The City of Kyoto is eclectic, a beautiful mess of old and new.
As a celebration of our one year anniversary together, Chad and myself decided to take a little trip to Kyoto. With my camera in toe, we strolled around the city, taking in the sights and beautiful architecture, as well as devouring vegetarian Ramen (On which I will do a post on in the near future) and consuming delicious teas.
Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to explore all the city had to offer. Knowing our time was limited, however, gave us the mental space to just relax, knowing it was no use to try and squish everything in. It was nice to have no destination on our first full day as we waded through people and squeezed into seats at popular cafes. As much as I love the get up and go of travelling, it was refreshing to just breathe and enjoy all around me. Here are just a few snapshots from our city adventures.
A delicious Vegetarian Ramen we found tucked away in the heart of Kyoto.
Kawa Cafe, or River Cafe if translated into English, is a beautiful cafe we discovered thanks to a wondrous thing known as the internet. Located along the long river that runs its course through the city, we sat, alone on the upper floor, watching the birds and people alike flap about as we drank our tea and ate our (disgustingly delicious) cake.
Much to my surprise, Kyoto turned out to be the hub of Cafe culture, with beautiful little shops lining rivers and squeezed between apartment complexes. Ranging from traditional to modern, you are spoiled for choice and are sure to find something for you! Sadly, we didn’t have enough money to pop into them all, but I did take a few snapshots of my favourite ones.
I was particularly enamoured with this Cafe. From it’s blue door to the tight squeeze, I thought it was welcoming and just felt safe. With a high turnover, however, you are only guaranteed around an hour, which is more than enough time to drink your cream soda, for which the cafe is known. The name Shin-Setsu or Shinsetsu,「親切」 meaning ‘Kind’ In Japanese, is also incredibly welcoming, and a wonderful name for any building to have.
This young women working at a chic Kimono shop had me all gooey over her mix of traditional and modern. Rocking beautiful blue hair she wore the Yukata like a boss and all I kept thinking was ‘I want to be your friend!’.
I hope you enjoyed this post, it took me longer than usual to get it out! Kyoto is a beautiful place and if anyone has the chance to come to Japan, please please spend some time here. Its traditional with a modern twist and will capture your hearts, I promise.