Igel Café

April 5, 2018

von  Karen Imura, Motoki Ueno und Miu Okazaki

Ladenschild mit Igel

Waren Sie schon mal in einem Tier-Café? Vielleicht gehen Sie gern ins Katzencafé oder ins Hundecafé. Dort kann man mit kleinen Tieren spielen, zum Beispiel beim Tee trinken. Wenn man kein eigenes Haustier halten kann, dann geht man mit Freunden oder der Familie ins Tier-Cafe. Der Besuch kostet 1200 Yen für 60 Minuten. In Kyoto gibt es sogar ein Igel-Café.

Igel-Cafés gibt es nur in Japan. Sie sind beliebt, weil man dort neue Erfahrungen sammeln kann.




Das Igel-Café Tom’s Mr Hedgie ist ein wunderbarer Ort für Tierfreunde. Es ist das einzige Igel-Café in Kyoto und befindet sich in der Nähe des berühmten Kiyomizu Tempels und des Yasaka Schreins. Der Besuch kostet 700 Yen für 20 Minuten , 1.400 Yen für 40 Minuten und 2.100 Yen für 60 Minuten.




Der Igel


Im Igelcafé gibt es viele Igel in etwa 10 verschiedenen Farben. Sie sind manchmal ruhig und manchmal lebendig. Grundsätzlich schlafen sie am Morgen und Mittag, weil sie nachtaktive Tiere sind. Man kann die Igel mit Regenwürmern füttern. Wenn man sich vor den Stacheln fürchtet oder eine Tierallergie hat, kann man Handschuhe anziehen. Man muss auch ein bisschen aufpassen, dass die Igel den Finger nicht mit Futter verwechseln, denn ihr Sehvermögen ist schlecht.



Es gibt im Igelcafé weibliche Mitarbeiter zwischen 20 und 25 Jahren und einige können Fremdsprachen sprechen. Auch für ausländische Gäste ist ein Besuch unproblematisch, weil es auf Englisch eine Erklärung gibt, wie man die Igel behandeln soll. Der Laden ist klein und hat eine heimelige Atmosphäre. Viele Kunden sind Studenten, viele davon kommen mit Freunden. Einige kommen auch, um Igel zu kaufen. In letzter Zeit sind viele Kunden Ausländer, die auch allein kommen.

Das Igel-Cafe ist immer voll, besonders am Wochenende zwischen 13 und 17 Uhr. Es ist besser, vor dem Besuch dort zu reservieren.




10 Minutes Mont Blanc

by Shiori Iwawaki, Maya Kondo & Eri Inaba

Do you know the Mont Blanc that you cannot eat without lining up in Kyoto? Mont Blanc is originally from Piemonte, Italy and it means White Mountain. A French chef was the original creator using a chestnut candied syrup called marron glace. In 1933, a Japanese chef, Mr. Keizo Nishida, went to Italy to learn how to make Mont Blanc, bringing the technique back to Japan. However, at that time not many people knew about Mont Blanc in Japan. Nowadays Mont Blanc is a very famous sweet in Japan. People think that Kyoto is famous for green tea, but it’s not 100% true. There is a now a shop called 10 Minutes Mont Blanc in Kyoto which is very famous right now. In this article, we would like to introduce about this shop’s history, its Mont Blanc, and interview its owner.

The owner of 10 Minutes Mont Blanc is named Mr. Keizo. He opened the shop in Kyoto because he was born here in Kyoto. One more reason is he worked at many bakery stores after he graduated from high school and he wanted to run a shop by himself. The reason he wanted to work at a bakery store was when he was a high school student was he first saw a wedding cake. From that time, he wanted to make a cake by himself. He finally managed to open his own shop at near Nijo castle, in the Sanjo-kai shopping district. The name of the shop was ‘Sweet Cafe Kyoto Keizo’. Before he managed to run this shop, he had worked at a first-class confectionery shop for 40 years. At that time, he wanted to open a shop offering to customers amazing sweets as soon as they are ready to serve. It has made happen by building his own pastry studio. He restricted a building which had been there for 100 years to create a beautiful shop. Because of it, people can feel missing and relaxing.

From inside his shop, we can see the garden that leads to the pastry studio. We can sit in a terrace seat and smell the scent of sweet cake. Then, we can observe the process of making the cake. Mr. Keizo wants to give customers a fresh taste, because he believes a cake that has already spent time waiting to be eaten is not a good for offering to a hungry customer. The concept of this shop is based on this principle, so they give the cakes to the customers as soon as they are prepared.

