Kyoto

Kamo River
Yoshimizu Inn
Street
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Ryoan Ji
Moss
Moon Crossing Bridge
Yamato Bus
Yamamoto Menzou

I’ve celebrated Christmas 2016 in Kyoto staying in the lovely Yoshimizu Inn (right up the hills of Maruyama Park). All the photos above were taken during this visit using the Fujifilm GF670 loaded with Kodak Portra 160 or 400 ISO film. Since then I’ve visited Tokyo again – once some weeks later staying at Guesthouse Waraku-an and once in October 2019 staying at Utsuwa Designed Hostel.

Some of my favorite places: For coffee there’s Clamp Coffee Sarasa, Coffee Yamakawa, Kaikado Cafe, Smart Coffee (great breakfast), Vermillion and Dongree (my favorite). Throughout the city there are three branches of %Arabica: %Arabica Kyoto Higashyama, %Arabica Kyoto Fujii Daimaru and %Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama – all of them are nice (and very crowded). There is also Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya (with tatami seating) and Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe (this one is a bit outside, but a great place to visit). Although I am a coffee person I’ve enjoyed tea at Ippodo a lot.

For ramen I can recommend Ippudo Nishikikouji, Ginjo Ramen Kubota (loved the tsukemen) and Honke DaiichiAsahi. But the one place I’ve revisited every time was Yamamoto Menzou, if you have time make sure to visit this restaurant and enjoy the udon.

A bit in the north there’s Keibun-sha Ichijoji, a great book store. The whole area is super nice to walk around. For drinks there’s Bar Rocking Chair. At the recommendation of a hotel owner in Fukuoka (who gave us a history lesson in Japanese music one night) I’ve visited Jet Set Kyoto Store to buy some records. The donuts at Koe Donuts Kyoto were really good. And Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan might just be one of the nicest supermarket I’ve ever visited. And visiting the bath house Sagano Onsen Tenzan-no-yu was one of the nicest experiences after walking around a long day.

