A secret garden
Hidden behind tall trees in a calm area of Kyoto, Murin-an is a traditional garden built at the end of the 19th century. Stroll along the stream bringing water directly from Lake Biwa and leisurely enjoy a cup of matcha tea from the onsite tea house.
A celestial experience
Set in a peaceful neighborhood in the far north of Kyoto, Stardust is a cafe and select store highlighting designers such as Cosmic Wonder and Black Crane, as well as ceramics, candles and tea. The owner, Kana Shimizu, converted a former weaving factory into one of the most beautiful retail destinations in Japan.
You, Me and Dupree
This place has everything, natural wine, rare cured meats, delicate flower bouquets and a knowledgeable staff. A meeting of European tastes with a Japanese eye, relax in this beautifully designed restaurant when you have had one too many tonkatsus.
A step into another era
The home of the late artist Kawai Kanjiro, one of the founders of the mingei movement, has been turned into a museum displaying various types of works from ceramics to wood carvings, as well as his personal wares.
Daytrip to Ohara
Ohara is a small village one-hour north of Kyoto, famous for its organic agriculture. Head there in the morning to experience a persimmon dye workshop at Kakishibuzome and taste the delicious local vegetables while having lunch at Kirin or at Kulm. Hot spring baths aficionados can take a break while soaking in the small onsen at Ohara Sansou in the afternoon.