We asked Mr. Keizo about how to make the Mont Blanc, so he gave us permission to go inside of the pastry studio. Therefore, we were able to watch carefully how the 10 Minutes Mont Blanc was being made. First of all, they squeeze whip cream in the middle of a plate, and then put a sponge cake on the top the whip cream. Next, they put a crunchy meringue over the sponge cake. This crunchy meringue is the most important point of the 10 Minutes Mont Blanc. It takes about three hours to make the meringue, and the chefs have to pay close attention because the baking time may vary depending on how they mix the dough. Toward the end of the process, they squeeze chestnut paste all over the meringue. Finally, they decorate around the plate with chocolate sauce, sprinkle some white sugar powder and put a single chestnut on the top of the cake. They make the Mont Blanc after their customers place their order. They don`t stock the Mont Blanc in advance, but rather they start the process after the customers place their order. After the customers order the Mont Blanc, they can go to the pastry studio and watch how their pastry is being made. 10 Minutes Mont Blanc means if you eat it within 10 minutes, you can feel the meringue is crunchy. But if you wait longer than 10 minutes to eat it, the meringue become soft and the texture become totally different from the crunchy one. Therefore, you can enjoy two kinds of meringue textures with just one Mont Blanc.

We asked Mr. Keizo how he invented the 10 Minutes Mont Blanc. Then, he answered that he wanted to use meringue as a protagonist in this sweet story. As everyone knows, meringue always plays a supporting role; never the protagonist in the production of a sweet. He discovered the right type of meringue when he was making a chiffon cake, as it uses a lot of meringue. When he tried to bake the meringue, it became crunchy. This was the first step in the process of making Keizo’s Mont Blanc. Moreover, Mr. Keizo wanted to let the customer imagine the inside of the cake. The top four most popular cakes are shortcake, cheese cake, minnefeuille and chocolate cake, but these cakes can be seen through to the inside. On the other hand, the inside of a Mont Blanc can not be seen, so we must imagine what it looks like and what it is made of. However, to make use meringue as the main ingredient, you cannot take the pastry homme because it will not last long. The most challenging part of making a 10 Minutes Mont Blanc is to make a crunchy meringue. Therefore, they can only serve the pastry in the shop itself in order to keep the meringue crunchy.

Mr. Keizo said that he was most confident about his staff. This is because they are all able to explain about the menu and go to the customer’s seat and explain about the food and dessert. Also, Mr. Keizo wants all the customers to enjoy and smile and go back home and feel that they were glad to come to this store. His happiest moment is when a customer says with a big smile, “It is so delicious, I will come to this shop again.” For him, the 10 Minutes Mont Blanc is like his child because he worked so hard through trial and error to create it. In the future, he wants to make a new kind of Mont Blanc that is relevant to the season in which it is eaten, and made with seasonal ingredients like pistachio, cherry blossom, pumpkin, and many others. Moreover, in the shop there are many other kinds of cake, so he wants the customer to taste other things as well. Now, many people say “Let’s go and eat 10 Minutes Mont Blanc,” but he wants customers to say “Let’s go to Mr. Keizo’s shop” and “which cake should I eat today.” This is his goal and he wants to spread this shop around the world as well.

As you can see, Mr. Keizo has a lot of feeling for 10 Minutes Mont Blanc, and his store’s staff can give customers that same feeling when they explain about the way to eat the Mont Blanc. The staff said to us “Let’s enjoy the sound of the crunchy meringue, using a fork and knife.” After that, we started to eat with a fork and knife, and listened the sound carefully. When we eat just Mont blanc, it taste still dark, but when we eat it with chocolate sauce, that is becoming sweeter. From the beginning to the end, we could enjoy feeling the change of texture. After we left the shop, there was a long line of people waiting to get in. Finally, Mr, Keizo described 10 Minute Mont Blanc is as his son, so you should go and try this amazing cake.

Enjoying Tabe-aruki

by Yukari Kimura and Shoko Ota

 What is “Tabe-aruki”

In English, tabe-aruki means ‘eating while strolling.’ It may seem similar to food sold on the streets because it is bought and then eaten right on the spot or while walking. However, the concept of “tabe-aruki” did not exist in past. The action of eating while walking was considered bad manners for Japanese people even just a decade ago. So, this can be viewed as a new trend in Japanese culture.


 Selected Tabearuki-foods


 Shinkyogoku street



Rondon-yaki is a bite-size castella filed with white bean paste. Its taste is light and sweet. It is very cheap, so it is suitable for snack time! One piece is ¥50!
This shop does not accept credit cards, so please prepare cash.



Rondon-ya (Location:京都市中京区新京極四条上ル中之町565)



Mamezen Cafe

Mermen cafe is an excellent soft ice cream shop.


