Archive for the ‘machiya (町家)’ Category

The machiya (町家), is a traditional Japanese city dwelling the literally means ‘town house’. Kyoto machiya, called, ‘Kyo-machiya’ are often exquisite but many have been lost in recent decades to development. Now, machiya are popular and in high demand for stylish restaurants and stores.

Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar

Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar

Kyoto Top-ten Foodie Omiyage Souvenir: Miso Chigiri Mochi
This is miso flavored gyuhi mochi from Honda Miso and it is a masterpiece! In addition to the novel and exceptional taste, this is a foodie souvenir that you ought to be able to take back home with you when you visit Kyoto. Even if you are not into wagashi confections, you…

Kyoto Honda Miso Ichiwan ‘Instant’ Miso Soup

Kyoto Honda Miso Ichiwan ‘Instant’ Miso Soup

Kyoto Quality Instant Miso Soup: Honda Miso Honten is a shinise miso producer and dealer that has been in business in Kyoto for about 170 years. Honda Miso is located just west side of the Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace. The Honda Miso retail store occupies a very beautiful old Kyoto machiya townhouse with a full selection of their long loved…

Oyako Donburi: Nishijin Chicken Shinise Toriiwaro

Oyako Donburi: Nishijin Chicken Shinise Toriiwaro 西陣・鳥岩楼 鳥水だき
Oyako Donburi: Nishijin Chicken Shinise Toriiwaro  西陣・鳥岩楼 鳥水だき
Toriiwaro, a shinise located in the old weaving district of Kyoto, offers a single dish for lunch and a single dish for dinner. Toriiwaro’s chicken broth is the heart and soul of their chicken cuisine. Chicken itself is a relative newcomer to the Japanese culinary scene and this 150 year…

Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Soba Kanten Jelly

Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Soba Kanten Jelly

Uichiro: Kamo Nanban, Kisetsu-no-gozen, Soba Kanten Jelly (宇一朗 へぎそば・越前そば)
Uichiro - Hegi-soba Echizen-soba teaser
Paku and I were invited to Uichiro, an elegant handmade soba and udon restaurant yesterday by one of Paku’s foodie friends. Uichiro is in a beautiful old machiya (traditional Kyoto house), has excellent food, great atmosphere and very friendly service.
I had kamo

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant

Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋
Owariya — 540 Year Old Soba Restaurant 本家尾張屋
Owariya, a purveyor to the Imperial Household, has a history that goes back over five hundred and forty years. It is the oldest noodle shop in Kyoto.
Over the centuries, Owariya has served emperors and shoguns as well as the monks of…

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