Kyoto Sweets Cafe eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi Restarts Popular Breakfast Menu for Weekends
The calm Machiya sweet shop eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi will be restarting the popular eXcafe Breakfast (Calico) menu on weekends from September 4 2021. This is the perfect spot to start your Gion adventure, packed full of ancient city charm and history.
eXcafe currently has three store locations in Kyoto: Kyoto-Arashiyama, Gion-Shinbashi, and the newly opened Gion Yasaka.
eXcafe Gion Shinbashi is located in an area where you can appreciate the beauty of Gion, with the ever changing scenery fully reflecting the four seasons. Even on sunny weekends, the area isn’t overly busy and the sky is beautifully clear, making it the perfect spot for commemorative photos.
The returning breakfast menu is the eXcafe Breakfast (Calico), made up of charcoal-grilled toast with a calico cat motif. The fluffy bread is thickly cut and can be completed with your favorite topping: Bean paste, butter, whipped cream, or fruits. The breakfast set also includes a drink and Mitarashi dango dessert, making it the perfect way to spend a relaxing moment at the beginning of your trip, or as a break from your early-morning sightseeing.
Morning walks in Gion are particularly refreshing at this time of year, making a perfect break from the intense Summer heat. It is also ideal for visiting the Yasaka Shrine.
You’ll feel even cooler as you listen to the flowing Shira River, the water gently bubbling under the cobblestones of the famous Tatsumi Bridge. Although it is located in a trendy area, the eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi is a welcome break from the bustle of the city, surrounded by cobblestone alleys and wooden townhouses.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
Weekends, holidays: 08:00 ~ 18:00
Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Okuratouen Release Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
From February 1 until February 28, 2022, visitors to the Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto can enjoy a leisurely Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea courtesy of a new partnership with Okuratouen.
Okura Pottery is known for its exquisite Blue Rose tableware which features heavily in this collaboration.
The menu features the special Blue Rose Macaroon with its distinctive high-quality taste along with a variety of sweets and savory dishes surrounded by strawberries and roses. Guests can enjoy this three-tiered selection of goodies from 12:00-16:00 during the event period at the hotel’s Mayfair Tea Lounge.
Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
Running: February 1 – February 28, 2022
Address: Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto 2F, Mayfair Tea Lounge
Hours: 12:00-16:00 (2-hour block) *Reservations required by previous day at 17:00
Limited Time Atami Plum Cafe Opens at Risonare Atami Resort
12.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Risonare Atami will open the Atami Plum Cafe from January 6 until March 11, 2022. Guests can experience the early arrival of spring beneath the plum blossoms, and at the cafe space on the top floor of the hotel, visitors can feast on a number of plum-inspired dishes.
The Atami Plum Garden, located near the resort, is one of the most famous places in Japan to see plum blossoms early. The first blossoms usually open up in late November or early December, and this event will get people excited about welcoming the warmer spring months.
A false plum tree will welcome visitors to the cafe, and the ceiling will also be covered in lavender blossoms. The tables, chairs, and garlands are all themed to welcome spring, and the terrace will feature a plum-shaped kotatsu. Guests sitting beneath it can stay warm while gazing out at the vast ocean.
The Plum Gelato Plate features three varieties made with plum pulp, jam, and paste. Why not give it a try?
Plum Gelato Plate: ¥2,000 (Tax Included) *5 available per day
Atami Plum Cafe
Running: January 6 – March 11, 2022
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Order at 21:30)
*Adults Only (12 and up) after 21:00
Capacity: 40 seats
*Visitors must be staying in the hotel.
Official Site: https://risonare.com/atami/
NECOREPA Releases ‘Save the Cat Bag’ to Support Cats in Shelters
10.January.2022 | FASHION
Preorders are now open for NECOREPA’s new ‘POCKET NECO BASKET.’ All proceeds will go towards saving the lives of shelter cats and will be used to support shelter activities.
Polka Dot Calico
The NECO BASKET series has been very popular, and cat lovers have been eager to support this good cause. Over 3,000 bags have been sold to date. This is the only bag in the world made by cat lovers, for cat lovers, and for cats.
Each bag is made of thick genuine leather carefully sewn together by a Japanese craftsman. With such a sturdy design, these are perfect as a fashion accessory and for daily use!
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event to be Held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will hold a special collaboration event with Tokyo Revengers from December 25, 2021 until February 13, 2022. Exclusive illustrations of the main cast will appear around the park, and a stamp rally will be set up around the entire city of Kyoto. Collaborative merchandise and food will also be available during the event period.