Mamezen Cafe (Location: 京都市中京区新京極六角下る中筋町487-4 TEL: 070-5263-1552 Open: 12:00〜18:30)

We recommend the Kuromamt-Kinako and the Chirimen-Sansho flavored ice creams.



Chirimen-Sansho flavor

Chirimen-Sansho flavor


 Kiyomizu area

清水順正 おかべ屋(’Okabe-ya’ A Tofu restaurant)

This restaurant is a tofu restaurant but also has the cafe and the souvenir shop next to it. You will enjoy tofu, yuba, kinako (soybean powder) and other soy foods there.


Okabe-ya(Location: 京都府京都市 東山区清水2丁目239 TEL: 075-541-7111 Open: 10:30〜17:00 )

The shop, which you can see on the right side in this photo, is their souvenir shop. And you can buy some tabe-aruki food there.


The Kyo-yasai castella is ¥350 for 15 pieces.

The Kyo-yasai castella baked in the shape of Kyoto vegetables. And the castella contains some kinako. So, it is savory and tastes like soybean powder a little bit.


馬鈴 (‘Bazu’―A Japanese sweets cafe)


Bazu(Location: 京都府京都市東山区五条橋東6丁目583−37 TEL: 075-525-0100)

You can sample various kinds of Japanese sweets in this cafe. For example, rice dumplings, warabi-mochi, shiratama and so on. We want to introduce warabi-mochi. In this cafe it is made in the shape of a rabbit. You can choose from three different kind of sauces: Kuromitsu-kinako (black honey-kinako), matcha (green tea), yuzu (citron).



Fushimi area


Kyomame-an is a sweet made from soybean milk. They use only soybeans grown in Japan. This shop’s most popular item is soft ice cream made from soy milk. You can chose from many different flavors.  They also have monaka (wafer) with silky tofu and green tea tofu.


Black Sesame, Yuzu, Purple potato, soda, mango, cassis, chocolate, apricot, strawberry



monaka(wafer) with silky tofu & green tea tofu



Kyomame-an (Location: 京都市伏見区深草祓川町16-20)


Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the largest and most famous shrines in Kyoto. It is a fox shrine, so a lot of souvenirs with a fox motif are sold there. That is the same for foods; the shrine’s famous miso rice cracker is modeled after the face of the fox. Matsuya has been selling these miso rice crackers for a very long time. Of course it is the stores most popular item. It comes in two sizes: large, Kitsune-chan, and small, Kogitune-chan―kitsune means fox in Japanese; kogitsune is a young fox. They are parent and child and are the representative characters of this shop.



Kitsune-chan rice cracker


Matsuya (Location: 京都市伏見区深草一の坪町27)

Nishiki market street

花よりキヨエ(’Hanayori Kiyoe’ An olive oil shop)

Hanayori Kiyoe

Hanayori Kiyoe (Location: 京都市中京区御幸町通蛸薬師下ル船屋町399番地さしあのビル1階 Open:10:00-18:00(Mon-Fri)/10:00-19:00(Sat-Sun))

Although this shop sells mostly olive oil, it also sells a variety of tabe-aruki food. For example they sell nishiki-ika (fried squid), karaage, (fried chicken) Nishiki croquette,  and many other flavored croquettes. All croquettes made by this shop use olive oil. (When Japanese people make croquette, they often use salad oil or lard.)

Soy milk skin cream croquette

湯葉クリームコロッケ One is the soy milk skin cream croquette which costs ¥290.

コロコロコ(’korokoroko’ A traditional snack shop)


korokoroko(Location: 京都市中京区東魚屋町185-3-1 TEL: 075-256-2108 Open: 10:00-18:00)


Hannari soft icecream

はんなりソフト The Hannari-Soft is a type of ice cream that has 3 flavors: milk, matcha, and matcha and milk swirl that costs ¥380. The Hannari-Soft ice cream is covered with a topping called arare (rice ball cracker).

井上佃煮店 (‘Inoue’ A prepared food shop)


Inoue(Location: 京都市中京区錦小路通柳馬場西入ル中魚屋町485 TEL: 075-221-4357 Open: 9:00-18:00 Close: every Wednesday/first Sunday, Third Sunday)

This shop began on Nishiki street in 1884. You can buy many prepared foods that use kyo-vegetables (vegetables grown in Kyoto). In addition, we would like to focus on a special product from this shop: the chocolate croquette (¥100).

the chocolate croquette

the chocolate croquette cost only ¥100

The croquette’s middle is chocolate! Does that even go together? We would like to recommend this and want you to try it and judge if it’s good or not.


