Kyoto’s eXcafe Gion Reopens Weekday Hours

12.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

eXcafe Gion, a cafe in Gion, Kyoto is now open for business on weekdays again.

eXcafe Gion

Cat-shaped bread by Neko Neko Shokupan

The cafe is located near Tatsumihashi

eXcafe’s famous Hoku Hoku Dango Set

eXcafe Gion opened in November 2019 following the opening of the popular eXcafe Arashiyama. Gion is a major sightseeing spot of Kyoto for its fusion of traditional and contemporary Kyoto culture. One of its longest and most quintessential traditions of that of Chayamachi, also called Hanamachi, where maiko and geisha live and work.

 

eXcafe Gion is situated near Tatsumihashi where the relaxing sounds of the Shirakawa River can be heard. The cafe incorporates elements of a traditional Japanese teahouse with tatami flooring and wooden structures, ready to welcome guests with open arms who have been strolling around to see the historical architecture of the local area.

 

The summer season sees locals and sightseers dressed in yukata, the sound of geta shoes clacking on the floor. Summertime is also when the cafe serves their famous Hoku Hoku Dango, a must-try if visiting Gion.

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