Met up with Tamakikat this past Saturday.
We started off by heading out to the farthest part of our adventure, Shinkokan.
This little cafe is located on the grounds of Yoshida Sanso. The main property was the second home of an uncle of the current Emperor and is used as a ryokan (Japanese inn).
Shinkokan is located on the 2nd floor of a tiny cottage and has a nice view. We liked that we were the only ones there.
We both had the chocolate cake with cafe au lait...1260 yen.
The cake is actually made with cacao mass and tofu and doesn't use eggs or dairy products. This cake was really dense, chocolatey and delicious.
Loved the dishes that they served everything on too.
After eating, we checked out the garden, I'm sure it is even more beautiful when there are flowers and more greenery.
We then walked towards Kamogawa (Kamo River) and I spotted this cool objet at the entrance to the Kyoto Education Culture Center.
It was titled Children's Peace...you can see more photos here, and here.
I liked how they had origami (literally folded paper) in the shapes of crane & turtle, symbols of youth & old age.
Lunch was at Kamogawa Cafe, a spacious and very comfortable place.
My lunch started off with a chicken wing and kabu(turnip) soup. The meat from the chicken wings was fall off the bone tender. Super comforting chicken broth & lots of grated turnip.
My main dish was an okara (soy lees) and veggie croquette...780 yen.
Tamakikat had their soup set which looked delicious too.
Then we checked out Wälder, a bakery near Tamakikat's place.
We've actually tried to check them out a couple times previously, but they were closed each time.
I'm glad they were open this time.
I bought a walnut bleu cheese bread (this one could've been cheesier), cream cheese filled bread (this was delicious, the bread was a french bread and the cream cheese filling was a little sweet), yuzu matcha (a teeny bread block filled with yuzu bits and matcha cream), nut tartlette (a tiny tartlette topped with lots of different nuts).
Satoshi and I halved everythig and had them for Sunday breakfast...Here is a shot of the inside of the yuzu matcha block.
Another great day, I'm glad we got to meet up Tamakikat!
Shinkokan (Yoshida Sanso)
Hours: 11:00-18:00* Call before going as they may have special events going on
452 Sakai-cho, Hi-Mart Fuyacho 1F