It was only about 10 minutes walk away, & the neighbourhood around our hotel is really lovely, so even with the heat it was a fun trip. On the way we cross a stone bridge over a small river that runs along a main road.
When we got there, we found the shop in a traditional Kyoto machida (long homes homes built with a narrow street-front, sometimes called "eel houses") with a noren curtain covering the top of the entrance. It was a small shop, but the display of sweets was impressive. Their main business is selling tea ceremony sweets, so the shapes & kinds of sweets sold change seasonally. We bought some gifts & made sure to get some jyuraku manju, one of their specialties, to have when we got back to the hotel.
As we were taking photos of the shop afterward, a fellow from the shop ran out kindly & offered to take our picture:
After eating our manju & cooling-off a bit, we decided to take the shuttle to the subway station & look for a place to eat lunch. Then we'd visit the International Manga Museum, right across the street from the subway station. We asked the concierge (a lovely young woman with Australian-accented perfect English, who told us she spent her childhood outside of Japan) for suggestions for a lunch place & she directed us to a 540-year-old soba shop called Ohariya. So we hopped the shuttle & found the shop easily. After a short wait (I wasn't quite up for the available tatami table, so we waited for a western-style one) they led us upstairs to a table. They had an English menu with a lot of info on the restaurant's history, which was interesting & fun to read. The guys ordered colas & I got oolong tea, & then for a change, we all got something different! Charlie got Tamago-don, seasoned rice with scrambled egg on top & pickles on the side:
Here's the outside of the restaurant (notice the umbrellas over the lanterns- we've seen this a lot of places):
Next we headed to the International Manga Museum:
I'm going to admit that I had the most fun in the gift shop (prizes for my Nerd Wars team- look forward to it! :) & at the museum's MM Cafe :) You had to buy tickets for your food selections, too, & had the choice of sitting at a long bar in one room, or sitting at hilariously decked-out tables in another, which is where we settled. The chairs were covered with frills & lace, & there were fluffy heart pillows on the banquette seats. I had a matcha parfait (after taking about a handful of Lactaid tablets):
We had a quiet evening, watching a movie on the laptop (Charlie hadn't seen "Captain America" yet) & listening to the opera singer's voice wafting in from the lobby.
Tomorrow, we leave Kyoto- which would make me sad, but we're meeting Momo, Hiroshi-kun, & Aoi-chan at Kyoto Station & all heading to an onsen-ryokan (traditional inn & bathhouse) in Uji, an historic town just outside Kyoto. Can't wait!