Visiting Kyoto? Here are PASSPORT OUT’s top picks of where to stay, what to try, and what to do when in the former Japanese capital!
Accessible only by boat from the south end of Togetsukyo Bridge, Hoshinoya Kyoto is one of the city’s secluded accommodations. Maisonettes resemble a traditional riverside home. The property is blanketed by a thick foliage, creating an illusion of privacy and exclusivity.
Matcha Sherbet with Light Condensed Milk Drizzle… Need we say more?
% Arabica Coffee Arashiyama
Since its opening, % Arabica Coffee has been capturing the attention of coffee lovers worldwide with its amazingly smooth but strong coffee.
Available only during autumn and winter months, Matsunosuke NY’s Custard Apple Pie is a must-try, when in Kyoto.
IPPODO Tea Co. Kyoto
Tea drinking is a Japanese institution steeped in age-old traditions. To make the activity more approachable and enjoyable, IPPODO modernized and repackaged it for younger generations.
古書と茶房 (ことばのはおと) Kotoba no Haoto
Kotoba no Haoto is one of Kyoto’s best kept secrets. Housed in an old machiya (a traditional house) in Kyoto’s Nishijin District, this cafe attracts a steady stream of cat and kawaii lovers, who make a beeline for their special cat parfaits even before opening time. Kotoba no Haoto makes only 20 servings of the famed parfaits, and, on top of that, serves them after 1 PM.