Von Iori Sho und Riho Kubota

Was ist ein Machiya?

In Kyoto gibt es alte Häuser, die “Machiya” heißen. Diese Häuser sind besonders berühmte Sehenswürdigkeiten in Kyoto. Interessant an den Häusern sind die schmalen Eingänge im Gegensatz zur Tiefe der Häuser. Wir bezeichnen sie deshalb als „Schlafzimmer für Aale“. Die Häuser grenzen nach vorne zur Straße und an der Seite direkt an das nächste Haus, damit man mit den Nachbarn sprechen kann. Ihre Geschichte ist alt; es gibt sie schon seit der Heianzeit (794-1185), aber viele Gebäude fielen 1864 einem Brand zum Opfer, der Bakumatsu no Kinmon no Hen genannt wird. Also wurden die Häuser, die man jetzt in Kyoto sehen kann, erst danach in der Taisho- bis Showazeit gebaut. Momentan beträgt die Zahl der Machiya-Häuser in Kyoto etwa 50.000. Aber in 10% davon wohnt niemand mehr. Außerdem sind 30 % der Machiya-Bewohner über 60 Jahre alt. Die Kosten für Reparaturen und das Instandhalten der Häuser sind hoch. Deshalb ist es problematisch, so ein Haus an die eigenen Kinder zu vererben. Noch dazu sind die Machiya bei Erdbeben und Feuer gefährdeter als moderne Häuser. Deswegen schrumpft die Zahl der Häuser um 2% pro Jahr. Also, was kann man machen, um die Probleme zu lösen?

Wissen Sie, was ein “Machiya-Café” ist?

In Kyoto gibt es viele alte Bürgerhäuser oder Machiya, die über 100 Jahre alt sind. Und einige Häuser oder Machiya sind als Cafés wieder aufgebaut worden. Diese Häuser nennt man “Machiya-Café”. In den Cafés kann man in angenehmer Atmosphäre Kuchen essen und Tee oder Kaffee trinken, als ob man dort selbst zu Hause wäre. Dort ist es sehr ruhig und entspannend. In vielen der Cafés gibt es alte japanische Möbel, die in der Vergangenheit tatsächlich benutzt wurden, und interessante Bücher oder Zeitschriften. Deshalb bleibt man oft lange Zeit im Café, ohne es zu merken. In Gokōmachi-Sanjō gibt es auch ein umgebautes Café, das jetzt 120 Jahre alt ist und eigentlich ein Hotel war. In dem Café gibt es altmodische Stühle und Tische. Im Erdgeschoss ist ein Café und im ersten Stock ist ein Hotel, deshalb kann man dort auch übernachten. Auf der Speisekarte sind viele Gerichte mit saisonalem Gemüse oder Fleisch, und man genießt das Essen. Das Machiya, das Kyotoer Gebäude aus alten Zeiten, wird immer noch als Café von vielen Leuten geliebt.   Wir haben einmal das Machiya-Café “Umezono CAFÉ & GALLERY“ besucht, das an der Takoyakushi-Straße ist. Das Innere des Cafés ist im westlichen Stil renoviert, aber teilweise ist auch noch der alte Stil der Machiya erhalten geblieben. Deshalb kann man dort eine schöne Mischung aus Japanischem und Westlichem erleben. Wir haben zwei Gerichte bestellt, einen Pfannkuchen, der nach Grüntee aus Uji (eine Stadt bei Kyoto) schmeckt, und Mitarashi-Knödel mit süßer Sojasoße. Beides war sehr lecker und wir waren damit ganz zufrieden. Ein Kellner hat gesagt, dass viele Gäste sich über den Garten freuen, der eine Besonderheit des Machiya-Cafés ist, und den es in normalen Cafés nicht gibt. Wer in einem historischen Gebäude in Kyoto japanisches Essen genießen möchte, dem sei ein Besuch im Machiya-Café wärmstens empfohlen.

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※Wussten Sie das?

„町屋“ (machiya) bedeutet „Geschäft“, aber „町家“ (chouka) bedeutet „Haus“.



Hankyu-Karasuma oder U-Bahn-Station Shijo


Vom Ausgang Nr. 22 nach links und geradeaus bis zur 2. Straße (Takoyakushi-dori), dort links und dann geradeaus bis zum Café. Es dauert ca.15 min zu Fuß.


