On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #21

Restaurant TAKA

One of our last nights in Kyoto, we were sent on an adventure to find this very special restaurant in a tiny little alley of Kyoto.

Taka is a modern standing bar.

Chef TAKA: Born in Uji, Kyoto. After being trained at Kyoto style Kaiseki, moved to Milano, Italy. While working at NOBU/Armani in Milano for over 10 years and after living in Italy, Australia and Denmark, he returned to Kyoto in 2016. He decided to stay and open a small gastropub to provide fusion dishes and drinks of Italian and Kyoto style Japanese.


This is a must if you are staying in Kyoto. The space is tight, but you feel welcomed immediately. We sat downstairs at the bar, but there is an upstairs and people who were leaving from there were happy and excited to share their good byes and praise to  Chef Taka.


Chef Taka is on the left.IMG_8958


Grilled Rice IMG_8964

This is how they serve Chicken Wings, very cool!IMG_8966

On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #19

Heading back to Kyoto, spending a few days at the new Four Seasons, Kyoto. We want to thank the wonderful  staff, and if you stay here, be sure to find the Manager, Alex Porteous and say hello for us.

Besides the beautiful rooms, the flower arrangements and art throughout the public areas of the hotal







Incredable pool and spa



Tea House





On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #18

Restaurant Le Plat Plus:

We headed out to a neighborhood restaurant, a French Restaurant recommended by the concierge of Kyo-Suiran where we were staying in Arashiyama, Japan. The food was excellent, the environment so French, we highly recommend if you are in the area.



Fresh Pea Soup


Charcuterie Platter


Confit of Duck



This wine was delicious



On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #16

While in this Western part of Kyoto, we walked forever including passing through the Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto.



It was a drizzly day which made it even more beautiful. we also walked through a number of shrines in the area.


On The Road ~ Kyoto, Japan #15

Where to stay in Kyoto:


On the Western side of Kyoto, set along the Hozu River, an authentic Japanese-style experience available at Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Beautiful walks surround the hotel. We walk about 7 hours our first day, from the Bamboo Forest then winding up the hills to Shrines, it was drizzly, so we did’t go further, but you can hike up the mountain to see the monkeys or in better weather ride up and down the river, so beautiful, I only wish we had seen it during Cherry Blossom time, we were about two weeks too early. Our plan was to spend two days here relaxing, then heading back to Kyoto town.




On The Road~ Kyoto, Japan #13

Getting around Kyoto:

When we got off of the train from Tokyo, with two heavy bags, the person in the taxi line was this adorable little woman. She argued with Steven about who was going to get the heavy bags in the trunk of her car…. she won. On the ride to the hotel, we discovered that her English was great. Wonderful, we asked if we could hire her as our driver and guide… She became a very important part of our travels through Kyoto. Her name is Natsuko. If you need a knowledgeable driver/guide in Kyoto, send me an email.

She is also a bit of a celebrity around town, because she is young, a woman, and speaks English, she has been in a few TV shows, and gets interviewed in the paper for her support of woman in the driver/guide workplace.

You will see her in other posts as we move along.



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