KYOTO never disappoints. Tradition, both a proud heritage but sometimes an inhibition to innovation is making space for the new. This movement is particularly apparent in the numerous cafes sprouting up around the city.
My hotel, the Palace-Side, across the street from Emperor Meiji's former palace, is in easy walking distance. On Karasuma Dori above Marutmachi Dori, TIME DOU which occupies the space where a clock shop once stood.
The relaxed energy, fresh modern architectural design with light wood, new ceramics accented here and there with old wooden beams, drew me in.
I became a fan from the first bite of a delicious open faced sandwich of grilled vegetables, a glass of iced hoji cha, and serving of delicate hojicha pudding.
It wasn't just the food that brought me back once a day for a meal or a snack or just dessert, but the wonderful young staff, led by manager and chef, Ryu Nakashima.
I think you will feel extremely comfortable and well taken care of when you go.
Sherry Remez is an Internationally published Inspirational, Travel and Feature Writer specializing in Cultural Preservation; Entrepreneur; Artist; Certified QiGong Instructor and Energy Healing Practitioner.