A Visit to Hiei

by Airi Kinoshita

About 1200 years ago, when Emperor Kammu established Heian-kyō (the former name of Kyoto city) as the capital of Japan, Mt.Hiei in the northeast of the city was regarded as the only defect in the city‘s wealth of natural advantages. No one would come near to the wild mountain as it was rumored that demons and evil spirits were hanging out there, so Emperor Kammu ordered the building of Enryakuji temple to appease or expel these demons and strengthen Kyoto’s defenses. Northeast is believed to be an unlucky direction in the Shinto religion, which accounts for why people often built temples or shrines in the northeast to create barriers against anything evil.

Now, Mt.Hiei is no longer the horrible place that troubled Emperor Kammu so much, rather, it has become a popular tourist spot. Many hotels and restaurants have been built in neighboring areas, and there is a cable car and a ropeway service also available. You will find many options open to you on your visit, but I would like to introduce two that I think are quite special.

The Garden Museum

The first spot is The Garden Museum on Hiei. The museum grounds are designed using the artworks of French and Dutch impressionists like Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh for inspiration. Visitors will be welcomed by about 100,000 flowers of 1400 varieties including roses, lilacs, water lilies, daffodils and so on. One of the most popular gardens is the Water Lilies Garden, which was inspired by the artwork of Monet. Monet admired Japanese sense of beauty so much that he made a great Japanese style garden, including a lake with floating water lilies, around his residence, and drew several pictures of it. I am sure you will understand why this type of garden fascinated Monet so much when you visit here. Afterwards, when you got tired of walking, you can always stop in at Café de Paris and enjoy a drink from their selection of herb teas. Moreover, Maison de Fleur, a souvenir shop in the museum, not only sells French general goods or aroma oils but also provides workshops on how to make original herb soaps.

The Cafe de Paris

The second spot I feel is most worthy is Hiei-zan Enryakuji. I have already introduced the origins of the temple, but now it has become a far more visitor-friendly place. The temple welcomes visitors who lead busy lives and are in need of some peace and quiet, and allows them to experience zazen or shakyo. Zazen is a style of meditation done in a cross-legged position, and shakyo is the transcribing of sutras. Both require you to put all other thoughts out of your mind and concentrate on self-identification. In the clean, fresh air and nature of Mt.Hiei, you will be able to forget all that troubles you in daily life and feel as if you are reborn.

Enryakuji Temple

Hiei autumn colours

Yojiya Cafes

Maya Inoue & Chihiro Kitagawa

Yojiya’ is well known as a brand of cosmetics from Kyoto. However, lately, Yojiya has also come to be associated with a certain kind of café chic.

Here we will introduce ‘Yojiya Cafés’

Yojiya cafes are located mainly in Kyoto.  We went to the one on Sanjo street, just five minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.

the red sofa

the red sofas

From the outside, it looks very simple and calm, but actually, when we went there after school at around 7.00 pm, there were many customers, and almost all of them were women, lounging on trendy red sofas.

the logo

the logo

This café has the kind of atmosphere that welcomes the lone visitor, and there is a Yojiya Cosmetics store right next door.  This is the logo for Yojiya café … pretty cool!!

Also, in the café, there are many café goods. For example, mugs, tumblers, glasses, T-shirts, pens, bags, and so on ….all of them are very cute, and we wanted to buy them.

Pizza at Yojiya

We were pretty hungry, so we ordered some pizza and dessert.  It was really yummy!
Also on the menu, there is spaghetti, salad, parfait, floats, cappuccino, cakes, monaka, etc.  In the morning there is a special breakfast menu offering, for example, toast and bread with coffee.


The staff here are very professional and kind, and the red apron  they wear as a uniform is kind of cute.  I asked a staff member what the concept of this café is, and she told us that it is that people both young and old can come here and feel at ease.

In Kyoto, there are three Yoyija cafes in very different locations:  Sanjo, Ginkaku Temple and SaganoArashiyama.  There are also two cafes in Tokyo, but these have different menus.  The great thing is, you can enjoy a lot of different things in each Yojiya cafe!  For example, in the Sanjo cafe, you can eat their special apple pie.  We didn’t eat it, but it looked very delicious.

In addition, in the Sanjo café there is a handy information desk, which gives out info about the store, the cosmetic range, as well as useful sightseeing tips for Kyoto visitors.  To be honest, the prices here are a little high for students like us,  but the food and drinks taste so good it is worth paying a little more to eat here.


Finally, we will introduce the locations and opening times of the three Kyoto cafes.

1 YOJIYA cafe Sagano-Arashiyama
Open 10:00 ~ 1800 (last order 17:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is the Randen Railway Arashiyama station.

2 YOJIYA cafe Sanjo
Open 10:00 ~ 2200 (last order 21:30)
No regular holiday.
The nearest station is Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) subway station.

