[Kyoto Gyoen Nakadachiuri Rest Area]
My latest favorite spot in Kyoto is the Nakadachiuri Rest Area in the Kyoto Gyoen. Surprisingly, it is a free rest area with a pleasant terrace.
It is a little complicated, but do you know the difference between "Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Garden)" and "Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace)"? The Kyoto Gosho was the residence of the Emperor from 1337 to 1869, while the Kyoto Gyoen refers to the national park surrounding it. The Kyoto Gosho is located within the Kyoto Gyoen, and many Kyoto residents refer to the whole place as "the Gosho." Therefore, the term "Kyoto Gyoen" is actually unfamiliar to most people, but I will try to explain it by its official name this time.
The Kyoto Gyoen is sandwiched between north, south, east, and west by Teramachi Dori, Karasuma Dori, Marutamachi Dori, and Imadegawa Dori, and is located in the very center of Kyoto City. Admission is free. Visitors can enjoy the rich nature of the four seasons, and in addition to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto State Guest House, there is also a sports field, a small library, shrines, and cafes, making it a place for citizens to relax. After all, it is a large area, so even if you have passed through or had a picnic there, I have a feeling that not many tourists or even Kyoto citizens know all the facilities in the Kyoto Gyoen.
The Nakadachiuri Rest Area, located just west of the Kyoto Gyoen and just outside the Nakadachiuri Gate, was renovated in 2019, and when I first stopped by, I was surprised at how spacious, clean, and comfortable the facility is, which is hard to believe for a free rest area. The rest area has plenty of windows from which to view the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the trees, and inside there is a restaurant and a souvenir store corner. Inside there is a restaurant and a shop selling souvenirs.
The other day, after visiting the Raku Museum of Art in Nishijin with a friend and having lunch at Shitoka, we went to Ohayo Biscuit, a 7-minute walk from the Kyoto Gyoen, to buy some baked goods and had tea on the terrace of the Nakatsuuri Rest Area. The store offers carrot cake, pumpkin pudding, chestnut gateau basque, etc. All are affordable yet naturally sweet and delicious, and I highly recommend this route. Although it started to rain, the Nakadachiuri Rest Area has a roof over the terrace, which was a relief, and there were plenty of seats and tables large enough to accommodate six people. I felt it would be a useful place for anyone, whether alone, with friends, or with family, to take a break in the relaxing atmosphere typical of Kyoto.
Kyoto Gyoen is accessible on foot from both our Imadegawa and Sanjo showrooms. The Imadegawa Showroom, located in a machiya in Nishijin, has a much smaller display than the Sanjo Showroom, but it is also our headquarters and warehouse, so you can see, purchase, and take home any items that are in stock in our online store. This is a big difference from the Imadegawa Showroom, as the items in the other showrooms are part of the online store inventory. Although the showroom is only open from 14:00 to 17:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, excluding holidays, if you have an idea of what you are looking for, or if you would like to see something in person, please visit the Imadegawa Showroom.
Kyoto Gyoen Nakadachiuri Rest Area