Photo Spot #1
Photo Spot #2
Target Shooting Game Prizes
First Prize: Background Panel (6 varieties)
Second Prize: Acrylic Coaster (6 varieties)
Third Prize: Sticker (12 varieties, random)
Baji and Chifuyu’s’ Yakisoba (Includes a Baji or Chifuku Card): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takemichi and HIna’s Parfait: ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Revengers Meetup Drink (Coffee Float): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Life-size)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Mini)
Stamp Rally Special Postcard
Special Gift: Towel with Purchase of Ticket to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Manjiro Sano announces a meetup in Kyoto, but Mikey and takemichi have their own agenda. After a number of hijinks, can visitors solve the slapstick happenings going on around Kyoto?
Tokyo Revengers Tokyo Meetup ~I Wanna Eat Dorayaki~
Running: December 25, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Movie Village Padios 2F Event Exhibition Hall / Animate Kyoto / Kyoto Tower Observatory (Free area on 11F) / Sanjo Station on Keihan Electric Railway / Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway / Arashiyama Station on Randen Railway
Event Details: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/tokyo-revengers/
Official Site: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/
Shaun the Sheep Cafe & Shop Offering Limited-Time Christmas Menu
Some tasty holiday treats are now available at the Shaun the Sheep Cafe & Shop in Tokyo for a limited time!
Shirley’s Orange Chocolate Latte / Timmy’s Very Berry Milk Tea: ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Shaun’s Cafe Latte / Rancher’s Cafe Mocha: ¥650 each (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Christmas Menu: Shaun the Sheep Village Christmas Chicken Plate: ¥1,750 (Tax Included)
The cafe’s sweet drinks can be enjoyed by adults and children alike and are sure to warm up guests this winter. The location will also be decorated for Christmas, so be sure to stop by!
SHAUN THE SHEEP AND SHAUN’S IMAGEARE ™ AARDMAN ANIMATIONS LTD. 2021
Shaun the Sheep Village Cafe & Shop
Address: Grandberry Park Central Court Wonder Theater 1F (3-4-1 Tsuruma, Machida, Tokyo)
Access: Directly connected to Minami-machida Grandberry Park Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line
Official Site: https://shaunvillage.jp/
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto to Hold Strawberry Fair in 2022
15.December.2021 | FOOD
From January 4 until April 30, 2022, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto will hold a special Strawberry Fair at its cozy lounge.
Those who love strawberries enough to want to drown in them won’t want to miss this limited-time event featuring four unique desserts and an afternoon tea set.
Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’
Guests can enjoy pouring warm homemade confiture made from Kyoto strawberries from Uesugi Farm in Yawata City over thin chocolate hidden beneath strawberry ice cream. This is recommended by the patisserie.
‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’
This limited-edition version of the hotel’s strawberry shortcake is filled with white meringue and soft sponge, with cherry brandy flavoring making it light and easy to eat.
‘Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set’
Strawberry Stack Option
The popular ‘Afternoon Tea Set’ is served in a bamboo box made by Kochousai Kosuga, a bamboo craft manufacturer in Kyoto. This special strawberry version features nine sweet and nine savory items, including strawberry shortcakes and cream puffs. For a limited time until March, guests can add a pile of strawberries to the third tier. Using the special scoop spoon, you’ll feel as though you’re harvesting strawberries of your own! Be sure to take pictures.
Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box
Although it looks like a present, this dessert is meant to be enjoyed on-site! Overflowing with strawberry mousse, strawberry jelly, and pistachio brulee, raspberry sorbet, and streusel are hidden beneath the white chocolate box. Now that’s luxury!
Strawberry Fair ~Drown, Overflow, Indulge~
Location: Lounge (1F at All Day Dining Kaza)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Order: Dessert 18:00 / Other 20:30)
Running: January 4 – April 30, 2022
*The Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set, Strawberry Layer Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake are only available until March 31, 2022.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp
Adorable Hamster-shaped Cakes from Kyoto Now on Sale
13.December.2021 | FOOD
Aoki Koetsudo, a 129-year-old confectionery shop in Kyoto, and 2:00, a Kyoto-based company specializing in unique products, have come together to create some incredibly cute hamster-shaped cakes. These pastries are called monaka, and feature azuki bean jam filling sandwiched between two crisp wafers made from mochi. Each set includes 6 wafers, six helpings of bean jam, and a bag of nuts, so customers can enjoy creating the pastries themselves!
How to Enjoy Hamster Monaka
Fill the Hamster-shaped monaka with as much azuki jam as you like.
Cover the monaka with the wafer and add one of the nuts provided.
Paint the eyes and ears with chocolate to give each pastry some personality!
NAKED to Open Immersive Night Experience at Heian Jingu in Kyoto
Creative company NAKED has released the details of an upcoming immersive night experience at Kyoto’s Heian Jingu, one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The event will take place from December 15 until December 30, and will fill the temple grounds with colorful lights and new experiences as the new year approaches. The first of these Yoru Mo-de experiences took place at Toyokawa Inari, and the event attracted over 20,000 people in its 10-day run.