3 YOJIYA cafe Ginkaku Temple
Open 10.00 ~ 18.00 (last order 17.30)
Closed on Tuesdays.

This is the cappuccino. The cafe staff make it specially to order! It looked so nice, I hesitated to drink it.


This is the apple pie.  It is very sweet, and only available in the Sanjo cafe.

apple pie

This is the outside of the Yojiya Sanjo cafe.  The look is really modern and fashionable.  The cafe is also next to the Yojiya Cosmetics store, so it’s very convenient.

go to the cafe!

In Kyoto, there are a lot of cafes and shops to choose from, so it is hard to pick the best. So a lot of people get confused about where is good and how best to enjoy their time.  We recommend this café, as we think it can be enjoyed by everyone;  children, couples, families, elderly people and also foreigners!
Why not give it a try!

Das Café Karafuneya

von Shimpei Shigemizu

Es gibt viele Cafés in Kyoto. Eines davon ist das Café Karafuneya, das in diesem Artikel vorgestellt werden soll. Es ist in der Nähe der Kreuzung der Kawaramachi-Straße und der Sanjo-Straße. Der am nächsten gelegene U-Bahnhof ist „Kyoto-shiyakusho-mae“. Geöffnet hat das Café von 9 Uhr morgens bis 1 Uhr nachts. Es wurde 1972 eröffnet und hat damit für ein japanisches Café bereits eine lange Geschichte hinter sich. 



 Das Karafuneya bietet dem Gast aufmerksame Bedienung und eine ruhige Atmosphäre. In angenehmem Ambiente kann man dort einen guten Kaffee, leckere Eis-Parfaits und weitere Spezialitäten genießen.

 Die Kunden des Cafés haben entschieden, dass sie folgende Getränke und Speisen dort am liebsten genießen:

Platz 1 Getränke: Cappucino à la Karafuneya

Platz 2 Getränke: Caramel Latte

Platz 1 Speisen: Demiglace-Omelette

Platz 2 Speisen: Japanisches Lokomoko

Platz 1 Parfaits: Waffel-Schoko-Parfait

Platz 2 Parfaits: Sirup-Matcha-Warabimochi-Parfait

Wenn einem dabei nicht das Wasser im Munde zusammenläuft!




Es gibt viele Speisen auf der Karte, und eine besondere Empfehlung sind die Sandwiches. Sie sind köstlich und sehr sättigend. Besonders die Schinken-Tomaten-Salat-Sandwiches sind sehr lecker.

 Außerdem bietet das Café Karafuneya saisonale Spezialitäten an, wie etwa Erdbeeren im Frühling, oder Maronen und Kürbis im Herbst. Neu auf der Speisekarte sind American Pancakes. Da sie hübsch aussehen, sind sie vor allem bei weiblichen Cafébesuchern beliebt. Man hat die Wahl unter verschiedenen Toppings und kann so seinen ganz eigenen Pancake kreieren. Zum Beispiel mit Vanilleeis, Sirup und Schlagsahne. Besonders Mutige wagen sich vielleicht auch an die „Heiklen Kombinationen“, die zurzeit die Speisekarte bereichern, zum Beispiel Eisparfaits, die mit frittierten Garnelen oder Pommes frites garniert sind. Wäre das auch etwas für Sie? Die heißen Garnelen passen vielleicht wider Erwarten gut zu dem kühlen Eis. Finden Sie es am besten selbst heraus!

 Zuletzt stelle ich Ihnen die Riesenparfaits aus der Hauptfiliale des Cafés vor. Es gibt viele verschiedene Größen. Die größte Portion reicht für 20-25 Personen und kostet 50.000 Yen. Sie heißt Le Reve. Das bedeutet Traumauf Französisch. Vielleicht möchten Sie so ein Riesenparfait einmal probieren?

Wegbeschreibung zum Cafe Karafuneya

Wegbeschreibung Cafe Karafuneya

Das Karafunya ist ein lustiger Ort und ideal für einen Besuch mit Freunden.


Telefonnummer  075-254-8774

Saganoyu – A Very Unusual Cafe

by Sayaka Matsuda and Kyoko Kiminami

outside the cafe

We have been looking into Kyoto cafes that foreigners would find interesting. Recently, we discovered a cafe that used to be a public bathhouse, or sento in Japanese. The cafe is called Saganoyu Cafe.

What is a Sento?

A sento is a kind of a public bathhouse in Japan. It is an institution where anyone can pay a small fee and take a bath. Sento have been an important part of Japanese social culture for a very long time. It is commonly said that the bathhouse is the place where children learn social manners. Sento, in one form or another, have existed in Japan for over 800 years.

