent-child bond between the master and the customer.(It could be stronger than a real family bond )It seems that regulars are coming to consult about life with the master that it is difficult to consult with their real parents.There is a gentle community between cafes and regulars, and the atmosphere was so pleasant, they are very welcoming and friendly to new faces (my family).KAMONOSE CABIN must be the third place for regulars.And I think this kind of cafe is being sought because nuclear families and individualism are increasing in modern society.The master says " There were a lot of cafes that were a similar atmosphere as ours in the 60s to the 80s. Regulars stay at cafes for a long time and having love consultation to life consultation. Cafes were that kind of space."Do you have your own third place?If not, then KAMONOSE CABIN could be your third place. Aside from that, why don't you come and try the mountain vegetable set meal?To taste the spring and looking cherry blossoms.*If you want to have the mountain vegetable set or mountain vegetable tempura set, better book before you go. Because it takes a bit while to serve.White and black cats are waiting for you too.-----------------Kamonose cabin601-0531 address: 6-1 Kamonose, Kamiyuge-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto Business hours: 8:00 to 18:00 on weekdays 7:30 to 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays Close: Thursday · Friday (open on holidays)Tel:075-854-0822 HP: http://kamonosecabin.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kamonosecabin/ Please check the Have an old cherry tree in Satoyama all to yourself to get to know good cherry blossoms viewing spots and restaurant information in Keihoku.
Rough kobo cafe & Gallery 360
Don't you wanna forget about busy city life and refresh in a quiet place?If your answer is "Yes"There is a magical cafe in Keihoku."Rough kobo cafe & gallery 360"The cafe gallery is surrounded by nature and its atmosphere is very relaxing and a bit luxury.The owner Mr. Mimura is specialized in woodworking and Ms. Mimura is specialized in Natural plant dyeing.In the gallery, you can have a look their handmade wonderful works such as wooden furniture, small wooden works, natural dyeing clothings, other local artisan's works, and antiques, etc.And of course, you can have coffee there in the cafe with great interior and cool garden.A visitor from NY said."If we have this cafe in NY, it gets so popular and needed to book 2 months in advance to have lunch."Better to visit there on a weekday it's quieter.They have spring gallery exhibition from April 6th to May 6th.You can order a special meal(1300JPY) or hot sand(1000JPY) and cafe drinks.Why don't you come and relax in Keihoku? Rough kobo cafe&Gallery３６０Postal code 601-02765-1 Shimosakoda, Nishi-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shiTEL＆FAX：075－852-1152http://rough-360.com/
Dream house in Keihoku
There is a cafe near the Keihoku bus terminal.They organizes events such as Karaoke and live music, or mini theater.Many eleder people come there and have a good time.The owner is very talkative and kind person.You can visit there when you are waiting fo a bus.It would be great to talk with local person to feel real Japan.Of course you can have a coffee there too.
Keihoku Sunday morning market
If you want to buy fresh vegitable why not come to Keihoku Sunday mornig farmers market.You can buy fresh vegetable from local farmers.So I went to there last sunday.On the day the storefronts were lined with rape blossoms and plums blossoms, rice, rice cake, and late winter vegetables. "Now, it is time to plant summer vegetable, and winter vegetables are over soon." a farmer told me.I bought these vegetables and cooked stir fry with squid. It was beautiful.Morning farmars marketDate and time: Every Sunday 9:00 to 11:00 Location:1 Kamiterada, Shuzancho, Keihoku, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto-City Postcode 601-0251 (Next to Kyoto city Keihoku office) 1 minute walk from JR West bus stop "Keihoku Godochosha mae"(90mins bus ride from JR Kyoto station)
Wood craft "Yorozuan"
93% of Keihoku area is forest.Keihoku forests produce one of most famous type of tree called Kitayama cider.Kitayama cider is used as pillar of tea room and Tokonoma Alcove.But japanese new buildings don't have a Japanese room now a days.Kitayama cider is not popular anymore as used to be.Wood craft Yorozuan's owner Mr. Fujiwara is tryingto put new value for kitayama cider by making kitayama cider wood craft.He has a printer for wood, so he makes wooden postcards and many kind of products.You can buy his works at Yorozuan or woody Keihoku.It would be a great souvenir from Keihoku.Yorozuanhttp://www.yorozuan.com/
Do you know herb called mugwort (Yomogi in Japansese)? We harvest mugwort new leaves by hand in spring time. And make a Yomogi mochi.Mugwort have very good flavor and taste. It's good for health as well.You can buy grandmas' handmade yomogi mochi at Keihoku Yamaguni Sakigake center.Plese visit Keihoku to taste the spring!Keihoku Yamaguni Sakigake centerhttp://sakigake.net/〒 601-032132 Miyanomae Tocho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto CityTEL (075) 853-0572Access:1 minute walk from the bus stop "in front of Yamakuni Clinic"by Keihoku Furusato Bus.Please check the Have an old cherry tree in Satoyama all to yourself to get to know good cherryblossoms viewing spots and restrant infomations in Keihoku.
Keihoku history telling
The other day, I joined the Keihoku history telling event at "Kikuya cafe" in Kuroda Keihoku. Keihoku's 3 legends are invited as teller were born in 1940 in Keihoku. They told us their lifestyle were different from now when they are young. And said "Remembering the old days, everything is convenient now" with their smile.No raw seafood in those days in mountain area, all fishes like mackerels, salmons, herrings were salt preserved.Every family made miso and soy source at home.No motor tractors for farming, using cows for cultivating the farm.What I was most interested in was that forestry has been supported the economy of Keihoku so long ago, locals used made a raft using logs and flowed down to Kyoto city central. And the rafters walked back to Keihoku through the snowed mountain trail. What tough people they were! It would have been a much harder than I could imagine.The owner says "let more people know about Keihoku and I love to vitalize Keihoku " If you are interested in living in rural Japan, why not visit us? Some foreigners are living in Keihoku area and mountainous Kyoto area.Kuroda Satonoeki Project (Kikuya cafe) http://kuroda-satonoeki.jp/
BLOGArt & Craft
Keihoku craft series ④ "Culture cafe gallery YU" (stained glass)
March 3rd is the Doll's Festival called Hinamatsuri in Japan.Hinamatsuri(Doll's Festival) is an occasion to wish for young girls' growth and happiness.We have no traditional doll decorations at our house, but we decorate a stained glass doll every year. We got it from Ms. Kawajiri from culture cafe Gallery YU.I use for it for a decoration of the Christmas tree as well.At the gallery YU, you can experience various stained glass workshops.In the experience, easy workshops from 40 minutes making key straps or necklaces, and difficult ones take several hours making candle covers or other things.There are also simple experiences that children can do.Ms. Mieko Kawajiri will teach you gently.It is fun just to look in the gallery. They have stained glass works and local artists' woodworks and ceramics are on sale.After looking the gallery,You can have fresh air and coffee at outside.Please drop in when you come to Keihoku.Culture Cafe Gallery YUOpening hours 11: 00 ~ 17: 00 Mon, Tuesday closed1-1 Myoken dani, Shimokumata-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku,Kyoto-shi Tel 075-852-0309http://ccafegyu.wixsite.com/yuyu5 minutes by car from Shuzan Bus Terminal30 minutes by bicycle (you can rent)Keihoku Craft Series ① Please click here.Keihoku craft series ② Please click here.Keihoku craft series ③ Please click here.There is a cycling tour to Experience the Keihoku, get to know country sulture and food.Individual experiences are introduced in it, so please have a look.