Souvenirs of Kyoto

A collaborator of MAN / WOMAN shows, Christophe Victoor is an avid explorer and the founder of Souvenirs Of, a contemporary travel agency offering artistic and artisanal experiences in Japan.

This time, Christophe shares with us his favorite places in and around Kyoto.

A secret garden


Hidden behind tall trees in a calm area of Kyoto, Murin-an is a traditional garden built at the end of the 19th century. Stroll along the stream bringing water directly from Lake Biwa and leisurely enjoy a cup of matcha tea from the onsite tea house.

Murin-an 31 Nanzenji Kusakawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto +81 75-771-3909
Gallery Kei Kuenin Maecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto +81 75-212-7114

A celestial experience


Set in a peaceful neighborhood in the far north of Kyoto, Stardust is a cafe and select store highlighting designers such as Cosmic Wonder and Black Crane, as well as ceramics, candles and tea. The owner, Kana Shimizu, converted a former weaving factory into one of the most beautiful retail destinations in Japan.

Stardust 41 Shichiku Shimotakedonocho, Kita-ku, Kyoto +81 75-286-7296

You, Me and Dupree


This place has everything, natural wine, rare cured meats, delicate flower bouquets and a knowledgeable staff. A meeting of European tastes with a Japanese eye, relax in this beautifully designed restaurant when you have had one too many tonkatsus.

Dupree 68-1 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto +81 75-746-7777

A step into another era


The home of the late artist Kawai Kanjiro, one of the founders of the mingei movement, has been turned into a museum displaying various types of works from ceramics to wood carvings, as well as his personal wares. 

Kawai Kanjiro’s House 569 Kaneicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto +55 21 2548-7070

Daytrip to Ohara


Ohara is a small village one-hour north of Kyoto, famous for its organic agriculture. Head there in the morning to experience a persimmon dye workshop at Kakishibuzome and taste the delicious local vegetables while having lunch at Kirin or at Kulm. Hot spring baths aficionados can take a break while soaking in the small onsen at Ohara Sansou in the afternoon.

Kirin 114 Ohararaikoincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto +81 75-744-2239
Kulm 117 Ohararaikoincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto +55 21 2410-8304
Ohara Sansou 17 Oharakusaocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto +81 75-744-2227

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