geisha

Cotoha

A 10-minute walk from Nijo Castle you’ll find Cotoha, a very cool plant shop with a gallery and Brooklyn-esque coffee shop downstairs called Clamp. Originally a bath house, it’s a tiny space with refurbished wood and antique finds. It’s getting easier to get a good cup of coffee in Japan and these guys are leading the way.

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  • 67-38 Nishinokyo Shokushicho
    Nakagyo Ward
    Kyoto Prefecture 604-8381

The Higashiyama District

This is where you put Google Maps away and just wander. The district is the best place to experience old Kyoto, Japan’s former capital. Burrow between the narrow streets and the wooden buildings to reach Yasaka Pagoda, perhaps the most photographed spot in the district.

Shirakawa Gion

It may be touristy but don’t miss this famous geisha area, packed with shops, restaurants and teahouses. Running along the canal, Shirakawa Gion is bordered by traditional wooden buildings on one side and trees on the other. If you are here when the cherry blossoms (April) or when the leaves turn in autumn it is incredibly beautiful.

Cotoha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

The Higashiyama District

Shirakawa Gion

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