ARASHUIYAMA

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto's top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world (and maybe you are!!!).

Kyoto has a reputation for keeping secrets, including its historic treasures and ancient traditions. Kyoto is fascinating to me for the contradiction of 12 centuries of history, Zen Gardens, Buddhist Temples and Shrine, Nintendo geeks capital, and the underground nocturnal entertainment hub. Yup, Kyoto has it all. Kyoto undeniably has a special place in my heart, not only for being the birthplace of my company, Sorate, but as well for being a truly inspiring place that has so much to offer. SORATE Teas and Matcha are sourced from the family-owned farm of Sencha inventor Nagatani Soen in Ujitawara, in the Uji region of Kyoto, Japan. Of course, Kyoto is for me (and Sorate) a special and inspiring place. For this reason,I would like to share with you some of my favorite spots! Silvia Mella

 

kamo River

KAMO RIVER

My favorite place. On a summer day, walk, bike, or sit next to this gentle river. Feel its lullaby lure you to sleep. Wet your feet in frresh water. Sit here and think nothing! Like the rest of Japan, this river has continuously flowed from one era to the next - and bears witness to the ever-changing time. It helps to clear one’s mind here while watching.

Gion

GION

The most private and traditional neighborhood in Kyoto. During the day, tourists walk around the narrow and beautiful alley, taking pictures with Geishas and locals. At night, instead, the neighborhood seems quiet and asleep, but you never know what it's hidden behind those closed doors: can be a bar, karaoke, a show......

FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA

FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA

Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of rice.      

Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. 

SARASA NISHIJIN

SARASA NISHIJIN

An old sento (public bath) decorated with tile mosaics has been turned into a stunning café.

L'ESCAMOTEUR

L'ESCAMOTEUR

Just perfect, one of the best 50 cocktail bars in the world. Brilliant staff, great atmosphere, and perfect music.

KIYOMIZU-DERA TEMPLE

KIYOMIZU-DERA TEMPLE

Founded in 780 the temple is famous for its impressive viewing platform, three-story Koyasu pagoda and the medicinal pure waters of the Otowa Spring. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

JAZZ IN ROKUDENASHI

JAZZ IN ROKUDENASHI

A truly, authentic and fun hidden gem. 

It's a secret bar on the second floor of a building, without signs or directions. It's a bar for locals, but the nice host makes you feel immediately at home.