A unique experience awaits you. Kyoto's best pancakes, the result of a collaboration by owner Akiko Hirano and Hudson Valley culinary arts teacher Cheryl Jean, will softly melt in your mouth as you enjoy your surroundings, a classic 200 year old Kyoto town house called Machiya in Japanese.
As you approach the Gallery attached to the Cafe you will pass by Edo period stone lanterns and pine trees, more than 200 years old, in the garden. The Gallery features Ms. Hirano's personally collected ceramics from Japan, New York and elsewhere. There is something for everyone, from Edo period treasures to works by aspiring young contemporary artists. Many of the pieces used in the Cafe are also for sale. Just ask the staff. You could say this gallery defines the meaning of tourism.
Located in the Nishijin District, this traditional Kyoto townhouse, (formerly?) belonging to Itoya Goushi has large and small tatami Japanese rooms, and a traditional “rouka" wood floored hallway overlooking a beautiful garden. The rooms and furnishings, which have survived from ancient times, create an atmosphere that transcends time and space. They are perfectly suited for both still photography and for movies or television. Rental reservations are accepted two months in advance, and we are happy to discuss your needs on weekends and holidays.
On the third Monday of each month enjoy a special exhibition and sale. On display and for sale are kimonos and obi sashes inherited and carefully preserved by Ms. Hirano from generations past. Also on display are clothing, shoes, and other objects she has personally collected. Whether or not you visit to enjoy the cafe or just to look, everyone is welcome. You may even find unexpected bargains!
KYOTO Cafe&Pantry Matsunosuke
Kikkoyacho 605 Takakura-Oike Sagaru Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL:075-253-1058 OPEN 10:00-20:00 TOKYO MATSUNOSUKE N.Y.
D-11 Hill Side Terrace 29-9 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL:03-5728-3868 OPEN 10:00-20:00