Kyoto is undoubtedly my favourite city in Japan, and I really wish I could live there. Although I felt a bit sad about Christmas this year, I was surprised with a short getaway to the most magical place in the world, and it was the best Christmas present I could ever wish for.
Kyoto in winter is completely different from Kyoto in summer; to be fair, I'm not sure which is worse. Summer in Kyoto is boiling hot and humid, but winter is the other extreme. Despite the unbearable temperatures, the city remains just as beautiful and charming. At this point, I've visited Kyoto so many times that I don't feel bad just chilling out around the city all day without hitting any touristy spots.
We braved the freezing cold (and rain!) and rode our bikes, and re-visited all of our favourite cafes. This time, we discovered a new one, which is the best I have ever been to. The name is Kyoto Nama Chocolat, and the owners are a lovely Canadian woman and her Japanese husband. The cafe is in a traditional wooden house, with a few low tables spread out in the tatami room, with cushions and heaters. There is a big brown dog and a sleeping cat next to the heater, and all the food and homemade chocolates are organic. I drank a delicious bowl of matcha, and time really did stop for a few hours. I keep thinking about this cafe now, everything about it was perfect, complete with the big dog licking off our plates after we finished eating. Please go to this cafe if you're ever in Kyoto!
I also had a really nice encounter with a reader of this blog, who came up to me in Shinshindo, my favourite breakfast spot in Kyoto. I was so happy to meet her, and I wish I had time to actually hang out. Thank you for saying hello, I was really flattered!
We spent the rest of the time just relaxing and soaking up the Kyoto magic, and as usual I was so sad to leave. It went by so quickly, but I'll be back soon again. Even though it was so cold, we made the most of it, and now I wish I owned a traditional Japanese home where I could just curl up by the heater and sip on green tea during cold winter days.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas holidays.
|Nanzen-ji, Lost in Translation|
|Majestic Mount Fuji, view from Shinkansen|
|Vege meat loaf at Sunshine Cafe|
|Hankyu line selfie, hello.|
|Lunch set in another home-like cafe|
|Winter v. Summer|
|Plate-licking dog, I love you!|
|Soba at Owariya, the best in Japan|
|Breakfast at Shinshindo: Tokyo, whyyyyy can't you do that?!|
|Cappuccino at Hello!|
|Takoyaki in Osaka|
|Cycling in the cold|
|I don't want to leave.|