Sarasa Nishijin


Restaurants & Cafés


Due to fire safety and size restrictions, baths were never a part of traditional machiya (townhouse)?design. Instead, people bathed communally in sento (public bath-houses). Thus, as machiya life disappeared, so did the sento. This 1920s bathhouse closed at the end of the last century, but re-opened in 2000 as a 50-seat cafe serving coffees, cakes and bowls of rice. The renovation was gentle, preserving the wooden beams, ceramic tiles and an ivy-covered facade, but adding sofas and a kitchen. This is a highlight among the cafes in Kyoto.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


11-1 Higashi Fujinomori-cho, Murasakino, Kuramaguchi Dori, Kita-ku, Kyoto

Transport Bus 206.

Telephone 075 432 5075

Open Noon-9.30pm mon, wed-sun.

Admission ¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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