Not quite finished with Japan yet. I was really surprised how easy it is to get around these days. When I was there for the first time, many many years ago, there were no English signs, Western credit cards weren’t accepted and the ticket machines didn’t speak English either. These days, it’s almost disappointingly simple. No need to compare Kanji characters any more!
The Zen Cafe I mentioned in my earlier post is this one (since there are several by that name): 〒605-0074 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Minamigawa, 東山区祇園町南側５７０
The Ramen place might be called „なにわらーめん金久右衛門 京都祗園店“ and is just around the corner from the cafe at: 〒605-0933 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, 東山区Yamatochō, 大和大路通四条下る大和町7祇園四条十彩ビル1階.
We enjoyed a lovely shojin-ryori meal at Shigetsu, which is located within the Tenryu-ji temple in Arashiyama. 15mins by train from Kyoto, we’ll worth the visit, also for the fantastic bamboo grove and some of the smaller gardens and temples around. Ignore the bridge, it’s overrated.
And btw, looking at Google maps of the area and seeing all those swastikas makes German hearts weep of course. 😁
We also tried the Mumokuteki Cafe in downtown Kyoto but it wasn’t too special, not bad, but not outstanding either.