Parks, Tradition & Cafe Life

The area around the Imperial Palace Park is where locals escape to when they need a bit of greenery in the city centre. Early morning joggers head to the park, families spend hours strolling through the Kyoto Botanical Gardens and people go about their daily routine at home in their machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses) in the textile district of Nishijin.

Imperial Palace Park

Rise early and join the locals on a morning jog or brisk walk around the ponds and palaces in the Imperial Palace Park. Stop in to check out the palace if you're interested in the Japanese Imperial court.


Wander west for a short while and you'll hit the traditional textile district of Nishijin. This can be a lovely place to simply get lost in the backstreets, walking past machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses) and witnessing the daily life of locals here.

Nishijin Textile Centre

While you're exploring the Nishijin area, stop by the Nishijin Textile Center to get a history lesson of the textile industry in this neighbourhood. You can see artisans at work during a weaving demonstration on the 2nd floor.

Grand Burger

Stop in at Grand Burger where the locals come to lunch on filling and tasty burger sets that come with crispy fries and coleslaw salad. Make sure you leave enough room for dessert.

Papa Jon's

This inviting cafe is a favourite of in-the-know locals for delicious cakes and a welcoming atmosphere. Don't miss out on a slice of their excellent New York cheesecake.

Kyoto Botanical Gardens

Catch the Karasuma line to Kitayama station. From here you can access the flower-filled Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of joining local families soaking up the sun, and stop in at the greenhouse while you're here.

Key Features

  • Parks and gardens
  • Traditional areas

Getting There & Away

Subway Karasuma line to Marutamachi or Imadegawa.