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From Yoshimizu Inn walk 13 mins (1.0 km) southwest to Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, 13 mins (1.1 km) southwest to %Arabica Kyoto Higashyama and 24 mins (1.9 km) northeast to Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe. On this map the longest distance is from %Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama to Keibun-sha Ichijoji and takes 2 hours 36 mins (12.1 km).
From Guesthouse Waraku-an walk 10 mins (0.8 km) southeast to Yamamoto Menzou, 20 mins (1.5 km) southeast to Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe and 42 mins (3.2 km) north to Keibun-sha Ichijoji.
From Utsuwa Designed Hostel walk 11 mins (0.8 km) west to Honke DaiichiAsahi, 11 mins (0.8 km) northwest to Kaikado Cafe and 30 mins (2.3 km) south to Vermillion.
From Clamp Coffee Sarasa walk 23 mins (1.8 km) east to Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan, 27 mins (2.1 km) east to Ippudo Nishikikouji and 1 hour 6 mins (5.2 km) west to Sagano Onsen Tenzan-no-yu.
From Coffee Yamakawa walk 3 mins (0.3 km) east to Ippodo, 10 mins (0.8 km) south to Smart Coffee and 11 mins (0.9 km) southeast to Jet Set Kyoto Store.
From Kaikado Cafe walk 7 mins (0.5 km) southwest to Honke DaiichiAsahi, 11 mins (0.8 km) southeast to Utsuwa Designed Hostel, 16 mins (1.2 km) west to Ginjo Ramen Kubota and 19 mins (1.4 km) northeast to Dongree.
From Smart Coffee walk 2 mins (0.2 km) east to Jet Set Kyoto Store, 7 mins (0.5 km) north to Ippodo and 9 mins (0.7 km) west to Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan.
From Vermillion walk 28 mins (2.3 km) north to Utsuwa Designed Hostel, 38 mins (3.0 km) northwest to Honke DaiichiAsahi and 38 mins (3.1 km) northwest to Kaikado Cafe.
From Dongree walk 10 mins (0.7 km) east to %Arabica Kyoto Higashyama, 13 mins (1.0 km) northwest to Bar Rocking Chair and 18 mins (1.4 km) southwest to Kaikado Cafe.
From %Arabica Kyoto Higashyama walk 4 mins (0.3 km) east to Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, 9 mins (0.7 km) west to Dongree and 15 mins (1.1 km) northeast to Yoshimizu Inn.
From %Arabica Kyoto Fujii Daimaru walk 2 mins (0.2 km) northeast to Koe Donuts Kyoto, 4 mins (0.3 km) south to Bar Rocking Chair and 9 mins (0.7 km) west to Ippudo Nishikikouji.
From %Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama walk 19 mins (1.6 km) east to Sagano Onsen Tenzan-no-yu, 1 hour 25 mins (6.7 km) east to Clamp Coffee Sarasa and 1 hour 51 mins (8.8 km) east to Ginjo Ramen Kubota.
From Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya walk 3 mins (0.3 km) west to %Arabica Kyoto Higashyama, 12 mins (1.0 km) west to Dongree and 14 mins (1.0 km) northeast to Yoshimizu Inn.
From Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe walk 9 mins (0.7 km) northwest to Yamamoto Menzou, 19 mins (1.5 km) northwest to Guesthouse Waraku-an and 26 mins (1.9 km) southwest to Yoshimizu Inn.
From Ippodo walk 3 mins (0.3 km) west to Coffee Yamakawa, 7 mins (0.5 km) south to Smart Coffee and 8 mins (0.7 km) south to Jet Set Kyoto Store.
From Ippudo Nishikikouji walk 4 mins (0.3 km) north to Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan, 8 mins (0.6 km) east to Koe Donuts Kyoto and 9 mins (0.7 km) east to %Arabica Kyoto Fujii Daimaru.
From Ginjo Ramen Kubota walk 16 mins (1.2 km) east to Kaikado Cafe, 17 mins (1.4 km) southeast to Honke DaiichiAsahi and 24 mins (1.8 km) northeast to Bar Rocking Chair.
From Honke DaiichiAsahi walk 7 mins (0.5 km) northeast to Kaikado Cafe, 11 mins (0.8 km) east to Utsuwa Designed Hostel and 17 mins (1.4 km) northwest to Ginjo Ramen Kubota.
From Yamamoto Menzou walk 9 mins (0.7 km) southeast to Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe, 10 mins (0.8 km) northwest to Guesthouse Waraku-an and 25 mins (1.9 km) south to Yoshimizu Inn.
From Keibun-sha Ichijoji walk 40 mins (3.2 km) south to Guesthouse Waraku-an, 50 mins (4.0 km) south to Yamamoto Menzou and 53 mins (4.2 km) south to Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe.
From Bar Rocking Chair walk 4 mins (0.3 km) north to %Arabica Kyoto Fujii Daimaru, 6 mins (0.4 km) north to Koe Donuts Kyoto and 13 mins (1.0 km) southeast to Dongree.
From Jet Set Kyoto Store walk 2 mins (0.2 km) west to Smart Coffee, 9 mins (0.7 km) north to Ippodo and 9 mins (0.8 km) south to Koe Donuts Kyoto.
From Koe Donuts Kyoto walk 2 mins (0.2 km) southwest to %Arabica Kyoto Fujii Daimaru, 6 mins (0.4 km) south to Bar Rocking Chair and 8 mins (0.6 km) west to Ippudo Nishikikouji.
From Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan walk 4 mins (0.3 km) south to Ippudo Nishikikouji, 9 mins (0.7 km) east to Smart Coffee and 23 mins (1.8 km) west to Clamp Coffee Sarasa.
From Sagano Onsen Tenzan-no-yu walk 20 mins (1.6 km) west to %Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama, 1 hour 6 mins (5.2 km) east to Clamp Coffee Sarasa and 1 hour 34 mins (7.4 km) east to Ginjo Ramen Kubota.