The staff at Ippodo, a centuries-old tea merchant in Kyoto, may not go in for the rigidity of tradition, but they take their tea very seriously. To them, enjoying a quotidian cup of tea in the company of friends is more pleasurable than following ...

Kappo Yamashita is housed in a machiya (Kyoto's traditional townhouses), north of Sanjo on a postcard-pretty section of historical Kiyamachi Street. In spring, it's awash in pink petals and tourists dressed as geikos (the Kyoto term for geishas). The food in this district is ...

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of "cooing" girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

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