There are many public bathhouses in Kyoto today the city is home to over thirty universities. That is why Kyoto is called the “student city.” So many students live in dormitories that do not have baths or showers. They support the many public bathhouses that are in Kyoto. Nowadays most Japanese people have baths in their homes, but many local people still love the public bath. Most public baths have many different kinds of baths: hot baths, jet baths, herb baths, electric baths and cold baths. Some even have saunas. So Public baths are also a good place to relax.

We focused on Saganoyu Café, which was once a public bathhouse. It was built about 100 years ago in Arashiyama. Inside, there are still karan (water taps), tairu (tiles), bathtubs and scales. So, not only foreigners but also Japaneses can feel excited by the strange atmosphere of this café.

From the outside, the appearance of the Saganoyu Café is in the style of a typical Japanese coffeehouse. But when we enter, there is a plant with beautiful leaves. The interior design and mood is Western.

Near the entrance is a corner that displays some souvenirs crackers made from miso.

* Miso shio snack (525 yen)

* Miso irigoma snack (525 yen)

* Miso kuroshichimi snack (525 yen)

When we went to the café, we sat by the window near the terrace. At center of the cafe are many tables and seats. All the windows are open, so the room always feels spacious. On the terrace, there was once an open-air bath. In front of the café kitchen, are clothing lockers left from the café’s bathhouse days. So it was charming!inside the cafe

Caution please! Taking photos of the interior and conducting interviews with the staff is prohibited.

The Menu


* Hot tomato sauce pasta — Eggplant and sausage (950 yen)

* Cream sauce pasta Cod roe and mushroom (950 yen)

* Japanese pasta — Peas and chicken (950 yen)

+ bread (150 yen), salad (300 yen)

+ topping: a raw egg (100 yen)


* Saganoyu curry (950 yen)

* Cheese curry (1,100 yen)

+ salad (300 yen)

+ topping: cheese (150 yen), a raw egg (100 yen)


* Arashiyama castella pudding (600 yen)

* Brownie Kyoto style (cacao 70%) (600 yen)

* Cramble apple tart (600 yen)

+ topping : fresh cream (100 yen), ice cream (150 yen)


* Green tea and black syrup parfait (700 yen)

* Green tea in jelly (650 yen)



* Saganoyu original blend coffee (500 yen)

* Cafe au lait — French style (580 yen)

* Cafe chocolate — French style (600 yen)


* Saganoyu original blend coffee/iced (600 yen)

* Iced cafe latte Saganoyu special (630 yen)

* Iced cafe chocolate — French style (700 yen)

+ topping: fresh cream (100 yen), Ice cream (150 yen)



* Darjeeling Morning Dew (650 yen)

* Dimbula the Earth (650 yen)

* Earl Grey Queen (650 yen)


* Iced Earl Grey tea (600 yen)


* Milk tea (650 yen)

* Island coconut milk tea (680 yen)


* Iced milk tea (680 yen)

* Iced island coconut milk tea (700 yen)

+ topping: fresh cream (100 yen), ice cream (150 yen)


* Green tea latte hot/ice (650 yen/ 680 yen)


* Rief (650 yen)

* Resort fragrance (650 yen)

* Pink fruits (650 yen)


* Squeeze fresh juice (orange or grapefruit) (750 yen)

* Gingerale Dry (500 yen)

* Tea soda (600 yen)

* Framboise squash (680 yen)

+ topping: ice cream (150 yen)

We went at lunchtime, so we ordered Saganoyu curry and tomato sauce pasta from the special lunchtime menu. It tasted great!

saganoyu vurrypasta

How to get to Saganoyu Café

Reaching the café takes 30 seconds by foot from Saga-Arashiyama Station. From the station, go right and you won’t miss it! There is a fishmonger across the street.

Also, Arashiyama is a famous Kyoto tourist spot, so we recommend taking a break from your sightseeing at this cafe

Cafe Koke-dango

by Kyoko Kiminami and Sayaka Matsuda


Moss, Pottery and Bonsai at Café Koke-dango

Café Koke-dango is located in Kamishichiken in the northern part of Kyoto. Its kind and friendly owner, Yasue Sawa, spoke to us us about the history of the cafe and her everyday life. She began to display tougeihin, or ceramic arts, in the café as a hobby, but soon she began to display more works in response to positive customer interest. So the café established a gallery of ceramic art. Some other pieces that also decorate this café include the koke (moss) art and bonsai.

“Tougeihin” means works of ceramic art in Japanese. These pieces are formed out of various kinds of clay and then fired at a high temperature in an earthen kama or kiln. There are many different kinds of pottery in Japan since each region has its own characteristic geography, materials, techniques and traditions.

