Hello everyone! This is the start of my Japan series. Last November, I went to Japan. We went to three cities there – Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. Each city has its own special characteristics and it’s hard to compare them, but if I have to play favorites – I must say it’s a close battle between Kyoto and Tokyo!
I had my first breakfast in Kyoto at Kyoto Modern Terrace. The lovely restaurant is located in a building near Heian Shrine / Heian Jingū (平安神宮) in the central Kyoto. Heian Shrine is a large shrine which is famous for its torii gate. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it a trip, but we’ll definitely come to Heian Shrine when it’s sakura season!
I’m already giddy seeing those red leaves. So pretty! 紅葉 or autumn colored foliage is a sight you can see in Japan from October to early December. When we went to Kyoto around the mid of November, many trees are in their full glory.
This street also leads to many famous cultural sites in the area, such as Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and Rohm Theater. Mental note to visit the area again when I have more time in Kyoto!
Taken by my sister. Pinky swear that the pictures above are not indirect advertisement haha. I actually brought gift for my friend from Indonesia in the plastic bag! So excited to meet her after one year!
Kyoto Modern Terrace is located on the second story of the building, right above a bookstore. It’s spacious with many lights coming through the windows. There weren’t many patrons when we went there (around 8 am?) and the waitress were so ready to usher us inside!
We tried their breakfast set, which is around 1500 yen if I’m not mistaken. The strawberries are delicious! It’s big and very sweet. THE BEST STRAWBERRY I’VE EVER TASTED IN KYOTO.
View from the outdoor seating. The outdoor seating provides the best view, but it was so cold! It was 10 degrees although the sun had come out.
There seems to be people who were setting up an event in the Okazaki Park besides the restaurant. The Okazaki Park is also another place on my mental note to-visit!
In overall, I really enjoyed my experience in Kyoto Modern Terrace! It’s a beautiful place, a mixture between modern architecture and Japanese hospitality. They offer Western and Japanese food, and I’m eager to try their lunch the next time I’m in the area! Like almost every other restaurant in Japan, the place is quiet and you get the feeling of wanting to relax, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy your tea in peace.
The staffs can speak basic English and they also prepared English menu for us. I think we paid in cash during the visit.
You can Google Map this place: Kyoto Modern Terrace. Definitely recommended if you’re in Kyoto!
These pictures were taken In November 2017, precisely in the middle of November (in case you’re momiji seeker like me).
13 Okazakisaishojicho, Sakyo-ku | 2F Rome Theater Kyoto Park Plaza, Kyoto 606-8342, Kyoto Prefecture
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