Given the state of the world and the current pandemic, NAKED has found a way to attract people to a new kind of night worship that provides a safe and secure way to visit shrines and temples. By using their projection mapping technology and art installations to highlight the beauty of these Japanese locales, guests can experience something truly special in the midst of these difficult times.
The popular NAKED Flower Cleansing, which broadcasts realistic flower projections into guests’ hands, will have a Heian Jingu update for the event. Guests will also be able to hold the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, which will illumate the ground as people explore the grounds. Sounds and light will combine to create an entirely new world, and visitors will also be shown the history of Heian Jingu through a new projection mapping show. NAKED’s DANDELION PROJECT will also be installed at the site, inviting visitors to send wishes of love and peace to other installations around the world.
The Illuminated Outenmon Gate, an Important Cultural Property
NAKED Flower Cleansing
NAKED Distanced Lanterns
Illuminated Grounds -Echoes of Light-
Projection Mapping –Hanamusubi–
Taiheikaku -Corridor of Light-
DANDELION PROJECT Heian Jingu
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival to Screen All 5 Rurouni Kenshin Films
09.December.2021 | MOVIE
The 13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival has announced its screening lineup and will be held both in-person and online. In addition to all five live-action Rurouni Kenshin films being screened, five carefully-selected historical films from around the world have been chosen from over 200 applicants. These will be screened at the Japanese event and can only be seen during the festival.
Italian film Inferno, produced in 1911 and shown at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna in 2021, will make its Japanese premiere along with a piano accompaniment. Oshuraga: Land of Souls will also be screened in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyoto-Quebec Friendship and Collaboration Agreement.
41 films will also be available to stream on the MIRAIL streaming service, with tickets going on sale on January 22, 2022.
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Running: January 22 – January 30, 2022
Location: The Museum of Kyoto 3F Film Theater
Pre-order Tickets Starting December 25, 2021 at Ticket Pia
*Advance Tickets are available for Historica Special only. All other tickets will be sold at the door.
Available on MIRAIL Video Streaming Service
How to Watch: Purchase tickets from MIRAIL on or after January 22, 2022
Official Site: https://historica-kyoto.com/
Canada Goose×CONCEPTS×BAPE® Release Collaboration Collection
08.December.2021 | FASHION
Long-time partners CONCEPTS and BAPE® have launched collaboration collection which is now available at Canada Goose Sendagaya branch and Ron Herman Kyoto ‘Canada Goose’ shop in shop.
The collection includes 6 pieces inspired by the heritage of Canada Goose featuring the iconic BAPE® ABE Camo and Snow Camo to take streetwear to the next level.
Egg specialty store TAMAGOYA to launch Strawberry Fair for a limited time in Shizuoka
Shizuoka-based egg specialty store TAMAGOYA is currently running a BERRY BERRY Strawberry Fair for a limited time.
TAMAGO Pudding Parfait
ICHIGP Pudding Parfait
Gigantic ICHIGO Shortcake Parfait
The cafe offers pancakes and parfaits made with strawberries from Shizuoka Prefecture. The menu includes the “TAMAGO Pudding Parfait” that looks like a fried egg with fluffy pancakes and pudding as a specialty of egg stores, and the seasonal “ICHIGO Pudding Parfait”. The “ICHIGO’s Giant Shortcake Parfait,” which weighs over 5 kg, is available by reservation only.
Enjoy the harmony of eggs and strawberries to your heart’s content.
Address: 1-322, Yasuhisa, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka, 〒411-0815
Opening Hours: 9:00～17:00/cafe branch 9:30～17:00（L.O15:30）
Official Site: http://izu-tamagoya.com/
Nijo Castle Light-Up Event Streaming Tickets Now Available
One of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is currently being illuminated in a sea of otherworldly lights. Nijo Castle in Kyoto is the location for the One to Ten: Evening Party, using projection mapping to bring out the beauty of this magnificent locale. For those who can’t visit in person, an event on December 7 is inviting people to watch the lights online, including the illumination of the Karamon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden. Tickets for the online event go on sale on December 3, 2021.
To capture the feeling of being on-site and to convey the incredible atmosphere, a camera will guide viewers along the normal route through the castle grounds with audio commentary. The popular ‘Special Performance,’ which only allows a limited number of people each day due to space constraints, will be available to view in its entirety during the stream.
The live event will air on December 7 at 10:00 PM JST, and will be archived until December 26 at midnight. Tickets to watch are available from December 3 until December 26.
One to Ten: Evening Party at Nijo Castle
Running: November 5 – December 12, 2021 *Closed December 8
Hours: 18:00-21:20 (Grounds close at 22:00)
*The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. Content may be changed at the discretion of the organizer.
Official Site: https://yakai.1-10.com/nijojo/