Koke, or green moss, grows over the surface of the earth or on rocks, and is especially used in Japanese gardens as a ground cover. Some types of koke are even edible. Recently, cultivating moss in decorative balls or in vessels or trays has become a popular pastime for some people.

Finally, bonsai is the traditional Japanese art form of growing a miniature tree or bush in a tray. The hobbyist patiently and carefully guides the form of the tree, so we can appreciate the beauty of its shape, leaves, the grain of its trunk and its entire appearance. A characteristic of bonsai is that it appears like a scene out of nature. It requires years of attention, including fertilizing, trimming, wirework and watering.


In the past, Nishijin-ori was produced in Kamishichiken. Nishijin-ori is a type of Japanese textile produced in Nishijin, the textile district of Kyoto. Nishijin produces many kinds of textiles —clothes, obi (sashes for kimono), kimono, neckties and bags— and has a long-established tradition in Japan.

Before Cafe Koke-dango was cleaned up and renovated, it was a Nishijin-ori textile store. So it is a very old townhouse with a beautiful garden, elegant windows and peaceful atmosphere. Even in summer, this café is cool. Nearby are Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine and a training school for maiko and geisha, so visitors to the café might be able to catch a glimpse of them if they are lucky!


Most visitors sit on the traditional tatami mats, but there are some chairs, too. So if you have weak needs and have trouble sitting on the floor, you can use these. It’s very considerate for foreigners who may not be used to the Japanese custom of sitting on the floor.

Sometimes at the café, an artisan will hold a handicraft workshop. They may teach participants, for example, how to make a decorative ball of moss. In the café, there are many handicrafts like pouches and purses with Japanese patterns for sale. When we went, we saw an exhibition of ceramic arts called “Togei“. On display were small dishes shaped liked leaves; they can be used for pouring soy sauce or as a chopstick rest. There were also stylish rice bowls and teacups. So Café Koke-dango is popular with ladies. Of course is a good place to buy souvenirs. In summer, shaved ice with syrup is added to the menu.


3 minutes by foot from the bus stop Kamishichiken
Go down Shichihon-matsu street and turn left at the first corner, you will see the café on your right.


Das éa Café

von Seiko Obata und Sonomi Shimizu

Wir stellen ein Kaffeehaus in Kyôto vor, das 2009 seinen fünfjährigen Geburtstag feiert. Es heißt „Dining Kitchen éa café“ und ist fast ganz aus Holz. Man fühlt sogleich die Wärme, die das Holz ausstrahlt. Wenn es Abend wird, ist das Café ganz in orangefarbenes Licht gehüllt.

Im Café kann man einen Kaffee oder ein Bier trinken und etwas essen. Man kann auch eine Party veranstalten, etwa zum Geburtstag von Freunden, oder eine Ausstellung machen. Kaffee gibt es ab 399¥, Bier ab 578¥, Cocktails ab 630¥, Mittagessen mit Getränk ab 840¥ und Abendessen mit Getränk und Salat ab 1.260¥. Besonders gut sind die hausgemachten Hamburger. Die japanischen Gäste bestellen dieses Essen am häufigsten.

Hier gibt es auch Locomoco, ein hawaiianisches Essen. Das ist ein Hochgenuss. Man isst, trinkt etwas dazu und plaudert mit seinen Freunden. Oder man liest ein Buch … Übrigens gibt es im Café auch viele verschiedene Sorten Pflaumenwein.
Die handgemachte Theke ist besonders schön. Man merkt auch hier, dass der Besitzer des Cafés Holz liebt.
Und unsere ganz spezielle Empfehlung ist die wunderschöne Terrasse! Bei schönem Wetter kann man draußen Kaffee trinken… Daran kann man sich gewöhnen.

Das Café befindet sich in der Nähe der Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (Fremdsprachenhochschule Kyôto). Es gibt zwar keine englische Speisekarte, aber fast alle Angestellten sind Studenten und sprechen auch Englisch. Das Kaffeehaus ist von 11:30 bis 23 Uhr geöffnet. Mittagessen gibt es von 11:30 bis 15 Uhr, Abendessen von 18:00 bis 23 Uhr. (Dienstag Ruhetag)

Offizielle Webseite: http://ea-cafe.net
TEL. 075-314-2575

Wenn man zum Café gehen möchte, fährt man mit dem Bus Nr. 3 vom Hauptbahnhof (JR Bahnhof) bis zur Haltestelle ‘Shijô-chûgakumae’ (四条中学前). Dann geht man geradeaus, bis man das Café auf der linken Seite sieht.