If you’re a fan of the Tawaraya aesthetic, you might want to check out this lovely little tearoom curated by the famed ryokan. It’s not cheap, but the tea and sweets are superb and the room is very relaxing.
Warabi mochi and matcha tea – image © Chris Rowthorn
One of the highlights of the menu is warabi mochi, which is served with fine matcha tea. There’s no point in translating “warabi mochi,” because it sounds horrible in English (Google it if you want). But, it’s actually very good – and much less cloyingly sweet than typical Western pastries. At Y2,620, it costs at least twice what you’d pay at a typical tea room in Kyoto, but you’re paying for the cachet of the brand here – and, to be fair, it’s a damn tasty version of this classic dish.
Yukei interior – image © Chris Rowthorn
The interior is stylish and spare, and echoes the aesthetics of Tawaraya (the famed ryokan), which is just around the corner.
Yukei menu – image © Chris Rowthorn
The menu is posted in the entryway and it’s written in both English and Japanese.
Yukei exterior – image © Chris Rowthorn
The shop is located in a beautifully restored Kyoto machiya. Look for the plants out front.
Name in English:
Yukei Salon de The
Name in Japanese:
288 Nakahakusan-cho, Anekoji-dori-Fuyacho-higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: completely non-smoking
5min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Tozai subway line
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
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