Cafe at Yoshida Mountain: Mo-an (Kyoto)

Cafe at Yoshida mountain mo-an Kyoto

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Mo-an cafe this time.

Cafe at Yoshida Mountain: Mo-an (Kyoto)

Mo-an is located right on top of Mt. Yoshida. Mountain though it is just 105 meter high, so it’s not like for climbing but for a little hiking. Walk up the hill and have cappa joe, sounds great, doesn’t it?


A Path to the Cafe

Get off the city bus at Kyodai-seimon-mae (in front of Kyoto University) and walk down towards the Yoshida Shrine.



Which way to go? Take a right and continue walking.


Go go go!


Passing through Torii gates.


We encountered a small park. Continue straight until you see a sign of Moan.


Here we are finally.(pant pant…)


Cafe Mo-an

Apparently there used to be 8 tea rooms and 1 pantry in this mountain in the Meiji era. Now the pantry remains as a cafe after being renovated, and two tea rooms are still used as well.


Take off your shoes and go up stairs.


Tada. Looks spacier than I thought it would be. Oh, it has window seats on both sides!


We got these window seats on the right.


You could see Kyoto central from the window.


A cup of iced coffee for me and a piece of cake and a latte for Mrs. Wada.


Ceiling and even the floor are made of Japanese cypress which is supposedly lux (this wood is often used for onsen bath tabs). Very shiny and cool huh?


OK, let’s call it a day.



Name Mo-an (茂庵)
Access 8 kaguraoka-cho, Yoshida, Sakyoku, Kyoto
Business Hours

11:30 – 18:00

Closed: Mondays, during new year holidays, summer (Aug 17th – 31st)

Contact 075-761-2100


We figured that entering the mountain from North would be easier to access the cafe later on. If that’s the case, get off the city bus at Kita-Shirakawa. But we also enjoyed the route passing through Yoshida Shrine as well. You could get out from the North exit like we did as well. There are suggested routes by the cafe as well. Also you can check if the cafe is busy on this page.



How do you find it? Location wise it was overwhelming but definitely worth a visit! Take a visit while in Japan!

See you around!

What is Ochugen / Oseibo Anyways?

ochugen oseibo

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce what Ochugen/Oseibo is.

What is Ochugen / Oseibo?

Ochugen (お中元) / Oeibo (お歳暮) is a seasonal (formal) gift to someone close to you, business partners, etc. One big difference between two is season. Ochugen is given in summer and Oseibo in winter. Gifts could be purchased at department stores or supermarkets. Seasonable gifts like fresh fruits are popular in general, but reasonable/easy ones like cookies, instant coffee are available all year around.

ochugen oseibo


Ochugen (お中元)

Ochugen is to thank for the first half of the year and also to wish well-being for the next half, usually sent between late-July and mid-August (a little earlier like July in some cities but August should be fine most of time). Aside from fruits, beer, and cold food are popular since it’s in summer.


Oseibo (お歳暮)

Oseibo is sent before the year-end in December. Popular gifts are ham, sausages, liquor, etc. It means to thank for the entire year, so more people likely to send Oseibo instead of sending Ochugen.



How do you find it? Today it has become more like a business manner (for clients, etc.) so you hardly get one from friends, though it’s still good to know Japanese custom huh?

See you around!